Wood County Stories

Jarvis Christian University: From Struggle to Success

By Brynna Williamson

A sprawling, 1000-acre campus comes into view as the driver flits by a white picket fence, open, grassy lawns, and wide, blacktopped roads and paths. With several beautiful, tan brick buildings hugging the manicured grounds, the history as well as the beauty of the campus is obvious at a glance.

Bassmaster Elite Comes to Wood County Once Again

By Brynna Williamson

2021 saw many things in Wood County. Snowmageddon. A COVID resurgence. Heavy rain.

But with the bitter comes the sweet.

Mineola’s Nature Preserve: Relax, Rejuvenate, Retire

By Brynna Williamson

In any generic small town, one would expect to see a church, a gas station, and maybe a locally owned business. A city park, if they’re lucky. A playground, if they’re very lucky.

Patriot Sporting Challenge: Honoring a Legacy

By Brynna Williamson

Garry Schnabel is passionate about what he does. And what he does, people are passionate about.

Schnabel, a Vietnam War Veteran, moved to Wood County in 2016.

Nice Guys Finish First: Bobby Irwin, East Texas’ Rising Star

By Brynna Williamson

15,000 people scream and chant his name as a young figure saunters up on stage in a ball cap and jeans. He doesn’t make eye contact with the crowd, but unconcernedly going about his business, plugs in his electric guitar and strums a few practice chords. Finally, the figure turns to the mic and lifts his eyes to the crowd with a cockeyed grin.