Wood County Monitor 4-9-20


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In this issue

  • County has 4th case; stay-at-home continues

    Wednesday, April 8

    Wood County recorded its second and third cases of COVID-19 on Sunday and fourth on Tuesday as the county entered its second week under a stay-at-home order.

  • County lake beaches remain open for now

    Wednesday, April 8

    Wood County commissioners had planned to discuss closing the public beaches at the county’s four lakes Tuesday.

    But instead they held a closed session and took no action afterward.

  • Bank working through business aid requests

    Wednesday, April 8

    Since starting the Small Town Strong Project, Mineola Community Bank has had numerous applications for assistance turned in by local small businesses.

    Fourteen businesses in Mineola have already received funds as of Friday. Many more applications are ready to be reviewed and approved by MCB and Mineola Economic Development Corporation representatives.

  • QDC handing out business assistance checks

    Wednesday, April 8

    The Quitman Development Corporation (QDC) has had a good response from local businesses responding to its short-term grant offer.

    QDC Board President Martha Scroggins said the group is trying to get money into people’s hands this week and they were writing checks Monday, April 6.

  • Man arrested

    Wednesday, April 8

    An Alba area man was arrested and charged on a pair of drug-related charges April 6 at 3:30 p.m.

    Benton Jeffery Jones of the Alba area was charged with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance...

  • Sports Beat

    Wednesday, April 8

    The baseball season had been a trying one. The team was talented, but like all teams they had a number of strengths and more than a few weaknesses. It is what makes high school sports so appealing.

  • County adopts resolution on child abuse; commissioners debate game room rules

    Wednesday, April 8

    Wood County commissioners declared April 2020 as Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month Tuesday.

    Wood County Child Welfare Board President Sam Scroggins said the annual candlelight vigil at Jim Hogg City Park has been postponed.

  • Property annexed for Mineola homes

    Wednesday, April 8

    A new housing addition is in the works in Mineola. The city council approved annexation of 10.24 acres off FM 1254 Monday that is planned as a housing development of around 30 homes. The homes …

  • Mineola Fire Report

    Wednesday, April 8

    Motor vehicle accident with no injuries: March 28, 4:34 p.m., 3620 CR 2724, Mineola. No incident found on arrival at dispatch address: March 27, 9:48 p.m., 1118 N. Pacific St., Mineola.

  • Tax office joins growing closure list

    Wednesday, April 8

    Local government facilities continue adjusting their plans as more restrictions of public activities advance.

    Among government offices now closed to the public are city halls and county offices.

  • Mineola Police Report, Mar. 26 - Apr. 1

    Wednesday, April 8

    A teenager reported he had a friend who is a 17 year old female and she has nowhere to go, because her parents would not let her come back home.

  • Quitman Police Report, Mar. 18-31

    Wednesday, April 8

    Officer Corbin Hanner responded to a parking lot on S. Main Street concerning a subject who was possibly suicidal and in possession of a firearm.

  • Graduation, like everything, up in the air

    Wednesday, April 8

    Educational and extracurricular school activities have yet again been pushed back until Monday, May 4. For now, Mineola ISD is still planning for senior graduation on Friday, May 22.

  • Quitman Library Connections

    Wednesday, April 8

    The Quitman Public Library building was temporarily closed on Monday, March 16 and will remain as such until mandates are lifted.  Here are answers to some of your questions...

  • Captain Joyce Box hanging up her badge

    Wednesday, April 8

    Captain Joyce Box-Watkins retired Friday after 14 years with the Mineola Police Department and decades in local law enforcement.

  • Co-op promotes Teaff to GM

    Wednesday, April 8

    Trey Teaff  has been unanimously selected by the Wood County Electric Cooperative board to serve as the co-op’s next general manager and chief executive officer.

  • Corner Column

    Wednesday, April 8

    This week we are going to take a slight break from talking about, well, you know what, to talk about chickens. Specifically the young people in Wood County who have raised their chickens for the …

  • Letter to the editor

    Wednesday, April 8

    Dear editor: It’s time to pray and not point fingers at people’s sins and shortcomings. The Bible talks about weeping between the porch and altar. It talks about taking the beam out …

  • Alma mater honors QHS ag teacher

    Wednesday, April 8

    Paulette Aguilar, agriculture science teacher at Quitman ISD, has been named a College of Agriculture & Natural Resources 2020 Ambassador for Texas A&M University-Commerce.

  • Wood County Junior Livestock Show moving to videos, broilers go online

    Wednesday, April 8

    The Wood County Junior Livestock Show, scheduled April 2-4, was initially postponed and then moved to an online model.

  • Easter moving online, drive in

    Wednesday, April 8

    Despite the limitations to social gaterhings, citizens are finding ways to worship together and celebrate Easter.

    Most churches have suspended their activities and meetings through the end of April but are streaming sermons online and on social media. 

  • Sound of the Swarm secures seventh straight sweepstakes

    Wednesday, April 8

    The Mineola High School band performed at UIL Concert & Sight-reading Contest on March 6 at White Oak High School.

  • Schools stay connected

    Wednesday, April 8

  • Civic center to close overnight

    Wednesday, April 8

    In perhaps the first time in its history, the Mineola Civic Center gates will be locked at night. The move is in response to vehicle damage done to the civic center grounds sometime overnight Sunday.

  • BBB offers business relief fund

    Wednesday, April 8

    During the COVID-19 crisis, many East Texas businesses have been hard-hit financially.

    In order to help meet the short-term needs of businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19, Better Business Bureau Serving Central East Texas (BBB) has set up the Community Relief Fund and is urging all East Texas residents to donate.

  • Reynol B. Vancil, 1937-2019

    Wednesday, April 8

    Reynol B. Vancil of Mineola passed away peacefully of natural causes, surrounded by loved ones on Dec. 5, 2019. He was 82 years of age.

    Reynol was born in Merkel on Oct. 9, 1937 to parents Ruth Love Vancil and Boyce Vancil. He grew up in nearby Noodle on the family farm with his parents and his brother, Waylan.