Author: Crystal

First United Methodist Church Ends Vacation Bible School with a Jump

FUMC VBS Starwalk

Local kids have been enjoying Vacation Bible School at First United Methodist Church this week. “Jesus gives us new life” was the theme of the week, illustrated by Hermie, a caterpillar who turns into a butterfly. The church hosted Starwalk of Dallas to bring a big finish to the program on Thursday. Children and staff alike enjoyed jumping and flipping on bungee trampolines to “fly” like Hermie.

Mineola Crime Watch July 26-August 1

CrimeWatch graphic

Wood County Crime Stoppers pays up to $1,000 for information that assists law enforcement agencies in solving crimes and locating wanted persons. No caller ID is used. $2,400 has already been paid out since January 2013. Information can be given by calling 903.763.CASH (2274).

Mineola ISD 2013 STAAR Test Results Disappoint

Mineola STAAR Data 2013

One of the discussions at the last Mineola ISD board meeting was about the standardized test results for last year. Words like dismal and unacceptable were used by board members to describe some of the results. There were a few “bright spots,” as superintendent Dr. John Fuller put it, but the scores were disappointing when considered broadly.

Golden Homestead Art Gallery

Golden Homestead

The last Chamber mixer was held at the Golden Homestead art gallery. Owner Cathy Pegues is the artist that will provide an original oil painting for the winner of the APET Pet Photo Contest. She graciously offered accepted a visit so I could help you get to know your potential artist.

Introducing Your City Council: Sue Jones

Sue Jones

We’ll be periodically featuring members of the city council, as well as city department heads to help our readers really understand how these folks work for and with us. Last month we featured Ward 1 alderman Jack Jones. This month we are featuring alder woman for Ward 2, Sue Jones.

Young Library Patrons Build Robots

Robotics students

Mineola Primary teacher Stacy Wedding facilitated a robotics workshop for primary and elementary students at the Mineola Memorial Library on Wednesday afternoon. The workshop was a special session of “Dig Into Reading,” the summer children’s reading program at the library.…

McFarland School History

McFarland High Mascot - Bear

This weekend’s McFarland Reunion sparked a slew of questions among the community. Where is it? What is it? Who was Addie McFarland? Many citizens know of the McFarland Center, but the McFarland history is unknown to far too many in Mineola. It’s time to change that.

Downtown Windows Get Gussied Up for Mineola Fire Department Rodeo

Lee's Old Country Store rodeo display

Nine downtown business fronts were decorated this week in the hopes of winning bragging rights in the Rodeo Spirit Rally. The rally is to celebrate the Mineola Fire Department Rodeo to be held today and tomorrow at the Fire Department Rodeo Grounds. The rodeo is a major fundraiser for the Mineola Volunteer Fire Department to keep it operating.