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Commissioners set lower tax rate

At a special session of the Wood County commissioners last week, the property tax rate was adopted for the upcoming year which enables them to meet the new budget adopted. more

Visiting judge says McCampbell can hear Jeff Fletcher’s cases

Visiting Judge Alphonso Charles ruled against a request from former 402nd District Judge Jeff Fletcher to have current Judge Brad McCampbell recused from district court cases involving Fletcher’s clients. The two were involved in a tense, and at times bitter, campaign for district judge in 2020. more

Record hay show auction tops $40K

The Mineola Hay Show has come a long way.

When the bids and add-ons were tabulated last Tuesday night, the show generated more than $40,000 to assist the Mineola High School ag programs. more

Quitman council adopts budget, tax rate

The Quitman City Council approved a tax rate of $0.5411 per $100 valuation last Thursday. The rate consists of maintenance and operations at $0.3900 and interest and sinking of $0.1511 to bring the total to the $0.5411.

The council opened the session with a public hearing to discuss the tax rate, but no citizens were present, and Mayor Randy Dunn ended the hearing. The adoption of the tax rate was approved unanimously. more

It’s official – Mineola elementary campus acceptable

Thanks to a small and little-publicized section of a new state law, Mineola ISD is able to move past the “F” grade received by its elementary campus the last time school campuses were rated by the state.

Superintendent Cody Mize announced the great news at the Monday school board meeting. more

Pandemic creating challenges in local health care

Calling it a crisis and scary times, UT Health Quitman Hospital CEO Jared Smith again briefed the Mineola City Council last week on the situation during the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, fueled by … more

Community treasure is decade old

Years, and even decades, of hard work and dedication will be celebrated Saturday, Sept. 18 when the Alba Public Library and Museum marks its 10th anniversary. more

One last hurrah for Alba builder of world’s fastest car

John Dearmore of Alba will wrap up a 65-year career in racing with a final grand tour this fall.

Dearmore will be showing his top fuel dragster that first burst onto the scene more than 50 years ago. It achieved national recognition in its heyday in the early 1970s as one of the fastest cars on the planet. more

MISD initiates process for long-range strategic plan

The Mineola school district kicked off a strategic planning process last week, some of which also doubles as the state-mandated training for the school board.

Lloyd Graham, a retired school superintendent, moderated the session with the board on Tuesday, Sept. 7 and also with community members the following night. more

Iron Horse Festival returns to Mineola

Mineola will once again celebrate its railroad heritage with the Iron Horse Festival Saturday, Sept. 25 in the downtown area. more

Stray inspires children’s book with message

Most things in life we choose, on occasion things seem to come to us. 

So it was with Wood County resident Nancy Falster and her passion about the proper care of dogs. more

Major League Fishing schedules Lake Fork event

Major League Fishing (MLF), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced that Lake Fork will be on the schedule for the 2022 MLF Bass Pro Tour, which will showcase 80 of the best bass anglers in the world competing in seven regular-season tournaments around the country for millions of dollars. more
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