Area Digest April 4, 2018


Cemetery to follow restrictions

After a period of informing the affected people, the Madisonville Cemetery Association beginning May 1 will start enforcing its restrictions on the property and the grave markers.

The restrictions regarding monuments, headstones and markers include:

•Designs for all monuments, headstones, and markers must be approved.

•Only natural stone markers will be allowed.

•Motifs on monuments, headstones, and markers must be part of the monument.

•Monuments, headstones, and markers must be monolithic.

•No stone may bear anything of an advertising nature.

•No monument, headstone or marker will be placed on the lot unless the lot is paid for.

Regarding the property:

•No shrubs or trees will be planted without approval.

•No flowerbeds will be allowed.

•Concrete enclosures (borders) for family lots will be allowed at ground level.

•Vigil or solar lights are not permitted.

•Urns for flowers should either be of non-breakable material or a permanent fixture.

•Potted plants, baskets, and flowers will be permitted on certain holidays and special occasions, and must be removed 10 days after the event.

More information can be found at

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.