All-time 100s record could fall next week

Sure, Rockdale residents don't really need statistical confirmation that this is the hottest summer and spring on record.

But unless something unforeseen happens the biggest heat record of them all, number of 100-degree days in a year, could fall as soon as next weekend.

Through Tuesday there have been 48 highs of 100 or greater logged in the super-heated spring and summer of 2009.

The record is 59 set in 1998.

That record could fall before the first day of school, which is Monday, Aug. 24.

Nineteen of those highs were 105 or greater. That's already a record, breaking the old mark of 17 set in 2000.

The only two heat records on the books which don't belong to the summer of 2009, so far, are the 22 days of consecutive 100- degree readings logged in 1945 and the town's all-time high of 113 which was recorded Sept. 5, 2000.

Thorndale ISD sets tax budget hearing Aug. 24

THORNDALE—School board members in Thorndale met Monday in regular session and scheduled a public hearing to discuss the district's tax rate and budget for Aug. 24.

The hearing will be held at 8 p.m. at the TISD administration building.

Board members also reviewed federal AYP standards. Thorndale ISD met standards at all campuses and for the district as a whole.

In other businesses, trustees:

• Offered contracts to ELA teacher Melanie Barnett and teacher-coach Josh Wood.

• Approved a revised 2009-10 calendar.

• Named Archie Montemayor to audit the district's records for 2009-10.

• Approved campus, employee, code of conduct, athletic and food service department handbooks.

• Accepted an increase in the district's mileage reimbursement to 45 cents per mile.

5Kay seeks sponsors, entries for fund-raiser

Directors of the Kay Theater Foundation's annual 5Kay Run, Walk and UnRun are seeking runners and sponsors for the Sept. 26 event, which begins in front of the Quonset hut-style theater.

Sponsorship deadline is Aug. 30. Runners may download an entry form at www.rockdalereporter. com.

Currently under renovation, the theater will be a community center for a variety of events.

Call Les Davenport at 446- 5030 for more information.

St. Paul's to host S&W blood drive Aug. 23rd

THORNDALE—The Scott & White Bloodmobile will return to St. Paul Lutheran School from 8 a.m. to 12-noon Sunday, Aug. 23, according to Teresa Ging, spokesperson.

"Potential donors are asked to start eating iron-rich foods before they donate," she said.

"Scott & White is in need of nearly 1,400 donations each month," Ging said. "Each pint donated can help save the lives of up to two patients."

Ging said those donating a pint of blood receive a baseball theme T-shirt, recyclable grocery bag and a chance to win a pair of Houston Astros tickets. To pre-register call 989-2711 prior to Aug. 20.

MARC Center to offer paper shredding

Milam Association for Retarded Citizens now has Rockdale's only commercial cross-cut shredder.

The MARC Center will offer shredding to area businesses for 20 cents per pound.

"This is something new and it benefits business and our organization, plus we help keep our MARC Center clients employed," said Peggy Nadeau, center director.

Confidentiality is guaranteed. The center is located at 1705 Pecos Street. Call Nadeau at 446- 2190 to set up an appointment.

City to flush water lines Wednesday, August 12

City crews will flush water lines overnight Wednesday, Aug. 12, City Manager Kelvin Knauf said.

Both east side and west side lines will be flushed that night.

"Please run cold water taps the next morning until the streams are clear," he said.

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