Two draw sentences in 20th District Court

Two persons drew sentences during the past week in 20th District Court, according to Prosecutor Kerry Spears who listed case dispositions as follows:

• Jay Tanner Grayson, 20, Rockdale, pleaded guilty to two counts of cr iminal mischief ($1,500 to $20,000), five years deferred adjudication probation, restitution totaling $9,626.23.

• Francisco Diaz, 20, Rockdale, pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal mischief ($1,500 to $20,000), five years deferred adjudication probation, restitution totaling $9,626.23, complete DWI intervention.

2010 officer of the year banquet ahead Jan. 30

Tickets for the Rockdale Police Department’s annual Officer of the Year dinner and dance are expected to go on sale later this week at the police department.

The event is Saturday, Jan. 30 at the KC Hall.

Lt. J. D. Newlin said tickets for the catered dinner and dance with Lange Debault are priced at $20.

“We will also sell tickets at the door after 9 p.m. for those who only want to attend the dance,” he said.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with the meal at 6:30.

“We will honor the officer-ofthe year about 7:30,” he said. “There will be a brief live auction at 8, followed by the dance at 9.”

Museum seeks antique clothing for new exhibit

The Rockdale Historical Society is searching for late 1800s and early 1900s clothing for an exhibit in the I&GN Historical Depot-Museum.

Mary Phillips, historical society secretary, said clothing will be on loan and displayed at the museum now until March 12.

“We would appreciate anyone with a mannequin or dress form loaning them to the museum,” she said. “We’ll pick them up or meet you at the museum.”

Phillips said items on loan will be documented and returned after the exhibit is over.

To loan items call Phillips at 446-7118 or Rockdale Historical Society president Joyce Dalley at 446-5717. Tickets for RVFD party to go on sale Feb. 15

Tickets for the annual Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department fund-raiser will go on sale Feb. 15, Mike Korenek, spokesman, has announced.

The event will be held April 24 at the KC Hall. Tickets will first be sold to those who have attended previous fund-raisers and those on a waiting list.

Top prize w ill be $10,000, Korenek said.

For more information, contact Dwayne David at 446-7328 or Korenek at 446-6577.

MHMR forum Jan. 19 to focus on local offerings

The Mental Retardation Author it y (MR A) of Central Counties Mental Health and Mental Retardation Ser v ices (CCMHMR) will conduct a public forum from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 19 at the MARC Center, 1702 Pecos Street in Rockdale.

“The purpose of the public forum is to gather input on what services and supports are important that CCMHMR should provide to local residents who have been diagnosed w ith mental retardation and/or autistic spectrum disorder,” said Keith Maxwell, spokesman.

The public will have time to ask questions after the gathering of public input and the presentation. Contact Maxwell at 254-298- 7096 for more information.

Eight deaths on rural roads in Milam for 09

State Troopers investigated seven fatal rural vehicle accidents, resulting in eight deaths, during 2009, according to yearend statistics from the Department of Public Safety.

For the year, DPS troopers investigated 341 accidents including 155 injury accidents and 246 total injuries.

Thorndale trustees set election for May 8th

Bookkeeping for the May 8 school board election dominated discussion at Monday’s regular session of the Thorndale ISD school board.

Trustees okayed a resolution with the City of Thorndale to hold a joint election, with Milam County for use of election equipment and with Kevin Terry for election services.

Board members also received a report on delinquent tax collection and held the annual Academic Excellence Indicators System (AEIS) Hearing.

A EIS infor mat ion may be accessed at www.thorndale.txed. net.

Black Jack VFD gets $68,824 training grant

The Black Jack Volu nteer Fire Department has received a four-year grant from the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) worth $68,824.

“The grant mainly concentrates on the training aspect of firefighting,” Jesse Smith, BJVFD president, said. “It will reimburse volunteers for training expenses, including lost wages.

“We will be conducting a recruiting and retention program, aimed at keeping members we now have and recruiting new ones,” he said. Prospective BJ VFD members should call 446-7156.

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