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If you are a newspaper subscriber or you pick up a copy at a local retailer, you pay for the news and information you receive in your paper’s print edition or digital outlets. more
The swarm of Texas politicians snarling at one another about how to run elections turned into a lawsuit — bringing hope, maybe, that some panel of wise judges would sort things out, make things clear, save the day. more
To the Editor: more
I have written these Musings for five years this month, but current events have reminded me that I haven’t done much with local Black history. more
Dear Editor, Thank you for all your hard work writing the paper and doing your job. Make sure, stay safe. I’m in the sixth grade going to the seventh. I really miss school. I miss my friends, … more
It’s high time Americans accept a first-world side effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, and I don’t mean those blasted directional floor stickers I can’t navigate in the aisles at Walmart. No, I’m referring to male-pattern corona hair. more
Recently I discovered two collections of interesting old newspaper clippings about the Madisonville area. more
“Conviction at Madisonville,” in the June 21, 1905, edition of The Houston Post, included “Madisonville, Texas. June 20. Seth Harrell was convicted in the county court for selling whiskey in a local option precinct, and was assessed $25 and twenty-five days in jail. Quite a lengthy docket is before the court. Ranger Captain McDonald and Ranger Dunnway are here attending court.” more
Ever since our local mayor issued a COVID-19 shelter-in-place-and-go-completely-cocoa bananas order, my family and I have found ourselves cooking more than we have for our entire lives. We’ve even been following recipes and using the actual stove/oven thingy, much to the relief of our exhaustipated microwave. And considering the Mad Max-wasteland conditions in the “cooking-stuff-from-scratch” aisle at Walmart, we aren’t the only ones. more
Recently I discovered two collections of interesting old newspaper clippings about the Madisonville area. more
I’ve found that when doing research, it takes a miracle to find three sites that totally agree on spelling of names and on dates of births and deaths. I do lean strongly towards believing a good copy of a birth or death certificate. I use Findagrave.com often, but it is not perfect. Don’t hold me to exactness. History is often not exact. I do my best. more
A recent Musings focused on Terrell family members and ended with information about Walter and Ottie Terrell Gooden. When I wrote it, I vowed to soon relate more about other Gooden family members. I pulled the information below from essays written by Gooden family members for Volume 1 of our local history. more
Across our community, there are parents and caregivers who may be struggling with balancing the stress of daily life alongside caring for a child. Whether it is working multiple jobs trying to put food on the table, grappling with a substance use disorder, wondering where the next month’s rent will be coming from or figuring out how to deal with a major financial setback, balancing these pressures with parenting and running a household can at times be very difficult. more
History is made of facts which aren’t always what we’d prefer. Things have changed in the last several decades, but for years there were different facilities for black and white folks. Below I am not advocating, I’m simply trying to tell how things were. more
Madison County Historical Commission’s two volumes of history contain a wealth of information. Today’s information was gleaned from the 1984 edition. In it, Ottie Terrell Gooden submitted history for her parents, Joe Hickman and Fessie Tucker Terrell, thus enabling me to share here. Ottie also submitted an essay about her and her husband, and I included facts from it near the end below. more
Despite enduring social distancing, Madison County has interesting history. The Museum is closed for now but will open as soon as possible. I hope to entertain you with local history in the interim. more
Madison County has Byers in our history. In researching, I learned about three predecessors of those. The first I found was William Byers (1687-1742) is referred to as “William the Immigrant” Byers. Born in St. Ives, Cornwall, England, he came to America and is buried in Virginia. Among his several children was the next in this direct line, known as Captain William Byers of the Revolution (1730-1799). Like his father, he was born in Ireland and came to America where he served in the Virginia militia at least three times, the last being in Cherokee War of 1776. The next in that line was William Walton Jr. (1765-1816), born in South Carolina. He fought in the American Revolution. more
Sports fans across the nation took a break from their boredom last week to try and process an unfathomable fact: Tom Brady is no longer a member of the New England Patriots. more
Quarterback Pat Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs secured the organization’s first Super Bowl championship with a 31-20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers Sunday in Miami. The Chiefs posted 21 unanswered points in the final nine minutes to win the Vince Lombardi Trophy, the first of head coach Andy Reid’s career. more
For those folks who often ask, Madison County was created in 1853 and organized in 1854 from land taken from Grimes, Walker, and Leon Counties. Of course, settlers were here before that. more
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