Campbell Atkins

I have worked as the sports and education reporter at the Madisonville Meteor in East Texas for two years, where I have gained valuable experience in the industry. I am originally from the Chicagoland area and graduated from Western Illinois University in May of 2017.

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Madisonville’s marathon man

A 26-mile stretch in Boston may seem like a world away from east Texas, but Madisonville roots helped shaped one of the most thrilling finishes in the famous Marathon’s history 40 years ago. Jeff Wells, now the founding pastor of WoodsEdge Community Church in The Woodlands, finished just two seconds behind heavy favorite and eventual four-time victor Bill Rodgers in the 1978 Boston Marathon. This was the best time the Madisonville native logged in a highly decorated career that took him to ever

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From one side of Chicago to the other: Congrats

And there I sat, desperately waiting for a collapse that never came… How do you like them green apples? One hundred and eight years, a 17-minute rain delay and one epic extra inning later and your Chicago Cubs have earned the right to call themselves champions of Major League Baseball. Whoa. Did I really just type that? I’m still getting used to it. If they made it easy on themselves, would they really be your Cubs? Up 3-1 and dominating the first half of the series, the Cleveland Indians see

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Auburn pulls away in second half, downs Texas A&M

The Auburn Tigers, still hoping for an outside shot at the a playoff berth, scored 28 straight points midway through the game, turning a largely defensive battle against Texas A&M into a near-blowout at College Station on Saturday. A two-touchdown underdog going into the game, Texas A&M played strong defense early and ended up blocking a pair of Daniel Carlson field goal attempts, but it just wasn't enough to overcome the No. 17 Tigers, as the Aggies fell 42-27 to visiting Auburn. With the los

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Local WWII Veteran honored with valor

Local World War Two Veteran Burke Landry of Madisonville will be featured in this week’s edition of Valor Magazine, which highlights the impact veterans make in the line of duty as well as the home front following their service. “I am proud to have served my country in the United States Navy,” said Landry. “We were attacked and we fought back and won. Still, one of the most awful feelings is when you are at least partly responsible for killing another human being, even if that person wants to k

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Urbantke named head football coach

While the community may have been surprised by last week’s announcement of a head coaching change in the Madisonville football program, those inside the building would describe it as just that: a seamless change. Rusty Nail, who took over the position prior to the 2016 season, announced he would step aside on Wednesday to focus on his responsibilities as athletic director as well as well as further administrative opportunities at MCISD. Offensive coordinator Russell Urbantke was immediately nam

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Carter presents 'The Pressing Champions'

Hall-of-Fame basketball Coach Johnny Carter celebrated the release of his second novel, The Pressing Champions, with a book signing last Tuesday at Texas Burger on Main Street. The new book is a followup to Carter’s first publication, The First Season, which chronicled the incredible true story of how he led the Kennard Tigers to their first State Championship in school history as a rookie coach. Not to be downplayed, he did this during the first year of racial desegregation. Carter’s instant

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Newkirk pushes for change

Midway City Secretary Debra Newkirk was a driving force behind Representative Trent Ashby’s House Bill 1067, which was officially filed in January and would allow city officials to remove deceased candidates from election ballots. Current law states that in order to remove a deceased candidate from the ballot, their death must have occurred at least two days before the filing period. “That is what happened last year and started this,” said Newkirk. “We had a long sitting council member who pas

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Luigi's opens in Madisonville

Madisonville locals can now add authentic Italian eatery to their restaurant repertoire with the opening of Luigi’s Italian Grill on East Main Street this week. The new location will be focused on the old family recipes and dynamics that have made the Luigi’s name successful in the past. Antonio Haxhiraj, who will run the Madisonville location, is joined by his wife, brother, nephew, sister-in-law and other relatives. They are happy to hire outside help, but the most important aspect of the bu

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Birdwell completes his mile

World War II Army Veteran and Purple Heart Recipient Alfred Birdwell completed a mile-walk at Lake Madison Park on Saturday to help raise funds for two Veteran charities one day before his 100th birthday. The charities benefited were the Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial in College Station, which commemorates Birdwell’s service, as well as the Blinded Veterans Association. Birdwell suffers from a severe case of macular degeneration and is almost completely blind himself. “You never know how much

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Aceves, Mustangs top Fairfield in road thriller

Mauricio Aceves nailed a 31-yard field goal attempt as time expired in Fairfield on Friday to propel the Mustangs to a 20-17 victory over the Eagles and a 2-0 start in district play. “This is an unexplainable feeling right now,” said Aceves moments after he converted the game winning attempt, his second field goal of the contest. “I have the best kicking coach in Bryson Nail. He trains me everyday to be the best and he pushed me today.” “He is just a difference maker,” said Madisonville head c

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Kim Olson visits Madison County

Kim Olson, the Democratic nominee for Texas Commissioner of Agriculture and retired Colonel in the U.S. Air Force, visited Madisonville on Thursday to attend the Madison County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting at the Kimbro Center. Olson served her country for 25 years and was part of the first generation of female military pilots. She logged four-thousand hours of flying time and commanded troops in several combat zones, including Iraq. “I would like to bring professional leadership back to the age

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Korean Veteran skeptical of North's intentions

Madisonville resident and Waco native Billy Van Davis, who can define his early life with over a year spent fighting for his country in Korea, watches with a skeptical eye almost exactly sixty-five years after the armistice split the country in two for good as the North returns the remains of certain soldiers who were lost behind enemy lines. “The POWs that did survive told some horrible tales of what happened in the North, and it was extremely cold over there,” said Davis as he reflected back

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105 years in the making

Today’s world is almost unrecognizable to that of 1913, but Leonard Akers at the Madisonville Care Center has enjoyed a front row seat to every minute of it and celebrated his birthday for the 105th time on Tuesday. “I guess I can say I have seen more change than just about anybody,” said Akers from his room’s armchair at the Care Center. “In a lot of ways I think the change is for the better, but in other ways it is probably for the worse. Traffic is certainly worse. I suppose I am an antique.

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Perseverance and awareness: Stacy's story

Stacy Fowler’s life changed forever this year when she learned that she had developed Tourette Syndrome, but she has turned adversity into opportunity as she prepares for a day dedicated to her condition’s awareness on Thursday. Tourette Syndrome is a neurodevelopment disorder that becomes evident in early childhood or adolescence. It is part of the spectrum of Tic Disorders and is characterized by motor and vocal tics. Stacy took it upon herself to spread word of the syndrome in her own way a

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Locals hear from FRA

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) hosted a webinar for all of the parties affected by the proposed High Speed Rail from Dallas to Houston that would run through Madison County to discuss the federal process of identifying historic sites. Madison County locals gathered at First United Methodist Church to listen to the webinar, which was essentially an overview of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Section 106 outlines the process of identifying historical properties i

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Mustangs fall to Robinson

The Madisonville baseball season came to an end last Wednesday with a 2-0 loss in a single-elimination matchup with Robinson in Cameron. “I told the guys that they fought their guts out and reminded them of the legacy they’ve set in place for our program throughout this season,” said Madisonville baseball coach Keith Sitton after the game. “We talked about how well we pitched and defended to go toe-to-toe with a team that’s favored to make it back to the state tournament. There’s a lot of heart

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Mustangs make history

Madisonville baseball became the first team in program history to advanced past the Area round of the postseason with two wins over Taylor on Friday and Saturday in Bryan. The Mustangs stormed back to take game one 8-6 in comeback fashion and rode another performance for the ages from pitcher Matt Rudis in a 1-0 victory in game two. “It’s a great accomplishment that speaks to the kids we have here,” said Coach Keith Sitton after game two. “Regardless of what success we’ve had I just love being

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Team 24 honors Team 1

Madisonville softball honored members of the first ever team in the program’s history from 1994 on Friday prior to their postseason warmup game against Teague. “It was great for the current players to see where it all began and show respect for those who started this journey,” said Madisonville softball coach Ashely Renner. “I was grateful to shake hands with the ladies who had the courage to get this thing going. Someone had to set the foundation and I think it was special for the town to see.

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Mustangs come up short at state

GEORGETOWN - The Madisonville soccer team was outshot 21-10 and dropped just their second contest of the season 3-0 to San Elizario in the state semifinals. The game was tight throughout, but the Eagles found the back of the net twice in the final ten minutes of play. “I told the guys that they have nothing to be ashamed of and to keep their heads up,” said Madisonville soccer coach Baltazar Reyes after the loss. “We weren't able to convert on the chances we had today, but this was a tremendou

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MCISD officials voice concerns

MCISD officials expressed further concerns with mandatory state testing for public schools as legislators prepare to release the newest edition of an A-F system presented to all of the district’s students in the third grade or higher. Teachers have gone on strike in states such as Oklahoma, Kentucky, West Virginia among others. While no local officials want to see that, MCISD Superintendent Keith Smith believes the state of Texas could be in for the same fate if parents don’t dig deep and truly

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