RISD enrollment now up 12 from last year

Enrollment in the Rockdale ISD continues to show an upward trend when compared to the 2008-09 school term.

On Tuesday there were 1,732 students enrolled in the district, compared to 1,720 on the same day of 2008-09.

Elementary-intermediate continues to lead the way with 815, an increase of 18.

Junior-high had 393, up two from last year, and Rockdale High School logged 524, a decline of 8.

Tuesday's 1,732 represents an increase of 55 over the 1,677 students who answered the first bell on Aug. 24.

Five days without 100 as area 'cools' into 90s

Grab your coats.

At mid-week Rockdale had gone five consecutive days without recording a 100-degree high.

Highs Friday through Tuesday were "only" 98, 96, 94 , 94 and 94, according to KRXT-FM.

Lows dipped into the 60s each morning.

Prospects were for an extended period of sub-100 highs.

Last Thursday's high of 102 was the 61st high of 100 or greater of 2009.

The previous day's high of 104 was number 60 and broke the town's record of 59 set in 1998.

New cell phone law awaits signs in zones

It won't be long before Rockdale police begin enforcing a new state law prohibiting the use of "non-handset" cell phones by drivers in school zones.

"The law went into effect Tuesday but cannot be enforced until signs are put up around the school zones," Lt. L. D. Newlin said.

"Under the new law, you cannot talk on your cell phone while you are driving in a school zone unless it's a head-set unit with ear buds or other headphones," he said.

"You may pull over and stop to use your cell phone," Newlin said.

County ready for two more public hearings

CAMERON —Milam County commissioners will hold two public hearings during the next two weeks in the commissioners courtroom on the first floor of the courthouse.

There will be a public hearing on the proposed 2009-2010 budget at 9:45 a.m. Monday, Sept. 12.

That will be followed by the commissioners' regular monthly session at 10 a.m.

Mobile home burns early on Wednesday

A Rockdale mobile home was gutted by an early morning fire Wednesday, according to the Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department.

Volunteers were called to 703 Burleson at 1:50 a.m.

Fire Chief Warren Matous said no one was home and no injuries were reported.

Firefighters theorized something might have been left unattended on a kitchen stove, causing the fire.

At presstime Wednesday, neither police nor firefighters had learned who occupied the mobile home.

• The Rockdale VFD battled a large pasture fire at 4:56 p.m. Aug. 25 near Alcoa's Rockdale Operations.

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.

Seasonal flu vaccine in, H1N1 anticipated

Season f lu vaccine has been received by the Milam County Health Department and officials are gearing up to deal with is expected to be another outbreak of the H1N1 (swine f lu) virus this fall.

"We w ill schedule f lu shot clinics with the seasonal vaccine soon," Michelle Ferguson of the health department said.

"H1N1 will not be 'tracked' like it was during the spring, due to new testing guidelines," Ferguson said. "But we'll let the public know if any new issues arise."

"We have not yet received any H1N1 vaccine but when we do, the health department will also schedule H1N1 clinics," she said.

Line flushing ahead September 16 and 17

The monthly water line flushing by Rockdale city crews has been scheduled for the middle of next week, according to City Manager Kelvin Knauf.

Flushing on the east side of Rockdale (east of Wilcox) will be after midnight Wednesday, Sept. 16.

Flushing on the west side (west of Wilcox) will be after midnight Thursday, Sept. 16, according to Knauf.

"Please run your cold water taps a few minutes the next morning to clear out any sediment left in the lines after the flushing," he said.

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