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Red Kettle campaign returns to rousing success

The Salvation Army Mineola Service Unit was back in business this Christmas season after a one-year absence. More than 40 volunteers donned red aprons and rang bells in two-hour shifts. Some rang … more

Wood County Toys for Tots wraps up campaign

Another successful Toys for Tots campaign has wrapped up in Wood County, with 2022 marking the 75th anniversary of the program started by a reserve major in the U.S. Marine Corps. more

Club lends a hand

The In-Focus Photography Club of East Texas made a $250 donation last week to the Wood County Child Protection Services’ Rainbow Room in Quitman. more

Santa stops by Mineola for last-minute wishlists

Santa made time to hear the wishes of kids from all around Mineola Saturday behind the Mineola Historical Museum before finalizing his lists. more

Boy Scouts nearing extinction in county

A longtime institution in Wood County could be disappearing soon.

Boy Scout Troop 385 in Mineola is the last known Scouting organization in Wood County, and in a year it could well be gone. more

Wreaths honoring veterans

The Wreaths Across America program came to Mineola Saturday as volunteers placed Christmas wreaths on the graves of 677 veterans buried at Roselawn Cemetery north of Mineola, after a brief ceremony at Beaty Funeral Home. more

Local children get a good Blue Christmas

Police are authority figures. Sometimes though, they want to be seen differently.

For at least one night a year, it’s almost impossible not to see a different shade of blue. more

Caring-Sharing wraps up efforts

Mineola Caring and Sharing wrapped up the 2022 drive by assisting about 260 families from the Mineola area on distribution day Saturday. more

Quitman, Mineola in holiday spirit

Christmastime is here. It was a weekend for festive family fun in Wood County. more

Making windows merry and bright

One never knows what kind of magic can come out of the back of a well-worn Chevy step-side pickup. For businesses throughout East and South Texas, that magic comes in the Christmas window paintings … more

Wood County has no shortage of Christmas events

Plenty of holiday events are scheduled around Wood County, starting with a busy weekend ahead. more

Mineola Pilot Club promotes patriotism

Patriotism is one of the focuses for the Pilot Club of Mineola. For many years, the club has sponsored a contest for Mineola Elementary students to develop patriotic ideals in children. more

Caring & Sharing final week volunteers needed

The Mineola Caring & Sharing project is heading to the finish line for the annual food distribution Saturday, Dec. 10, and volunteers are needed to help sort, box and transport food. more

Ila Wisdom honored at tree-lighting event she helped initiate

The now-annual tree-lighting at the eastern steps of the Wood County courthouse was dampened but not dimmed last Thursday evening. The wet, wintry weather kept the crowd slightly smaller than the past couple of years, but the few dozen that did come to witness it lit up all the same. more

Blue Santa Jeep show rescheduled

The Jeep show benefiting the Wood County Blue Santa program has been rescheduled for Saturday, Dec. 4 at Meredith Memorial Stadium in Mineola. more

Bell ringing is back

After a one-year absence, Salvation Army bell ringing has returned to Mineola. It’s important to note that 100% of the money donated remains in Mineola to benefit needy families all year long. … more

Club honors florist

Cheryl Wood of Cheryl’s Lake Country Florist spoke to the Mineola Kiwanis about her experience in Uvalde. more

Mineola holiday Tour of Homes returning

The Mineola Landmark Commission hosts “Welcome Back Home,” continuing the annual Tour of Homes which was suspended two years due to COVID-19. The tour will be Sunday, Dec. 4 from 1 to 5 p.m. more

Rotarians mark anniversary

The Rotary Club of Mineola celebrated its 82nd year of existence Friday, Nov. 18. Members at last week’s meeting included, from left, Frank Taylor, Kraig Yarbrough, Lou Steele, Mark Anderson, … more

Service honored

The Wood County Child Welfare Board and Child Protection Board honored past members for their service Oct. 3 at Jim Hogg Park in Quitman by having a brick in their name placed on the walkway to the … more
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