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Tax reform poised to become reality

More than 30 years have passed since the last overhaul of our nation’s tax system. In that time, our tax code has become one of the most complicated, unfair and uncompetitive in the world. After … more

’Round Town

Congratulations to Cole Kelly and Courtney Aguirre, who wed Sept. 8. Courtney is from Normangee while Cole is the son of Connie and Chuck Kelly and grandson of Frank and Betty Kelly and May … more

’Round Town

Do you know what Dec. 21 is? It’s National Flashlight Day. While the staff at Whatever Day doesn’t know the origin, they think National Flashlight Day came about because of all those late … more

Support sought for Evans Family

Please join us Saturday, Oct. 21, at 4:30 p.m. to help raise money for Easton Evans, son of Red and Emily Evans, who was injured in an ATV accident. The evening will begin at 4:30 with a Mallett Bros … more

Last week of school features concert

The Christmas concert for elementary school children in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade will be Thursday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m. The concert will be at the Iola Elementary school gym. Students are … more

Small county communities part of rich fabric of history

Editor’s note: This is the second of two articles detailing the history of small towns in Madison County. I’ve written about some of our local communities before but I don’t think I’ve … more

Success is measured in blue (ribbons, that is)

There is a lesser-known contest within the Livestock shows that has been teaching our youth the value of hard work and sacrifice for many years. This project does not involve livestock directly but … more

Midway Youth Council is doing great things

The City of Midway Youth Council donated toiletries benefitting “Phoebe’s Home” on February 28.  Phoebe's Home is a shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children.   If you or … more

’Round Town

It’s Madisonville homecoming weekend. While the big focus will be on our Mustangs beating Leona this Friday night, there is plenty going on throughout the weekend on for all ages. First, all of … more

2017 was a singular year in the State Legislature

As we celebrate the wonder and joy of the Christmas season, I hope, amidst all the hustle and bustle, we remember the true meaning behind this special time of year — the birth of our Lord and … more

Holiday health history is important

For many people, the holidays are still in full swing. I sincerely hope that you are having a chance to spend some time with family and friends this season. It doesn’t have to be an extended visit … more

’Round Town Dec. 27, 2017

On Tuesday, Dec. 26, the day after Christmas, for the most part the town square was quiet. Among the businesses circling our own it was a mixture of some closed, some open. Near the interstate, … more

God’s Army mobilizes in crisis

As I’m writing this my heart is heavy. There are so many people who have lost everything and are in the position of not knowing what comes next. I’ve tried to put myself in their shoes, but until … more

Locations used to be names, not numbers

Editor’s note: This is the first of two columns highlighting locations of note in Madison County. I’m still bogged down with one Musings and need to knuckle down, but that’s hard during the … more

Bedias civic club meets tomorrow

The Bedias Civic Club meets Thursday, March 1, at 6 p.m., at the Bedias Civic Center. Start the New Year on the right foot and join us for a community potluck and an interesting program. All area residents are encouraged and invited to participate in all civic club activities. Call Janet Green at (936) 395-1010 for information. more

Fire department to hold cook-off

The fifth annual Iola Volunteer Fire Department benefit and Barbecue cookoff is right around the corner on March 9 and 10. This will take place at the Iola Volunteer Fire Department, 23574 Brazos St. There will be live auctions and live music and dance. more

Reminiscing on activities on the golf course

I’m thrilled to report that several folks have recently paid dues for Madison County Historical Commission. Individuals or couples seeking membership pay annually. If you enjoy these Musings and have yet to join, you may mail your check to Madison County Museum, P.O. Box 61, Madisonville, TX 77864. more

Community chips in for shelters

Let’s step back to a different era — such as the 1930s. Have you ever seen pictures from those days? Think back to them and see beyond the people and the clothing. Seriously study the backgrounds of those black and white photos to see images of shacks, sheds, and lean-tos. Physical shelters during the Great Depression. more

Bedias Food Pantry open Saturday

The award winning Bedias Food Pantry will be open this Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call John Anderson, 936-581-2706, for information on how you can help with this important community … more

Traveling begins for election season

Over the last few weeks, it’s been good to spend lots of time on the road chowing down on some delicious food and visiting with folks in each of the six counties across our House district. more
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