Author: Crystal

Mom to 4; crafter; geek; nerd; Scout mom; lover of Irish things; award-winning graphic artist; typesetter

Yellow Jacket Football 2013 Season Begins

football helmet

The Mineola Yellow Jacket football season officially began on Monday morning with the first two-a-day session. The players and coaching staff are excited for the season ahead and started training at full speed. There were good throws, good tackles, and good spirits throughout the practice.

East Texas Men in Harmony Featured at Kiwanis Benefit Concert for The Eliminate Project

Eliminate Concert

The Mineola Kiwanis Club hosted a concert Sunday night at the Lake Country Playhouse featuring the East Texas Men in Harmony to raise awareness and money for The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus. An estimated $2000 was raised via ticket sales and a collection during the concert to help provide immunizations to mothers and infants in 40 countries that still face the fatal threat of maternal/neonatal tetanus, known as MNT.

Vacation Bible School 2013

Children running at Vacation Bible School

If you’ve got some little saints, here’s a listing of the VBS programs in town so they can get all they want! If your program isn’t on our list, please leave a comment with the information and we’ll update the post. Thanks!

Jessie Weaver Celebrates 103 Years

Jessie Weaver 103

Longtime Mineola resident Jessie Weaver enjoyed a gathering of about 40 family members and friends to celebrate her 103rd birthday on Friday afternoon. Attendees enjoyed presentations from the city, cake, stories, and music.

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.

School Night for Scouting

School Night for Scouting

The annual School Night for Scouting will be on Thursday evening at 7:00 pm at the Methodist Ministry Center. Parents and students will have the opportunity to learn about and register for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, or Girl Scouts.

New Mineola ISD Band Director Chris Brannan

Mineola Texas Band Director Chris Brannan

The first halftime performance of the Mineola Yellow Jacket Band under the direction of Chris Brannan was met with a standing ovation Friday night. It was an encouraging sign for the award-winning director that looks to show Mineola and the band members themselves that the Yellow Jacket Band is its own entity and a Yellow Jacket force in its own right.

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.