Area Digest Jan. 31, 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.

Donations available

BEAUMONT -Entergy is announcing $1.1 million of new Entergy Charitable Foundation grant awards provided to community improvement partners in states where the company operates.

The Entergy Charitable Foundation is just one of a variety of Entergy programs that support nonprofits in local communities. In total, Entergy Corporation supports more than 2,200 nonprofits annually with charitable contributions of approximately $16 million.

Entergy Charitable Foundation grants are awarded twice a year. In Texas, more than $257,000 was awarded to Texas nonprofits through the Entergy Charitable Foundation in 2017. Applications for the foundation's next grant award cycle can be submitted at "Our Community" at through Feb. 1.

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.

Department holds cookoff

NORTH ZULCH - The North Zulch Volunteer Fire Department's second annual Chili/Gumbo Cook-Off is slated for Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Fire Station.

All proceeds benefit the North Zulch Volunteer Fire Department.

Activities include DJ music, a live auction and vendor booths.

For entry information, contact Tracy Davis at (713) 503-9182 or Emily Mazyn at (979) 219-6025.

Shooting fundraiser

The Centerville FFA Shooting Sports Team will hold a trap shoot fundraiser Feb. 3 at the Madison County Gun Club and Archery Range in Madisonville.

Proceeds from this event go towards helping our shooting team members participate at the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and the State Ag Clays Shoot.

Registration will be from 8:30-9:30 a.m., and the contest begins at 10 a.m. following safety orientation. Entry fees are $75 per shoot for four rounds of shooting and a lunch. Ammunition must be provided by the shooter.

For information, contact Lisa Clunis at (805) 908-1738 (text is OK) or

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 February 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.

Trevor Loudon to speak

Author, filmmaker, public speaker and editor-in-chief of the "New Zeal Blog," Trevor Loudon, will be the guest speaker at the 13th annual Reagan Dinner, hosted by the Grimes County Republican Party, set for Saturday, Feb. 3.

For more than 30 years, Loudon "has researched the radical left, Marxist and terrorist movements and their covert influence on mainstream politics," and released his "hard-hitting" documentary, Enemies Within, in 2016.

The Reagan Dinner will be held at the Grimes County Expo Center, 5220 FM 3455 in Navasota. General reservations are $50 and must be received by Jan. 29. Social hour with bar begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by a steak dinner at 6:30 p.m. A VIP book signing will be held at 4:30 p.m. for an additional $10. Books must be purchased at the event.

For reservations, table sponsorships, or general information, call Karen Hale at (936) 894-2249 or (713) 851-8304 or by email to

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.