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Announcing Our New Digital Service

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The Madisonville Meteor is pleased to present two exciting upgrades to its service: our brand new website and e-Edition, a digital version of our newspaper.

The e-Edition is an exact replica of the printed edition of the Madisonville Meteor in a popular, flipbook format. It is the best way for out-of-town subscribers to access timely community news. The e-Edition is easy and convenient, delivered right to your email inbox and there’s nothing to download — just click the edition and begin reading.

Jail Log

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The following persons were arrested or booked into the Madison County jail. All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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SNOW DAY

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Cattle owned by Midway resident Dalton Turner at Diamond T Ranch watch as snow begins to fall early Sunday (Above). Hours later, Madisonville residents George Simmons Sr. and his wife Lillian Simmons pose next to a newly assembled eight-foot snowman at their residence on Greenbriar Road in Madisonville (Right). Madison County and surrounding areas were hit with significant snowfall Sunday, with some areas seeing as many as seven inches. The rare winter storm resulted in power outages across the county, Monday school closures at Madisonville CISD and North Zulch ISD, along with multiple related closures or delayed starts for area businesses and government entities.

MCISD reviews annual TAPR

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The Madisonville Consolidated Independent School District (MCISD) held their monthly meeting for January Monday and reviewed the district’s Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Texas students did not take the annual STAAR test during the 2019-20 school year, rendering much of the information even more outdated than usual.
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New year can’t shake focus from COVID-19

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It’s a new year, but the news out of the capital continues to focus on COVID-19. Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted last week that “a significant portion of vaccines distributed across Texas might be sitting on hospital shelves as opposed to being given to vulnerable Texans. The state urges vaccine providers to quickly provide all shots. We get plenty more each week.” Many health providers and county health department officials responded that they were working as quickly as they could to give shots to front-line health care workers and lacked the doses necessary to move to what Texas calls phase 1B recipients. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, phase 1B recipients include those 65 and older and those 16 and older with medical conditions that would put them at greater risk from COVID-19. Various state news outlets reported Texans in phase 1B could not find any vaccine available to them yet. The state health department encouraged the public to check its website weekly for updates on vaccine availability. In the meantime, people should continue wearing a face mask when in public and follow all social distancing guidelines, health officials said.
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The history of the Ferguson Unit (Part 1)

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Surely many of you know that the Ferguson Farm, or the Ferguson Unit of the Texas Department of Corrections, holds a place of importance in Madison County’s economy and the lives of many of us here. It’s been here long enough that it’s on a first-name basis for some. “Where do you work? Ferguson. Where do you live? Near Ferguson.” Located six miles south of Midway on F.M. 247, its payroll is essential to many local families.