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Downtown Mineola project set to begin

Work is expected to get underway in the next week on the 1888 downtown plaza project in Mineola. The city is using federal COVID relief dollars to build public restrooms, electronic charging … more

Grand jury hands down indictments

The following indictments were handed down by the Wood County Grand Jury Monday, July 31: Micah Stan Barber, Gladewater, evading arrest/detention with vehicle, third degree felony, May 24, 2023. … more

Nature preserve meteor shower viewing planned

The Mineola Nature Preserve in conjunction with the Astronomical Society of East Texas will sponsor a viewing of the Perseids Meteor Shower at the Nature Preserve on Saturday evening, Aug. 12 from … more

Free books coming to area children

What had began as a gesture to motivate the students of a rural high school in small-town Tennessee has become one of the most prolific and beneficial educational endeavors ever undertaken. Currently 138 youngsters from Alba-Golden, Quitman and Yantis have joined 2.5 million children in receiving books free-of-charge from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.  more

Alba City Council approves new assistant city secretary, water rate study considered

By unanimous vote at Monday’s council, the Alba City Council hired Jenna Trussell as the part-time city hall administrative assistant.

The Alba-Golden High School graduate, and Golden resident, began her duties Tuesday and will be an understudy to city secretary Lindy McCarty.  more

State Rep. Cole Hefner reviews new laws passed in most recent legislative sessions

Being born and raised in East Texas, State Rep. Cole Hefner said it is easy to cast votes that align with his constituents, in an address Monday to the Mineola Rotary Club. more

No burn ban yet for county

Wood County commissioners declined to adopt a ban on outdoor burning Tuesday.

While several area counties have adopted bans in recent days, commissioners decided to table the matter for two weeks. more

City radio tower location moved

Mineola’s delayed project to construct a new radio tower for public safety communications is heading in a different direction. more

Airport receives unexpected runway funding

The Wood County Airport received some unexpected good news from the recently-completed session of the state legislature.

Airport leaders have long sought to extend the runaway from 4,000 feet to 5,000 in order to accommodate larger corporate aircraft, principally jets whose insurance requires them to use longer runways. more

Breakfast benefits local food pantry

Breakfast With a Heart will be hosted by First Christian Church, 209 N. Pacific in Mineola, Saturday, Aug. 5.                         … more

VBS students learn about mission work

Part of the curriculum at Holly Brook Baptist Church VBS included teaching children about missionaries and what they do in communities they are called to serve. The children learned about … more

Pair honored for life-saving actions

A school employee and a Quitman city police officer have been recognized for their efforts in saving a high school student from choking in May near the end of school. A Quitman Police Department … more

Commissioners deliberate budget

Wood County commissioners met in a workshop to begin fine-tuning the proposed 2024 budget last Thursday morning. Another workshop is scheduled Thursday at 8:30 a.m. in the county courtroom and is … more

Old Settlers goes on in spite of work

Despite work at Jim Hogg City Park on the reconstruction of the historic pavilion, the 122nd Old Settlers will begin Thursday at the park. The entertainment schedule will go as planned beginning … more

Sabine Stomp to help city mark sesquicentennial

It’s all hands on deck for one of the signature events of the Mineola sesquicentennial celebration – the Sabine Stomp ’23 at the Mineola Nature Preserve Saturday, Sept. 2. The … more

Mineola seniors adding activities

The Mineola Senior Center has added some new activities. On Mondays there is a group playing Rummikub from 10 a.m. to noon at the center. A Game Night has been added on Wednesday from … more

Mineola gets positive audit

The city of Mineola was given a clean bill of financial health by its accounting firm. Jon Watson with Brooks Watson and Co. presented the report for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2022 at the … more

Tips for Tots set Monday at Lake Fork

The eighth annual Tips for Tots benefiting foster children in Wood County is Monday, Aug. 7 from 4-7 p.m. at Bill Smith’s Fish House at Lake Fork, 5375 N. FM 17 (near FM 515).   The … more

Produce stand a labor of love

Sometimes, it takes a lot of courage to do what one loves to do. For 25 years, Alba resident Stevan Johnston logged in and out of a shop in Terrell as an automotive mechanic.   He provided … more

Ag teachers honored by hall of fame

Two retired Wood County ag teachers have been inducted into the Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas Hall of Fame. Glen Dossett of Mineola and Gary Don Chandler of Quitman were honored in … more
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