Wood County Monitor 10-31-19

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  • Mineola Police Report, Oct. 17-23

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    Oct. 17 4:02 a.m. Jessenia Garcia, 22, of Quitman, was stopped at N. Pacific and Blair St. for failing to maintain a single lane of traffic and was arrested for DWI. 7:55 a.m. A woman running …

  • Wood County Sheriff’s Report, Oct. 16-22

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    Oct. 16 2:27 p.m. A possible theft was reported on CR 4390 near Leesburg. The reporting party was unsure of what was stolen. Deputies advised extra patrol would be provided. Oct. 17 4:17 …

  • Quitman Police Report, Oct. 15-23

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    Oct. 15 Lt. Mike Chilson initiated a traffic stop after observing a vehicle traveling the wrong way in a one way zone. Betty Amason Fergason, 71, of Quitman was arrested for driving while …

  • Mineola Fire Report, Oct. 17-23

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    Medical assist, assist EMS crew: Oct. 17, 4:27 p.m., 102 Maxine Dr., Mineola; Oct. 18, 1:20 p.m., 215 CR 2223, Mineola; Oct. 21, 8:16 a.m., 201 PR 6685, Hawkins. Motor vehicle accident with no …

  • CASA hosting informational sessions for county

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    CASA For Kids of East Texas will host two “Cookies With CASA” events in Wood County. Child Appointed Special Advocates helps find advocates for children in foster care who have been …

  • Trick or treat events planned

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    The annual Quitman Chamber of Commerce Candy Walk is from 3-5 p.m. Oct. 31 with treats given away from local businesses and the courthouse.  The Mineola Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting …

  • Norman Neil Bronnum, 1936-2019

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    Norman Neil Bronnum of Hawkins, father of Steven Bronnum, Debra Solesski, Pam Bronnum and Sherry Nosal, passed away on Oct. 4, 2019.

  • Thomas C. Williams, 1938-2019

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    Thomas C. Williams, 81, of Quitman, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019 in Tyler. He was born on May 9, 1938 in Fort Worth to the late Thomas C. Williams and Lena Joner Williams.  Thomas …

  • All A’s and one B, Jr. High

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    Mineola Junior High Honor Roll

  • All A’s and one B, elementary

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    Mineola Elementary School Honor Roll

  • Quitman blanked first time for ‘19

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    It was a long, wet and cold Friday night for the Quitman Bulldogs as they dropped their eighth game this season in a 46-0 loss at Frankston, the first time this season the Bulldogs had been held …

  • Quick start not enough for Mineola

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    The first 22 seconds of Friday’s Mineola-Sabine football game could not have gone better for the Yellowjackets. Cole Castleberry took the deep kickoff and returned it straight up the middle of …

  • Troup makes the most of its yards to stop AG

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    One wouldn’t expect almost 1,000 yards of offense produced in Friday’s rainy conditions. Both the Alba-Golden Panthers and visiting Troup Tigers simply ran amok in Troup’s 42-26 …

  • Mineola Country Club Senior Scramble Oct. 24 winners

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    First place at 14 under par: Robert Linker, Gary Odem, Wayne Barrett, Ed Vanderbilt Second place at 13 under par: Marty Eaton, John Newsom, John Tanner, Jerry Keosoff Third place, 5-way tie at …

  • Rains gets past Mineola in three games

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    Six Rains 2019 Lady Wildcat volleyball players were a part of the 2018 bi-district championship team.  It shows. The team plays with a quiet confidence that stems from experiencing long-term …

  • Lady Bulldogs gain playoff berth, await seeding

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    After two closely played sets, the Quitman Lady Bulldogs finished off their district slate with a final set domination, nailing down a playoff spot with a 25-22, 26-24, 25-12 victory over …

  • Illinois angler wins top prize

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    Richard Morgenthaler of Geneva, Ill. won the 14th Annual Berkley Big Bass Tournament headquartered at Lake Fork Marina Oct. 19-20. His catch of an 8.82 pound largemouth bass won him a new Skeeter …

  • What is Main Street?

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    What is Main Street? That is a question I have heard many times.  Well, look around Mineola because the people in this town are Main Street.

  • Early voting ends Friday

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    Early voting is being held at the new county Annex Building at 200 W. Bermuda St. in downtown Quitman. Early voting began Monday, Oct. 21 and will end Friday, Nov. 1 at 5 p.m. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

  • Don't kick soccer out

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    I am a grandmother; however, my children or grandchildren do not live here, nor am I originally from Mineola. The Civic Center has invested obvious time and money with the addition of the wonderful splash pad, along with other amenities, to encourage families to spend time together.  To learn you are wanting to send these families away is very disturbing. There isn’t another area in town that has the same capabilities to accommodate not only the parking, but also the number of fields needed to support a soccer league.

  • School values

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    Old school values revolve around integrity. They are based on the assumption that reading, math and history take a backseat to honesty, fairness, respect and diligence.

  • Standings

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    A salute to the Wood County Monitor for the addition of a football District Standings report for teams in this area.

  • QISD partners with firm to offer trades skills

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    Quitman ISD and Humphrey & Associates Inc., a construction contracting company operating primarily in northeast Texas, have partnered to offer a pathway out of high school for students to enter the plumbing and electrical industries.

  • Mineola council OKs stronger leaf ordinance

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    The Mineola City Council beefed up the city’s ordinances dealing with leaves, brush and limbs Monday.

  • All A’s

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    Mineola Junior High School Honor Roll

  • All A's

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    Mineola Elementary School Honor Roll

  • Judge seeks to honor local armed service members

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    County Judge Lucy Hebron wants to honor those from Wood County who are serving in the armed forces during the holiday season.

  • Halloween traffic safety

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019

     It’s almost time for Halloween! This should be a fun time for kids and families. To make sure all the trick-or-treaters stay safe, keep these tips from Texas A&M AgriLife Passenger Safety Department and Texas Dept. of Public Safety in mind.

  • Club offers Alzheimer’s support, education to community

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    Quitman First United Methodist Church in conjunction with the Pilot Club hosted an Alzheimer’s Education Seminar Saturday, Oct. 19.

  • MISD receives no public input on superintendent

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    Mineola ISD Interim Superintendent Randy Hancock held an open meeting Tuesday evening, Oct. 22 for community members to voice their desires and the characteristics they would like to have in a new superintendent.

  • Improvement plan detailed to raise state rating for campus

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    Jennifer Knipp, director of curriculum and instruction, presented the plan to raise the state accountability rating of the elementary and primary schools to the Mineola ISD board Monday, Oct. 21.

  • Swarm wins area soundly

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    The Mineola, Quitman, and Winnsboro high school bands competed at the Conference 3A Area C marching contest held at Carthage High School Stadium on Saturday.

    Mineola’s Sound of the Swarm marching band won the competition, earning a trip to San Antonio where they will defend their state championship title Nov. 6.

  • Classics flock to Mineola

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    Saturday’s dreary weather did not curb enthusiasm for the Annual Iron Horse Cruise in downtown Mineola, which drew 150 classic vehicles from all over Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana.

  • Those are Golden potatoes

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    Justina Peterson, senior at Alba-Golden, was named the Sweet Potato Queen Saturday at the annual festival in Golden.

  • Health sciences, welding among MISD offerings in career, tech

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    Mineola students in their junior year of the health science program are learning to feel for veins and the correct positioning of needle insertion.

  • Mineola runners advance to state

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    For the second year in a row, the Mineola Lady Jackets cross country team is headed to the state meet. The team’s third-place finish at the regional meet in Dallas secured their tickets to state.

  • Trains arrive late, costing Amtrak millions

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    Wood County is fortunate to host a stop on the Amtrak national passenger train line. One eastbound and one westbound train stop daily in Mineola. But those who have tried to ride the train have learned that it can be late – sometimes by hours. And the problem is not unique to Texas.

  • Airport luncheon speakers remember Wayne Collins

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    Friday’s annual report on the Wood County Airport Collins Field turned into a tribute to the airport’s long-time benefactor (and name sake) Wayne Collins.

  • Soccer association, civic center seek to resolve fields dispute

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    “Don’t Kick Soccer Out.” That’s what the button states that supporters of the Mineola Youth Soccer Association are wearing.

  • Rotary works to eradicate polio; local clubs do their part

    Thursday, October 24, 2019

    Quitman Rotary Club will be hosting a spaghetti dinner at First Methodist Church on Thursday, Nov. 7 in observance of World Polio Day, to raise awareness funds. Plates will cost $10 and be available …

  • Mineola ISD maintenance facility to be repurposed for CTE classrooms, shops

    Thursday, October 24, 2019

    “We have a good problem” said Mineola ISD Superintendent Randy Hancock at the board meeting Monday night. The success of the career and technical education (CTE) programs have created a space issue.

  • Yellowjackets steamroll White Oak

    Thursday, October 24, 2019

    After an uninspiring first quarter, the Mineola Yellowjackets righted the ship and dominated the visiting White Oak Roughnecks, 44-7. The victory was expected as the Roughnecks came into the game winless in three district games, while Mineola was coming off a season-defining win against Gladewater.

  • Mineola ISD board exempts TJC dual credit students from no-pass, no-play provisions

    Thursday, October 24, 2019

    The Mineola School Board approved a revision to the “No Pass, No Play” policy in regard to dual credit classes Monday.

  • Mineola school board seeking citizens’ feedback

    Thursday, October 17, 2019

    Mineola ISD is giving the public an opportunity to give input on the qualities they would like to see in the next superintendent. The administration building will be open from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, for patrons to meet with Interim Superintendent Randy Hancock and share their desires.

  • Community offered opportunity to speak on new superintendent characteristics

    Wednesday, October 9, 2019

    The Mineola ISD board of trustees approved a general timeline for the new superintendent search last Tuesday.

  • Special prosecutor seeks pay for cases of former officials

    Wednesday, October 9, 2019

    Dallas attorney Joe Shearin addressed Wood County commissioners during the public forum segment of Friday’s meeting. Shearin was brought in by 402nd District Court Judge Jeff Fletcher to prosecute former Wood County Sheriff Jim Brown and former Chief Deputy Miles Tucker.

  • Caring and Sharing volunteer meeting

    Wednesday, October 9, 2019

    First Baptist Church in Mineola will host the second volunteer meeting for Mineola Caring & Sharing Monday, Oct. 14 at 6 p.m., and each committee chair will update the group on progress for preparing for distribution day.

  • MISD board continues CTE talks

    Wednesday, October 9, 2019

    Conversation focused on Career and Technical Education (CTE) continued at the MISD school board meeting Tuesday, Oct. 1 when community speaker Shane Elmore addressed the board with praise and questions.

  • Mineola board hashes out plans to expand career-tech

    Wednesday, October 2, 2019

    The Mineola ISD held an informal workshop to gather information and plan the expansion of the career and technical education program on Tuesday, Sept. 24. The meeting was productive, with all board members and new interim Superintendent Randy Hancock present. Also attending were Mayor Kevin White, City Manager Mercy Rushing, other city officials and Mineola Foundation representatives. 

  • Mineola elementary campuses roll out plans to improve state standards score

    Wednesday, October 2, 2019

    After receiving an F campus accountability rating from the Texas Education Agency, the Mineola elementary and primary schools have adopted a new focus, “No one goes backwards.”

  • Time line set for MISD superintendent search

    Wednesday, October 2, 2019

    The Mineola School Board of Trustees has announced the vacancy for superintendent of schools.

  • Letter to the Editor

    Wednesday, October 2, 2019

    I hope you go out of business. Your reporting is absolutely the worst I have ever seen. You sure do know a lot about what was said and by who during a meeting that was closed door.

  • Caring and Sharing fundraiser set Oct. 7

    Wednesday, October 2, 2019

    Whataburger in Mineola will have a fundraiser for Mineola Caring & Sharing on Monday, Oct. 7.  Come eat during the hours of 5-7 p.m. and help raise money for Caring & Sharing. This event will replace the spaghetti lunch for this year.

  • Mineola Police Report, Sept. 19-25

    Wednesday, October 2, 2019

    Sept. 22 9:13 a.m. A driver rammed the side of the Mineola Garden Apartments on North Pacific Street.  The fire department, EMS and SWEPCO assisted in removing the driver, Eddie Earl Harris, 53, of Mineola. Harris was arrested for DUI.  Two apartments were damaged causing the tenants to be displaced. No injuries were reported.

  • Mineola MS Outdoor Science Center celebration

    Wednesday, October 2, 2019

    A recognition ceremony with their partners was held for the Mineola Middle School Outdoor Science Center Friday, Sept. 27.  It was a wonderful time of show and tell with the community able to …

  • Closed door meeting testy; MISD board names interim

    Wednesday, September 25, 2019

    Randy Hancock was unanimously voted as interim superintendent by the Mineola ISD board Tuesday, Sept. 17. He officially began with the district on Monday, Sept. 23.

    The board spent two hours in closed session interviewing two candidates, followed by a heated discussion before voting.

  • Wood County Grand Jury indictments

    Wednesday, September 25, 2019

    The Wood County Grand Jury returned the following indictments August 28. Gary Don Brown, Mineola, obstruction or retaliation, third degree felony; driving while intoxicated-second offense, Class A …

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