NEWSBRIEFSNo snow, but weekend brought year’s low
It didn’t snow more than a few tiny flakes Friday, despite what virtually every weather forecast had predicted, but the weekend cold snap did bring Rockdale’s lowest temperature of 2009.
The mercur y on t he U. S. Weather Service thermometer at KRXT-FM plunged to a chilly 23 degrees Sunday morning just before sunrise.
Previous low temperature for 2009 was 26 on Jan. 29.
Sunday’s low was Rockdale’s lowest recorded temperature in two years. The lowest temperature logged during 2008 was 25 degrees.
School trustees to meet for annual luncheon
Rockdale ISD trustees will be Thursday at the high school for their annual Christmas luncheon, followed by the December board meeting.
Time is 12-noon in the family and consumer science room.
Agenda items include a report on recent site visits to three Texas ISDs and a review of the district’s superintendent goals and evaluation instruments.
Milam gets emergency reimbursement for ‘Ike’
CAMERON—Entities that supplied emergency response and other assistance during Hurricane Ike have been reimbursed w ith over $40,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The Gause area had the only recordable damage, with power outages putting a strain on that area. Other towns pitched in for recovery of statewide victims who fled the storm.
Susan Reinders, Milam homeland security coordinator, said the following funds were paid as reimbursement for the storm’s costs:
• Milam County, $2,036 • Gause ISD, $14,908 • City of Cameron, $10,976 • Gause VFD, $3,695 • Milam Health Dept., $172 • Bea’s Kitchen, $3,115 • Sheriff’s Office, $3,321 • City of Rockdale, $1,966. Volunteers were also praised for providing bottled water and use of private water wells.
RCS food pantry will accept hunters’ surplus
Rockdale Christian Services Food Pantry asks hunters to consider giving any “extra venison” to the needy this year.
Deer must be skinned and quartered and a fee of $35 must be paid at the time of drop off. But the value of donations is tax deductible and a receipt will be sent to donors, said Benalyn Avrett, RCS pantry spokesperson.
Texas Chaw in Caldwell, 1109 N. Commerce (TX 21), is participating in the statewide “Hunters for the Hungry” program. Texas Chaw phone is 1-888-271-1031.
For more information, contact Avrett at 446-3582 or 1-800-992- 9767, ext. 506.
Persons with internet access may also visit www.tacaa.org/ HFTHhome.htm to see a list of participating meat lockers or make a donation to the program.
‘Minimal’ damage from Black Jack house fire
The Black Jack Volunteer Fire Depar tment responded to a reported house fire at 5:10 p.m. Dec. 2, according to Jesse Smith, BJVFD president.
Smith said the fire was reported on Silver Springs Road but residents of the home had extinguished the blaze by the time volunteers arrived.
“The fire was caused by an electrical space heater coming close to some clothing in a bathroom,” Smith said. “Damage was minimal.”
Fires dispatched during the past week from the Rockdale Police Station included:
• 8:39 a.m. Dec. 1, trash can on fire, 1700 block of Highland, Rockdale VFD.
• 12:05 p.m. Dec. 1, couch on fire, CR 302, Rockdale VFD.
Thorndale man hurt in motorcycle wreck
A 25-year-old Rockdale man was treated at Scott & White Hospital, Temple, after a motorcycle accident Saturday afternoon.
Trooper Broderick Sims said David Cooper was injured when his motorcycle left FM 486, .2- mile north of San Gabriel, at 2:20 p.m.
Damage to the motorcycle was termed “moderate.”
An unknown pickup sideswiped a vehicle driven by Colby Ramey, 35, of Milano, at 11:30 a.m. Friday on County Road 342, 2.2 miles southeast of Milano, Sims said.
R amey ref u sed t reat ment and vehicle damage was termed “moderate.”
Rotary coat drive continues at Chamber
Rockdale’s weather has turned w inter-like and the need for warm coats for students continues to be “great,” according to Rev. Jack Chelf, president of the Rockdale Rotary club, which is conducting a coat drive.
Rev. Chelf said new and gentlyused coats, in virtually all sizes, grades pre-K through high school age are needed.
Coats may be dropped off at the Chamber of Commerce’s rock house headquarters, 1203 West Cameron (US 79).
Chamber office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“They will be distributed through the school nurses in the Rockdale ISD,” he said.
The “Coats for Kids” drive is an annual program of the Rockdale Rotary Club. Judging dates this week in 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 lights on those evenings, according to Denice Doss, Chamber of Commerce president.
Alcoa work force back down to 85 at plant
A three-month long job to retrieve metal from now-unused pots at Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations has concluded and the work force at the plant has returned to 85.
Jim Hodson Alcoa spokesman, said 55 workers were recalled to remove metal from the bottom of pots idled when the smelter was shut down in 2008.
Hodson said the total of 85 still at Rockdale Operations includes both salar y and hourly positions.
City crews will flush water lines Dec. 16
City crews will flush water lines on the 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.
Rockdale’s Piper featured by magazine
Susie Sansom Piper, longtime Reporter contributor, was recently the subject of a feature story in Ujima, an Austin magazine.
Ujima profiled Piper as a “silver citizen” as part of its community section.
“Age is a gift from God,” Mrs. Piper told the magazine. “As long as one has a reasonable portion of health, a good mind and ability, they should not give up but give God the best of their services.”
For the past 32 years Mrs. Piper has authored Black History Month series for The Reporter during February.
Those series include “Just Folks”, “Way Back When”, “Ebony etchings” and “The Other Side of the Tracks.”
H1N1 vaccine demand steady in Milam County
Demand continues to be steady for free H1N1 flu vaccine which is again available at the county health department offices in Rockdale and Cameron.
H1N1 vaccine is available for persons age 6 months and older. Seasonal flu vaccine is available only for children 18 and younger, according to Michelle Ferguson, spokesperson.
Rockdale office hours in the One-Stop Center, Bell at Main, are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Cameron office hours are Monday and Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.