Wood County Monitor 2-20-19

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  • Local band students excel at UIL solo and ensemble contest

    Wednesday, February 20

    Band students from Wood County schools earned high scores at the UIL Solo and Ensemble festival at Pine Tree High School on Feb. 8. Many students advanced to the state contest in Pflugerville on June 3 as a result of their hard work and achievements.

  • Lake Fork Weekly Fishing Report Feb. 10-16

    Wednesday, February 20

    Happy 2019 to everybody. It was great to be back to work this week on beautiful Lake Fork. I was greeted by water temperatures in to the lower 50s and stained to muddy water. However, I was surprised …

  • Ten MHS students to attend STEM Day at SFA

    Wednesday, February 20

    Ten Mineola High School students will attend STEM Day at Stephen F. Austin University on Feb. 22 thanks to a grant by Suddenlink. STEM Day is an annual event at the university where students use …

  • Dance Dimensions steps to another national title

    Wednesday, February 20

    Teams flocked to Grapevine from states across the country as well as Japan and Australia. More than 1,000 athletes competed. In winning the Variety category, the girls from Dance Dimensions performed a two-minute, 15-second routine that incorporates dance moves from hip hop, pom, jazz and kick.

  • Woman struck by vehicle on East Broad Street

    Wednesday, February 20

    Maxine Nussman was crossing E. Broad Street from the south side when she was struck in the westbound lane by a vehicle driven by Larry Dewayne Cook of Mineola, according to police.

  • Jacksonville man arrested for assault after woman offers to give him a ride

    Wednesday, February 20

    After a brief investigation, the officer arrested Neill Austin Beckham, 37, of Jacksonville on suspicion of assault by threat.

  • Mineola Fire Report, Feb. 7-13

    Wednesday, February 20

    Smoke detector activation, no fire – unintentional: Feb. 8, 10:18 a.m., 623 S. Johnson St., Mineola.

  • Mineola Police Report, Feb. 7-13

    Wednesday, February 20

    February 7 8:10 a.m. Officers assisted Wood County with a reported vehicle accident at FM 1801 and Loop 564.

  • Wood County Sheriff’s Report, Feb. 6-12

    Wednesday, February 20

    February 9 Deputies spoke with the reporting party at 3:27 p.m. in reference to criminal trespass on FM 14 near Hawkins. Deputies gave the reporting party advice and cleared the incident.

  • Mineola man jailed on drug charges

    Wednesday, February 20

    On Feb. 11, Mineola police arrested Douglas Edward Gilliam, 63, of Mineola on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance in a drug-free zone, a third-degree felony.

  • DAR chapter honors veterans on Valentines

    Wednesday, February 20

    We would like to extend our gratitude for all the sacrifices our military and veterans have made for our country. There are several holidays designated for this, but the ladies of your local National Society Daughters of the American Revolution feel that Feb. 14, the national day of love, is one of the best.

  • Mineola Chamber’s annual awards banquet March 7

    Wednesday, February 20

    The Mineola Chamber of Commerce announced that its annual awards banquet will be held Thursday, March 7 at the Mineola Civic Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner begins at 6:30 p.m.

  • Quitman Chamber banquet slated for Feb. 28

    Wednesday, February 20

    Featuring a Mardi Gras Texas style theme, the Chamber of Commerce of Quitman will host its annual awards banquet on Feb. 28 at Carroll Green Civic Center. The ceremony will be from 7 to 9 p.m.

  • Mineola Memorial Library Notes

    Wednesday, February 20

    Spring is just around the corner. Are you ready to start working outdoors in your yard or your garden? Come by and check out our collection of gardening books to be found in the 635s. Just ask a staff member for assistance.

  • Yantis seeks $274,000 wastewater grant

    Wednesday, February 20

    Mayor Trey Norris will act as the city’s executive officer and authorized representative for all matters pertaining to the application and committing local match.

  • Former sheriff Brown seeks dismissal of ‘17 indictments

    Wednesday, February 20

    Claiming to be the victim of “selective and vindictive prosecution” stemming from “political and/or personal animus,” former Wood County Sheriff Jim A. Brown filed a motion in late January to quash and dismiss indictments against him.

  • Mineola school trustees want to see test scores before contract decision

    Wednesday, February 20

    Voting for the delay were Dr. John Abbott, Dr. Kyle Gully, Daniel Louderman and Jay McGough. Voting against were Carlist Brinkley and Kellam Newell.

  • Mineola board adopts ‘19-20 ISD calendar

    Wednesday, February 20

    Mineola School Board adopted the 2019-20 school calendar last Monday night.

  • Mineola schools saw illnesses reduce pupil attendance rates

    Wednesday, February 20

    Mineola schools came close to shutting down due to excessive illness in early February.

    Superintendent Kim Tunnell told the school board Monday, Feb. 11 that the district had been monitoring attendance for the past couple weeks.

  • Corner Column

    Wednesday, February 20

    We’re all guilty of it, I suppose, shuttling things off to a corner rather than finding another use or recycling or just saying,
    “I can no longer deal with this, get out of my life.”

  • Inez Delores Allen Benda, 1922-2019

    Wednesday, February 20

    Ms. Benda died Feb. 13, 2019, in Quitman. Inez was born Aug. 18, 1922 in the Pueblo Community near Putnam to Chester and Emogene (Jeter) Allen.

  • Arlon Hugh Ragsdale, 1967-2019

    Wednesday, February 20

    Mr. Ragsdale died Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in Sulphur Springs. He was born on Sept. 1, 1967, in Greenville to Arlon Hugh Ragsdale Sr. and June Harrison Ragsdale.

  • Phyllis Nolen, 1957-2019

    Wednesday, February 20

    She passed away Thursday morning, Feb. 14, 2019, at her home. Phyllis Gail Nolen was born in Beaumont on April 6, 1957, to the late Wade and Mable (Ancelet) Dotson.

  • Karen Joiner Gray, 1956-2019

    Wednesday, February 20

    Mrs. Gray passed away at her home Monday evening, Feb. 11, 2019. Karen Gray was born July 7, 1956, in Arlington to Frank and Louise (Clarke) Joiner. She lived in Quitman 26 years,

  • Cecil Moody, 1925-2019

    Wednesday, February 20

    Funeral services for Cecil Lamar Moody, 94, were Friday, Feb. 15 at Beaty Funeral Home in Mineola.

    Mr. Moody died Feb. 12, 2019, after a long battle with dementia. He was born Jan. 14, 1925, in Golden.

  • Wanda Lee Oliver, 1933-2019

    Wednesday, February 20

    A graveside service for Wanda Lee Oliver, 85, of Winnsboro will be held at Bexar County Cemetery at a later date. She passed away Wednesday morning, February 13, 2019, at her home. Wanda was born in Oklahoma on June 18, 1933, to Andrew and Edna Mae (Phillips) Jackson.

  • Raymond Allen Parker

    Wednesday, February 20

    Raymond Allen Parker passed away Jan. 5, 2019, at his home in Mineola. Mr. Parker was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He worked many trades but loved being a cook the most.

  • Freddie Lee Dlugosh, Jr., 1963-2019

    Wednesday, February 20

    Freddie Lee Dlugosh, Jr. of Mineola was born May 30, 1963 and died Feb. 4, 2019. He was a local antique dealer and served in the U.S. Army.

  • Simonek leads Yellowjackets

    Wednesday, February 20

    The Mineola Yellowjackets baseball team recorded a 10-0 shutout against the Sabine Cardinals last Friday in Gladewater.

  • Panthers earn playoff spot

    Wednesday, February 20

    The Alba-Golden Panthers earned their District 12-3A playoff berth with a 36-34 victory over the Rains Wildcats Tuesday, Feb. 12 in Emory. The Wildcats, who finished third in district play and advanced to the bi-district round as well, fought hard to play the spoilers against the Panthers.

  • Lady Panthers fall to Howe 51-37

    Wednesday, February 20

    The Alba-Golden Lady Panthers fell to the Howe Lady Bulldogs, 51-37, ending a spectacular season of play. The Lady Panthers tallied a 25-10 record in 2019 and advanced to the area round of UIL competition.

  • Lady Hawks advance to regional quarterfinals

    Wednesday, February 20

    The Hawkins Lady Hawks used a balanced scoring attack on Friday, Feb. 15 to defeat Honey Grove 44-26 in the area round of the state playoffs.

  • Hawkins Lady Hawks cruise in bi-district round

    Wednesday, February 20

    The Lady Hawks defeated Detroit 74-24 in the bi-district round of the state playoffs on Feb. 12.

  • Alumni baseball game played in honor of Bobby Dan Speights

    Wednesday, February 20

    Twenty-three Mineola High School ballplayers from class of 1979 through class of 2017 participated in the inaugural Bobby Dan Speights Alumni Baseball Game on Saturday, Feb. 16.

  • Lady Jackets advance with win over Ponder

    Wednesday, February 20

    The Mineola Lady Jackets triumphed over the Ponder Lady Lions 48-44 in the UIL Area playoff round for Region II on Friday, Feb. 15 at Princeton. Mineola overcame several tactical challenges throughout the night...

  • Bulldogs edge Yellowjackets in classic one-point thriller

    Wednesday, February 20

    It was an instant classic. In fact, the entire home and away 2019 varsity basketball series between Edgewood and Mineola was a classic.

    Despite taking the lead for the first time in last Tuesday’s game with 27 seconds to play, Mineola fell short at the Edgewood gymnasium in their final district game, 45-44. The Edgewood squad took revenge after Mineola had handed them their only district loss of the season back on Jan. 18, a 49-48 overtime thriller.

  • Lady Panthers pummel Dallas Madison 73-19

    Wednesday, February 20

    The Alba-Golden Lady Panthers routed the James Madison High School Lady Trojans, 73-19, in bi-district action February 11 at Wills Point.

    Alba-Golden employed an aggressive, hounding defense and excellent court spacing to throttle the Lady Trojans at every turn.

  • Lady Jackets trounce Harmony 92-21 in bi-district hoops play

    Wednesday, February 20

    The Mineola Lady Jackets dismantled the Harmony Nature and Athletics Tigers 92-21 in bi-district action Feb. 11 at North Forney. As third-place finishers in District 11-3A, the Tigers were outmatched in every facet of the game. The Lady Jackets demonstrated superior basketball acumen, physical skill and organization.

  • Monitor changing days

    Wednesday, February 20

    The Wood County Monitor is moving its publication day to Thursday. The change will become effective in March.

  • This Week in Your Neighborhood

    Wednesday, February 20

    The Mineola Historical Museum Board is sponsoring a Black History Month Program,

    “The Old People Are Revolting” completes its run at the Lake Country Playhouse,

    Lara Hope’s Gold Hope Duo will perform at The Espinoza Music Academy, and

    Mineola Kiwanis Club hosts its 10th annual Chili Cook-off.

  • Man’s identity released, police withhold dash cam video

    Wednesday, February 20

    The man who took his own life in Quitman on Jan. 11 after refusing commands by police has been identified as Austin John Sona, 25, of Elkhorn, Neb.

    The identification is contained in a police incident report, which was obtained by the Wood County Monitor through an open records request.

  • Candidate filing closes for city, school elections

    Wednesday, February 20

    The list of candidates for the local city and school board May 4 election is now final. The deadline to file for open seats was Friday, Feb. 15.

    Since all races are unopposed, the City of Alba, the City of Mineola and the City of Yantis will not hold an election.

    Also, since both races are unopposed, Quitman ISD will not hold an election.

  • Mineola ISD explores regional CTE hub concept

    Wednesday, February 20

    Mineola School Trustees put plans in place Monday, Feb. 11 that could result in the school district serving as a regional hub for career and technical education.

    The board took several steps that would have Mineola hosting students from Alba-Golden, Yantis, Grand Saline and possibly other schools this fall for CTE programs, in conjunction with Tyler Junior College.

    The district is already moving ahead with expanding its CTE offerings. By expanding to a regional model, the collaborating districts stand to have more courses for students than they might otherwise.

  • Federal civil trial involving Wood County and seven individuals set for March

    Wednesday, February 20

    A federal lawsuit filed in October 2017 by John Winston Forrester and six other plaintiffs against Wood County and seven individuals is slated to go to trial on March 25 in Tyler before U.S. District Judge Robert W. Schroeder III. Five days are set aside for the trial.

    Along with Wood County, the suit names former Sheriff James A. Brown, who has filed a countersuit, as well as Miles Tucker, Kelly Smith, Kevin Atkinson, Stephen Cates, and John Hammack, all former Brown subordinates. Also named is Jerry Wayne Boone, who is serving prison time for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Boone shot Forrester and his father, John Phillip Forrester, in early November 2015 as the Forresters and five others were attempting to access a disputed oil lease on Brown’s property north of Quitman.

    The suit alleges “almost unfathomable abuse of the public trust” by Wood County, Brown, and several sheriff deputies. The lawsuit claims that Brown and his deputies engaged in a campaign of “harassment, intimidation and abuse” against Forrester, who was attempting to gain access to an oil well lease so he could recover millions of dollars worth of equipment stranded in the mud. The suit claims a litany of misconduct on the part of Brown and his men that culminated the morning of Nov. 2, 2015.

    The lawsuit alleges the following...

  • Quitman students have fun learning about dinosaurs

    Wednesday, February 20

    “Dinosaurs Live” brought dinosaur exhibits, face painting, a slide, puzzles, concessions and other fun activities. The event gave the students the chance to learn about the ancient creatures while also having some fun.

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