TISD lockdown turned into ‘drill’ Thursday

A rumor indicating that a person being sought by Thorndale police and the Milam County sheriff’s department might have been heading for school facilities sparked a brief lockdown Thursday.

The lockdow n was quickly turned into a drill after school officials were advised there was no cause for concern, according to Supt. Casey Callahan.

“What basically happened was that we got hold of some bad information,” Callahan said. “The whole thing lasted about 10 minutes and was corrected with a phone call to the sheriff’s department.”

An arrest of a Thorndale man on several warrants was being made but the Thorndale ISD was not involved in any way.

“We turned it into a drill and learned some things we need to know in the event of a real emergency,” Callahan said.

Early voting total doubles 2006 figure

A total of 1,138 Milam County residents cast votes during the 2010 early voting period, more than double the 2006 total, according to Sherry Mueck, elections clerk.

That breaks down to 634 Democrats and 504 Republicans.

In 2006, the previous early voting period with a Texas gubernatorial election, 593 early votes were recorded.

Two years ago, in a presidential election year, 2,364 early votes were cast.

Final totals for this year were: County clerk’s office, Cameron, 618; Rockdale City Hall, 295; Thorndale ISD, 90; Precinct 2 commissioner office, 26.

The county reported 29 mailout ballots and five military mailout ballots.

Census effort under way with help offered

The 2010 U. S. Census effort got under way Monday throughout the nation and a representative of the Census will keep regular office hours at Rockdale City Hall.

“The representative will be here each Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. to answer any questions Rockdale residents may have about the Census,” City Manager Kelvin Knauf said.

Rockdale’s population was put at 5,439 by the 2000 census.

Benefit to assist family Sunday at Meadowbrook

Meadowbrook Baptist Church will hold a benefit for David and Mary Phillips from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the church fellowship hall, according to Denice Doss, church spokesperson.

“The meal will be a lasagne dinner priced at $7 per plate,” she said. “There will also be a silent auction.”

“Funds will assist the family with expenses incurred in David Phillips’ surgeries,” she said.

For more information contact the church at 446-3367.

KCs continue ‘Fish Friday’ during Lent

Rockdale Knights of Columbus Council 7014 will host its Lenten fish fry meals from 5-7:30 p.m. at the KC Hall each Friday through March 26.

Plates are $8 and include fried fish, homemade fries, hush puppies, slaw, green beans, tea and dessert

MARC Run meeting at 6 p.m. Saturday

Organizers for the annual MARC Run will meet at 6 p.m. Saturday at The Ranch, 415 W. US 79, spokesman Charles Starr announced.

The ride will be held April 10 and T-shirts should be ordered by March 22.

First-bike out is at 11 a.m. and bikes, cars and trucks are all welcome. A live auction will be held after bikers return at 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Starr at 760-2561 or Neal Ferrell at 446-2821.

Hydrant flushes ahead Wednesday, March 10

On Wednesday, March 10, city crews will flush water lines throughout the town.

Residents are reminded to run their cold water taps a few minutes the next morning to loosen any remaining sediment, City Manager Kelvin Knauf said.

Zapata benefit raises $4,076 on Saturday

A benef it dinner to assist Rockdale resident Robert Zapata raised $4,076 at the KC Hall on Saturday.

Zapata was recently released from Scott & White Hospital in Temple after suffering chest pains.

Family friends said Zapata does not have insurance and termed his financial status “strained.”

“We appreciate all those who came out on Saturday,” Zapata said.

Rotary fertilizer will be delivered next week

Rockdale can look for a green spring as a delivery date has been scheduled for the annual Rotary club fertilizer sale.

The 15-5-10 blend of fertilizer, a blend recommended for Rockdale’s sandy soil, will be delivered next week, primarily on Friday, March 12.

Proceeds go to the club’s annual scholarship fund.

Last year the Rotar y Club awarded $10,000 in scholarships to deserving Rockdale High School seniors.

“This, and our annual golf tournament, are our two main fund-raiders each year,” Rev. Jack Chelf, club president said. “We appreciate the community’s support.”

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