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‘Magnificent 7’ captures district golf title on Page 9

VOLUME 118 • NUMBER 17

Madison County Tea Party inspired by guests on Page 2

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2012

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NZISD board named tops in Texas This Week In MADISON COUNTY Greenbriar Cemetery Clean-up Day On Saturday, April 21, volunteers with the Greenbriar Cemetery Association will begin the yearly work day and clean-up prior to the annual meeting. This workday will begin at approximately 8 a.m. and will include the cleaning of the grounds and cleaning of some of the older grave markers. Anyone interested in helping with this endeavor is urged to be present on this Saturday morning.

Concert and BBQ at Victory Bible Church Victory Bible Church is hosting a concert and barbecue on Saturday, April 28. The barbecue will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the concert will begin at 2 p.m. The performers for the concert are Weston and Christy Hinson. Victory Bible Church is located at 3707 Hwy. 21 West in Madisonville. For more information, call 936433-5992. For more information about the performers, visit westonandchristyhinson.com

By Fernando Castro Assistant Editor School boards make many decisions, but one organization decided that the board at North Zulch ISD is the board of the year. The Texas Rural Education Agency (TREA) recently named NZISD’s school board as its 2012 school board of the year. Superintendent Morris Lyon informed board members during their regular monthly meeting on campus April 12. Formed in 1991, the TREA was established with the motive to

provide legislative representation at both the state and national levels for small rural schools of 1,600 students or less in their district, or in Classes 1A through 3A in University Interscholastic League terms. Approximately 175 schools are members, and North Zulch topped this year’s class. Lyon submitted the application to TREA that put North Zulch’s board in the running for the honor. Under the board’s tenure, Lyon noted on the application how the district’s students have seen increases in test scores. The superintendent also mentioned

passing the 2006 bond series and the impending bond up for election next month. “Y’all are a great group and y’all have done a lot of good things for the school, volunteer your time, and have helped us move forward,” Lyon told the board during last Thursday’s meeting. Two board members will attend a TREA conference in Fort COURTESY PHOTO Worth June 22 to accept the award. The board also thanked North Zulch ISD board members are Tammy G. Gilbert, Lyon for submitting the applica- front left, Mike Crocker and board president Charles Drake Jr. In back are board assistant secretary Craig tion. Murphy, left, board vice-president Brian Baker, board ■ SEE NZISD, PAGE 13 secretary Karl Radde and Richard Weaver.

Grows Garden

County Jail receives top marks upon inspection By Dan Kleiner Editor & Publisher

Bible Verse of the Week ‘You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.’ – Genesis 50:20

Inside Today’s Edition For the Record ................3 News & Opinion .............4 Happenings ....................5 Puzzle .............................5 Area Columnists..............6 Devotional .....................8 Sports........................9-11 Local history.................12 Classifieds ................14-16

Good Day, Madison County!

PHOTO BY DAN KLEINER/MADISONVILLE METEOR

A group of hard-working youngsters joined forces with volunteers from around the community at the Restoration Community Garden project Saturday morning. After a full rich day of shoveling, planting and moving bricks, the kids were rewarded with hot dogs, a magic show and a variety of games.

Community garden project to feed bellies, minds By Dan Kleiner Editor & Publisher A large group of Madison County youth spent Saturday morning digging, planting, playing, and transforming an old school’s grounds into an educational resource for the future. The Restoration Community Garden project got into full swing Saturday morning at 300 W. School Street. Beginning at 9 a.m., community volunteers and Agri-Life Extension Office personnel got to work building flower beds, planting a vegetable garden, planting an orchard, and showcasing the

new aquaponics system for use as an educational tool. In between all the work of course was some fun, with basketball, volleyball, a magic show, and other activities for the hard-working young people. The project has the potential to go a long way to serve the future of Madison County and is part of a vision that has been a long time coming. “This has been my vision for 15 years,” Leslie Lazenby, with the Madison County Agri-Life Extension Office, said. “John PHOTO BY DAN KLEINER/MADISONVILLE METEOR Hardy came to my office in JuVeronica Grooms, back left, helps a group of Madisonville youth ly and asked if I had ever given pour dirt into the flower beds at the Restoration Community Gar■ SEE GARDEN, PAGE 17 den project Saturday.

Catch Colby on the tube again this weekend Question: At what age do you think you’re too old for bunk beds? – Stacy Alderson: Early teens.

Congratulations to Peyton Wiseman, who earned some top honors in dance competition this past weekend. Peyton, a sixth grader at Madisonville Junior High School, is the daughter of Jay and Sheree Wiseman of Midway and studies dance at Hot on your Heels Dance Productions in Huntsville. This past weekend Peyton and her dance team received first place in platinum compe-

tition. That’s the secondhighest level of scoring and pretty outstanding for some young gals. In lyrical competition, a style of dance that incorporates ballet, jazz and

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modern dancing, Peyton’s team received a third-place award in the platinum level and then Peyton brought home another third-place win in singles competition. Now the focus is on the national competition for the group of young dancers. That will be held this summer in Mansfield, Texas. And speaking of our youth, if you missed watching Colby Shepard’s performance on the

Shotgun Red Variety Show this Monday and Tuesday, you’ve got another chance coming up this weekend. The Variety show will be on Sunday, April 22, at noon on Dish Network channel 231 and on Direct TV channel 345. Colby is the son of Troy and Shelly Shepard of Madisonville. That famous Madisonville Sidewalk Cattlemen’s Associ■

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The Madison County Jail passed its state inspection with flying colors last week. The Texas Commission on Jail Standards found no deficiencies in the local facility during its annual inspection Thursday. Prior deficiencies in new construction, classification, personal hygiene and exercise were all listed as having been corrected in the report, and Sheriff Travis Neeley said several aspects of the jail were commended by the Commission. “We’re in good shape as far as state compliance,” Neeley said. “We have had issues with overcrowding in the past. We’ve managed to keep our numbers down through a partnership with Houston County. Their report was very complimentary of our classification system, paperwork and documentation and medical services.” The Texas Commission on Jail Standards looks at 22 items when evaluating a jail facility. Those items range from admission and release to food service, discipline and exercise. The Madison County Jail has 48 beds in its facility and ■

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MCISD shows concerns over state testing By Fernando Castro Assistant Editor In a move in concert with other school districts across Texas, Madisonville CISD’s school board recently expressed concern with standardized state testing. At the board’s April 9 meeting, trustees approved a resolution regarding concerns over current and future standardized testing being implemented in state public schools by the Texas Education Agency. Similar resolutions have been passed at many other districts in the state. As it has done in the past, the TEA uses a standardized test given to students in public school districts to evaluate both student performance and that of the school ■

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