February here we come!

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There will be a daddy-daughter dance on Feb. 17 from 6-8 p.m. This will be held at the elementary cafeteria.

oRegistration is here for Iola teams for Brazos Valley Girls Softball Association. This is for girls who are between the ages of 7-14. Your daughter should be bringing home a paper about it from school within the next few days. There are also some copies available at the front desk of the elementary school. The cost is $75 per child. Games will be played at central park in College Station on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. They will also have games on Wednesday nights as needed. Practices will be in Iola at the discretion of the coaches. Please contact Venessa Smithy with any questions. Registration deadline is Feb. 14.

oThere will be a public meeting on Feb. 5 from 5-9 p.m. at the Truman Kimbro center in Madisonville to discuss the draft environmental impact study for the high-speed rail.

Please make sure to attend this meeting and get your neighbors there too. Find out if your property is directly impacted or within two miles on either side. Should the company be granted the authority of eminent domain, condemnation for building materials can be up to two miles from the route?

Come to the meeting prepared to give written or oral public comments about how this project will negatively impact your property and/or why this project and the Draft Environmental Impact Statement is flawed.

Information about Public Hearings from Federal Railroad Administration: Comments may also be provided orally or in writing at the public hearings scheduled on Jan. 29, 30, 31 and Feb. 5 and 6 in 10 counties. Before the public hearing presentation begins, an open house will be held to allow for comments, questions and review of project exhibits. Federal Rail Authority and Texas Central staff will be available to answer questions at that time.

The public hearing presentation will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a public comment period. Hearings in Harris and Grimes counties will start at 6 p.m. with a hearing presentation at 7 p.m.

oJunior varsity and varsity boy' and girls' basketball teams will host Normangee on Feb. 2 with games beginning at 4 p.m.

Junior varsity and varsity boy' and girls' basketball teams will play in Somerville on Feb. 6 starting at 4 p.m.

If there are any upcoming events or items, you wish to be seen in the article please call (979) 402-0947 or email junebug.crosby@gmail.com. The deadline for submitting an event or announcement is Wednesday at noon.

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