NEWSBRIEFSCounty again tackles logjam on Little River
Milam County isn’t yet through with the aftermath of a massive log jam on the Little River last year.
While the jam is no longer at the FM 1915 bridge near Buckholts, three smaller jams have washed downstream into the Bud Adams Ranch south of Cameron and county commissioners have gotten involved.
Count y Judge Frank Summers said the county cannot act independently and is requesting an investigation by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
Summer said the new log jams do not have public access. He said an answer from the TCEQ is expected within 30 days.
Rotary launches yearly sale of lawn fertilizer
Members of t he Rockda le Rotary Club have launched their annual lawn fertilizer sale, with proceeds for the club’s scholarship fund. Club members will deliver the fertilizer to buyers’ homes beginning March 11.
Last year, the Rotary awarded $10,000 in scholarships to deserving Rockdale High School seniors.
“This and our annual golf tournament are our two main fundraisers each year,” club president Jack Chelf said. “We will again appreciate the support of the community in this project.”
The club’s goal is to sell 1,000 bags of the special 15-5-10 blend recommended for Rockdale’s sandy soils. Bags are priced at $11 each, down from $13 the last two years.
To place an order, call Gaye Bland, 446-2693; Kerry Starnes, 446-5841; Denice Doss, 446- 2030; Bill Avrett, 760-5016; Bill Cooke, 446-2029; Hal Reagan, 446-2174, or contact any Rotarian.
Zapata fund raiser Saturday at KC Hall
A benefit dinner for Robert Zapata is set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (or sold out) Saturday at the KC Hall.
“He is a proud, hard working individual but in the last year he has had a multitude of health scares for himself and his father,” Elena Olmos, spokesperson, said.
“Recently he was released from Scott & White after suffering chest pains,” she said. “Robert does not have insurance and his financial status is strained.”
“All proceeds from the benefit will be given to Robert for his medical expenses,” Olmos said.
US 79 resurfacing okayed for East Milam
The Texas Department of Transportation has allocated about $1.1-million for resurfacing US 79 in eastern Milam County as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (The Stimulus).
Bob Colwell, spokesman for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) said the funding will pay for resurfacing almost six miles of roadway from Seven Cedars to FM 2095 in Gause.
Big Creek Construction Co. Ltd. has been awarded the contract.
Colwell said the existing roadway will be torn up and replaced with new pavement.
Cameron church offers aid to needy in Haiti
Cameron Church of Christ is assisting victims of the Haiti earthquake and has already channelled more than $23,000 to the stricken island nation.
Tim Mastenbrook, spokesman, said the church is prov iding assistance through the Haitian Christian Foundation and has recently returned from a visit to Haiti.
“I saw 15 to 20 people living in one hut,” he said.
Anyone wanting to provide assistance may contact Gene Van Noord at 254-931-6512 or Gary Fuchs at 254-482-0611.
Fire calls include greenhouse blaze lines
Fire calls for South Milam County fire departments during the past week included a call to a back yard greenhouse blaze on Monday.
Rockdale VFD Fire Chief Warren Matous said the 4:42 p.m. call summoned volunteers to the Praesel Addition south of Rockdale.
“The greenhouse was on fire pretty good and it caught some trees on fire,” Matous said. “In fact the fire was so hot it was burned up by the time we got there and we didn’t even have to use any water.”
Other fire calls dispatched from the Rockdale Police Department during the past week included:
• 1:32 p.m. Feb. 17, pasture fire, CR 348 Loop., Milano and Hearne VFDs.
• 7:40 p.m. Friday, fire reported in mobile home, south of Rockdale on FM 487, fire out when Rockdale VFD arrived.
• 7:32 p.m. Saturday, vehicle on fire, Sugarloaf Mountain Road near Gause, Gause VFD.
• 11:43 a.m. Sunday, cat in a tree, Enfield Drive, Rockdale VFD.
Rockdale volunteer firefighters also made several calls to vehicles in ditches during Tuesday’s snow storm.
Snow postpones GOP candidates session
THORNDALE—The Meet Candidates forum sponsored by Republican Women of Milam County on Tuesday in Rockdale was a casualty of the weather.
Bill Whitmire, county chairman, said the forum, set for the fellowship hall of St. John’s United Methodist Church, was to have started at 6 p.m. but was cancelled after Tuesday’s snowfall.
Whitmire said the event has will be re-scheduled.
Early voting ends Friday and primary day is March 2.