Chasing dreams and moving on


I really don’t want to write this column.

That’s not because I’m lazy or because I don’t have interesting subject matter this week. It’s because once I hit “save” on this Word document, it’s a done deal.

I’m leaving Madisonville, the community that has embraced me for almost two years. I didn’t grow up here, and there are probably many people who never even knew that I was here – but during my brief stint at The Meteor, I felt like part of the family.

I loved writing about high school sports and telling the stories of our local heroes. I made a few friends along the way – real friends – who I will keep in touch with no matter where our paths lead.

Thank you to Madison County for making me feel like part of the team. Thank you for being cool, even when I misspelled your kid’s name or used a camera flash during a basketball game or made some other glaring mistake on the front page.

Please know that I loved your events and I loved your kids and I loved being involved when stuff went down, good or bad.

But there comes a time in a person’s life when you’ve got to put yourself or your family first. You’ve got to take a risk. You’ve got to load up the Altima and move to Houston because just maybe this is it.

And maybe it’s not.

But to me, it’s worth taking the chance. So off I go this week to work for Community Impact Newspapers as the editor of their Katy publication.

I’m going to miss the hugs and the people who have treated me like family for the last year and a half.

Once again, thank you, Madison County. 

April Towery was the editor of The Meteor. She can be reached at or (979) 739-4019.