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MIAMI — On the first question of the first Democratic presidential primary debate, Beto O'Rourke got dinged by moderators for not giving a straight answer. more
Cutting taxes — as opposed to restraining the growth in future tax increases or swapping a reduction in property taxes for an increase in the state sales tax — appears to be a nearly insurmountable obstacle. more
On a hot Summer day in July 1776, members of the Second Continental Congress assembled in Philadelphia to boldly declare that the thirteen American colonies would no longer be subject to the monarch of Britain. The ratification of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th is still celebrated today, over 200 years later, just as John Adams envisioned so many years ago --"It will be celebrated with pomp and parade, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other." more
Charles Milton Taylor; 79 years, 9 months, and 23 days; passed away on June 29, 2019 in Madisonville, Texas. Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Tuesday; July 2, 2019 at concord chapel in Iola, Texas with the burial to follow at concord cemetery in Iola. Marty Ballesteros will officiate. more
AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, in cooperation with the Federal Trade Commission, on June 25 announced a crackdown on “illegal robocalls.” more
There have been Longbothams in Madison County for almost 200 years. It is surprising, therefore, that Findagrave.com yielded only four tombstones here for that last name. Remember though, Findagrave only contains what humans have entered there, and some folks have not been recorded. I checked in Leon County, practically right next door, and found seven Longbothams. The most recent Madison County Longbothams that I’ve found are Joyce Phifer Longbotham (1924-2012) and her husband, Rufus Tyler Longbotham, Sr. (1921-1989), and they are buried across the county line in Leon County. more
Last week I shared with you that my Deal-of-the-Week was the upcoming sale of that gorgeous antebellum mansion used in the movie “Gone with the Wind”. more
Henson Family Dealerships closed the sale of its three Madisonville car dealerships – Henson Chevrolet/Buick/GMC, Henson Ford and Henson Ram/Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep – last week to Canadian company Foundation Automotive Corp., which also owns dealerships in Western Canada and North Dakota. more
Change The World Ministries celebrated their 12th year of ‘Mission Madisonville’ this week with a number of constructive activities and religious-based lessons for the community’s youth. The camp, which has grown substantially over the last decade, is led by young and promising religious leaders from across the country. more
This May, Sonic Drive-In recognized incredible teachers and the contributions they make to education as a part of its Limeades for Learning initiative in partnership with nonprofit partner, DonorChoose.org. With the goal of helping teachers obtain much-needed classroom supplies and learning resources, Sonic launched a donation match in honor of Teacher Appreciation Month and gave one teacher in Madisonville, Texas $135. more
A crate packed with 14 puppies was discovered by Tommy Killough in front of his home on Tammye Lane. Residents of the home cared for the dogs for two to three weeks until calling animal control on Tuesday. more
Trail: First Place Layla Clark Jr. Stock Horse Pleasure: First Place Josey Sikorski Jr. Poles: 10th Place Jaley Neal Jr. Barrels: Third Place Jaley Neal Jr. Stakes: First Place Jaley … more
Lyndie Dunn of Midway, Texas, Will Farris and Tyler Ketchum of Madisonville, Texas, Grace Jackson of Huntsville, Texas, and Chase McBee of Normangee, Texas, are competing in the 27th annual International Finals Youth Rodeo July 7-12 at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Dunn, Farris, Ketchum, Jackson and McBee are participating in the world’s richest youth rodeo, hoping to win their share of more than $250,000 in prize money and championship saddles and buckles. more
Madisonville Little League played host to a softball tournament at Lake Madison Park last week and the ‘Madisonville Magic,’ the 10U Special Softball team, came away victorious to claim the district championship in their division. more
Over $4,000 were raised to benefit the ALS Therapy Development Institute at Madison County’s first annual Strike Out ALS Co-Ed Softball Tournament at Lake Madison Park on Saturday. more
Lanier Stevens' Memorial Gospel Singing The Midway Church of Christ will host The Lanier Stevens' Memorial Gospel Singing on Tuesday in the church's Fellowship Hall. Finger food will be served at … more
The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) will host a ranch gathering July 11 at the Pridgeon Center in Franklin, Texas. The event will provide an opportunity for local cattle producers to learn about TSCRA’s recent activities, discuss issues facing cattle raisers and connect with other cattle producers in the area. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by a complimentary beef dinner. more
AUSTIN— Last year, Texas’ temperatures soared to record highs and staff at more than 40 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department sites handled 134 incidents relating to heat-related illnesses in humans and pets. On the eve of the official start of summer, TPWD experts are sharing their top six heat hacks for staying safe in the outdoors during the blistering Texas heat. more
After a series of recent court decisions weakened Texas open government laws, advocates hoped that this year would be an opportunity to rehabilitate government transparency in the state. more
Midway Volunteer Fire Department fish fry The Midway Volunteer Fire Department will hold a fish fry, fireworks and crawfish boil fundraising event at 5 p.m. June 29 at the Midway VFD station, 5648 … more
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