Tuesday high ties '100 record' for Rockdale

A couple of "cool" 99-degree highs last week kept Rockdale from breaking its all-time record for 100-degree highs but the next one will do it.

Tuesday's high of 102 degrees was the 59th high of at least 100 recorded this spring and summer.

That ties the record set in 1998.

Nineteen highs this summer have been 105 or greater. That breaks the record of 17 set in 2000.

Rockdale's all-time high of 113 was reached Sept. 5, 2000.

Tax rate stays $1.315 for Thorndale ISD

THORNDALE—School trustees in the Thorndale ISD approved a $1.315 tax Monday, same as the current rate.

That action came after board members went into session following a public hearing on the district's budget and tax rate.

Supt. Casey Callahan said the maintenance and operating rate is $1.17 with a 14.5-cent debt service rate.

Precinct 2 JP will resign September 30th

Don Ahrendt, Milam County Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace for the past three years, has announced he will resign his post Sept. 30.

A hrendt said he is getting married and moving out of the county.

Donald Schuerman, Democratic Party chairman, had previously announced he was resigning that post in order to seek the Precinct 2 JP position in 2010.

County Judge Frank Summers said the commissioners court is expected to appoint a successor to fill out the remainder of Ahrendt's term in September.

Ahrendt's term expires Dec. 31, 2010.

County ready for two hearings on tax rate

CAMERON —Milam County commissioners will hold two public hearings in the county courthouse on their proposed 61-cent tax rate over the next week.

The first is at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, while the second is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2.

The 61-cent proposed tax rate presents a one-cent decrease from the current rate

Gause Founders Day event ahead Sept. 5th

GAUSE—The annual Gause Founder's Day is set for Saturday, Sept. 5 with events to be held at the community picnic tables.

A cake and pie contest begins at 8 a.m. at the Baptist Church Life Center with a cake and pie auction at 11 a.m. at the picnic tables.

A parade gets under way at 10 a.m. Other activities include a trail ride, country store and fund raisers with prizes.

Gause Baptist Men will sell barbecue plates, sandwiches and wraparounds with the Gause 4-H Club selling cold drinks, cookies and more.

For more information call 979- 279-2472 or 979-279-5707.

Experience Works' session set Thursday

Experience Works, a program which assists Texans 55 or older living on limited incomes and seeking employment, has scheduled an interview session Thursday, Aug. 27, in Rockdale.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 12-noon at the Central Texas Workforce Center in the One-Stop Center, Main at Bell.

If applicants qualify, temporary part-time employment can be offered and Experience Works can assist in training and finding a permanent job.

For information call 1-877- 781-9953 (toll free) or 1-254- 200-2003.

RVFD, KC Casino Night set Sept. 26 at KC Hall

Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department and the Rockdale Knights of Columbus Council 7014 will host a Casino Night on Sept. 26 at the KC Hall, organizers announced.

Cost is $100 per player ($25 for non-players) and no one under 21 will be admitted. A limited number of pre-sale tickets are available.

Grand prize is $5,000, 2nd prize is $1,000, 3rd is $500, 4th is $300 and 5th is $200.

The night will feature free hors d'oeuvres and an open bar. Doors open at 6 p.m. with games beginning at 7. The night ends at 11 p.m. with an auction.

For tickets, contact Herbie Vaughan at 760-6770 or Paul Leopold at 760-6646. Seized 8-liners sold to Corsicana man

CAMERON—Forty-five "8-liner" video machines, seized in a January raid in Thorndale, have been sold to a private vendor in Corsicana.

Prosecutor Kerry Spears said the machines were purchased by Jerry Stroud of Master Sales.

She said 8-liners are not illegal to buy, possess or sell and that Stroud had agreed not to use them in an illegal manner.

Misdemeanor charges were filed after the raid at Pot of Gold Amusements.

County goes to the dogs during Monday meeting

CAMERON—County comm "went to the dogs" Monday, endorsing two valuable members of the county's law enforcement community.

Drug dogs Probable Cause (PC) Von Erzengel and V-Jaks Von Erzengel were okayed for deputations by commissioners. They work with Pct. 3 Constable Herbie Vaughan of Rockdale.

The move certifies the German Shepherds as peace officers.

In other business, commissioners accepted the resignation of Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Don Ahrendt and authorized a $1,329 Hill Country Community Action Association grant for home delivered meals.

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 theater.

Sponsorship deadline is Sunday, 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.

Hammack memorial fund-raiser set Sept. 12

The second annual Billy Hammack Memorial Benefit will be held Sept. 12 with two separate events. Proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association.

A golf tournament will be held from 9 a.m. to 12-noon at Rockdale Country Club. There is a $75 entry fee.

That evening, a dance will be held at The Ranch, featuring Chris Brade.

For more information, contact Ashley Stutts at 512-760-0976.

Thorndale masons plan fish dinner at business

THORNDALE—The Thorndale Masonic Lodge No. 978 A.F. & A.M. will serve fried fish plates with all the trimmings on Saturday Sept. 12, Barton Felton, spokesperson, announced.

Serving will begin at 11 a.m. and continue until sold out at Rodenbeck Farm and Ranch on US 79 in Thorndale.

Cost is $ 8.

Plates will be to go with limited seating for those who want to eat at Rodenbeck Farm & Ranch, Felton said.

Homemade desserts will also be available.

'On Golden Pond' auditions during week

Auditions for the Milam Community Theatre's November production of "On Golden Pond" are set for 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Williams Civic Center in Cameron.

Rehearsals will begin Sept. 14 and production dates are Nov. 7, 8, 14 and 15.

For more information, contact Richard Stone at 512-760-5748 or

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