Wood County Monitor 3-26-20

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In this issue

  • County judge issues disaster declaration

    Wednesday, March 25

    Wood County joined a growing list of Texas counties to declare states of emergency Friday in response to the spread of the virus causing COVID-19.

  • Reid ranked among nation’s leading long-range shooters

    Wednesday, March 25

    Quitman basketball ace, senior Jace Reid, ended a superb career as a Quitman Bulldog averaging 24.6 points per game this season.

  • Small Business Administration honors Luttrells

    Wednesday, March 25

    Deb Luttrell and Clay Luttrell have been named the District 2020 Small Business Person of the Year by the Dallas-Fort Worth Small Business Administration. The national winner will be announced in early May during National Small Business Week.

  • Jackson awarded scholarship from Fort Worth Stock Show

    Wednesday, March 25

    An $8,000 scholarship was recently awarded to Jentri Jackson of Quitman FFA by the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo’s Calf Scramble Scholarship Committee. She is the daughter of Jerry and Tracie Jackson.

  • Students advance to state solo and ensemble music competition

    Wednesday, March 25

    Students will be advancing to the UIL State Solo & Ensemble Contest in Austin on June 1.

  • Bass sets major league record

    Wednesday, March 25

    Ott DeFoe of Blaine, Tenn. had a remarkable 66 minutes during the championship round that will live on in Bass Pro Tour history for many years to come.

  • Meredith Foundation awards almost $1.5 million in grants

    Wednesday, March 25

    In 2020, the Meredith Foundation has granted $1,475,378 to 14 qualified organizations.

  • Bethany Lynn Bailey, 1990-2020

    Wednesday, March 25

    Bethany Lynn Bailey, 29, of Quitman passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2020 in Mount Pleasant. Bethany was born on July 16, 1990 in Tyler. A graveside service was to be held on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

  • Lena McCann, 1941-2020

    Wednesday, March 25

    Lena McCann, 78, of Mineola, passed away on Sunday, March 15, 2020 in Tyler. She was born on July 15, 1941 in Tyler to the late Charlie McCuin and Helen McCuin. She was a homemaker and a member of East Chapel CME. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilmor McCann.

  • Vicki Lee Nelson, 1948-2020

    Wednesday, March 25

    Vicki Lee Nelson, 71, born on Dec. 23, 1948, gained her eternal wings on Sunday March 15, 2020 where she went to her permanent home with our Lord and Savior.

  • Help with utility bills available for East Texans

    Wednesday, March 25

    The COVID-19 crisis is creating major financial concerns for many families in rural East Texas. Individuals may have their work hours reduced or be experiencing lay-offs. Many are already living …

  • Mineola Fire Report, March 12-18

    Wednesday, March 25

    Building fire: March 15, 6:03 a.m., 18597 N. Hwy. 69, Lindale. Medical assist, assist EMS crew: March 14, 4:11 a.m., 407 N. Line, Mineola; March 15, 9:40 a.m., 691 Boundry St., Mineola; March 15, …

  • Mineola Police Report, March 12-18

    Wednesday, March 25

    March 16 8:44 p.m. Dollar General requested assistance when the delivery truck arrived at the back of the store. An officer stayed until the delivery was complete.

  • Wood County Sheriff’s Report, March 4-10

    Wednesday, March 25

    March 4 12:18 a.m. Deputies responded to a suspicious vehicle on Hwy. 154 near Quitman. Deputies located the vehicle and cleared the incident. 3:33 a.m. Deputies responded to a suspicious …

  • Quitman Police Report, March 1-16

    Wednesday, March 25

    March 3 Officer Linda Williams was dispatched to the Texaco station in reference to a man witnessing another man strike a woman in the parking lot.

  • Home Sweet Home

    Wednesday, March 25

    Americans are eating more avocados than ever.  In 1985, the average American ate one pound a year. Now it’s more than 7.5 pounds per person. Why do we love avocados? There are some very …

  • Sea cadets receive hands-on look at restaurant operations

    Wednesday, March 25

    If you happened to be in downtown Quitman March 13 you may have seen several uniformed cadets buzzing around busily in and out of Your Appetites on N. Main Street.

  • Wednesday, March 25

    Only one lone bin of potatoes was available on a recent shopping day at Walmart as many food items and health supplies have been in high demand.

  • Mineola City Council adopts contract for cost of specialty police training

    Wednesday, March 25

    Mineola City Council approved a contract Monday for members of the police department who undergo specialized training.

  • Businesses navigating the brave new world

    Wednesday, March 25

    Businesses have had to change as more restrictions are approved to stem the spread of the viral disease COVID-19.

  • Local governments wade through ever-changing landscape

    Wednesday, March 25

    Local governments have had to adjust on the fly as orders have come from the state on how to deal with everything from elections to restrictions on businesses and gatherings.

  • Commissioners ratify county disaster declaration

    Wednesday, March 25

    Wood County commissioners unanimously ratified the disaster declaration Judge Lucy Hebron issued last Friday.  Emergency Management Coordinator Tully Davidson said, “The declaration is …

  • Quitman mayor addresses community

    Wednesday, March 25

    Quitman Mayor Randy Dunn has reached out to Quitman residents concerning the ongoing battle due to the coronavirus pandemic spreading throughout the state and country.

  • Emergency plans in place with disaster declaration

    Wednesday, March 25

    According to the disaster declaration signed Friday by Wood County Judge Lucy Hebron, the continued spread of COVID-19 presents a threat of widespread illness, which requires emergency action for the protection of the people of Wood County.

  • Mineola man makes pro rodeo hall of fame

    Wednesday, March 25

    The Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame announced its Class of 2020 inductees on Feb. 1 and will include a former Mineola resident and 1979 graduate of Mineola High School.

  • Quitman Library Connections

    Wednesday, March 25

    You may have heard that the Quitman Public Library building was temporarily closed on Monday, March 16 and will remain as such until mandates are lifted.

  • Sales tax revenues continue to climb for county, cities

    Wednesday, March 25

    Wood County government entities that collect sales taxes have received an additional $200,000 so far this year. The March report from the state comptroller’s office shows that six cities and …

  • Letter to the editor

    Wednesday, March 25

    Dear editor: What we’re experiencing in our world today is nothing new.

  • Mineola bank hosts blood drive

    Wednesday, March 25

    City National Bank in Mineola is hosting a blood drive Thursday, March 26 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at 200 N. Pacific St.

  • Student pens first novel

    Wednesday, March 25

    In Brynna Williamson's newly released book, “Over the River and Through the Woods,” a teenage girl faces many challenges as she and her family cross the entire Old West alone. After a catastrophe, the girl, with her younger siblings, must find a way across the harsh untamed wilderness to her grandmother’s home.

  • MISD develops plan to educate students from homes

    Wednesday, March 25

    “We’re finally getting to a point where we feel good about what our plan is,” MISD Superintendent Cody Mize said of the schools adapting to educate students with campuses closed by the virus outbreak.

  • QISD trustees grant Turner power to act in board’s place

    Wednesday, March 25

    The Quitman ISD school board met in special session last Friday and passed a resolution delegating Superintendent Rhonda Turner to act in place of the board during an emergency closure.

  • Schools remain shuttered into April as at-home learning the new norm

    Wednesday, March 25

    All Wood County public school districts are closed until at least April 6 to comply with the governor’s order to try to stem the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus that originated in China in late 2019.

  • High school athletics value more evident now that it’s gone

    Wednesday, March 25

    The ballparks are silent at the moment as scholastic competition has been shut down for the balance of the spring, so far. Often in the absence of an activity, it serves us well to consider the impact and vitality of that activity.

  • Julia Ledesma Cerrito, 1950-2020

    Wednesday, March 25

    Julia Ledesma Cerrito, 69, of Alba, passed away on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 in Tyler. She was born on Dec. 20, 1950 in Knox City to Elpidio Ledesma and Lorenza Ledesma. She was a retired seamstress …

  • Corner Column

    Wednesday, March 25

    With an abundance of caution.

    It’s a term we’ve seen multiple times a day.

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