'Messiah' performance, practice dates slated

A community choir performance of Handel's "Messiah" has been set for 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at St. John's United Methodist Church, 1700 Hillcrest, according to Lee Thomason, director.

"The choir is open for anyone to participate," Thomason said. "This will be our second year to present this seasonal concert. Everyone is encouraged to come and sing, even if they can't make both rehearsals."

Practices have been set for 4 p.m. on Nov. 22 and 29 at First Presbyterian Church, 1600 Alcoa Ave.

Thomason said audience members are asked to bring canned goods which the choir will then donate to Christmas Roundup.

For more information, call Thomason at 446-3884.

Downtown group will host Christmas contest

Rockdale Downtown Association will host a Christmas decorating contest with the theme "Christmas in Old Downtown Rockdale," according to Mary Phillips and Mary Lee Dyess, spokespersons.

"The contest is open to all downtown businesses and overall outside decorations will be judged," Phillips said.

"Judging begins at 6 p.m. Nov. 30 and first, second and thirdplace winners will be announced the following day."

For more information, contact Phillips at 446-7118 or Dyess at 446-6680.

4th Buddy Oney Toy Run to benefit Roundup

The fourth annual Buddy Oney Toy Run will be held Dec. 5 and will again benefit Rockdale Christmas Roundup, which assists needy families with toys for children.

The ride begins and ends at The Ranch, 415 W. US 79. Registration is at 10 a.m. and first bike out is at 11 a.m.

Cost is $15 per rider, or $20 with a passenger, or riders may donate a new toy valued at $20 or more. T-shirts will also be available for $20 and a 50/50 drawing.

Stops are at Charlie's in Lexington, Brushy Creek in Thorndale, Pancho & Lefty's in Hare, The Oak Club in Pettibone and Nat's in Milano.

Organizer Charles Starr said the bikers also plan to ride in the Christmas Night Parade on Dec. 4.

For more information, contact Starr at 760-5537, Neal Ferrell at 446-2821 or Loy Woolverton at 760-5413.

El Camino Real group introduces director

A press conference focusing on the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic was scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, on the west steps of the Milam County Courthouse to introduce the trial's newly appointed executive director.

Steven Gonzales has studied missions and presidios of colonial Spain in Texas and has worked with members of National Scenic and Historic Trails across the country.

Andrew Sansom is head of the El Camino de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association.

Sansom is head of the Texas River Institute in San Marcos and was previously head of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

According to local historian Joy Graham, Milam County is located on what is commonly referred to as the 1691 trail which ran from the Detmold area to Apache Pass then splits with part moving east through what is now Rockdale and part running northeast through the current Cameron area.

Graham said sites of high interest have been identified along the trail by the National Park Service at the site of the San Xavier Missions, Apache Pass and Sugarloaf Mountain.

City of Thorndale okays street drainage project

THORNDALE—City council members in Thorndale met last Wednesday and approved expenses associated with the city's Sixth Street drainage project.

City Secretary Denise Melde said those expenses are estimated at $7,627.96.

In other business, the council:

• Approved a request for the Thorndale-Thrall Little League to use the city baseball field for the 2010 season and also to host a Tournament of Champions in May if the event does not conflict with high school baseball.

• Passed a resolution to participate in the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Cooperative Purchasing Program to take advantage of pre-bid prices.

• Directed the city staff to plan and complete improvements to the city cemetery. Plans are to construct ornate entrances to the cemetery.

• Cast Thorndale's 51 votes for Milam County Appraisal District director for David Ogee.

• Approved a request from IESI for a garbage rate increase with cost passed on to customers.

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