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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor: It takes a village. Thank you to the Citizens and City of Quitman for letting the Daughters of the American Revolution be a part of the restoration of the Honeymoon Cottage … more

Inside and Outside the Picket Fence

Eeek! A bug! No worries. The Friends of the Wood County Arboretum are ready to help calm your fears and educate you by presenting a Nature U program called Insect Friends and Foes by Allen … more

Sports Beat

I love baseball. The exactness of the game, the sensory images of the diamond, the sounds and scents. There is so much uniqueness to the game that most sports cannot even dream to be as appealing to … more

Corner Column

Much has been written about the impacts of newspapers shrinking and closing.

In a recent article about the media desert that springs up when a town loses its paper, the city manager of a West Texas community remarked that participation in local elections had declined since the local publication shuttered.

Indeed, it has been known for years that newspaper readers are more informed about their communities and more likely to take part in the various aspects of community life. more

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor: The following is meant to clarify the mystique of Freemasonry. more

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor: The duties and responsibilities of judge and prosecutor are different. If they do not remain separate, the system breaks down. more

Ag News

Springtime begins a new season in pond management. Spring is the time for stocking and the beginning of regular feeding of catfish. For most ponds in our area, a catfish only, or catfish and fat … more

Mineola Memorial Library Notes

May is here! School is about to finish for the 2018-2019 school year. Two of our staff members will graduate and head out for other learning adventures. We’ll treasure our time with them until they … more

In East Texas Gardens

I’ve written about early spring bulbs and summer bulbs but not about some of my favorite bulbs of late spring: lilies. Who doesn’t love Easter lilies, with their pure-white, sweetly-scented … more

Quitman Library Connections

Across the country, gardeners are celebrating National Gardening Month. On display this month is a collection of books – ranging from novice to expert – to help you grow your best garden ever. … more

Inside and Outside the Picket Fence

I recently read an article discussing the restorative powers of gardens and gardening. I realized that the beauty and serenity one finds in gardens is a gift for all of us. We at the Arboretum like … more

Corner Column

On Saturday, April 27, Mineola police hope to take unused prescription medication out of medicine cabinets throughout Mineola. The point is to reduce opportunities for theft and abuse of these products, some of which are no doubt opioid-based pain pills.

That’s commendable, and I hope the take back event is a rousing success.

What’s not commendable, however, is the volume of opioid-based medications that poured into our medicine cabinets in the first place, how the lure of eye-popping profits coaxed big drug makers like Purdue Pharma to aggressively market products that would unleash a torrent of addiction and death across the nation. more
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