forever hometown champions

Sound of the Swarm

2021 UIL Class 3A State Marching Band Champs


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Mineola's own Sound of the Swarm won their third consecutive state marching band championship, and we were there to document it.

Thank you our advertisers who made printing this spread possible, the band for being so amazing and director Chris Brannan and his entire staff for letting us follow you around.

You can see many more photos of the band's performances at state and get prints of the captains' and drum majors' showing off the trophy in downtown Mineola.

In this issue

  • Lady Bulldog becoming a Maverick

    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    Quitman four-year varsity volleyball middle-blocker Ava Burroughs is taking her talents from 350-seat Delbert Ballard Memorial Gym to the University of Texas at Arlington’s 7,000-seat College Park Arena.

  • Mineola High School Honor Roll

    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    1st 9-weeks

  • Mineola Middle School Honor Roll

    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    Term 1 

  • Turkey tips and helpful hints

    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    Thanksgiving Day is fast approaching. The following are some reminders from the USDA Meat & Poultry Hotline to help safely serve a wonderful Thanksgiving feast this year.

  • County commissioners OK proclamation for veterans

    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    Wood County Commissioners rolled through a 25-item agenda highlighted by a pair of resolutions. A proclamation claiming November as “National Veterans and Military Families Appreciation …

  • Billy Ray Bratton, 1932-2021

    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    Billy Ray Bratton, 89, of Alba passed away Nov. 5, 2021 at his residence in Alba. He was born Aug. 1, 1932 in Royse City to Ernest and Jessie Ola Daniel Bratton.

  • QISD board OKs new ag department truck

    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    The Quitman ISD school board voted unanimously to approve Superintendent Rhonda Turner to purchase a truck for the agriculture program. In the only action item on the agenda, the board gave Turner …

  • Mineola Fire Department Report

    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    Building fire: Nov. 5, 2:47 p.m., 692 CR 2650, Mineola; Nov. 5, 8:44 p.m., 692 CR 2650, Mineola. Grass fire: Nov. 7, 12:38 p.m., 603 CR 2359, Mineola. Medical assist, assist EMS crew: Nov. …

  • Quitman Police Report

    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    The Quitman Police Department responded to 83 calls for service, issued five citations, gave five warnings and made one arrest. Nov. 6 Sergeant Clint Perkins arrested Leslie Eugene Tomlinson in …

  • Mineola Police Report

    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    November 6 12:19 a.m., suspicious vehicle, 1100 blk N. Pacific, two warnings issued. 5:29 a.m., runaway, W. Kilpatrick, CPS and juvenile probation contacted. 10:29 a.m., welfare …

  • Wood County Sheriff’s Report

    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    November 3 Deputy Cole Hudson went to PR 5935 for a disturbance. One of the parties left the scene but agreed to meet with Hudson at the school. Two individuals advised they had gotten into an …

  • MISD board honors students and staff

    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    At Monday’s Mineola ISD board meeting, the following students and staff were recognized: Primary students of the month, kindergartners Adelyn Van Matre and Tristen Milton; elementary fifth …

  • County treasurer attends training at conference

    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    Wood County Treasurer Becky Burford attended the Texas Association of Counties’ (TAC) Texas Public Funds Investment Conference Nov. 4-5 in Houston. TAC’s County Investment Academy holds …

  • Story locations hit close to home

    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    One word comes to mind when speaking with author Jim Ainsworth – authentic. The Northeast Texas author has been spinning tales about small communities in this corner of Texas for some time. …

  • Corner Column

    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    If you happened to be in the neighborhood Sunday and saw some activity around the property just to the east of our Mineola office, here’s what we know about it.

  • New county veterans service officer named

    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    Christi Billman has been named the new veterans service officer for Wood County. She is a U.S. Navy veteran and a graduate of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

  • Pilot Club honors elementary patriotic writing talents

    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    In honor of Veterans Day, the Mineola Pilot Club has for many years sponsored a dinner for local men and women who have served in the military. Along with the dinner, a patriotic contest is held …

  • Lindsay shuts out Panther offense for 21-0 bidistrict victory

    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    Texas playoff football requires one thing -- a team must play their best to proceed. Unfortunately for the Alba-Golden Panthers, they just did not bring their best game to the field last Friday. The Lindsay Knights defeated the Panthers, 21-0, to end Alba-Golden’s 2021 campaign.

  • 13-3A all-district volleyball selections announced

    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    Newcomer: Olivia Hughes, Fr., Mineola
    Setter: Carley Spears, Sr., Quitman
    Blocker: Ava Burroughs, Sr., Quitman
    Co-Defensive:  Alexis O’Neal, Sr., Quitman 

  • Lady Bulldogs split games with 4A opponents

    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    Quitman held on to beat Pittsburg at home Friday 53-50 behind the strong effort by junior post Kaysi Parker. They opened the season at Wills Point with a 63-50 loss.

  • Lady Jackets battle Bullard in second half

    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    The initial showing of the 2021 Mineola Lady Jackets holds much promise for the upcoming season. Despite the 48-25 loss at the hands of the visiting Bullard squad, there were plenty of positive takeaways from their initial effort.

  • Yantis-Lake Fork Lions Club hosting Thanksgiving meal

    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    The Yantis-Lake Fork Lions Club will be hosting its 17th annual free Thanksgiving meal for the community.

  • Sales tax gains continue across Wood County

    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    The November sales tax report for Wood County shows across-the-board gains for every city and the county government for the month and the year.

  • Pair faces charges for bomb threat at MHS

    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    Two Mineola teens have been arrested and charged with a terroristic threat following a bomb threat at Mineola High School last Thursday.

  • Jackets outlast Sabine, 40-33

    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    The Mineola Yellowjackets used a quick start and a productive second half to secure a bidistrict championship over the Sabine Cardinals, 40-33, Friday in Bullard.

    The game was a cornucopia of football. It featured big plays, grinding drives, spectacular individual effort and oddities such as the return of a blocked PAT for two points.

  • Monitor plans early deadlines for Thanksgiving

    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    Any news items or ads for the Thursday, Nov. 25 edition of the Monitor must be turned in no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19.

    The Monitor will be published one day early to accommodate holiday delivery schedules, with distribution on Tuesday evening and Wednesday.

  • Mineola reveres its vets

    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    The annual Veterans Day parade marched through downtown Mineola heading west down Broad St. starting at 11:11 a.m. Saturday morning, beginning with a flyover.

  • Quilts make special connection with veterans

    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    Thursday was a special day on the west side steps of the Wood County courthouse – a solemn and meaningful Veterans Day program for several local armed forces members.

  • MISD pays tribute to veterans

    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    Mineola ISD took an event-filled hour last Thursday to commemorate Veterans Day. With students of all grades filling both sides of the bleachers, the Sound of the Swarm seated in a near-perfect semi-circle at the north end of the gym, the choir standing adjacent to the band and a sampling of local veterans as honorees, the ceremony was impactful and well-conducted.

  • Primary election filing gets underway

    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    Filing for the spring party primaries got underway Saturday.

  • MISD board learns rates for potential building projects

    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    Mineola school trustees got a first-hand view of the financial impact of a district building program Monday.

    Steve Perry and Craig Cunningham with D.A. Davidson and Co. gave the overview.

  • Wood County Monitor 11-18-21

    Wednesday, November 17, 2021