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AUSTIN — Texas now has a “bathroom bill.” The Lone Star State has joined Alabama, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington as states where legislation has been … more
It’s an adage that has been around pretty much since adages were invented (which was a long time ago, probably): It’s not the destination, but the journey. No journey to my mind is more … more
To the editor: It's a small world and there are still a lot of very nice people in it. My daughter and I just returned from a trip to Colorado. On the way up there we had a blowout on our RV … more
Elections shouldn’t be merely a contest of personalities. They ought to be a contest of ideas. In November, voters have the opportunity to ask “which political party, which candidates have the … more
Happy new year from your State Capitol!  The Christmas tree has been removed from the Texas House floor and folks are now bustling about with great anticipation for the Opening Day ceremonies.  So, … more
After this Saturday Shon Petershagen, the manager of Madisonville’s Brookshire Brothers will turn in his store keys, pack up his home and spend his vacation moving to Canyon Lake. There he will be … more
w/Gala Nettles mug By the time students qualifying to attend the 2016 FFA National Convention arrived last week in Indianapolis, the Senior Prepared Speaking competitors had already been trimmed … more
Kevin Brady, U.S. Congressman and the House Ways and Means Committee Chairman visited Madisonville on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 to lay out his plan for a better way to tax reform.  Congressman … more
AUSTIN — Thousands of Texans were on hand to witness the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States on Jan. 20 in Washington. President Trump closed his 16-minute … more
It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of reality shows, and so naturally I was excited to watch the premiere of The New Celebrity Apprentice, featuring host Arnold Schwarzenegger, since previous … more
AUSTIN — The U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 3 denied the Obama administration’s petition for a rehearing of United States v. Texas, a high-profile immigration case. Heard by the eight-member high … more
For 17 years, the Texas Mushroom Festival has been the premier event in Madisonville and Madison County. For one day, Madisonville is the center of the Brazos universe. There's food, and wine, and … more
Thirty years ago this week President Ronald Reagan signed into law the Tax Reform Act of 1986, landmark legislation recognized as the most sweeping overhaul of the U.S. tax code in our nation’s … more
On the first day of session, I took an oath to faithfully execute the duties of the office of State Representative, and I want you to know what an honor and privilege it is to serve as your … more
It was 1974, and I was a boy of 11, living in another country while my father served our country in the U.S. Air Force. Since there was little else to do in the summer months, with baseball … more
I enjoy hearing from readers, but I worry I might forget or lose things they shared.  Recently I received a gem from Clifford Barnett, who worked at Vick Lumber from 1981-2011. He stated, "I'm not … more
The groundhog is coming out tomorrow, Feb. 2. Even if he doesn’t want to come out, Mr. Punxsutawney Phil – that’s the groundhog’s name – will be coerced to take a peek because inquiring … more
Editor's note - We received this heartfelt letter to the editor.  It's from a visitor to Madisonville and very fitting for Memorial Day and the times we are in. A few years ago, I traveled from … more
I’ll be the first to admit I pretty much slept through the entire NFL regular season. Of course I knew who the usual suspects would be to look out for this season, but I would be lying through my … more
Eagles are one of the most recognized symbols of strength and majesty in the world today, and they are one of the most efficient predator’s soaring in the air. When they see a fish swimming under … more
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