NEWSBRIEFSH1N1 vaccine still available in county
Free H1N1 flu vaccine continues to be available at the county health department offices in Rockdale and Cameron but those wanting the vaccine need to schedule around the holidays.
Health department offices will be closed at 12-noon Wednesday Dec. 23 and re-open Monday, Dec. 28.
Next week the department closes Thursday, Dec. 31 and reopens Monday, Jan. 4.
Flu-Mist vaccine is available for healthy persons 2 to 49 and there is a limited amount of injectable vaccine available for those 4 and older, Michelle Ferguson, spokesperson, said.
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.
Call (254)-697-7039 to check availability.
St. Joseph’s to host final blood drive of ’09
St. Joseph’s Catholic Church will host Rockdale’s final Red Cross Blood Drive of 2009 from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29 in the parish hall.
“The process, from check-in to the post-donation visit to the canteen, is usually only about an hour,” Lindsay Laws, Red Cross donor recruitment representative, said. “That hour of your time may mean extra days, months and years to someone.”
“Every two seconds someone in this country needs blood,” Laws said.
For an appointment, or for more information, call 1-800- GIVELIFE (448-3543).
Potential donors must be at least age 17, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health the day of donation.
“There is no upper age limit on donating,” Laws said.
Four fire calls listed in South Milam County
Four fire calls were dispatched from the Rockdale Police Department over the past seven days as follows:
• 10:49 p.m. Dec. 15, hay bales on fire one mile west of County Road 262, Gause and Hearne VFDs.
• 12:10 p.m. Dec. 16, strong odor of natural gas reported at Richards Memorial Hospital, Rockdale VFD.
• 7:47 p.m. Saturday, controlled burn reported at South Wilcox (FM 487) and Beverly Drive, Rockdale VFD responded and extinguished fire.
• 10:18 a.m. Sunday, gas leak, County Road 344 Loop, Milano VFD.
City to flush water lines January 13th
The City of Rockdale will flush water lines on both east and west sides of town over night Wednesday, Jan. 13, according to City Manager Kelvin Knauf.
“Please run your cold water tap a few minutes upon arising the next morning until the stream runs clear,” he said.
Reyna Gonzalez was identified incorrectly in a photo caption of elementary academic UIL winners in last week’s Reporter.