Area Digest


Workshop slated

Madison County NAACP is hosting a free workshop titled “All About Credit,” presented by Wells Fargo, a Texas State Conference partner.

People wanting to learn about building and protecting credit, improving credit scores or repairing damaged credit will benefit from the workshop.

The workshop will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 28, at Madisonville Community Center, 900 Amos St.

The workshop is free of charge, and refreshments and door prizes will be offered.

Agency seeks volunteers

BRYAN — Ombudsman is a funny-sounding word, but long-term care ombudsmen have a serious and important job to do, advocating for the health, safety, welfare and rights of residents in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

A long-term care ombudsman visits with residents and listens to their concerns.

Volunteer ombudsmen must be at least 18 years old, have available transportation and complete a free 36-hour certification course that includes classroom, self-study and in-facility training. For information contact Bobbie Gail Jeffries, at (979) 595-2806 Ext 5, or email

Nominations sought

The Office of the Governor is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Star of Texas Awards, which honor peace officers, firefighters and emergency medical first responders who were seriously injured or killed in the line of duty.

Nominations for this year’s awards must be submitted to the Governor’s Office by June 15, 2016, with the awards ceremony taking place in September. The nomination form can be accessed through the Governor’s Office website at

To be eligible for the 2016 award, the critical incident must have occurred between Sept. 1, 2003 and June 15, 2016, and the first responder must not have previously received a Star of Texas Award.

Mobile Mammography

The Rose Mobile Mammography Program, in partnership with HealthPoint, will provide onsite mammograms at the health center, located at 100 W. Cross St. in Madisonville, on Thursday, May 5.

The Rose is able to provide no-cost mammograms for women who qualify through a grant funded by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas to serve uninsured, low-income women ages 40 and up who live in Madison County who have never had a mammogram or it has been two-plus years since their last one.

To be screened, you must be a patient of HealthPoint and the deadline to register is April 28. Those who are interested in becoming a patient of HealthPoint may contact them to learn more about the registration process and request an eligibility appointment.

There are a limited number of mammogram appointments. For information and to register, contact HealthPoint at (936) 348-3418.

Applications sought

AUSTIN — Keep Texas Beautiful is now accepting applications for the 2016 Keep Texas Beautiful Youth and Educator Awards.

The award program honors extraordinary Texas students, educators and volunteers working to improve and beautify their communities. Awards are given in a number of categories to elementary through college-level youth, as well as educators and youth organizers.

The Ruthe Jackson Youth Leadership Awards recognize the outstanding efforts made by youth whose accomplishments are bringing about cleaner, more beautiful campuses, parks and communities.

The Sadie Ray Graff Awards recognize those in the field of education who encourage or demonstrate efforts to promote the Keep Texas Beautiful mission of educating and engaging Texans to take responsibility for improving their community environment.

In addition to the award recognition, a $100 cash prize is awarded to the recipient at a local presentation. Winners will also be invited to share information on their winning project at the Keep Texas Beautiful 49th Annual Conference in Sugar Land scheduled for June 20-22, 2016.

Applications are available online at, or call 1-800-CLEAN-TX to request a copy. Applications are due to Keep Texas Beautiful on Tuesday, May 3 by 5:00 pm.