Wood County Monitor 1-9-20

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  • Zander Jordan Bates, 2019-2020

    Wednesday, January 8

    Zander Jordan Bates of Quitman, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020 in Dallas. He was born June 2, 2019 in Tyler to Jordan Bates and Molli Taylor Bates.  Zander was preceded in death by his …

  • Anna Ruth Keener Bates, 1973-2020

    Wednesday, January 8

    Anna Ruth Keener Bates, 46 of Quitman, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020 in Mineola. She was born Feb. 1, 1973 in Shreveport to the late Robert Keener and Linda Cosby Keener.  Anna was a …

  • Richard Irving “Rick” Westervelt, Jr., 1966-2019

    Wednesday, January 8

    Celebration of Life services will be scheduled by the family at a later date for Richard Irving “Rick” Westervelt, Jr., 53, of Alba who passed away Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019 in Winnsboro. …

  • Dana John Deibert, 1960-2019

    Wednesday, January 8

    Dana John Deibert, loving father, brother and companion passed away at age 59 on Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. Dana was born on Oct. 5, 1960 in Grand Forks, N.D. to Tom and Joanne …

  • Quitman Pilot Club planning annual chili cookoff

    Wednesday, January 8

    The Quitman Pilot Club’s Chili Cook-Off will be Friday, Jan. 31 from 6 -8 p.m. at the Carroll Green Civic Center in Quitman. Well-loved and known for a fun time in support of a good cause, …

  • Commissioners OK fire department funds

    Wednesday, January 8

    Wood County Commissioners approved funds for local fire departments Dec. 31. Commissioners Russell Acker and Mike Simmons were absent from the 10-minute meeting.

    Ten of the 12 Wood County fire department contracts were approved. Hainesville and Yantis departments are awaiting paperwork.

  • Forums planned for primary candidates

    Wednesday, January 8

    Several Republican Party forums featuring candidates in Wood County races will be held throughout January for local voters.

  • In East Texas Gardens

    Wednesday, January 8

    As I grow older, I begin each year by reflecting on the one that has just ended – successes, failures, achievements and personal losses – loss of friendships and loss of friends. The losses over the years are many, and I turn to the winter garden to help me heal. 

  • Quitman Police Report

    Wednesday, January 8

    Dec. 19 Corporal Austin Milbourn received a call from a resident on Third St. who stated two vehicles had been broken in to. Nothing was deemed to be missing. At the man’s request, an …

  • Mineola Fire Report

    Wednesday, January 8

    Building fire: Dec. 30, 9:58 p.m., 108 CR 2135, Quitman (assist Quitman FD). Grass fire: Dec. 30, 2:01 p.m., 701 CR 2768, Mineola. Medical assist, assist EMS crew: Dec. 27, 9:07 a.m., 213 …

  • Wood County Sheriff’s Report, Dec. 18-24

    Wednesday, January 8

    Dec. 18 12:39 p.m. Deputies spoke with the reporting party about damage to property on CR 4505 near Winnsboro, gave the reporting party advice and cleared the incident. 2:11 p.m., Deputies …

  • Mineola has little trouble with Liberty-Eylau

    Wednesday, January 8

    The Mineola Lady Jackets turned in one of their best efforts of the year in a 55-34 New Year’s Eve win over the visiting Lady Leopards of Liberty-Eylau. Stand-out performer Sabria Dean chalked up 31 points and scored in practically every way possible. 

  • Lady Jackets win at Rains

    Wednesday, January 8

    It is no secret, Sabria Dean accounts for over 50% of the Lady Jackets’ scoresheet. If you add her assists and the impact of her opening up shots for teammates, that impact would be closer to 75%. Mineola’s 45-39 win at Rains High School Friday is a good example of what the dominating artistry of Dean will force opposing teams to do.

  • Guards carry the day for Jackets

    Wednesday, January 8

    Yellowjacket guards Jonah Fischer and T.J. Moreland combined for 39 points in Mineola’s 73-57 win Friday at Rains High School. The pair kept the Jackets scoring apace with accurate shooting, aggressive driving play and timely assists.

  • Quitman boys run away from GS in second half

    Wednesday, January 8

    You may be able to frustrate the Quitman Bulldogs, but don’t make them angry. After a rugged first half physical battle found Quitman leading only 30-28, the Bulldogs made halftime adjustments …

  • Lady Bulldogs get road win at Grand Saline

    Wednesday, January 8

    After a slow start, the Quitman Lady Bulldogs picked up the pace midway through the first quarter on their way to a 48-34 District 12 3-A win over Grand Saline Friday. The victory on the road moved …

  • I have met so many caring people in Mineola

    Wednesday, January 8

    Thank you Cody, Russell, Rhonda, Johnnie, other employees at Brookshire’s, and Bo at Byford Automotive. (...) I will always remember all of you. Again, I have met so many caring people in Mineola. You truly are a wonderful community.

  • Mineola hoops squads make TABC rankings

    Wednesday, January 8

    The year 2020 has already brought an uncommon distinction to the Mineola athletic department, as the boys and girls basketball teams were ranked in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, TABC, Class 3A Top 25 coaches poll. The Dec. 30 poll recorded Coach Brad Gibson’s Lady Jacket squad at 13th while Coach Ryan Steadman’s Yellowjacket team broke into the poll in 25th place.

  • Church planning rededication

    Wednesday, January 8

    The sanctuary of First Christian Church that fronts Pacific St. one block north of downtown Mineola was dedicated May 20, 1951. Through two generous donations, one anonymous and the other by Tadd, Orine and Scott Choate, the sanctuary has been completely renovated, including new paint, carpet and pews.  The church has been enjoying the restored, clean look of their worship center since Dec. 8.

  • Couple marks 50th anniversary

    Wednesday, January 8

    Errol and Kay Barber celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Jan. 5, 2020.

  • River authority grants $50K for bass event

    Wednesday, January 8

    The Sabine River Authority of Texas (SRA) awarded Wood County a $50,000 Community Assistance Program Grant on Dec. 30 as part of SRA’s Fiscal Year 2020 Economic Development Initiative.

  • Filing begins for cities, schools

    Wednesday, January 8

    The filing period for places on the ballot in city council and school board elections begins Wednesday, Jan. 15. The election will be held May 2. Filing period runs through Feb. 14.

  • Churches take steps to thwart shooters

    Wednesday, January 8

    Less than two hours from Wood County in White Settlement, a man sat in a pew of West Freeway Church of Christ during the Dec. 29 service before pulling out a gun and firing into the congregation, killing two parishioners.

  • Two vying for Precinct Three constable nom in Republican primary March 3

    Wednesday, January 8

    Gary Dixon, serving his third term as Wood County Prec. Three constable, will face off against John McQueen in the March 3 Republican Primary.

  • Contract awarded to Mize by MISD

    Wednesday, January 8

    Cody Mize, lone finalist for the Mineola ISD superintendent position, was approved for a contract unanimously by the MISD School Board on Friday morning.

  • Two die in Tx-37 head-on collision

    Wednesday, January 8

    A tragic highway crash last Thursday took the lives of a Quitman resident and her seven-month old grandson. 

    Anna Ruth Bates, 46, was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Janae Holland. Bates’ grandson, Zander, died Sunday at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas of injuries received in the crash.

  • Walk to raise awareness of veterans’ issues passing through Wood County this week

    Wednesday, January 8

    Buddy Watch Walk - Pier to Pier will be making its way through Wood County Jan. 8-11.

    John Ring, serving in the Georgia Army National Guard, began the walk on Oct. 1 at Tybee Island Pier in Georgia.

  • New chairman appointed for county EDC

    Wednesday, January 8

    Tom Keenan has been appointed to serve on the board of the Wood County Economic Development Commission (WCEDC) as well as to serve as chairman by County Judge Lucy Hebron, effective Jan. 2 for a two-year term.

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