County residents give thanks


Residents across Madison County will gather to celebrate Thanksgiving this week, and there’s no shortage of gratitude among local residents – particularly those who get to spend time with family.

We surveyed several locals and asked them to share what they’re thankful for this holiday season.

“I’m thankful for the good Lord and His people. I am blessed every day.”

- Tressie Harrell, Madisonville

“I’m thankful to live in a community that supports our children. I know that at any given time if I see a child in need of basic things like food or clothing, I can connect with the right person and get that handled, or if there’s a need for bigger things like college scholarships or animals for the fair or glasses or medical bills, Madison County residents network together and make it happen. What a beautiful thing to be a part of – a community that loves its children!”

- Leslie Lazenby, North Zulch

“I’m thankful for my new son.”

- Martin Adams, Madisonville

“I'm thankful for the men and women who are paying and/or have paid the price so my family can sit down together each night.

- April Young, Bedias

“I’m thankful for my family and my school family.”

- Keith Smith, Madisonville CISD Superintendent

“I’m thankful for my girlfriend and my son.”

- Blayne Huffman, Houston

“I’m thankful for the food that’s going to be on my plate on Thanksgiving Day.”

- Ava Huston, Macomb, Ill.

“I am blessed and thankful for an amazing family that has sacrificed their time with me so I could pursue my passion for coaching.”

- Marshall Earnhart, North Zulch Athletic Director

“Oh, gosh, so many things! I’m thankful for my job, family and the grace of the good Lord.”

- Melissa Padgett, Madisonville High School volleyball coach

“I am very thankful for the North Zulch community, parents, families and school staff. The people here really care about each other and always pull through and come together as a community to show support for each other. The hearts in this small town are as big as Texas and run as deep as the ocean.”

- Anita McWhorter, North Zulch

“I am thankful for our law enforcement officers who sacrifice their holidays and family time, and risk their lives every day to protect and serve a somewhat thankless society.”

- Wyona Ballard, North Zulch