Area Digest June 13, 2018


Cemetery meeting set

The Board of Directors of the Madisonville Cemetery Association has called for a special meeting for 2 PM Thursday, June 21, at the Madisonville Cemetery.

The purpose of the meeting is to amend the Association bylaws to change the date for the annual membership meeting, which is normally held the first Saturday in August.

However, the board feels that there would be more participation if the meeting were held in a cooler part of the year, and also will consider having multiple membership meetings, rather than one.

The board also plans to discuss the enforcement of cemetery restrictions and acceptable communication/notification methods.

Immediately following this membership meeting there will be the regularly scheduled meeting of the board. Both meetings are open to the public.

Meals program starting

This summer, Madisonville School district is participating in the Seamless Summer Program.

This program offers children 18 years and younger the opportunity to eat a nutritious breakfast

and lunch for free.

Starting June 4, and lasting through July 3, the Madisonville Intermediate Campus will be

serving breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and lunch at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday.

The policy is non-discriminatory and federally funded.

For information, call the Madisonville Child Nutrition Department at (936) 349-8067,

visit the summer feeding program website at or call the Texas 2-1-1

phone number.

FSA nominations launch

The U.S. Department of Agriculture encourages farmers and ranchers to nominate candidates to lead, serve and represent their community on the Farm Service Agency, which will accept nominations for members beginning June 15.

Producers can nominate themselves or others. Check your local USDA service center to see if your local administrative area is up for election this year. Organizations, including those representing beginning, women and minority producers, may also nominate candidates to better serve their communities.

To be eligible to serve on an FSA county committee, producers must participate or cooperate in an FSA program and reside in the area where the election is being held.

Members serve three-year terms.

To be considered, a producer must sign an FSA-669A nomination form. The form and other information about FSA county committee elections are available at All nomination forms for the 2018 election must be postmarked or received in the local FSA office by Aug. 1, 2018. Visit for more information.

Election ballots will be mailed to eligible voters beginning Nov. 5, 2018.

Class reunion scheduled

The Madisonville High School classes of 1954 and 1955 will hold a joint reunion June 22-24 at First United Methodist Church Wesley Hall.

Scheduled to speak at the Sunday services will be Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Hiram “Doc” Jones, a Madison County native and a 1955 graduate. Jones served as a chaplain around the area for about six years before joining the Air Force in 1969. He was promoted to general in 1997.

Summer camp scheduled

A 2018 Summer Enrichment Camp, sponsored by the Madison County Juneteenth Organization, will be held June 18-22 and June 25-29 at 1101 Seventh St.

The first week is full, but there are spaces available in the second week. Applicants will be accepted on a first-come basis.

To apply, contact (936) 668-2927 or (936) 348-2864 or email

Online program offered

COLLEGE STATION – Applications for the inaugural Texas A&M University International Beef Academy are being accepted.

The academy, available exclusively online, will begin in September and continue through July 2019.

The academy will be limited to 30 students and applications will be screened for selection. All of the instruction will be online and there will be nine modules to complete, Cooke said.

The academy is open to beef industry professionals, producers, professors, researchers or anyone with a good basic background in global beef production.

For more information, visit or email

Park offers programs

The Friends of Fort Boggy, who recently were able to help bring rainbow trout fishing back for the community, now offer “Certified Angler Education” programs for various groups and organizations.

Another goal of the group is to raise funds for the annual “Kid Fish” event at Fort Boggy State Park in which each child that participates in the clinic receives a free rod and reel and is given the opportunity to enjoy the thrill of catching a fish.

Another adventure of the Friends Group is Project TOAD, assisting the park in the rehabilitation of the present trails into “Tails Of Adventure Discoveries” that will be self-guided interpretative trails with educational signage along the paths.

The Friends of Fort Boggy encourages anyone interested, in preserving the natural resources and assisting in providing educational programs for visitors to Fort Boggy State Park, to become a member of the Friends.

For more information about the Friends of Fort Boggy State Park and future events visit their booth on the square in Centerville this Fourth of July.

Hot funds meetings set

Organizations that host events that bring visitors to Madisonville — visitors that stay in city hotels — may be eligible to receive Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) funds.

In order to receive an application, one representative must attend a meeting on either Wednesday, June 20, at 10 a.m. or Thursday, June 21, at 4 p.m. in the Visitor Bureau Office, 113 W. Trinity St., in Madisonville.

These meetings will cover uses of the funds, distribution of the funds, and reporting requirements.

For additional information, contact Laura Lawrenz at (936) 348-9333 or email at