Area Digest Feb. 7, 2018


Mail ballots available

Voters who are eligible and wish to vote by mail must obtain, complete and return an application for ballot by mail no later than Feb. 23, 2018. Applications may be obtained in one of three ways:

opicked up by individuals at Madison County Courthouse, 101 W. Main St. Madisonville, before early voting starts Feb. 20.

oe-mail or call and request an application; or

oan application can be downloaded from the Madison County Website Elections page.

For information or to request an application, contact County Election Administrator Earl Parker at (936) 349-0132.

Trout Fishing Clinic

Fort Boggy State Park, the Friends of Fort Boggy State Park and Texas Parks and Wildlife Fisheries are teaming together to put on the inaugural Trout Fishing Clinic for Kids on Saturday, Feb. 24, at Fort Boggy State Park, 4994 Highway 75 South, in Centerville.

This event teaches basic angler skills to children ages 5 to 12 (knot tying, safety, fish habitat and casting).

The event is free to all children ages 5 to 12; registration is required as space is limited, and those registered by Feb. 18 will receive a free event T-shirt; children who complete the basic angler clinic will receive a free rod and reel while supplies last.

An adult must accompany all children and no more than two children per adult is allowed. Park entrance fee is $3 for people 13 or older.

The sessions will run from 8:30-11 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 2:30-5 p.m. During each 2 ½-hour session, children will have the opportunity to use loaner rod and reels and free bait to catch rainbow trout.

To register or for information, call Betty Heffler, event coordinator, at (903)-322-3478 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. daily.

Workshop scheduled

Texas A&M Center for Population and Aging will host a chronic pain self-management health and wellness workshop from Feb. 7-March 14 at Madison County Library Annex, 605 S. May St.

The free workshop will meet each Wednesday during that time for 2 ½ hours each day, from 1-3:30 p.m.

The workshop teaches strategies for wellness, including techniques to deal with frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation; exercise and nutrition; appropriate use of medication; and communication, among others.

To register, call Dianne Dean at (936) 349-3525.

DPS plans enforcement

BRYAN - The Texas Department of Public Safety will place special enforcement emphasis on the law requiring motorists to move over or slow down when passing certain vehicles stopped on the side of the road when emergency lights are on.

This enforcement will take place regularly throughout the year in the Bryan area. Drivers passing stopped police, fire, ambulance vehicles, tow trucks, and Texas Department of Transportation vehicles (with emergency light activated) must move out of the lane closest to the vehicle or reduce their speed to 20 miles per hour below the posted speed limit. The law provides extra protection for first responders and workers doing their jobs in dangerous conditions. Violations of the Move Over/Slow Down law can result in a $500 fine and drivers causing bodily injury may be charged with a class B misdemeanor.

Open auditions set

NAVASOTA - Auditions for "The Psychic" will be held Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 12-13, at 6:45 p.m. at the Navasota Theatre Alliance, 104 W. Washington St., in Navasota. Performances begin Feb. 9 and through Feb. 25.

"The Psychic" follows a New York writer who's down on his luck and must make rent in this comedy murder mystery.

For more information about the show and specific roles needed, or for tickets, contact the Navasota Theatre Alliance at (936) 825-3195 or online at, by email at or via Facebook Messenger.

Gun raffle to be held

The Brazos Valley Vietnam Veterans are in the final weeks of sales for a 52-week gun raffle, with the first weekly drawing set for March 7.

Winners names will be returned to the draw, and may be eligible for more prizes. Only 500 tickets will be sold at $100 each. The money is used for scholarships, veterans' assistance and sending children of veterans to camp.

Tickets can be delivered. Winners will be contacted by phone, and listed weekly online at

For information, call Ken Spencer at (979) 846-6419 or go to

Training scheduled

If you are looking for a great cause to devote some of your time to, here is your chance! Voices for Children, CASA of Brazos Valley is in need of new volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children.

Having a CASA shortens a child's time in the foster care system by an average of seven months. With the individualized approach, a CASA is poised to be able to detect problems early and bring the challenges as well as possible solutions to the parties' attention so that they can be addressed immediately, avoiding placement changes, court delays, or additional court hearings.

Voices for Children volunteer training for the Spring starts Feb. 3. Interested volunteers must be 21 years of age and complete an application and interview prior to training. The training is 4 weeks long and will cover all topics related to being a CASA. At the end of the training, each new volunteer is sworn in by a judge to be a Court Appointed Special Advocate and can immediately begin working to make a positive impact on a child's life.

To become a CASA visit

Voices for Children, CASA of Brazos Valley is a nonprofit program that serves children in

Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Leon, and Madison counties.

Cycling event set

BRYAN - CHI St. Joseph Health Foundation will host the third annual Gran Fondo cycling event Saturday, March 3, with proceeds benefiting CHI St. Joseph Health Cancer Center Services.

Offering a choice of 20-, 40-, 70- or 100-mile scenic routes, rides will begin with a rolling start 7:30 a.m. at the Stella Hotel, located at 4100 Lake Atlas Drive in the Lake Walk Development.

A Gran Gravel trek, a 500-mile self-supported race from the Gran Fondo starting line through two National Forests in east Texas, will begin 5 a.m. Thursday, March 1, with Gran Fondo Co-Chair Billy Rice leading the route.

Donations and proceeds from the Gran Fondo race will provide support for cancer patients receiving treatment at CHI St. Joseph Health Cancer Center.

To sign up for the ride as an individual, team captain or join a team, visit Additional information is also available at

Volunteer opportunities for the Gran Fondo range from individual jobs to group activities.