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Rising Star choir to sing at Lions pancake supper

Rockdale Noon Lions Club members will hold their 10th annual pancake and bacon supper on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 16 from 5-7 p.m. in the new Rockdale Intermediate School, according to Mike Pruett, publicist.

“The amazing Rising Star Baptist Church choir will provide the entertainment,” Pruett said. “They will sing solo numbers and the entire choir will sing together at 6:30 p.m. You don’t want to miss this great entertainment and, of course, our famous pancakes and bacon,” he said.

A love offering will be taken and all proceeds will go the Rising Star Church building fund.

Retired teachers give books to MARC Library

Avys Locke of the Milam County Retired Teachers Association presented a selection of books to the MARC Center library on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

“This is the second year the Milam RTA has made a presentation to the library at the center,” Peggy Nadeau, MARC Center director, said.

“The books presented range from easy reading to some more challenging to read in a variety of subject matters from history to science, as well as some classic stories,” Nadeau said. “The books will be very much appreciated as the library was started through a ‘w ish’ from the consumers who come to the MARC Center and thanks to a grant from The Pierson Foundation it continues to grow.”

MARC (Milam Association for Retarded Citizens) clients use the library for projects and enjoyment. “We always appreciate adding to the library and now have over 200 books, audio books and tapes as well as music CDs to enrich the time spent at the MARC Center by the consumers that come there each day,” Nadeau said.

Garden club offers college scholarship

High school seniors, take note: Linwood Acres Garden Club sponsors a scholarship each year to a graduating senior planning to major in horticulture, floriculture, environmental design or any related field.

Application forms have been placed with counselors of Milano, Rockdale and Thorndale High Schools. Interested seniors should see their counselor and return the completed application form by April 5. Any questions should be directed to Carolyn Calhoun, 3412 CR 334, Rockdale, TX 76567; or call 512-422-8806. —Ann Dyer, publicity

Historical society plans programs at meetings

Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 9, the Rockdale Historical Society will host brief programs before its monthly meetings.

“Our first program this Tuesday will be on railroad safety by society member Bert Dockall, who has worked on the depot restoration project for more than 10 years,” Charlie Watson, society vice-president, said.

“We plan for the programs to last 30 to 45 minutes and then we will hold our monthly meetings,” he said.

The Rockdale Historical Society meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in the historic I&GN Depot-Museum, corner of Main and Milam.

“Visitors are always welcome,” Watson said.

Milano Opry ahead on February 20th

MILANO—The Milano Opry will be held on Saturday, February 20, at the Milano Civic Center. Doors open at 6 and show starts at 7 p.m.

“Come early and eat with the Bailey Bank Building Committee and make sure you try a piece of their homemade pie,” said Lynn Martin, publicist.

This month’s show headliners are Rian and Riley Castillo, 14-year-old twins from Elgin. Special guests are Debbie Davis of Rockdale and A. P. Patschke of Taylor.

House band members are Billy Barnett, Glenn Schneider, Larry Rochelle, John Clark Towslee, Johnny Towslee, Todd Leger and Lynn Martin.

Admission is $5 and children age 10 and under are admitted free. You don’t want to miss this “big show in a small town,” Martin said.

Sunshine quilters to meet February 25

Sunshine ‘n Shadows Quilt Guild will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 at Meadowbrook Baptist Church fellowship hall. Members will begin a table runner or wall hanger and visitors are welcome.—Eddie Davidson, publicity

Red Hat Society invites members

Rockdale’s Ya Yas Chapter of the Red Hat Society is open for new members.

The Societ y is made up of women over age 50 who wear red hats and purple outfits when they get together, according to Louise Mynar.

“If you’d like to spend some time with other women doing fun things such as eating out, shopping, traveling, going to the theater, movies or getting together to play games, you will love the society,” Mynar said.

Interested women should call Judy Sorenson at 446-6979 after 6:30 p.m. or Mynar at 446-2368 for more information. “We will set up a meeting as soon as we see how many are interested,” Mynar said.

Project Graduation prize drawing Friday

Rockdale High School seniors have been selling tickets for $1 each as a fund-raiser for Project Graduation 2010, according to Denise Betchan, spokesperson. Prizes are: 1st, $500 Visa gift card; 2nd, $250 Visa card; 3rd, $100 Visa card.

The drawing will be held Friday, Feb. 12.

Project Graduation 2010 will hold a bake sale on Saturday, April 3, the day before Easter, at Walmart.

4-H Shooting Sports holding fund-raiser

Milam County 4-H Shooting Sports Club members are selling chances for two different hunts as a fund-raiser, spokesperson Chris Cooper said.

Prizes include a $3,000 exotic water buffalo hunt, an exotic goat hunt and a $75 Academy gift card. Tickets are $10 each or six for $50. Drawing will be May 15.

For more information, call Cooper at 979-220-5413, Tiny or Susan Dean at 446-2845, or Mark or LeeAnn Smith at 254- 697-4049.

Cameron Masons fish fry Saturday

CAMERON—San Andres Masonic Lodge 170 in Cameron will hold its sixth annual fish fry lunch Saturday, Feb. 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bea’s Kitchen, across from the courthouse.

Tickets are $7, dine-in or carryout, and includes catfish, fries, hush puppies, coleslaw and a home-made dessert. A silent auction will also be held.

Proceeds aid the lodge and the cleanup of Port Sullivan Cemetery on the Brazos River in east Milam County. Port Sullivan was one of the county’s earliest towns, and although long abandoned, the cemetery contains graves of several noted Texans.

Tickets are on sale at True Value Hardware, Cameron Chiropractic Clinic or may be purchased at the door. For information, or to make a donation to the silent auction, call Casey Stanislaw, 254-913- 7913, any lodge member or go to


Prize drawing Friday

Win your Valentine a lovely gift and support Relay For Life of Milam County. Tickets are being sold for three prizes:

• A Linda Crane home-made chocolate and strawberry cake.

• A $20 gif t cer tif icate to Antique Queens in Rockdale.

• A Valentine’s gift basket with Scentsy and Arbonne items ($80 value).

Relay For Life of Milam County committee members will sell tickets until Thursday, Feb. 11. Drawing will be Friday, Feb. 12.

Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Call 446-5838 or 446-4500 for more details.

Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. Tickets are also available at Richards Memorial Hospital and The Rockdale Reporter. For more information, e-mail

Mardi Gras party Feb. 20

The Ranch in Rockdale will hold their annual Mardi Gras party on Saturday, Feb. 20.

Doors will open at 7 p.m. and $10 cover will go to the local Relay For Life event. Music will be provided by Billy Brown and Triple Shot.

Relay meeting Monday

Relay For Life of Milam County will hold its monthly committee meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15 at the Citizens National Bank meeting room in Rockdale, communications chair Marie Bakken has announced.

All committee members need to attend as well as those interested in helping with this year’s Relay. For more information, contact event chair Trina Edwa rd s, 979 -542-8493, or or call Bakken at 446-5838.

The 2010 Relay will be held Friday, April 16 in Rockdale at Tiger Field.

Karaoke dance Sunday

Walmart Crusaders for a Cure Relay For Life team will hold a Valentine’s karaoke dance at The Ranch in Rockdale from 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, according to team spokesperson Terry Blackmon. They will have silent auction, sell roses and charge a $5 cover. Those attending can bring own karaoke music, Blackmon said.

From now until Feb. 28, Crusaders for a Cure will sell Links of Hope to be displayed in store’s Garden Center. Price is $1 a link either “In Honor” or “In Memory” of those with cancer. The team will use the links to decorate its campsite at Relay on April 16. See any Walmart associate to purchase, Blackmon said.

The team has also set a fish fry/ bake sale in front of the store on Friday, April 2 (Good Friday).

REGULAR MEETINGS Rockdale Rotary Club

Rockdale Rotary Club meets at noon each Tuesday at the New Salem Clubhouse at Fair Park. Noon Lions Club

Rockdale Noon Lions Club meets at noon each first and third Wednesday at the Rockdale VFD fire station, Wilcox at Bell streets.

Historical Society

Rockdale Historical Society meets at 7 p.m. each second Tuesday at the I&GN Railroad depot museum. All persons with an interest in local history are invited.

Rockdale 4-H Club

Rockdale 4-H Club meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the New Salem Clubhouse at Fair Park. For more information call Rebecca Luckey, club manager, at 760-5775 or e-mail

Rockdale Girl Scouts

Rockdale Girl Scouts are holding regular weekly meetings at the Girl Scout House, 412 Murray Street. Kristi Pyeatt, spokesperson, said the meetings are held on the following schedule:

Daisy (grades K-1) Thursday, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Brownies (grades 2-3) Tuesdays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Juniors (grades 4-5) and Cadettes (grades 6-8 ) Thursdays, 7 to 8 p.m.

Milam County MOPS

MOPS (Mother of Preschoolers) invite all mothers with children birth-kindergar ten to meet for breakfast, guest speakers, crafts and fellowship. Meetings are held at First Baptist Church in Rockdale from 9:30 until 11:30 a.m. each second Wednesday September through May. Childcare available for children 5 and under, but space limited. Contact Sarah Batten, 455 -9177 or

Downtown Association

Rockdale Downtown Association meets at 5:30 p.m. each first Monday at Bit of History, 114 E. Cameron Avenue. For more information call Chris Dyess, 446-6680.

Al-anon group

Al-anon meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Rockdale Christian Church, corner of Sager and Rockdale Road. For more information call 512-429-0079 or 446- 3150.

Kay Theater Foundation

Kay Theater Foundation meets at 5:30 p.m. each third Monday at Bit of History, 114 E. Cameron.

Alzheimer’s support

Alzheimer’s Family Suppor t Group meets in the conference room at Renaissance Villa at 4 p.m. each first Thursday.

VistaCare volunteers

VistaCare Hospice volunteers meet at 11:30 a.m. each fourth Thursday at Murray Street Church of Christ.

VFW Auxiliary

Rockdale VFW Post 6525 Ladies Auxiliary meets at 7 p.m. each first Tuesday at the VFW post home. For more information call Barbara Walko at 446-6035.

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