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Funds target innovative Quitman memory care center

The Wood County Economic Development Commission (WCEDC) unanimously approved $50,000 last Wednesday in support of Phase One of an innovative memory care concept project in Quitman. 

The Wood County Central Hospital District matched that grant with $50,000, and the Quitman Economic Development Corporation committed $25,000 which was approved by the Quitman City Council last Thursday.  more

Quitman Pilot Club plans annual benefit chili cook-off

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. more

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. more

Virus led to pause and career in pipe-making

Sometimes it takes a time-out to set one up on a new path. That was exactly the result of a self-imposed quarantine for Van local Liz Fisher, as she struggled with a severe case of coronavirus in the very first stages of the pandemic.  more

Martin Luther King Jr. Day caravan and service planned in Mineola

The Mineola Ministerial Alliance is hosting its annual Unity Celebration in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday, Jan. 17 at the Mineola Civic Center. more

Flint and Steel seeks skate park funds

The Flint and Steel Coalition is moving forward with several big projects. The group’s aim is to create numerous youth activities throughout Mineola, and at last week’s meeting members approved applying to the Meredith Foundation for the construction of a concrete skate park. more

Berry answering the call with a song

Barbara Berry’s voice easily filled the small chapel. As the music flowed from her, one came to realize that her voice would likely fill any church, or any venue, regardless of size. It is a mixture of perfect tonality and steadiness. It gives great comfort. more

Toys for Tots aids thousands

The Wood County Toys For Tots Program completed its 2021 campaign by distributing over 3,279 toys to over 1,552 children.   Toys For Tots is a national charitable … more

Church hosting gospel concert

New Hope Baptist Church will host the Mark Trammell Quartet on Saturday, Jan. 8 at 6 p.m. This Southern Gospel quartet has won many awards and titles for their praise to the Lord. All are invited and … more

High school welding students pitch in for Quitman Christmas decorations

A cooperative effort for new pole mounts for Quitman’s downtown Christmas decorations has been successful. The Quitman Park and Recreation Board, Chamber of Commerce and high school ag … more

Longtime friendship brings nativity scene to Lake Fork

Old friends can be a great blessing. For Tim Suddarth and John Bowers that special relationship resulted in a most unique manner to celebrate the Christmas season.   The two have … more

Quitman Dairy Queen hosting blood donation drive

Quitman’s Dairy Queen is hosting a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31 at 700 S. Main in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an … more

Traditional New Year foods for Alba cookoff

Black-eyed peas and cabbage will be the featured food at a cook off New Year’s Day in Alba. The Alba Economic Development Corp. will award $125 prizes for the best black-eyed peas and best … more

In the spirit of holiday giving

Wood County’s generosity has been in evidence around the communities heading into the holiday season.  more

Photo club donation

The In-Focus Photography Club of East Texas presented a check to the Rainbow Room of Wood County in Quitman, from left, Sally Attaway, president Wood County Child Protection Board; Tom Rice, Santa, … more

Area church carries on living nativity tradition

The first person one met after passing through the gates of Bethlehem was a shepherd. He had just penned his stock and was leaned against a fence rail. After engaging him in casual conversation, the … more

Helping hands

The Crafty Christians is a group of women supported by the First United Methodist Church of Quitman and by the Liberty Methodist Church near Quitman. The mission of the group is to utilize their … more

New resident brings impressive military collection

As Louis L’Amour pointed out in his short story ‘Booty for a Badman,’ “When a man travels he should keep sizing up the country, stopping time to time to study his back trail so he recognizes the landmarks.” more

Lake Country band plans holiday treat

Mark your calendar for Sunday, Dec. 19, as the Lake Country Symphonic Band presents its final concert of the 2021 season, A Festival of Carols. The performance will begin at 2 p.m. at the Historic Select Theater in downtown Mineola. more

A Quitman Christmas

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