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The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) has scrambled to update the public on constantly changing information regarding the COVID-19 outbreak and how they are handling the crisis at their correctional facilities. This has included daily press releases as well as Facebook Live conversations with Executive Director Bryan Collier. more
Texas Rangers arrested former Madison County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Detective and 2016 Madison County Sheriff candidate Ivan Linebaugh Monday for Aggravated Sexual Assault, according to a Tuesday press release from MCSO. more
Texas Central, the company hoping to build a high-speed rail system between Houston and Dallas that would cut through Madison County laid off 28 employees recently due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, which may continue to impact the company’s planned timetable for the project. more
Madison County employees, both full-time and part-time, who miss work due to the COVID-19 crisis will be paid for up to 10 working days, according to an addendum to the county’s employee handbook approved Monday by county commissioners at their regularly scheduled meeting. more
After opening its doors to the public less than a month ago, the Madisonville Smoke Shop was burglarized late Saturday night or early Sunday morning. The burglar (or burglars) emptied the cash register, which contained more than $500, and also stole various items from the new shop. more
The Madison County Fair Association held untraditional fair activities over the weekend, allowing the participants’ projects to be judged despite closing off the display to the public due to concerns over COVID-19, or coronavirus. more
The Madisonville Consolidated Independent School District (MCISD) Board held a special meeting Friday and passed a resolution authorizing the district to continue wage payments to all contractual and non-contractual, salary and non-salary employees during time missed due to coronavirus concerns. more
Tumbling interest rates in the wake of the spread of the novel coronavirus may prove a benefit to the City of Madisonville, which accepted a bid during a special meeting Monday night for $1.25 million in debt across 15 years with an interest rate of 1.28%. more
The North Zulch Independent School District (NZISD) held their annual board meeting for March Thursday before all school activities hit pause as a result of the Coronavirus. more
Madisonville native Allan Jaster was promoted to Colonel in the United State Marine Corps this month upon assignment to his current position as the Commanding Officer of the 1st Civil Affairs Group at Camp Pendleton, Calif. more
As the pickup rumbles along through a once-smooth hayfield on Kevin Counsil’s ranch in Madisonville, the feral hog problem in rural Texas becomes all too visible. more
AUSTIN — Incumbent President Donald J. Trump, who received 94% of the vote in the Lone Star State’s Republican primary election, and former Vice President Joe Biden, who received 34.5 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary, were their parties’ top vote-getters on March 3, Super Tuesday. more
The Madison County Sheriff’s Department plans to apply for $66,900 Office Of the Governor grants in coming months to upgrade the law enforcement agency’s equipment, including spike strips, bulletproof shields and a thermal imaging system that could help efforts in locating people in heavily wooded areas. more
A large chunk of the agenda for the Madisonville City Council’s regular meeting Monday was postponed for a week to meet regulations that require the posting of a call for bids to appear on the city’s website for 45 days. more
Madisonville Consolidated Independent School District (MCISD) Superintendent Keith Smith touched on a number of items concerning school safety during the board’s monthly meeting for March Monday and mentioned the possibility of a ‘Marshal Plan’ in the district, which would allow for a trained and highly-vetted employee to have access to a weapon in case of an emergency. more
Bobby Adams and Billy J. Reeves will face each other in a May 26 runoff to secure the Republican nomination for Madison County Sheriff, finishing in the top two positions after primary voting Tuesday. more
AUSTIN — As the worldwide threat of novel coronavirus increased, state agencies already were working together to ensure the health and safety of all Texans, Gov. Greg Abbott said Feb. 27. more
Madison County and surrounding counties will receive a substantial increase in rural broadband speed under a three-year plan by MidSouth Electric Co-op, which announced Friday that it had received a $6.18 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the project. more
The Madisonville baseball team is once again striking out hunger this Lenten season with a food drive to benefit the Son-Shine Outreach Center in Madisonville. more
Longtime Madisonville High School educator and beloved mentor Vernice Taylor passed away Feb. 19 at the age of 69. more
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