Keynote speaker Dr. Charles Brewster of the New Life Baptist Church in Quitman, drawing from Psalms 133, said unity is strength, and when God’s people stand together in unity, that is what God wants and what Satan dreads. [see more speakers and singers]

Community honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. legacy

Like the inspiring words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. have echoed down the decades of history, the songs raised in his honor echoed through the tall trees surrounding the expansive grounds of the Mineola Civic Center Monday morning.

AG superintendent retiring

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Alba-Golden ISD Superintendent Cole McClendon announced last week that he will be retiring at the end of the school year. McClendon is in his second year at the helm of the district. His resignation is effective June 30.

Sales tax revenue continues to increase for local towns

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Wood County continues to see a sharp rise in retail sales, according to the first sales tax report of 2022 from the state comptroller’s office. Six cities in the county that collect a tax on retail sales earned $482,025 in January compared to $425,105 in January 2021.

Sabine River Authority adding more amenities at Lake Fork

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Improvements continue at Swearingen Recreation Area on Lake Fork. Recently a one-mile walking path has been added and a splash park is planned for installation soon. The access to the new public ramp and recreation area is just west of Swearingen Park.
“A new landmark on the lake,” is how Sabine River Authority (SRA) upper basin regional manager Troy Henry described the latest improvement to Lake Fork.

As cases rise, virus forces some area schools to close, curtail visitors

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With cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) surging again, some local students missed school days last week. Quitman students did not have school Friday and Yantis closed  Thursday and Friday.

Vaccination clinics scheduled in Mineola

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Two COVID-19 vaccination clinics have been scheduled in Mineola in the upcoming days.

City and school filing underway this week

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Filing for city council and school board elections gets underway Wednesday, Jan. 19 and goes until Feb. 18.

Corner Column

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There are occasions when one happens upon something out of the past. It just happens, often without rhyme or reason.  So it was that after many years, the joy of Louis L’Amour found its way back.

Quitman Pilot Club plans annual benefit chili cook-off

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The Quitman Pilot Club’s Chili Cook-Off will be Friday, Jan. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Carroll Green Civic Center in Quitman. Well-known for a fun time in support of a good cause, there’s always some tasty chili served with lots of laughs at festive booths.


Susan Taylor, 1945-2022

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Susan Taylor, 76, of Yantis, passed away Friday, Jan. 14, 2022 at her home. She was born Jan. 29, 1945 in Van Buren, Ind. to Walter and Era (Martz) Pulley.

John Wayland Ligon, 1941-2022

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John Wayland Ligon, 80, of Buda passed away on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. John was born Sept. 22, 1941. He was formerly of Mineola. Memorials may be made to Central Texas SPCA or Austin Food Bank.

Patsy Ann Valentine Hill, 1940-2022

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Mrs. Hill passed away Jan. 16, 2022 in Sulphur Springs. She was born Oct. 18, 1940 in Martins Mill to Elbert Davis and Annie Mae Black Valentine.

Lee Ray Fergason, 1941-2022

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Lee Ray Fergason, 80, of Quitman passed away Jan. 13, 2022 in Grand Saline. Lee Ray was born in Kilgore on June 10, 1941 to the late Carlson “Carl” W. Fergason and Lucile (Chappell) Fergason.

Martha Joan Cowan Wisdom, 1928-2022

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Martha Joan Cowan Wisdom, 93, of Dickinson passed away on Jan. 10, 2022. Joan was born on Dec. 7, 1928 in Mineola to parents Alfred Orlando Cowan and wife, Connie Mae Tharp Cowan.
Christian Adamson

Program helps Quitman senior match up with top tier college

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Quitman High School senior Christian Adamson has been on the ride of a lifetime the past few months. His journey started last summer when he began looking into colleges. Adamson has big dreams and wanted to make sure he found the right school.

Alba-Golden Jr.-Sr. High Honor Roll

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All A Honor Roll 6th Grade Peyton Clark, Tagen English, Ella Landers, Addison Mize, Andrew Neal, Kent Perkins, Tayla Peterson, Melissa Pugh, Ryan Ringgold, Jayla Sitar, Elllington Wright 7th …

Casper makes president’s list

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Megan Christine Casper earned a 4.0 GPA in the fall 2021 semester, securing a place on the president’s list at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia.

Cole makes college dean’s list

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Dakota Cole, a sophomore from Mineola, has earned a place on the Dean’s List at Greenville University for the Fall 2021 semester.

Mineola Memorial Library Notes

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Thank you all for your patience and an even bigger thank you to the staff of the Mineola Memorial Library. We have been short-staffed the last several weeks, and the staff stepped up along with …

Food safety resolutions

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Many people make resolutions for the new year — things that you have decided to learn or improve on and are determined/resolved to complete. How about making some food safety resolutions for …

Winnsboro nips Quitman in battle

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Levi Thompson whips a jumping pass across the lane.
In one of the year’s most exciting contests, Winnsboro hung on in the final minutes to post a 62-60 win over a Quitman team that would not quit.
Sadie Vander Schaaf works her way through the dense defense of Winnsboro.

Winnsboro girls live up to state ranking

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The Winnsboro Lady Raiders lived up to their lofty status as one of the premier Class 3A teams in the state as they scored early and often on the way to an impressive 82-26 district win over Quitman Friday.

Jackets grab two key district wins

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The Mineola Yellowjackets found a way to win last Tuesday in Harmony, carving out a 59-55 victory over the Eagles.

Lady Jackets stay in playoff hunt

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Macy Fischer makes her way up-court, undeterred by the Harmony defender.
The Mineola Lady Jackets soared past the Harmony Eagles 50-24 last Tuesday.
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Sound of the Swarm

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Mineola's own Sound of the Swarm won the 2021 marching band championship, and we were there to document it.