Graduation 2021

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  • Wood County Monitor 5-20-21

    Thursday, May 20

  • Big inning ends Lady Panthers’ magical run

    Thursday, May 20

    One big inning by the Union Grove Lady Lions undid Alba-Golden’s playoff run last Friday at Rains. The Lady Panthers took a 7-3 lead into the bottom of the sixth but gave up six runs, resulting …

  • Exciting finish gives Mineola early lead in three-game playoff series

    Thursday, May 20

    It may not have been the greatest game in the history of baseball, but it was definitely in the top ten. Game one of the Mineola vs. New Diana series was that good. The Yellowjackets eclipsed the …

  • Mineola sports successes celebrated

    Thursday, May 20

    Mineola High School conducts three sports assemblies in the school year. The athletes for fall sports, winter sports and spring sports are separately recognized in the gymnasium before parents and …

  • QHS names top athletes during annual banquet

    Thursday, May 20

    If the capacity crowd of over 325 people is any indication about the Quitman athletic program, then the athletic accomplishments and expectations continue to excite the athletes, their families and …

  • Dawson keynotes AGHS sports awards

    Thursday, May 20

    Alba-Golden is a small school. This year they will graduate 57 seniors. But that small school just up US 69 has a way of putting on hugely-meaningful events.  Last Tuesday, in the Alba-Golden …

  • Quitman Library Connections

    Thursday, May 20

    Brookshire Grocery Company along with the Quitman Public Library will host a “Meet the Author” event for the company’s 92-year history book titled “From Cotton Picker to Store …

  • Mineola Fire Report

    Thursday, May 20

    Medical assist, assist EMS crew: May 7, 6:16 a.m., 106 Francis St., Mineola; May 8, 1:54 p.m., 705 Goodson Cir., Mineola. Motor vehicle accident with injuries: May 6, 1108 N. Pacific St. & N. …

  • Mineola Police Report

    Thursday, May 20

    May 8 12:22 a.m., information, NE Loop 564, dispute over preparation of drive through order. 10:01 a.m., disturbance, 100 blk E. Front, conductor requests male subject be removed from …

  • Wood County Sheriff’s Report

    Thursday, May 20

    May 3 Sgt. Austin Milbourn was performing traffic control in the area of SH 154 and FM 1483 after a large tree fell across the roadway as a result of recent storms. A vehicle traveling at highway …

  • Quitman ISD board retains same officers

    Thursday, May 20

    The Quitman ISD school board handled an abbreviated agenda Monday night in just 22 minutes. After 2021 QHS valedictorian Kaitlynn Barnett and salutatorian Lucy Brannon led the pledges, the board …

  • Downtown Mineola lot to be sold

    Thursday, May 20

    A vacant lot in downtown Mineola is set to be sold to a local restaurateur. The Mineola Economic Development Corp. voted to recommend to the city council that the lot at 101 E. Commerce St., …

  • Graduation weekend

    Thursday, May 20

    The four high schools in Western Wood County have scheduled their graduation ceremonies Friday and Saturday. Alba-Golden Friday, May 21, 7 p.m., Sulphur Springs Civic Center, 1200 Houston …

  • Music in the park

    Thursday, May 20

    Quitman Mayor Pro Tem David Dobbs gave a short speech and cut the ribbon sponsored by the Quitman Chamber of Commerce honoring the local Pilot Club’s efforts to bring musical instruments to Jim …

  • Late inning thwarts Jackets

    Thursday, May 20

    A crushing top of the seventh inning – in which the New Diana Eagles generated four runs off of six base hits – ended the Mineola Yellowjackets 2021 playoff run. The game went into the …

  • Commissioners OK unmarked SO cars

    Thursday, May 20

    These vehicles are assigned to the chief deputy, the CID captain and three vehicles used by criminal investigators. The vehicle must be used by full-time law enforcement officer authorized to carry firearms, execute warrants, and make arrests.

  • MISD seeks to track success of programs

    Thursday, May 20

    Mineola school trustees want to know if the programs offered by the district are yielding long-term success for MISD students. Specifically, what are students doing who earn professional certifications through high school career and technical (CTE) programs doing with that training, Trustee Glen Dossett asked. High school counselor Melisia Foster outlined how the district plans to follow students for the next two years to try to learn that answer.

  • MISD School Board directs more resources to professional counseling for students

    Thursday, May 20

    Mineola school trustees were set to increase licensed professional counseling services for students Monday, but upon hearing input from principals, asked Superintendent Cody Mize to go back to the drawing board for even more services.

  • Beneficial bananas

    Thursday, May 20

    Bananas are one of the most popular fruits in America. Bananas are high in potassium, Vitamin C, Vitamin A and are fat free, cholesterol free and sodium free. They are delicious eaten plain, sliced with cereal or yogurt and in many bread and snacks recipes. The following are two easy recipes featuring bananas that you  might want to try.

  • Betty Jean Carr  1935-2021

    Thursday, May 20

    Betty Jean Carr, 85, of Mineola passed away on Friday, May 7, 2021 in Mineola. She was born on May 19, 1935 in Pampa to the late Lewis Gore and Florence Ford Gore.  Betty was a member of …

  • Jacob Isaac “Bud” Morrow 1936-2021

    Thursday, May 20

    Jacob Isaac “Bud” Morrow, 83 of Mineola, died April 21, 2020 in Tyler. He was born on June 3, 1936 in Oak Grove Community near Quitman to Kenneth A. and Irene Folmer Morrow. After …

  • Rose Marie (Wilcox) Turner  1942-2021

    Thursday, May 20

    Rose Marie (Wilcox) Turner, 79, of Holly Lake Ranch, passed away on May 13, 2021. Visitation for Mrs. Turner was held on Monday, May 17, 2021 at Lowe-Gardner Chapel from 6-8 p.m. Memorial services …

  • Constable’s canine receives protective vest

    Thursday, May 20

    Wood County Prec. 2 canine Mata has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. Mata’s vest was embroidered with the sentiment “In honor of K9 Juma’s service to Wood County.”

  • Hainesville family sticks together through thick, thin

    Thursday, May 20

    Imagine 10 siblings traveling the state with their parents as the father had to keep them moving to support his family.

    Those five sisters and five brothers now meet twice a year in April and October just down the road from where their Mom was born and raised in the rural area southeast of Hainesville.

  • Corner Column

    Thursday, May 20

    Maybe it is being so close to the miracle that is creation which often gives children special insights. Or, maybe it is just the unvarnished truths which they so easily, and unabashedly, voice.

  • Lake Fork Sportsman’s Association postpones sale to June 19

    Thursday, May 20

    The benefit furniture sale planned Saturday, May 22 by the Lake Fork Sportsman’s Association has been postponed due to the threat of inclement weather.

  • Kiwanis tournament boosts scholarships

    Thursday, May 20

    The Peoples Communication Kiwanis Golf Tournament benefitting the Quitman-Lake Fork Kiwanis Club’s scholarships and youth leadership programs was a huge success with 22 teams and $10,600 profit raised. 

    The Quitman High School Key Club and the Quitman Junior High Builders Club are student-led organizations designed to teach service, community involvement and leadership skills. Some of the tournament funds will go toward supporting their service projects. 

  • Sales tax receipts come roaring back

    Thursday, May 20

    After the February freeze slowed economic activity locally, sales in March came storming back.

    The city of Mineola set a record for monthly sales tax income, and revenues were up across the board in Wood County.

  • Barnett, Brannon the best of the Bulldogs

    Thursday, May 20

    The Quitman High School 2021 valedictorian is 17-year-old Kaitlyn Barnett, daughter of Stephanie and Ronny Barnett. While in high school she has been involved in clubs and activities including National Honor Society (NHS), Student Council, Anchor Club, band and powerlifting.

    Quitman High School 2021 salutatorian Lacy Brannon is the 18-year-old daughter of Emily Attaway and the granddaughter Jim and Sally Attaway of Quitman. She has been involved in FFA, varsity volleyball, National Honor Society, Student Council, Key Club and UIL. 

  • Garcia, Fischer top MHS Class of ‘21

    Thursday, May 20

    Valerie Garcia and Jonah Fischer will lead the Mineola High School Class of 2021.

    They have been battling for the top spot since they were freshmen, with Garcia taking the nod by decimal points.

  • Council reviewing Quitman water well policy

    Thursday, May 20

    The main concern was the safety and quality of the water. The council also wanted to make it the council’s decision on water well approvals and not leave the matter to just one person, the city administrator.

  • MISD students to benefit from Tyler JuCo promise

    Thursday, May 20

    Calling it an historic night for Mineola ISD, Superintendent Cody Mize formally announced the district’s partnership with Tyler Junior College Monday that will give students the opportunity to attend the college at no cost.