Wood County Monitor 6-25-20

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In this issue

  • Grant awarded for county airport improvements

    Wednesday, June 24

    The latest improvement project for the Wood County Collins Field Airport has been given a boost by the North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority.

  • Classic vehicle enthusiasts gather at courthouse despite some precipitation on Saturday morning

    Wednesday, June 24

    After a three month delay due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the first Lake Country Classic Cars “Classics and Coffee” went off without a hitch Saturday despite early heavy rain showers.

  • Monitor office closing July 3 to observe holiday

    Wednesday, June 24

    The Wood County Monitor offices will be closed Friday, July 3 in observance of Independence Day.

    The closure does not impact any advertising or news deadline or postal distribution of the newspaper.

  • Mineola Memorial Library Notes

    Wednesday, June 24

    We’ve gotten rain! Now maybe our gardens will grow.

  • Quaker says it’s ending Aunt Jemima brand; Hawkins woman was second to play character

    Wednesday, June 24

    The decision by Quaker Oats to retire the 130-year-old Aunt Jemima brand because it was based on a racial stereotype has hit close to home in Wood County.

  • Former police captain’s civil rights lawsuit awaiting appeal to U.S. Fifth Circuit Court

    Wednesday, June 24

    More than a year after former Quitman police captain Terry Bevill filed a civil rights lawsuit against former district attorney Jim Wheeler and Sheriff Tom Castloo and District Judge Jeff Fletcher, the case is awaiting an appeal to the U.S. circuit court.

  • WCEDC accepting applications for relief funds

    Wednesday, June 24

    The Wood County Economic Development Commission (WCEDC) was given the go-ahead by Wood County commissioners to begin taking applications for COVID-19 relief for county businesses.

  • Runoff early voting starts Monday

    Wednesday, June 24

    Early voting begins Monday in the July 14 Republican and Democratic parties’ primary runoffs.

  • Amtrak service cutbacks include Texas Eagle

    Wednesday, June 24

    The Amtrak passenger train that makes twice-daily stops in Mineola is among those targeted for a cutback in service to three days a week.

  • Home Sweet Home

    Wednesday, June 24

    Hydration is important for all ages. Did you know that the human body is made up of 60% water? Water is responsible for many vital functions in the body.

  • Aaron Cedric Stanford

    Wednesday, June 24

    A celebration of life for Aaron Cedric Stanford, 51, of Mineola will be held Friday, June 26 at 7 p.m. at the Mineola Country Club. He passed away Thursday, April 2, 2020 in Tyler.

  • Winnie Hazelwood Whittington, 1928-2020

    Wednesday, June 24

    Winnie Hazelwood Whittington, 92, of Mineola, passed away on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 in Mineola. She was born on March 5, 1928 in Terrell.

  • Billy Armstrong, 1945-2020

    Wednesday, June 24

    A memorial service will be held for Billy Armstrong at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at Silver Lake Baptist Church with Pastors Mike Sullivan and Troy Watson officiating.

  • James Anthony “Tony” Hough, 1943-2020

    Wednesday, June 24

    Services for James Anthony “Tony” Hough, 76, of Alba were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 20, 2020 at Wilson-Bartley Funeral Home, with Dr. Kelly Burton officiating.

  • Cecil Robinson, 1941-2020

    Wednesday, June 24

    Cecil Robinson, 78, of Mineola, passed away on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at his home in Mineola. He was born on Aug. 18, 1941 in Mineola to the late Jim Robinson and Jimmie Steele Robinson.

  • Sandra Carolyn Moss Lorance, 1946-2020

    Wednesday, June 24

    Services for Sandra Carolyn Moss Lorance, 73, of Winnsboro were held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 18, 2020 at East Point Baptist Church, Winnsboro with Bro. James Scott and Scott Lorance officiating.

  • Freddie Lee Denney, 1951-2020

    Wednesday, June 24

    Freddie Lee Denney, known by many as “Fred,” died on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at age 68 after a brief but valiant battle with cancer. Born in Bonham on Nov. 27, 1951.

  • Shelter provides fireworks tips for animals

    Wednesday, June 24

    Preparation – Arrange to have your animal a place where there won’t be loud fireworks displays such as a friend’s or relative’s home or a doggie day care with which your dog is familiar.

  • Wood County Sheriff’s Report

    Wednesday, June 24

    3:39 a.m. Deputies were dispatched to CR 1941 near Yantis about a disturbance. Parties were separated for the day.

  • Mineola Fire Report

    Wednesday, June 24

    Building fire: June 14, 2:22 3271 p.m., E. US Hwy. 80, Mineola.

  • Mineola Police Report

    Wednesday, June 24

    3:09 p.m. A traffic stop was conducted when officers observed a man operating an ATV on a public street at S. Johnson and Belcher Streets. The man took the ATV home and received a warning.

  • Wright earns degree at SAU

    Wednesday, June 24

    Dalton Dirk Wright of Alba graduated with a bachelor of science degree from Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, Ark. He majored in sport management: coaching

  • Eldred named Quitman Elementary principal

    Wednesday, June 24

    Brittany Eldred, who has been an academic advisor at Quitman High School for two years, will move west on East Goode Street to take over the reins as the principal replacing the retiring Mary Ann Nichols.

  • Council tables park ranger discussion to allow present staff to seek position

    Wednesday, June 24

    A new park ranger at Jim Hogg City Park sparked conversation at the Quitman Council meeting last Thursday evening.

  • Corner Column

    Wednesday, June 24

    “…with liberty and justice for all.”

    When the pledge to the United States flag is recited, do you stand at attention, place your hand or hat over your heart and recite it word for word?

  • Sales tax receipts stay strong

    Wednesday, June 24

    Despite many businesses being closed two months or longer, sales tax revenues in Wood County have held strong.

  • Alba EDC awards three businesses relief funds

    Wednesday, June 24

    The Alba Economic Development Corp. voted last Monday to award COVID-19 relief funds to three local businesses.

  • Quitman chamber hosting business mixer at park

    Wednesday, June 24

    Quitman Chamber of Commerce is hosting a back-to-business mixer Thursday, June 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the pavilion at Jim Hogg City Park.

  • Book launch, reading planned Friday in Quitman

    Wednesday, June 24

    There will be a book launch Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Speakeasy Coffeehouse in Quitman. The book contains three novellas about love, faith and triumph all taking place in Quitman.

  • Panthers prep for fall ball

    Wednesday, June 24

    Alba-Golden students have returned to school this summer for workouts and drills. The sessions have been drawing 20-30 girls and 40-50 boys in high school and 20-30 junior high students.

  • Marchers continue weekly rallies; requested to stay off the highway

    Wednesday, June 24

    For the third week in a row, more than 20 folks gathered at the gazebo in downtown Mineola on Thursday, then trudged north along Pacific St.

  • Judge denies deposition for former QDC director

    Wednesday, June 24

    District Judge Jeff Fletcher dismissed a petition by former Quitman Development Corporation (QDC) Executive Director Denea Hudman to depose Quitman Mayor Randy Dunn. Hudman sought the deposition to investigate potential claims in anticipation of a lawsuit.

  • COVID-19 testing coming to Quitman fire station

    Wednesday, June 24

    The Quitman Fire Station at 403 East Goode St. will be the site for mobile COVID-19 testing Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is free to the public.

  • Richie’s plans late summer return

    Wednesday, June 24

    The fire was what they call “fully involved.” Afterward, practically nothing stood at what hours before had been Richie’s Grill and Café, a mainstay of the Hawkins community.