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When longtime U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy died in 2009, an irreverent Texas political consultant predicted the people who raise money for the two major political parties would miss the famous Massachusetts Democrat. Democrats loved him and touted him as a champion in their appeals, while Republicans hated him and touted him as a formidable opponent in theirs, the consultant said. “There goes the first paragraph of everyone’s fundraising letter.” more
By the time you read this column, the Texas House will have adjourned Sine Die (meaning without assigning a day for a further meeting), closing the curtain on the 86th Legislative Session. While in previous sessions, legislators returned home with the looming possibility of a special session, Governor Abbott has indicated that given the productive nature of this session, no special session will be called. It has truly been an honor to serve as your Representative this session, and I look forward to spending more time in the district giving updates on the progress we've made, and also having conversations about issues that need to be addressed during the 87th Legislative Session. Until then, please know that both our Capitol and district offices will still be available to assist you with any issues or concerns you might have at the state or local level. more
AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on June 6 signed three bills into law to improve school safety and expand access to mental health resources. more
Amanda Pointer, age 43, of Jacksonville, passed away on June 8, 2019 in Tyler. She was born May 7, 1976 in Freeport, Texas. more
Funeral services for Floy Wright, age 86, of Madisonville and formerly of Baytown, will be held 11 A.M., Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Madisonville Funeral Home in Madisonville, Texas. Kent Brown, grandson-in-law to Mrs. Wright, will officiate the service. Burial will be in Earthman Memorial Gardens in Baytown, Texas. The Wright family will receive friends Friday, June 14th from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. at the funeral home. more
Connie Sue (Daniels) Dunaway; 63 years, 6 months, 16 days; passed away on June 6, 2019 at her home in North Zulch, Texas. Cremation services are under the direction of Day Funeral Home in Madisonville, Texas. more
There’s a challenge to all of us in this week’s column and it’s to just keep up! We have some people out there setting big goals for us to shoot for. more
Madison County Commissioners agreed Monday to finance the county’s portion of the widening of Highway 21/US 190, around $1.2 million, over the course of five years with no interest. The county’s tab is much lower than the $3.3 million originally estimated years ago. more
The Golden State Warriors held onto their NBA title for at least another game on Monday with a 106-105 victory over the Raptors in Toronto. more
Madisonville High School will be hosting the 6th Annual Hope for Youth Football Camp at Mustang Stadium from July 25-26. more
Members of the Madisonville Mustangs football team will compete in a number of 7-on-7 matchups in College Station this summer and use it as an opportunity to hone their skills for the upcoming 2019 season this fall. more
High School athletes in Madisonville and across the state will be able to participate in limited sport-specific skill instructions with their coaches this summer thanks to a new rule passed by the University Interscholastic League (UIL) in October. more
Young residents and future Mustangs spent their first days away from school honing their basketball skills under the guidance of top names in the Madisonville program. more
The Madisonville Consolidated Independent School District (MCISD) has qualified for an exemption that defers any increase in lunch prices for the upcoming school year. more
The Madison County Museum and Historical Society celebrated the 75th anniversary of D-Day on Thursday and hosted local World War II Veterans Burke Landry and Nolan Emert. more
16-year-old Madisonville High School student Stacy Fowler learned that she had Tourette Syndrome last year and has since worked tirelessly to educate the community about her condition. more
TxDOT hosted an informational open house and public hearing at North Zulch High School on Thursday that presented plans to widen Highway 21 and offer a southern relief route around North Zulch. more
Through the City of Madisonville Tourism Department, non-profit entities are able to apply for a Partnership Grant to assist and aid in marketing for events that bring tourists to the community, according to Laura Lawrenz, Madisonville’s director of marketing and tourism. more
Joseph Starrett “Joe Boy” Vestal, 81, of the Clear Creek Community in rural Marquez, Texas passed away on Tuesday, June 04, 2019 at the home of his brother and sister-in-law about 500 yards from where he was born. Graveside services for Joe were held on Saturday, June 08, 2019 at 10:30 am at the Clear Creek Cemetery; Reverend Billy Bob Evans officiated. Arrangements were under the direction of Walters Funeral Home in Centerville, TX. more
Moon River Ranch open house Moon River Ranch - Artist Studio - Gallery - Music - And Much More - will host an open house Saturday from 2p.m. to 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend and see this … more
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