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As the curtain closes on another eventful Fourth of July holiday, I hope you'll remain ever mindful of how blessed we are to call America home. I recently had the honor of participating in an … more
Remember the movie “Gone with the Wind? How about Rhett Butler’s famous line to Scarlett that began, “Frankly my dear,”? Most of us can recite the remainder of that sentence. When “Gone with the Wind” hit the big screen curse words in a movie were, well, surprising. Things have certainly changed, haven’t they? more
Today is an opportunity to reflect on what happened 18 years ago… disbelief on hearing the news reports, realization as we came to accept that the unthinkable was happening… to those living during these days, it may have been how our parents and grandparents felt on hearing the news of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. In the days following it was remarkable how quiet the skies were with no commercial aircraft flights and the piercing sound of military aircraft passing overhead, at once bringing both reassurance and fear that they were not on patrol but in pursuit of another attacker. We live in a new world, at once filled with new hope and fear that we will once again repeat our missteps. Please let us learn from our experience, embrace our neighbors and make new friends across our wonderful blue marble, earth. more
Attention Iola ISD elementary parents: This is a message from the elementary administration. Our previous plans for our after-school program fell through at the last minute. But we are creating our own after school program this year! We are working on the details now, and it will begin after the first six weeks. More info to come. more
Saturday will mark the 78th anniversary of the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor, which was followed by our country’s entry into World War II. I have heard from some folks that they have things to share regarding family and Pearl Harbor, and hopefully they will before next year. more
Matthew 14:22-36 says, "Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a … more
There’s an adage you’ve probably heard since childhood from your parents, teachers and other authority figures: Clean up after yourself. Well, even the strongest city governments in the country cannot clean up by themselves. more
Madison County Republican Party 2019 Reagan Dinner The Madison County Republican Party will hold the 2019 Reagan Dinner Sept. 28 at the Sidwalk Cattlemen’s Association Pavilion, featuring … more
Looking forward to Thursday, July 4, the Bedias Civic Club is planning a big Independence Day celebration, including free hotdogs with the trimmings and watermelon until we run out. We will have our fireworks show starting at dark. Please come join us and bring your family & friends. more
Winter Storytime at library Winter Storytime for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers at the Madison County Library begins Thursday and continues through Feb. 27, with some holiday closures. … more
All district offices will be closed July 1- July 5. more
The Mercantile at Main Street Market will host the First Christmas Tree Lighting event on Monday. There will be free professional pictures with Santa and ornaments for the elementary school students! The lighting of the tree will take place at 6 p.m. 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
We had a delightful time at the Bedias Baptist Church Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner last Tuesday evening and another wonderful Community Thanksgiving Dinner, on Thanksgiving Day, at the Shiloh (Pankey) Baptist Church. We live in such a wonderfully loving and caring community, thank you Bedias. more
Editor’s note: This is the second of two stories detailing wedding showers of Madisonville brides. I asked local friends about their bridal showers here. For many bridal showers here, … more
Editor’s note: This is the first of two columns detailing tragedy during the settlement of Madison County. We often hear of “the good old days”, when children played outdoors and were … more
I hope everyone is having a relaxing week with friends and family. I wanted to give a quick shout out to the girls’ volleyball teams and boys’ varsity football. Both organizations worked … more
On Friday, Feb. 16, there will be a Daddy-Daughter Dance. This fun-filled evening will be hosted by the Iola High School Student Council. There will be dancing, sweet treats and fun activities. … 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
For many people, Thanksgiving means one thing: food, and lots of it. Thanksgiving brings to mind images of roasted turkeys, mashed potatoes, and sweet potato pies. For some, however, … more
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