Area Digest April 11, 2018


Bicycle tour scheduled

The second annual Tour de Madisonville Bicycle Ride and Festival will be held beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 14, with a variety of routes for beginners to experts.

The ride culminates at the Courthouse Square, with a festival feature entertainment, activities and vendors, which lasts from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Registration costs range from $5 for a two-mile route to $40 for a 40-mile route, with several different lengths offered. Proceeds will go to benefit city parks.

Online registration is being taken at

Benefit meetings set

So many veterans feel confused about benefits and services they’ve earned. There’s so much to know and so many changes from one year to the next. That’s why the nonprofit DAV (Disabled American Veterans) offers help.

The DAV Mobile Service Office will be at the following locations to personally provide the best counseling and claim filing assistance available. Like all DAV services, help from the Mobile Service Office is free to all veterans and members of their families.

•Tuesday, April 17, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., H.E.A.R.T.S. Veterans Museum, 463 State Highway 75 North, Huntsville.

•Wednesday, April 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Veterans of Foreign Wars 1839, 18 County Road 396, Cleveland.

•Thursday, April 19, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Beaumont VA Outpatient Clinic, 3420 Veterans Circle, Beaumont.

•Friday, April 20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., DAV Building, 3110 Appleby-Sand Road, Nacogdoches.

For information regarding these events, please feel free to contact NSO Donald L. Reed, Sr., at (713) 383-2715.

Input sought

BRYAN — The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is seeking information on the planning and development of Active Transportation (bicycle and pedestrian facilities) in all the 10 counties of the Bryan District.

To learn more about recent local developments and upcoming projects, visit and search Active Transportation to review presentations and other information.

Written comments may be submitted to Maurice Jacob, LA, Bryan District Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, TxDOT, 2591 North Earl Rudder Freeway, Bryan, TX 77803-5190 or e-mail comments to Comments should be received before Tuesday, April 24.

For information, contact or call (979) 778-9764.

Clean Up scheduled

A perfect opportunity for residents to dispose of items that can’t be collected by regular trash pick-up will be offered throughout the month of April.

The City of Madisonville Rock Yard, on Mickey Leland Street, will be open Monday-Friday from

8-11 a.m. for Madisonville residents to dispose of these items.

No tires, glass, wood with nails, paint, oil, pesticides, medical waste, light ballast, items containing asbestos, batteries, shingles, refrigerators, air conditioners, televisions, microwaves, computers, or other electronics will be accepted.

Residents must present a water bill or driver’s license for address verification.

If you need assistance hauling your trash items or would like additional information, call City Hall at (936) 348-2748.

Seminar scheduled

OVERTON — The East Texas Wild Pig Seminar on April 20 in Overton will offer expert information and recommendations to residents interested in addressing wild pigs on their property.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service educational event will be 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 1710 N. Farm-to-Market Road 3053.

Cost is $10 the day of the event. Two Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units – one laws and regulations and one integrated pest management – will be offered. Coffee and donuts will be provided.

Topics and speakers include:

•Biology, Damage, Economic Impacts and Toxicant Updates — Dr. Aaron Sumrall, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent, Newton County.

•Disease, Law and Regulation Updates — Tuffy Hale, Texas Animal Health Commission, Gilmer.

•Trapping Demonstration — Sumrall.

For more information, call 903-236-8429.

Health screenings set

Residents living in and around the Madisonville, Texas can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening.

North Madison Church of Christ will host this community event May 7.

Screenings can check for:

•The level of plaque buildup in your arteries, related to risk for heart disease, stroke and overall vascular health.

•HDL and LDL Cholesterol levels

•Diabetes risk

•Bone density as a risk for possible osteoporosis

•Kidney and thyroid function, and more

Screenings are affordable, convenient and accessible for wheelchairs and those with trouble walking. Free parking is also available.

Call (877) 237-1287 or visit for information and registration.