Wood County

Texas A&M Forest Service

Wood County has joined the list of counties in Northeast Texas to declare a burn ban. The commissioner’s court announced the ban Thursday. The Wood County ban now leaves Hopkins, Lamar, and Delta counties the only three left in the KETR listening area without a ban in place. 

Tax payments are up in Northeast Texas, though some counties are doing better than others. The newest numbers from the Texas State Comptroller County Sale and Use Tax Comparison Study show tax payments  up in six Northeast Texas counties compared to a year ago.

An unusual accident in Wood County sent a tree trimmer to the hospital Monday.

The Texas Department of Public Safety has released the names of the two women killed in separate traffic accidents in Wood and Van Zandt counties Monday afternoon.

Seventy-two-year-old Barbara Fish of Yantis was killed in a two-vehicle crash on State Highway 154 near Farm-to-Market 515 in Wood County. Police say she failed to stop at the intersection and was struck by a vehicle heading westbound on FM 515.

The driver of the second vehicle, was hospitalized in stable condition.

A grand jury yesterday indicted former Wood County Sheriff James Brown on charges that he used his authority to keep a mineral rights owner from his own property.

Texas Education Agency
Texas Education Agency

A higher percentage of students from Northeast Texas finished college than students statewide. That’s according to data put together by the Texas Tribune, which looked at graduation rates among 300,000 public school students who completed 8th grade in 2005. Statewide, 21 percent of those students have graduated from college by now. Ten of the 11 counties comprising Northeast Texas exceeded that average. Hunt County was the only one to come in below the state average.

May elections: Alba to elect mayor

Apr 2, 2015
Wood County has three mayoral elections and eight alderman positions open for the May 2015 election.
provided image

Wood County has three mayoral elections and eight alderman positions open for the May 2015 election.


Mayor: Orvin Carroll, Ted Levitt.

Aldermen: Preston Hass, Glenda Dedmon.


Alderman, Position 2: Clara I. Kay (uncontested)

Alderman, Position 4: Wayne Kirkpatrick, James Earhart.

Alderman, Position 5: Norma Oglesby, E.R. Simmons.


Mayor: Paul Gates, Rodney T. Watkins, Novada Bigham

MINEOLA - Investigators say a lawnmower and spilled fuel have been blamed for a fire that destroyed much of an East Texas petroleum company.

Investigation underway in East Texas plant explosion

Mar 12, 2012

MINEOLA - Officials say nobody has been hurt in an explosion and fire at a Wood County petroleum company that destroyed much of the business.

Friday wreck leaves one dead, three injured

Jan 9, 2012

WOOD COUNTY - Three Wood County residents were seriously injured after a deadly one vehicle wreck over the weekend. 

Public's help sought in missing person case

Nov 17, 2011

WOOD COUNTY - The search for a missing Wood County woman continues more than a month after her disappearance.

Investigation of deadly accident turned over to DA

Nov 15, 2011

WOOD COUNTY - The Wood County Grand Jury is set to review the case of a deadly hit and run involving a 15-year-old boy when it meets later this month.

Suspect at large after vehicle strikes pedestrian

Oct 5, 2011

WOOD COUNTY - The driver of an SUV is sought after a hit and run left a pedestrian hospitalized.