Area Digest Jan. 3, 2018


Coon Hunt scheduled

IOLA — The Iola Volunteer Fire Department will host its annual Iola Coon Hunt, a PKC-sanctioned event, Jan. 11-13.

The event supports the Iola FFA as it funds student scholarships.

The menu includes flame-grilled steaks, homemade hamburgers and French fries or baked potatoes. A special menu item for Saturday includes Southern-fried catfish with beans and coleslaw. Fresh-baked desserts also are available.

The IVFD is at 23574 Brazos Avenue in Iola.

For more information, contact (979) 324-0493.

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.

Candidate holds meet and greet

BEDIAS — Bedias resident Bob Goldstein hopes to bridge the information and familiarity gap that exists between candidates and voters by hosting informal meet & greet gatherings in his home.

Goldstein has issued 62 invitations — an invitation to every Republican candidate on the Grimes County ballot — to meet Grimes County voters Sunday, Jan. 28, from 2-5 p.m. at his home, 5123 Flying Pig Lane in Bedias.

Goldstein encourages all Grimes County voters who want to learn more about the candidates to take advantage of this opportunity to put a face to the name in a relaxed person-to-person, non-confrontational setting. It is an opportunity for the candidates to meet their prospective constituents and hear what they consider priorities in Grimes County.

As a resident of Bedias, Goldstein thinks it is especially important to bring opportunities to the voters in northern Grimes County.

Jamboree set

The New Baden Jamboree is set for Jan. 6.

This month’s jamboree will be dedicated to Marvin Webb, who passed away Jan. 9, 2017. Marvin was a long-time entertainer at the New Baden Jamboree for more than 20 years.

The lineup includes Little Wyatt Green, David Michulka Band featuring Mary Burr and J.T. McBride, and the Back Room Pickers, led by Stanley McBride.

Entertainment starts at 6 p.m.

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.

In a collaborative effort, Loudon, the Capital Research Center and Director Judd Saul produced a series of mini-documentaries, free to the public, entitled: “American Under Siege: Civil War 2017, “American Under Siege: Soviet Islam,” and “America Under Siege: Antifa.”

Since 2011 Loudon has toured the United States promoting his two books, “Barack Obama and the Enemies Within” and “The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress,” which he describes as an “extensively footnoted expose of the rapidly unfolding Marxist takeover of the United States government.”

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