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The Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas presented Madisonville CISD Assistant Superintendent Dr. Keith West with the Outstanding Administrator award for the East Texas area. more
The Madison County Fair Association (MCFA) announced their Board of Directors for the new term via Facebook last week, which includes Bob Choiniere as MCFA President. more
Former Madisonville High School and current Texas A&M golfer Sam Bennett made it to the round of 16 at the 120th U.S. Amateur Championship at the Bandon Dunes Golf Course in Oregon. Bennett competed against more than 250 golfers at the event, which began Aug. 10 and concluded Sunday. more
Books delivered to kids and teens… 4,197; books delivered to adults…520. Cheerfully delivering books for young and old throughout the Bedias area, including Bedias, Iola, Singleton, Roans Prairie and Shiro; our very own librarian, Karen Shiver, has delivered thousands of age appropriate books and traveled 100s of miles over our country roads. more
Marcella Ann (Porter) Samuel; 87 of Madisonville, TX; passed away on Saturday, August 8, 2020 in College Station, TX. She was born in Conroe, TX on April 3, 1933 to Harold and Helen (Crocker) Porter. Marcella married her beloved husband, Robert Eugene “Bob” Samuel, Jr. in 1953 and they were married for 66 loving years. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother and sister, and her loving husband. more
Funeral services for Carletha “C.C.” Hawthorne, age 42 were held on Friday, August 8, 2020 at 11 am at the Free Pentecostal House of Prayer in Madisonville. Burial followed at the West End Cemetery. more
Linda Marie Baskin of Bedias, Texas passed away August 5, 2020 at the age of 73. She was born November 6, 1946 in Houston, Texas to the late Kenneth Howard and the late Marie Wilson. She was a graduate of CyFair High School and attended Rice Academy of Cosmetology. She married her best friend and love of her life, Mike Baskin on August 27, 1966. They were married for 53 years. more
Back-to-school lists aren’t the same this year. more
Madison County Commissioners Monday agreed to move forward with a proposed tax rate of 55 cents per $100 of property valuation for fiscal year 2021, unchanged from 2020. more
Madisonville City Council members Monday approved a proposed tax rate of 69.39 cents per $100 in property valuation for fiscal year 2021, a 3.5 cent increase from this year’s rate. more
A strong performance at the Western Amateur Championship has boosted Sam Bennett's confidence. more
The North Zulch volleyball team opened their revised regular season slate Tuesday in Franklin after a sporadic offseason in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. more
Madisonville CISD celebrated the lengthy careers of teachers Joyce Diserens and Linda Cousins at the district’s central office Aug. 4 with speeches delivered by members of the administration and honorees along with snacks and beverages. more
North Zulch ISD announced last week it will delay the start of the 2020 fall semester until Aug. 19 and released staff protocols for the return to campus. The new school year was originally scheduled to begin Aug. 12 and offers traditional in-person instruction for students as well as an online option. more
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
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