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I’ve found that when doing research, it takes a miracle to find three sites that totally agree on spelling of names and on dates of births and deaths. I do lean strongly towards believing a good copy of a birth or death certificate. I use Findagrave.com often, but it is not perfect. Don’t hold me to exactness. History is often not exact. I do my best. more
A recent Musings focused on Terrell family members and ended with information about Walter and Ottie Terrell Gooden. When I wrote it, I vowed to soon relate more about other Gooden family members. I pulled the information below from essays written by Gooden family members for Volume 1 of our local history. more
Across our community, there are parents and caregivers who may be struggling with balancing the stress of daily life alongside caring for a child. Whether it is working multiple jobs trying to put food on the table, grappling with a substance use disorder, wondering where the next month’s rent will be coming from or figuring out how to deal with a major financial setback, balancing these pressures with parenting and running a household can at times be very difficult. more
History is made of facts which aren’t always what we’d prefer. Things have changed in the last several decades, but for years there were different facilities for black and white folks. Below I am not advocating, I’m simply trying to tell how things were. more
Madison County Historical Commission’s two volumes of history contain a wealth of information. Today’s information was gleaned from the 1984 edition. In it, Ottie Terrell Gooden submitted history for her parents, Joe Hickman and Fessie Tucker Terrell, thus enabling me to share here. Ottie also submitted an essay about her and her husband, and I included facts from it near the end below. more
Despite enduring social distancing, Madison County has interesting history. The Museum is closed for now but will open as soon as possible. I hope to entertain you with local history in the interim. more
Madison County has Byers in our history. In researching, I learned about three predecessors of those. The first I found was William Byers (1687-1742) is referred to as “William the Immigrant” Byers. Born in St. Ives, Cornwall, England, he came to America and is buried in Virginia. Among his several children was the next in this direct line, known as Captain William Byers of the Revolution (1730-1799). Like his father, he was born in Ireland and came to America where he served in the Virginia militia at least three times, the last being in Cherokee War of 1776. The next in that line was William Walton Jr. (1765-1816), born in South Carolina. He fought in the American Revolution. more
Sports fans across the nation took a break from their boredom last week to try and process an unfathomable fact: Tom Brady is no longer a member of the New England Patriots. more
Quarterback Pat Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs secured the organization’s first Super Bowl championship with a 31-20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers Sunday in Miami. The Chiefs posted 21 unanswered points in the final nine minutes to win the Vince Lombardi Trophy, the first of head coach Andy Reid’s career. more
For those folks who often ask, Madison County was created in 1853 and organized in 1854 from land taken from Grimes, Walker, and Leon Counties. Of course, settlers were here before that. more
Virginia’s Second Amendment rally was a huge disappointment for Big Nanny Mike Bloomberg, Gov. Ralph Northam and gun-grabbing busybodies across the nation. The event failed to produce the Reichstag Fire the left was secretly hoping would occur. more
Nine people lost their lives in a horrific helicopter accident outside Los Angeles Sunday, including NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna. more
Most likely the majority of Madison County folks, especially those attending First Baptist Church, have a story about Madie Madole. She was quite a feature at the church and also around town. more
Super Bowl LIV in South Florida is set. After a 50-year hiatus from the big game, the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Tennessee Titans 35-24 Sunday to become AFC Champions for the first time since the 1969 season. The conference’s trophy bears the name of the franchise’s founding father, Lamar Hunt. Son and current owner, Clark Hunt, accepted the trophy after the win. more
I’ve got a story to tell you. Although Valentine’s Day is almost a month away, you might say this is a Valentine’s story. more
Thank you, and Happy New Year to the citizens of Madisonville, and all of Madison County. From everyone at the city and I wish you all the best in the upcoming year and that the wishes and hopes of good people of this great city of ours come true. Each of us here at the city of Madisonville will do our best to make 2020 a memorable year. more
Dear Reader, Now that the beautifully wrapped gifts have been ravaged, the luscious desserts have been inhaled, and Santa has packed his peppermint-striped Speedo for a vacation to Jamaica’s Hedonism resort, many holiday revelers find themselves experiencing the after-Christmas blues. more
With the second decade of the 21st century in the rear-view mirror, this New Year provides a unique opportunity for new beginnings. As we turn the page to a new year and a new decade, it’s important to spend time reflecting not only on what we did right over the years, but also what we can do to improve in the future. Regardless of whether or not we make official "resolutions," it is my hope that we, as a people, will make a renewed effort to forgive more, anger less, and be kinder to one another. more
The Houston Texans advanced to the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs along with the Tennessee Titans, Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks during a thrilling Wildcard Weekend. more
Do I owe someone an apology for not taking a more active role in the iconic cultural, technological and political developments of the 2010s? more
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