Rockdale ISD hosting academic meet Tuesday

Two Rockdale ISD campuses will host district University Interscholastic League (UIL) competition Tuesday, Dec. 8.

Competition w ill be at the intermediate campus for grades 3-5 and at the junior-high campus for grades 6-8.

All campuses, including the high school and elementary, will receive an "early out" on Tuesday with classes to be dismissed at 12-noon.

'Messiah' voices still sought for Sunday show

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 still open for anyone to participate, even if you have missed rehearsals," Thomason said. "We will run through the show at 5 p.m. before the performance at 7."

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.

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. There will be five stops along the route in area communities before the run returns to Rockdale.

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.

Organizer Charles Starr said meals will be provided by Brady's Pest Control and Perry & Perry Builders to participants and to anyone who makes a donation.

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.

Thorndale Christmas parade ahead Saturday

THORNDALE—The Thorndale Chamber of Commerce will host a Christmas parade at 1 p.m. Saturday as part of a day-long holiday celebration.

A silent auction begins in front of the Chamber of Commerce building at 10 a.m.

Santa shows up at that location for photos from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and again from 1 to 3 p.m.

Craft booths will be set up along Main Street during the day and there will be prize drawings for Christmas hams and a quilt following the parade.

Area fire departments answer variety of calls

There were several fire calls in the Rockdale area during the past week in addition to the major house fire Friday on County Road 315. (See page 1A.):

• 2:06 p.m. Nov. 15, vehicle fire, National Pawn parking lot, Rockdale VFD.

• 12:51 p.m. Thursday, tire on fire at Duchess Double Kwik West and gas leak, 2400 block of post oak, Rockdale VFD.

• 6:32 p.m. Friday, possible out-of-control burn, County Road 265 south, Gause VFD.

• 10:32 a.m. Monday, car fire at Tetco, call was cancelled, Rockdale VFD.

• 1:44 p.m. Monday, porch fire, 516 North Main, flames out but fire smoldering, Rockdale VFD. Judging dates slated for lighting contest

Judging for Rockdale's annual Christmas lighting and decorations contest will be after dark Thursday, Dec. 10 and Friday, Dec. 11, according to the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the annual event.

Persons wanting their decorations judged are asked to have their light on those evenings, according to Denice Doss, Chamber of Commerce president.

MARC Center site for next Chamber mixer

The Milam Association for Retarded Citizens (MARC) Center will be the site for the December mixer of the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce on Monday.

Ann King, MARC spokesperson, said the breakfast mixer will be held from 7 to 9 a.m. and all Chamber members are invited.

The MARC Center is located at 1705 Pecos on the grounds of Richards Memorial Hospital.

'Coats for Kids' drive sees greater need

The annual Rockdale Rotary Club Coats for Kids drive seeks new and gently used coats for school children grades pre-kindergarten through high school.

Coats may be dropped off at the Chamber of Commerce office, 1203 W. Cameron Ave., across from Sonic Drive-In.

Spokesperson Denice Doss said coats are being delivered to school nurses as they are received.

"The need is great this year for all sizes," Doss said.

ARB meeting set for Thursday in Cameron

CAMERON—The Apprais- al Review Board (ARB) of the Milam County Appraisal District will meet at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in the MCAD offices in Cameron, according to Chief Appraiser Pat Moraw.

Moraw said the ARB will consider protests relating to 36 parcels.

Agenda items include the Chief Appraiser's report, motions to correct appraisal records and incor rect appraisals and an application for a late protest and rescheduling.

City crews will flush water lines Dec. 16

City crews will f lush water lines on th east and west sides on Wednesday, Dec. 16, City Manager Kelvin Knauf said.

"City water customers should run their cold water tap a few minutes the next morning to loosen any remaining sediment," Knauf said.

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