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Mineola Memorial Library Notes

We are in the midst of Restaurant Week in Mineola. This is a community helping community event. You get to visit a variety of restaurants and sample their wares. When you choose the event item, a … more

Quitman Library Connections

Don’t miss our free “Kick the Sugar Cravings” class on Thursday, Feb. 15 from 1-2 p.m. presented by Denise Nix INHC, CFNC and sponsored by Natural Grocers in Tyler. Denise … more

Corner Column

Gary Edwards, whose words and photos graced the pages of this newspaper from 1997-2013, passed away recently. His death was not marked with the fanfare one would expect from a photographer whose … more

Mineola Memorial Library Notes

We are gearing up for our Second Annual Restaurant Week. It will happen Feb. 11 through 17 in Mineola. Participating restaurants will have deals or specials for you to enjoy. Funds raised during … more

Mineola Memorial Library Notes

Finally, we have received winter. Brief, frigid and then it’s gone. Regarding 2023, the library had a very good year. We circulated 28,388 items that included books, audio books and DVDs. … more

Mineola Memorial Library Notes

Here we are in January of 2024. Can you believe it? We hope you had a safe and happy weekend celebration of a new year. In our next column, we will share our 2023 accomplishments and the … more

Corner Column

Five years ago BP (before the pandemic) we wandered into Wood County to take on the task of publishing the Monitor. It had been part of a larger newspaper group for several decades (of course, … more

Sports Beat

The 2023 season was a unique football year. Fourteen times in UIL history have more than one East Texas team won a state title in the same year. Of those seasons, it has happened that East Texas … more

Mineola Memorial Library Notes

What a fantastic afternoon on Dec. 14. It was our annual Open House and it was the best attended in many, many years. So grateful to those that attended, prepared refreshments, visited with us, and … more

Quitman Library Connections

During the Christmas holiday, the Quitman Public Library will be closed Monday, Dec. 25 and Tuesday, Dec. 26. The public wi-fi will be available for patrons who have the network and password. … more

Mineola Memorial Library Notes

The last month of the year is here. Are you exhausted already? A lot happened the first weekend in December. Bake sale, snow hill downtown, Celtic Christmas Festival, League of the Arts bazaar, fun … more

Mineola Memorial Library Notes

We are in the last few weeks of 2023. Can you believe how quickly time has passed? Thank you to those who shopped our tiny little book sale on Nov. 18. We appreciate your business. We will do … more

Corner Column

In the moments following the announcement that Mineola had finished second only to Whitesboro in the state marching band finals, I witnessed some strong emotions from young people who had fallen just short of their goal.

I was not perplexed by the outpouring of tears and expressions of what seemed like grief, despite having just accomplished something great, because I could relate. more

Corner Column

Larry Tucker's retirement was not planned, but something that developed over the last several months as health issues decided to take charge of Larry’s path in life.

That’s a real shame because his passion for Quitman and for covering the news and sports has never diminished. His body just decided not to cooperate. more

Mineola Memorial Library Notes

Greetings all! The holiday season is upon us. Lots of things to celebrate and remember. Veterans Day is Saturday, Nov. 11 with our great hometown parade. We thank our veterans for their service. … more

Corner Column

After more than four and a half decades of covering school budgets and finances, I consider myself slightly above average at understanding such things. So there was massive frustration when the … more

Mineola Memorial Library Notes

It’s that time of year when people dress up and tell ghost stories and have fun with make-believe. We will be downtown as part of the Downtown Trick or Treat. We will set up beside the … more

Quitman Library Connections

The Friends of the Quitman Public Library is hosting a Fall Book Sale Oct. 31-Nov. 3, in the library’s Thurman Shamburger Community Room. Friends of the Library invite the public to join this … more

Mineola Memorial Library Notes

Happy Fall. I missed the last deadline due to attendance at a conference in Wichita, Kan. Did you know tarantulas migrate in the fall? That was a surprising discovery on the road to the … more

Quitman Library Connections

The Friends of the Quitman Public Library is planning a fall book sale Oct. 31-Nov. 3 in the library’s Thurman Shamburger Community Room. Officers for FY24 are President Jackie Blalock, … more
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