Mineola Monitor (Mineola, Tex.), Vol. 141, No. 1, Ed. 1 Wednesday, January 6, 2016 Page: 1 of 12
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Vol. 141 • No. 1 * Two Sections * 50 cents
“We’re where you are!”
Mineola Elementary puts
newspapers to good use
By JOSH LAND
The Monitor Staff
If anyone is wondering, elementary stu-
dents in today's digital, fast-paced world
do know what a newspaper is.
Thanks to Mineola Community Bank,
the students of Mrs. Howard's 5th grade
English Language Arts class get a chance
to use editions of the Monitor during their
class on a daily basis.
Before getting a chance to use the news-
Nova McGuire studies the Monitor closely during their
writing station Wednesday morning.
papers, students began working on free-
writing to get students warmed up.
Numbering paragraphs, composition
books, grading pens and summariza-
tions - one forgets how much fun the fifth
"Can I have your autograph?" a stu-
dent asked, "You're Josh Lark, right?"
No, that's not my name, but close enough
young man - got to love fifth graders.
After the warm-up activity, everyone
made their way to the carpet before mov-
ing on to the "Newspaper Center" to grab
Monitor copies to begin their summaries.
Captions, headlines and paragraphs
aren't terms you would think a fifth grad-
er would know, but students continue to
be sharper than ever - thanks in large part
to teachers like Howard who incorporate
the newspapers into their weekly activi-
Students pick any article they wish from
the stack of Monitors for their writing sta-
tions and give a summary. When asked
what his favorite part of using the news-
paper during their daily writing activities
Alex Barriga said, "I like the whole thing
really. We get to pick and choose what
we want which is nice."
Barriga chose to give his summary of
the Student of the Week ad, which hap-
pened to be his sister Claudia. Barriga
See NEWSPAPER, Page 8A
to Alex Barriga,
who chose to
of the Week ad
in the Nov. 4 edi-
tion of the Moni-
AT LEFT: Mineola
5th grader Kylie
Hester writes her
summary of an
article she found
in the Monitor.
Council approves incentive for dealership expansion
By DORIS NEWMAN
The Monitor Staff
In an expeditious meeting
last Monday the Mineola City
Council unanimously approved
a tax abatement for an expand-
ing business in Mineola.
The vote during the regular
December meeting came after
council members and Mercy
Rushing, economic develop-
ment director and assistant
city administrator, met behind
closed doors for 20 minutes. A
public hearing at which no one
spoke was called and closed.
The dirt work for the expan-
sion of the recreational vehicle
business at Longhorn Lord has
been done for years. In the tax
abatement agreement with the
city, KIMSU, Ltd, doing busi-
ness as Longhorn Lord, said
they will create 21 or more full-
time jobs and invest a minimum
of $2 million in capital improve-
ments. The expansion will in-
clude travel trailer sales and a
In return, the city agreed to
abate ad valorem taxes on real
property improvements for the
first four years at 100 percent.
The following two years the
abatement will be 75 percent
and it tapers down to 25 percent
in the last, the 10th, year. The mo-
tion for the tax abatement was
made by Ward 2 Alderman Kev-
in White with a second by Ward
2 Councilperson Connie Lowe.
In the meeting Mayor Rodney
Watkins introduced the subject
of buying two new patrol cars
for the police department. He
said while they had budgeted
for the purchase of the cars,
the council had not been fully
aware of the city's financial situ-
"We have to have them, no
doubt about it," he said. He
suggested the city lease pur-
chase the cars until the finances
get "in better shape than we are
right at this moment." It was
also noted that the first pay-
ment may be able to be deferred
to January 2017.
In the meeting the council
approved several items that
were previously discussed in
the monthly workshop in one
sweeping motion. Those in-
• appointing Brenda Melvin,
Elaine Tuck and Dr. John Lull-
er to the civic center board for
• naming new Tourism Board
members. They are Charlotte
Hall who will serve as an at-
large member with a term ex-
piring in September, 2017 and
Nancy Murphy, the civic center
representative, with a term that
expires in September 2016;
• replatting of property on
Kilpatrick Street where Glen
Thurman is going to renovate
one house and build two other
• performing several technical
requirements for a Texas Com-
munity Development Block
Grant to repair some streets on
the south side of town and
• proclaiming April 2016 at
Lair Housing Month.
(Monitor photos by Doris Newman
Last February the city council resolved to apply to the Texas Community Development Department for a grant
to pay for rehabilitation of parts of three streets in Mineola. Last week the council approved several require-
ments in preparation of the project. This portion of Hart Street (at left), from Short to Wells, is on the list to be
reworked. ABOVE: South Street will be reworked from this intersection at Belcher north to Front Street. Krause
is the third street in Ward 3 that will be repaired and will be done from Stone to South.
Out & About
• Temari balls will be the focus of the
Lriends of the Mineola Memorial Library at
1 p.m. Thursday. Longtime library friend
Rosemary Bell will demonstrate the intricate
• On Saturday from 7 to 9:30 a.m. Break-
fast with a Heart will be held to benefit the
Bread of Life Ministry's Lood Pantry at St.
Dunstan's Episcopal Church on North John-
• The Christian Women's Peace and Unity
Luncheon will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at St.
Paul Missionary Baptist Church at 304 South
C&S chairperson says New Year's Eve concert a big hit
The New Year's Eve concerts host-
ed by Rafael Espinoza was a glowing
success, according to the Caring &
Sharing Chairperson Beverly Spike.
"It was awesome," she said. Paus-
ing between each word for empha-
sis, she said, "It was just so fun."
Espinoza hosted the concert at the
Select Theater, which was also do-
nated for the purpose. All proceeds
from admission went to Caring &
Sharing. This year the Christmas
campaign helped 1,269 people, 295
families, 424 children 10 or below
and 151 elderly people.
The chairman said a Caring &
Sharing representative deposited
close to $1,900 from the concert.
"Rafael was just so generous and
kind," Spike said. The theater was
not completely filled, but was nearly
full she gauged. She was touched by
Espinoza and all the other musicians
who were willing to give up their
New Years Eve to give the "spectacu-
lar" performance. To top things off,
Spike said that Espinoza and Shea
Birdwell, who performed through-
out the evening, talked about Caring
& Sharing and what they do.
"It was a great night," she said
and an added benefit was it gave
people who don't normally do any-
thing for New Years Eve something
to do. The family-friendly event was
scheduled to go from 7 to 10 p.m.,
but the concert was actually shut
down about 10:45.
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Newman, Doris. Mineola Monitor (Mineola, Tex.), Vol. 141, No. 1, Ed. 1 Wednesday, January 6, 2016, newspaper, January 6, 2016; Mineola, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth899542/m1/1/: accessed May 20, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Mineola Memorial Library.