Wood County Monitor 11-28-2019

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In this issue

  • Church affiliation questioned in appointment for QDC post

    Thursday, November 28

    Just when you think a routine city council meeting was going smoothly, the appointment of a local dentist to the Quitman Development Corporation (QDC) sparked controversy last Thursday.

  • Mineola Elementary students portray historical Texas figures

    Thursday, November 28

    Mineola Elementary School had a full house for it’s Living History Museum. Third graders represented inventors and entrepreneurs, fourth graders represented historical Texas figures, and fifth graders represented famous Americans in math and science. 

  • No serious injuries in MISD bus crash

    Thursday, November 28

    A Mineola ISD school bus was involved in a traffic crash Thursday, Nov. 21 about 6:35 a.m. on U.S. Hwy. 80 a few miles east of Mineola.

  • Mineola board to begin superintendent interviews

    Thursday, November 28

    Interviews have been scheduled three days next week for the Mineola ISD school board to interview candidates for superintendent.

  • Candidates continue filing for spring primary

    Thursday, November 28

    The race for Wood County sheriff has heated up as filing continues for the March 3 party primaries.

  • At 103, English prefers to think youthful thoughts and see what’s going on

    Thursday, November 28

    Irene English turned 103 years old on Nov. 20. Even at her age, she is sharp and quick-witted. After living more than a century, she has seen and experienced many changes. 

  • Alba parade kicks off the holidays

    Thursday, November 28

    Alba will be the first to kick off Wood County holiday festivities with Christmas on the Square and Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 30.

  • Quitman council awards bid for new Lake Fork water line

    Thursday, November 28

    Quitman City Council members approved a bid from a Tyler construction company for a 12-inch water line construction project for the Quitman water system from Lake Fork. 

  • A Fantasy Christmas parade planned in Quitman

    Thursday, November 28

    The Quitman-Lake Fork Kiwanis Club is presenting this year’s Christmas parade Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. with the theme “A Fantasy Christmas.”

  • DAR chapter sends holiday packages to troops

    Thursday, November 28

    Members of the Elizabeth Denton English Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, gathered at the Mineola post office to send Christmas boxes to the “Old Hickory” unit 1-113th, of the 30th Armor Brigade Combat Team at Fort Buehring, Kuwait.

  • Sales tax collections continue upward

    Thursday, November 28

    Sales tax receipts for Wood County continue to rise, with double digit increases in November.

  • County hosts open house for new annex

    Thursday, November 28

    Despite the inclement weather, Wood County officials and employees welcomed visitors to the new courthouse annex building on November 21.

  • Mineola High School Anchor Club places giving trees around community for Caring and Sharing

    Thursday, November 28

    Mineola Caring & Sharing Christmas trees are going up around the city thanks to the Mineola High School Anchor Club.

  • Lake Country Playhouse offers holiday fun

    Thursday, November 28

    Start your Christmas season off right with a heapin’ helpin’ of holiday humor provided by Mineola’s Lake Country Playhouse. “Christmas Belles,” directed by Randy Parrish, is set in the East Texas town of Fayro and brings together the Futrelle sisters, last seen on stage in 2010’s production of Dearly Beloved.

  • Alba-Golden student named DAR Good Citizen

    Thursday, November 28

    Justina Peterson, a senior at Alba-Golden High School, was selected as the winner of the 2019 Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen contest. She will represent the Elizabeth Denton English Chapter, NSDAR through the next levels of judging. 

  • Mineola Memorial Library Notes

    Thursday, November 28

    Greetings everyone. We are now in full-swing with the December holidays. We have lots of cookbooks and craft books to help you with your holiday plans.

  • Get creative with cranberries

    Thursday, November 28

    Cranberries can add color, refreshing taste and nutrients to many foods and beverages. Available in many convenient forms, from fresh or dried to juices and sauces, cranberries are an ingredient you can use throughout the year, not just during the holidays.

  • County deputy named to new environmental post

    Thursday, November 28

    Wood County Commissioners approved the transfer of William Burge from his position as a Wood County patrol sergeant to the recently created position of environmental officer at their Nov. 19 meeting. His final day with the sheriff’s office was Nov. 6. Wood County Deputy Joshua Davis will replace Burge as patrol sergeant. 

  • Sheila Grisham Bunch 1935-2019

    Thursday, November 28

    Sheila Grisham Bunch, 84, of Alba, passed away Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019 at her residence in Alba. She was born May 26, 1935 in Carlsbad, N.M. to J.V. and Lessie Marie Worthey Grisham. Sheila lived in …

  • Susan Lee Bennett Gilbert 1955-2019

    Thursday, November 28

    Memorial services for Susan Lee Bennett Gilbert, 64, of Alba are scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 at Wilson-Bartley Funeral Home, Alba with Pastor Jessey Mook officiating. Mrs. Gilbert …

  • Jerald Kurt Vanderslice  1936-2019

    Thursday, November 28

    Jerald Kurt Vanderslice, of Mineola, passed away Oct. 29, 2019 in Tyler. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Mineola. He was born in Dallas on Sept. 23, 1936 to the late Thomas Burt …

  • Stryder Lee Gilbreath  1994-2019

    Thursday, November 28

    Stryder Lee Gilbreath, 25, of Marshall, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 in Galveston. He was born on Jan. 5, 1994 in Sulphur Springs to Lori Presley Nelson and Ronald Gilbreath. He worked in …

  • Leslie Herlocker  1978-2019

    Thursday, November 28

    Leslie Herlocker, 41 of Mineola passed away on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019 in Tyler. She was born April 21, 1978 in Tyler to David Carroll and Penny Heddin. Leslie grew up in Grand Saline. She graduated …

  • Wanda Jean Utley  1952-2019

    Thursday, November 28

    Wanda Jean Utley, 67, of Paris, Texas passed away on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019 in Paris. She was born on Sept. 13, 1952 in Ardmore, Okla. to the late Wanda Klo “Jack” Jones and Nora Akers …

  • The East Texas Gardens

    Thursday, November 28

    November marks Arbor Day in Texas and also the start of the perfect time for planting trees. Planting trees in East Texas between November and February almost guarantees success – as long as you plant correctly. The process starts with buying the right tree for that right spot in your yard. (Please note that in this article I’m referring to container trees, as those are typically the homeowner’s best option.)

  • Five area homes featured on Quitman tour

    Thursday, November 28

    Forever Young Activity Center is again hosting the annual Quitman Tour of Homes on Sunday, Dec. 8 from noon-5 p.m. with five beautiful properties featured on the route. Advance tickets are $10, $12 the day of the tour, and may be purchased at the Forever Young Center, 401 S. Main in Quitman, from any FYAC Associate, or by calling 903-763-8585.  

  • Portraits of the elderly is Cook’s Legacy Project

    Thursday, November 28

    The Legacy Project began with a question Sunnie Cook asked her aging father, “What legacy do you want to leave?”

  • Bulldogs second at Union Grove

    Thursday, November 28

    The Quitman Bulldogs upped their season record to 2-2 with a pair of wins at the Union Grove Tournament, bringing home the second place trophy.

  • Students of the month

    Thursday, November 28

    Quitman High School seniors Cash Powell (left) and Jordan Blalock (right) were honored as the Quitman Rotary Club’s Students of the Month for November. (Monitor photo by Larry Tucker)

  • Quitman fights back before falling

    Thursday, November 28

    The Quitman Bulldogs fought and clawed their way back from an early 13-point deficit to Canton but fell in a close 58-52 game.

  • Mineola Country Club Thursday senior scramble

    Thursday, November 28

    1st place Elroy Doggett, Carter Goth, Robert Tullis, Roger Stai, Jimmie Baughmann  – 16 under par. Closest to the pin: #5 Carter Goth #9 Kent Mullins #18 J.D. Robbins

  • Panthers start fast, hold off Campbell in opener

    Thursday, November 28

    The Alba-Golden boys basketball team successfully started their 2020 campaign, defeating the Campbell Indians 55–43 last Tuesday at home.

  • Lady Bulldogs put the clamps on Spring Hill

    Thursday, November 28

    Led by post Ava Burroughs, the Quitman Lady Bulldogs upped their season record to 2-0 with a solid 43-33 win over Longview Spring Hill last Tuesday. The road win was highlighted by another tough defensive outing by Quitman.

  • Lady Bulldogs take consolation

    Thursday, November 28

    After falling to a tough Hawkins team in the opening round, the Quitman Lady Bulldog defense and offense came alive to storm past Winona 64-14 and then handle Ore City 33-23 to win consolation at the Union Grove Tournament.

  • Jackets drop opener, show promise

    Thursday, November 28

    Mineola basketball fans can look forward to another exciting run of top-shelf basketball. Precise execution, composure and physicality highlighted the Yellowjackets’ home opener Tuesday against 4A Paris. Although the Jackets dropped the game 58-52, they demonstrated the diverse talents which will serve them well in the new campaign. 

  • Wood County Sheriff’s Report, Nov. 13-19

    Wednesday, November 27

    Nov. 13 7:36 a.m. Deputies were dispatched to Hwy. 69 near Alba, concerning theft. Someone stole several lottery tickets from the reporting party’s property. This case has been forwarded to …

  • Mineola Police Report, Nov. 14-20

    Wednesday, November 27

    Nov. 14 6:15 a.m. A business on East Broad St. requested an officer to have an 18 wheeler move that was parked in the back of their parking lot and the driver was asleep. An officer asked him to …

  • Mineola Fire Report

    Wednesday, November 27

    Camper or recreational vehicle (RV) fire: Nov. 18, 6:21 p.m., 1224 N. Pacific St., Mineola. Motor vehicle accident with no injuries: Nov. 18, 10:30 a.m., N. Hwy. 69 & N. Loop 564, Mineola; …

  • Quitman Police Report, Nov. 8-20

    Wednesday, November 27

    Nov. 8 Officer Corbin Hanner was dispatched to a business on W. Bermuda Street in reference to the theft of lottery tickets. According to the clerk, the suspect picked up the lottery tickets as …

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