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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
French critic and journalist Alphonse Karr (1808-1890) famously said, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” I did not know his name until later, but his words came to mind while writing below. more
Julie Josey Simpson great niece of Beecher and Josephine Josey was born in Madisonville, Texas on February 27, 1924, departed this life on July 28, 2020. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, August 8, 2020, with visitation 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., funeral service to follow both services at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 205 MLK Blvd. Madisonville, Texas, Dr. Edward Collins, Pastor, Pastor Claude Cummings III officiating. Interment will be at West End Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Ross Mortuary Houston, Texas. more
Funeral Services for Terry Keeling, 82, of Leona, were held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, August 1, 2020, at Walters Funeral Home in Centerville, Texas. The service was led by Pastors John Burchell and Jerry House. Graveside was at Evans Chapel Cemetery. 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
The Madisonville volleyball team is in the process of updating their schedule due to recent restrictions by the University Interscholastic League (UIL) for the 2020 season as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the cancelation of preseason tournaments. more
The Madisonville football team opened their fall camp on schedule at MHS Monday with their first home scrimmage against Cameron slated for Aug. 20. The team was originally scheduled to travel to Palestine for a scrimmage Aug. 14, but the matchup was canceled due to COVID-19. 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
It will be a miracle if Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar and his team of financial prognosticators are right about the arc of the state’s economy over the next few months. more
There have been a lot of valuable lessons and reminders from the COVID-19 pandemic. Chief among these is the simple fact that urban and suburban America cannot survive without rural America. more
This is the second of two reprints of a Musings that first came out over four years ago, as I’ve taken some time off. It is not intended to tie into a neat package like I often attempt. Instead, I’ll call it a buffet piece, made of bits and pieces of local history. more
Dorothy Ann "Dot" (Hines) Wells, age 63, of Normangee, Texas passed away in her sleep Friday, July 24, 2020. She was born on December 4, 1956 to Roger C. and Doris Goodrum Hines in Bryan, Texas. She graduated from Bryan High School in 1975. She married Bruce Wells of Madisonville in 1980 and they welcomed their only child Kendra in 1984. She worked at Lilly and Criswell’s Distributing Company both in Bryan. She then worked 17 years for Texas A&M - TEEX until she retired in 2007. After retirement, she enjoyed spending time with her friends and family especially her granddaughters who she loved more than anything. She loved her church family, taking cruises, penny slot machines, playing 42 and Bunco, collecting cookbooks and trying new recipes. She loved to dance to good country music. With a heart the size of Texas, she never met a stranger. She had a contagious smile and laugh. more
Novis “Jean” Turpin was born July 15, 1928 in Madison County, Texas to parents, Jim Davis & Ira (Phillips) Stewart. She married Forrest L. Turpin July 17, 1948. Jean worked as an insurance administrator for a community hospital in Freeport, Texas for fifteen years. She had lived in Madison County since 1988 and was a member of First Baptist Church in Madisonville. more
Karen Jo (Wells) Roberts, 62 of Normangee passed away July 20, 2020 at her home. A graveside memorial service will be held Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 10:00 am at Madisonville Cemetery, Madisonville, Texas. more
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