NEWSBRIEFSJudging dates this week in lighting contest
Judging for Rockdale’s annual Christmas lighting and decorations contest has been re-scheduled to Thursday and Friday, Dec. 17 and 18, according to the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the annual event.
Judging was originally set for Dec. 10-11 but was put back one week, according to Denice Doss, Chamber of Commerce president.
Persons wanting their decorations judged are asked to have their lights on those evenings, she said.
Thorndale Cares sets delivery day Saturday
THORNDALE—Thorndale Cares, which provides Christmas cheer to the needy in that town, will sort clothes and toys on Friday and deliver on Saturday.
Volunteers are needed both days at the old Thorndale High School gym.
A citywide food drive to assist Thorndale Cares, sponsored by the Thorndale P-TO, ended on Monday.
GOP commissioner hopeful files for post
Buddy Johnson of Thorndale has filed in the March 2 Republican Primary for the post of Precinct 4 county commissioner.
That’s the position currently held at Democrat Burke Bauerschlag who has indicated he will not seek re-election.
Johnson had previously filed paperwork to designate a campaign treasurer for the race.
Jeff Muegge is seeking the Democratic nomination for Precinct 4 commissioner.
Bill Whitmire, county GOP chair, said at least three more Republican candidates are expected to file for justice of the peace races.
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.
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. Rotary coat drive continues at Chamber
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 through Friday.
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.
“Coats w ill be distr ibuted through the school nurses in the Rockdale ISD through Friday” he said.
The “Coats for Kids” drive is an annual program of the Rockdale Rotary Club.
St. Paul blood drive scheduled for Sunday
THORNDALE—Scott & White Bloodmobile’s final blood drive of 2009 at St. Paul Lutheran School is set for 8 a.m. to 12-noon Sunday.
Those donating a pint of blood at Sunday’s drive will receive a T-shirt, a recyclable grocery bag, two free games of bowling from Mel’s Lonestar Bowling of Georgetown, a two-scoop Blue Bell ice cream cone from the Thorndale Downtown Cafe and a chance to win a $200 Visa gift card from Scott & White Employee Credit Union, according to Teresa Ging, spokesperson.
Rusty Sledge was second in the motorcycle division of the Dec. 5 Rockdale Christmas Parade. Results submitted to The Reporter had listed “Rusty Tate” as the second-place winner. One transported from Milano-area accident
One person was transported from a one-vehicle accident at 6:20 a.m. Thursday on US 79, three miles east of Milano, according to Trooper Mark Berry.
Berr y said Erick Turner of Gause was transported to Richards Memorial Hospital by AMR ambulance.
Vehicle damage was listed as “extensive.”
No injuries were reported in a two-vehicle accident at 8:20 a.m. Friday in the Milano Cefco parking lot, according to Trooper Donald Delukie Jr.
Drivers were listed as Juan Paniagua of Milano and Shawn Mullinix of Gause.
Damages were termed minor.
Post office closing early Christmas Eve
The Rockdale Post Office will close at noon on Thursday, Dec. 24, according to Postmaster Betty Malish.
“We will also close at noon on New Year’s Eve, Thursday, Dec. 31, Malish said.
The post office will, of course, be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
South Milam fire calls listed for past week
Fire calls dispatched from the Rockdale Police Department during the past week included the following:
• 11 p.m. Thursday, smoke coming from electric outlet, 719 Riley, Rockdale ISD.
• 7:13 a.m. Sunday, natural gas smell , Brazos at Pecos, Rockdale VFD.
Thorndale trustees okay 2008 audit report
THORNDALE—School trustees in the Thorndale ISD met in regular session Monday and approved the district’s 2008 audit report.
Trustees recognized Sharon Hill as teacher of the year in the Thorndale ISD and approved board priorities for 2009 to 2011.
Board members okayed school board operating procedures, accepted the district’s transfer list and considered board member training issues.
No action was taken after a lengthy executive session.
RFCU site for Project Graduation yule drive
Rockdale Project Graduation is collecting toys, non-perishable food items and cash donations for Christmas Roundup through the weekend.
Ron Montgomery, RFCU president, said donations may be made in the main lobby through Friday and in the RFCU drive-through porch Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.
He said those donating will be eligible for drawings for two $50 gift certificates.
MCAD directors to act on contract revision
CAMERON—Directors of the Milam County Appraisal District (MCAD) will meet in regular session at 12:15 p.m. Thursday in the MCAD office building to consider revising the chief appraiser’s contract.
Director David Ogee said Chief Appraiser Pat Moraw had been working on a multi-year pact but the board is planning to change that to one-year contracts.
“She is nearing retirement and this change reflects that situation,” Ogee said.
Other items on Thursday’s agenda include appointment of an appraisal review board (ARB) member, a temporary ARB member and appointing an ARB chair and secretary.
Directors will appoint members of the district ag committee, honor Bentley Hause for his service to the ARB and consider a name change for the appraisal district.
Thorndale council okays ‘Relay’ request
THORNDALE—The Thorndale City Council, meeting in regular session last Wednesday at City Hall, okayed the request of Relay For Life of Thorndale to use the city park and pavilion for the 2010 event.
That event is scheduled for April 30-May 1.
The council approved division property at the corner of Sandoval Road and Fourth Street.
Council members tabled for more study a request from a resident to fence part of an area near a never-used, but dedicated, city street.
The property is near the Thorndale football stadium.