Kevin Brady Office Hours

Congressman Kevin Brady’s Huntsville and Conroe district offices are open to assist constituents Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Congressman’s office also has additional office hours in Madison County as an convenience for those who need assistance closer to home. 

A congressional staffer will next be in Madisonville on the first Thursday of February. Help with federal agency issues, such as Social Security, Medicare, Veterans Benefits, the Internal Revenue Service and more is available on Thursday, Feb. 2, from 9 to 11 a.m. at 113 W. Trinity, Madisonville. Contact Congressman Brady’s District Office at 877-441-5700 for more information.

Father/Daughter Dance

Gentlemen, please bring your daughter, niece or granddaughter to the First United Church Father Daughter Dance. Young ladies, preschool to eighth grade, are welcome. Refreshments will be served and a photograph will be provided to each couple at no cost. Come and make wonderful memories with your sweetheart on Friday, Feb. 3 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Wesley Hall. There is no charge.

Chamber Banquet

The 2017 Madison County Chamber of Commerce annual banquet is set for Friday, Feb. 3, at The Seton Center, 100 South Tammye Lane, Madisonville. Reserve a table by contacting Liz Ward at

Food Drive

The Super Bowl of Caring Food Drive, hosted by Boy Scout Troop 191, will be accepting food from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Madisonville Fire Station. All donations stay local.

Grimes County Republican Party

The monthly Grimes County Republican Party will meet Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall on Hill Street in Anderson. A chili dinner starts at 6:15 p.m.

NZFD Chili Cook-off

The North Zulch Volunteer Fire Department is holding its first chili cook-off from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the fire department. Cost is $50 per entry, with a $10 addition for a bean entry. Vendors are welcome for a $25 set-up fee. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places and taster’s choice. For more information contact North Zulch Volunteer Fire Department Chief Harold Sapp at (936) 349-5959.

Albert–Myrtle King Family Memorial     

The family of the late Albert and Myrtle King will be hosting a Memorial Program in their honor at 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at the King family home church, Two Mile UMC in Leona. Elder James Davis and The Free Pentecostal Church Family of Madisonville will be honored guests.               

Valentine’s Day Luncheon

The Huntsville Christian Women's Connection invites all ladies to the Thursday, Feb. 16, Valentine's Day luncheon at Elkins Lake Clubhouse, 632 Cherry Hills Drive, Huntsville. Visiting starts at 11 a.m. followed by the lunch and program from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Anita Parish will share about the mission and activities of Solomon's House of Hope, a substance abuse Christian rehab facility for women in Trinity. Kathy Coleman will share her "Movin' On" presentation. Please bring personal hygiene donations, like deodorant, hair products, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc., to help support Solomon's House of Hope. Luncheon Cost: $15. For reservations call Carol at 936-295-6178.

Women’s Retreat

A “Heartfelt Friends” women’s retreat is planned for Feb. 17-18 at First Baptist Church, 300 South Elm St., Madisonville. The event begins at 5 p.m. on Friday with a continental breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday. The event continues through lunch on Saturday. Cost is $20 and scholarships are available. Call (936) 348-2686 for more information.

Grimes County Republican Party

The Grimes County Republican Party will host its 12th annual Reagan Dinner Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, with keynote speaker Nick Adams. Adams is an author, columnist, commentator and frequent guest on the Fox News Channel, CNN, The Blaze and a number of television and radio shows. Adams is a legal immigrant from Australia who became an American citizen at great personal cost of time and money.

Midway VFD Steak Dinner and Dance

The Midway Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual steak dinner and dance on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Midway Fire Station. Serving will begin at 5 p.m. and the meal will include a large T-bone steak, baked potato with all the trimmings, green beans, drink and dessert. After dinner, dance the night away with sounds of Shiloh. Tickets are $40 per person and are available at Midway City Hall or from any Midway Volunteer fireman. For more information, contact Debra Newkirk at (936) 348-6800 or Chief Ed Faw at (936) 348-0898.

The Great Muddy Escape

The Huntsville Family YMCA will present the sixth annual Great Muddy Escape adventure mud run on Saturday, March 4 at 9 a.m. at General Sam’s Off-Road Park. Events will include a one-mile family fun run, two-mile and 5K obstacle courses, and a barbecue meal after the race. The obstacle course will utilize the natural elements of the park, including obstacles through mud pits, creeks, cliffs, also a spider web, army crawl, tire drill and lots more fun in the mud. Proceeds benefit the Huntsville Family YMCA. Registration is now open at or call 936-295-8009 for more information. 

Junk Hippy Event

Junk Hippy is hosting an event from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at the Brazos County Expo in Bryan. Admission is only $5 at the door, with kids 13 and under free. Wristbands are available online at The event will feature food trucks and live music, in addition to antiques, jewelry and vintage finds.

Republican Party

The Madison County Republican Party meets on the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Courthouse Annex. Everyone is welcome. For more information call Elizabeth (Betty) Nosovitch at 936-399-2420.

NAACP Meeting

The Madison County NAACP Chapter 6193 meets every third Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. at the Madisonville Senior Community Center, located on Amos Street.

For information, contact President Steven Green, (936)-348-4602.


Hospice Volunteers

Traditions Hospice is recruiting volunteers. Opportunities include office assistance, bereavement program and patient companionship. Volunteers may choose the time and dates that best fit their personal schedule. For more information, contact Volunteer Coordinator Karen Huffman at or call 936-245-7433.

Huntsville Memorial Hospital Support Groups

  • Diabetes Support Group meets the first Thursday of every month from 6-7 p.m., at Huntsville Memorial Hospital Conference Rooms A/B. Snacks are provided. Group will feature varied educational presentations from experts. For questions, contact Hannah Allen (936) 435-7919.
  • Mended Hearts Support Group meets the second Wednesday of every month from 11:30-1 p.m., at Huntsville Memorial Hospital Conference Rooms A/B. Light lunch will be served. Group will feature varied educational presentations from experts.  or questions, contact Hannah Allen (936) 435-7919.
  • Diabetes Nutrition Education Class meets the third Tuesday of every month from 5-6 p.m., at Huntsville Memorial Hospital Conference Room C. Snacks are provided. For questions, contact Brandi Bonin (936) 291-4239.

    Amputee Support Group meets the third Thursday of every month from 4-5:30 p.m., at Huntsville Memorial Hospital Conference Room C. Snacks are provided.  The Amputee Support Group is for encouragement, camaraderie, and to discuss different topics related to amputees. Representatives will be present from various prosthetic companies.  For questions, contact Karen Smith, PT (936) 291-4300.
  • Bariatric Support Group meets the third Thursday of every month from 5-6 p.m., at Huntsville Memorial Hospital Conference Rooms A/B. Group will feature varied educational presentations from experts. For questions, contact Lori Dupere, RN (936) 291-4318.
  • Breastfeeding Support Group meets the last Wednesday of every month from 10-11 a.m. at Huntsville Memorial Hospital Conference Rooms A/B. The group is hosted by a lactation consultant who provides support, education and addresses breastfeeding difficulties.  Spend time with other moms and babies. Learn and share valuable parenting advice. For questions, contact Heather Hasara, RN-BSN, IBCLC (936) 291-4285 or

Adult Education Class

An adult education family history class will be held Tuesdays at 6 p.m. through December at the Madisonville Intermediate School Library. No experience is necessary, and participants are asked to bring a laptop computer or tablet if possible. For more information, contact Debbie Murders at (936) 730-9052 or Elder Wilding at (208) 534-8071.

GED, ESL and Citizenship Classes

GED, ESL and citizenship classes are being held at Madisonville Adult Learning Center, 714 Bacon St., Madisonville. GED class hours are Monday-Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon and Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. ESL and citizenship classes are on Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. Call (936) 349-8003 for more information. Childcare assistance is available. Mention it when you register.

Head Start

Brazos Valley Community Action Agency is accepting applications for its Head Start program for the current school year.

Head Start is a preschool program that provides comprehensive educational social services to eligible children. It provides appropriate educational curriculum and other services to help with everyday needs.

Head Start, located at 901B Trinity, is open from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and the center is open for children from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

To register, parents/ guardians must provide proof of income for the past 12 months, the child’s birth certificate, an immunization record, insurance cards and a photo ID for the parent.

Contact the center at (936) 348-3915 for an appointment.

Eastern Star

The Madisonville Order of Eastern Star meets at 7:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month at the Madisonville Masonic Lodge.

American Legion

The American Legion Family Post 84 meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month.

Visual Arts

The Visual Arts group meets the first Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Rancho Viejo. Good fellowship, a potluck meal and a sharing time are scheduled for each meeting. A wide variety of art forms are enjoyed and encouraged, such as needlework, bead art, soap making, painting, leatherwork and building miniature houses.


The Woodmen Lodge meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at the Madisonville Volunteer Fire Station.

Kruzin’ Eagles

The Kruzin’ Eagles Riding Group meets at 10 a.m. the first Saturday of each month at the Madisonville Fire Station, then goes for a ride. There is a monthly potluck supper.

For information, call Ron at (936) 348-1496 or Tim at (936) 245-0997.

Prayer Group

A Madisonville prayer group will hold weekly sessions at 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays at the House of Hope, 901 W. Trinity.

All concerned residents are welcome.

For information, call Ferney Lord at (936) 662-7856.

Rock Hounds

The Rock Hounds Etc. meet the second Thursday of each month.

Time is 6:30 p.m. in the old fellowship hall of the First United Methodist Church located at 102 South McIver is the place.

If you are interested in knowing more about things like fossils, rocks, Native American artifacts and history and metal detecting, you are welcome to attend the meeting, which includes a potluck meal.

For information, contact Betty Strawther at (936) 399-2219.


Chamber meeting

The Madison County Chamber of Commerce meets the second Wednesday of each month.

For information, call (936) 348-3591.

Veterans Coffee

Madisonville Christian Fellowship is hosting a monthly veterans coffee and fellowship at the church, 3973 Highway 21 East, on the first Saturday of each month.

The event runs from 8-10 a.m., with a guest speaker at 8 a.m.

For information, contact Wade Phillips at (936) 348-3923 or Jim Vance at (936) 348-1126.