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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
Patricia Ann "Patsy" Martin, 96 years and 6 months old, a long-time resident of Madisonville, TX, passed away on Thursday, April 9, 2020 in Nacogdoches, TX. Private graveside services are scheduled for 1PM on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at Willowhole Cemetery in North Zulch, TX. more
Janita Cheairs Coleman was born October 31, 1961 in Richmond, Texas to Edgar and Judith Cheairs and passed away April 16, 2020 at her home in New Waverly, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Ernest Coleman, III. She retired from TDCJ, and loved to fish and hunt. She was a kind, caring person who will be greatly missed. You are invited to leave a written condolence on our website at www.shmfh.com. more
Graveside services for Billy Blow, age 70, were held 11 A.M., Friday, April 17, 2020, at Allphin Cemetery. Rev. Glenn Connor, pastor of Elwood Baptist Church, officiated the service, assisted by Chaplain Diana Barnes. more
AUSTIN — In line with signals from the White House to restart the nation's economy, Gov. Greg Abbott on April 17 issued executive orders to move the Lone Star State toward normalizing citizens’ activities during the COVID-19 crisis. more
MidSouth Electric Co-op, which operates electric service to parts of Madison County and six other counties in the region, said Monday that members would receive a bill credit, lowering May and June payments. more
Tuesday marked a week since the second confirmed case of COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus, showed up in Madison County and there have been no new cases confirmed since, according to Emergency Management Coordinator Shelly Butts. more
All Texas public and private schools will remain closed for the remainder of the academic year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Friday. more
While the COVID-19 pandemic makes its mark across the state of Texas, experts are vastly concerned with the impact it is having on private medical establishments and what the future holds for the practices. more
Gov. Greg Abbott announced Friday that public and private school classrooms will remain closed for the remainder of the school year to avoid quickening the spread of COVID-19. more
Madison County officials have confirmed a second confirmed case of COVID-19, the second being a 20-29 year-old man in the 77864 zip code. The first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in … more
As we spend our days at home with loved ones, searching too often bare shelves at our local retail stores, or making a quick stop at a favorite eating place for a to-go meal, please take the opportunity to offer an encouraging and cheerful word to all within speaking or waving distance, our hearts need that essential uplift, perhaps now, more than any time in recent memory. Thank you to all who remain at their duty stations and to those who are keeping the home fires burning during this season of trial and testing. 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
Private graveside services for Vera Infanti, age 96, of College Station, were held 11 A.M., Saturday, April 11, 2020 at Willowhole Cemetery near North Zulch, Texas. Frank Cox officiated the service. more
The NBA and WNBA began an eight-player HORSE tournament Sunday with the high-profile contestants competing remotely from gyms at their homes. more
Even though the baseball season was shortened, it was a rewarding experience for Madisonville High School graduate Jake Risinger. more
14-year-old Madison County 4-H member Hayden Hurst finished first in the state in Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s Virtual Bass Fishing Tournament during March. more
AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on April 8 announced a partnership between the Texas Military Department and Prestige Ameritech to increase production of personal protective equipment for health care workers. more
The Madisonville City Council agreed Monday to use new technology to map the city’s aging water and sewer lines, allowing maintenance workers to swiftly locate the source of leaks and stem them off without cutting water off to other areas. more
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