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Books delivered to kids and teens… 4,197; books delivered to adults…520. Cheerfully delivering books for young and old throughout the Bedias area, including Bedias, Iola, Singleton, Roans Prairie and Shiro; our very own librarian, Karen Shiver, has delivered thousands of age appropriate books and traveled 100s of miles over our country roads. more
Back-to-school lists aren’t the same this year. more
Madison County Commissioners Monday agreed to move forward with a proposed tax rate of 55 cents per $100 of property valuation for fiscal year 2021, unchanged from 2020. more
Madisonville City Council members Monday approved a proposed tax rate of 69.39 cents per $100 in property valuation for fiscal year 2021, a 3.5 cent increase from this year’s rate. more
Madisonville CISD celebrated the lengthy careers of teachers Joyce Diserens and Linda Cousins at the district’s central office Aug. 4 with speeches delivered by members of the administration and honorees along with snacks and beverages. more
North Zulch ISD announced last week it will delay the start of the 2020 fall semester until Aug. 19 and released staff protocols for the return to campus. The new school year was originally scheduled to begin Aug. 12 and offers traditional in-person instruction for students as well as an online option. more
Madisonville CISD announced it would push back its starting date for the 2020 fall semester to Aug. 20 at a special meeting of the board Thursday. The new year was originally scheduled to begin Aug. 13. more
The Madisonville Police Department arrested five juvenile offenders allegedly burglarizing vehicles on Heath Ave. and York Drive in the early hours of Thursday morning as the suspects attempted to flee from MPD and Madison County Sheriff officials. more
Thank you for all the well wishes after my first “Capital Highlights” column last week. I also appreciate the emails suggesting topics of high interest. more
Texas residents are now among those across the nation receiving mysterious seeds delivered by mail in tiny bags marked as jewelry. U.S. Department of Agriculture officials are on alert because these seeds are unsolicited. more
The Texas Department of State Health Services reports two Madison County residents have died related to COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus, via the state agency’s online dashboard. more
Faith groups throughout Madison County will hold an annual prayer vigil at the Truman Kimbro Convention Center Aug. 13 as planned despite the COVID-19 pandemic, with organizers stating the need for prayer is greater now than ever. more
Started from the corner now we’re here. more
Jimmy Chionsini passed away on July 21, 2020, in Petoskey, Michigan, near his home he shared with his wife of 26 years, Macy. Living on Round Lake in Charlevoix, Michigan, was the place he wanted to be – in the summer.  He spent his winters in San Angelo and on the No Name Ranch. more
Darrell Hall neighborhood news… Chad Mallett wrote us last week [We are] “waiting on cost [estimates]. Hope to have that by next week, if not sooner. Once we have that, we can set up an informal meeting with residents to discuss options and viability. If we press forward, we will advertise and set up a public hearing. We can then bring [the proposal] before Commissioner's Court for approval and have the residents vote.” more
Ed Sterling wrote this column for almost three decades, so let's open by celebrating his contributions to the Texas Press Association and its members. Ed was the calm, steady voice keeping us informed and interested. more
According to data received from the Texas Department of State Health Services by Madison County officials on Monday, there are currently 153 active cases of COVID-19 in the county, a rise of 10 from the week before. The agency reported a total of 181 confirmed cases of the novel coronoavirus in the county up to Monday. There are still no COVID-19 related deaths reported for the county. more
Madison County Commissioners Monday passed a trio of measures that will accelerate efforts to collect delinquent personal property taxes from local businesses. Commissioners agreed to enter a new contract with law firm Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, one of the country’s largest debt collection operations, but also under a new agreement that will allow the firm to seek delinquent taxes on April 1 instead of prior arrangement that didn’t allow collections until July 1 each year. more
Shiloh Baptist Church and Pastor Dr. Edward Collins held a City of Madisonville and Madison County Leadership Conference at the Kimbro Center Saturday to assist individuals with mental health questions and how they pertain to leadership. more
Houston Livestock and Rodeo officials released 644 student names who received one of the organization’s educational scholarships. Local scholarship recipients include Madilynn Caperton, who received the Area Go Texan Scholarship, as well as Austin Longoria, who received the Texas FFA Scholarship. more
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