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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
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
Ed Sterling wrote this column for almost three decades, so let's open by celebrating his contributions to the Texas Press Association and its members. Ed was the calm, steady voice keeping us informed and interested. more
According to data received from the Texas Department of State Health Services by Madison County officials on Monday, there are currently 153 active cases of COVID-19 in the county, a rise of 10 from the week before. The agency reported a total of 181 confirmed cases of the novel coronoavirus in the county up to Monday. There are still no COVID-19 related deaths reported for the county. more
Madison County Commissioners Monday passed a trio of measures that will accelerate efforts to collect delinquent personal property taxes from local businesses. Commissioners agreed to enter a new contract with law firm Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, one of the country’s largest debt collection operations, but also under a new agreement that will allow the firm to seek delinquent taxes on April 1 instead of prior arrangement that didn’t allow collections until July 1 each year. more
Shiloh Baptist Church and Pastor Dr. Edward Collins held a City of Madisonville and Madison County Leadership Conference at the Kimbro Center Saturday to assist individuals with mental health questions and how they pertain to leadership. more
Houston Livestock and Rodeo officials released 644 student names who received one of the organization’s educational scholarships. Local scholarship recipients include Madilynn Caperton, who received the Area Go Texan Scholarship, as well as Austin Longoria, who received the Texas FFA Scholarship. more
North Zulch ISD released their plan to reopen the district for the upcoming fall semester this week and will offer in-person as well as virtual instruction. The 2020-21 school year will commence Aug. 12, as originally scheduled. more
Bert Piboin calls Madisonville home. Well, one of four homes. more
AUSTIN — COVID-19 turned aggressive to the point last week that the Department of Defense activated U.S. Army and U.S. Navy medical task force teams and assigned them to Texas at Gov. Greg Abbott's request. more
Well distributed and timely precipitation across much of Texas in the spring, along with positive long-term growth among the state’s white-tailed deer population, has set the stage for a favorable 2020-21 hunting season, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. more
The Texas Department of State Health Services reports 142 active cases of COVID-19 in Madison County as of Monday afternoon’s update, a sharp rise from the 18 active cases reported on July 1. more
Workers with the ongoing construction at the intersection of Interstate 45 and State Highway 21 will close the interstate the nights of Aug. 4 and 5 to install girders on the projects bridge, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. more
Elizabeth Prestwood, who resides at the Madisonville Care Center, celebrated her 104th birthday July 15 with a cake and decorations inside the nursing home. more
Bobby Adams defeated Billy J. Reeves in a runoff election July 14 to become the next Madison County Sheriff. Adams garnered 712 total votes (64.67%) to Reeves’ 389 (35.33%) and will take over the position from retiring Sheriff Travis Neeley Jan. 1. more
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