Mineola Monitor (Mineola, Tex.), Vol. 140, No. 7, Ed. 1 Wednesday, February 18, 2015 Page: 1 of 14
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The opportunity to catch rainbow trou in East Texas is fairly rare,
and Jackson Croley can say he did just that. He was one of many who
took part in the fishing event at Wyat Pond at the Mineola Nature
Preserve Saturday. Organizers say fishermen showed up before the 9
a.m. opening time and 150 had been counted early on. BELOW: If the
fish aren't biting, attention begins to wander and the many horsemen
utilizing the path north of Wyatt Pond provided an equestrian parade.
They were participating in a fundraiser for shelters for the pens at the
equestrian area known as the derby. (Photos by Doris Newman)
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George Saunders was ar-
rested and charged with
the murder of his teenage
The Wood County
Sheriff's Department ar-
rested George Saunders
Wednesday at his home
on West Patten Street in
Mineola in the four-year-
old murder of his son,
Loren, near Alba.
On Jan. 18, 2011 shortly
after 1:30 a.m. George
Saunders called 911 re-
porting his son had been
shot and he was doing
CPR. When officers ar-
rived at the Chaney Point
RV Park east of Alba they
found the teenager was
already deceased with
a gunshot wound to his
chest from a .22 caliber
At the time, the sher-
iff's department, un-
der the administration
of Sheriff Bill Wansley,
ruled the shooting ac-
cidental based on inter-
views with his father,
friends, the community
and evidence from the
forensic lab. Loren was
16 years old and a soph-
omore at Alba-Golden
However, in May 2011
the sheriff's department
reopened the investiga-
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• Saturday's Rotary
Recycling Day is in the
Walmart parking lot
from 9 a.m. to noon.
• The Kiwanis Chili
Cook-off will be Satur-
day at the Ministries
Center from 11 a.m. to 1
• The Brotherhood
at St. Paul Missionary
Baptist Church will hold
their annual fish fry on
Friday. Tickets are $7.
• The Mineola Civic
Center will hold its fifth
annual Gun and Knife
Show on Saturday and
Sunday. The doors will
open Saturday at 9 a.m.
and close at 5 p.m. and
Sunday from 10 a.m. to
• The American
Legion Auxiliary Post
296 will host a potluck
dinner on Monday at
5:30 p.m. at the auxiliary
building thee miles east
of Mineola on Highway
• Open auditions for
"Escanaba in da Moon-
light," will be held at
Mineola's Lake Country
Playhouse on Monday
and Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Partly cloudy is how the weathermen described Wednesday's skies. Cloud identification
research tells us these are altocumulus clouds but the term "buttermilk clouds" is how
locals remember them. The formation provides a dramatic backdrop to a sleepy down-
town early Wednesday morning. (Photo by Katrina Davis)
W.C. Sheriff's Office adds
body cams, more technology
Wood County Sheriff Jim Brown has announced several state-
of-the-art technological additions to his office's arsenal of crime
fighting and safety equipment.
Recently all Wood County Deputies were equipped with
Axon body cameras. These 2" by 3" recording devices are
worn outside the deputy's uniform shirt in the upper body
area. The cameras record all activity that takes place includ-
ing everything that is said, heard or seen by deputies during
an encounter. "Any time there is an encounter with an indi-
vidual they will be running," the sheriff said. "That's policy."
The body cam goes with the officer everywhere and has a 130
percent wide-angle lens.
The videos can later be downloaded onto DVD for storage or
See CAMERAS, Page 5A
Grant application OK'd for streets;
council begins 'comp' time talk
By DORIS NEWMAN
The Monitor Staff
Some residential streets in Mineola may be repaired if a grant
application from the city gets approved.
A resolution okaying a grant submission to the Texas Com-
munity Development fund that will provide money to fix streets
in a low- to middle-income neighborhood was approved by the
Mineola City Council last Monday.
The special meeting also included the city council going be-
hind closed doors to deliberate economic development nego-
tiations. Economic Development Director Mercy Rushing said
she was working on about three projects.
See STREETS, Page 6A
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