NEWSBRIEFSNew roads committee planned by county
CAMERON—Milam County commissioners, meeting Monday in regular session in the courthouse, agreed to name a citizens road committee to get input on road priorities.
Purpose of the committee is to meet with the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) to discuss and formulate a plan for road work.
Each commissioner will nominate two persons from his precinct and two will be selected at large.
Persons ser v ing must live on a gravel road within Milam County.
In other business, commissioners agreed to close a portion of County Road 229 and agreed to pay $4,800 to help re-paint the Rockdale Senior Citizens Center.
TISD board re-hires teachers for 2010-11
THORNDALE—School trustees in the Thorndale ISD met in regular session and approved Supt. Casey Callahan’s recommendations on re-hiring district teachers for 2010-11.
Board members also offered David DeBrock a contract as director of information services.
In other business, board members approved transfer students, completed ballots for the Education Service Center District 13 board of directors and okayed a contract with Interquest Detection Canines.
Census effort under way with help offered
The 2010 U. S. Census effort is under way 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.
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
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.
Rotary fertilizer will be delivered this 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 this 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-raisers each year,” Rev. Jack Chelf, club president said. “We appreciate the community’s support.”
Thorndale council okays VFD requests
THOR NDALE—The Thorndale City Council, meeting last Wednesday in regular session at City Hall, agreed to several requests from the Thorndale Volunteer Fire Department concerning the annual barbecue cookoff this summer.
The council approved a variance to the city’s noise nuisance ordinance and granted a variance to allow travel trailers and recreational vehicles in the park.
Council members are also considering a request from the TVFD to assist in purchasing a new rescue truck.
In other business, council members:
• Proclaimed April as fair housing month.
• Designated the town’s annual cleanup days.
• Discussed options for Thorndale’s garbage service contract.
• Endorsed Economic Development Corporation’s effort in assisting with costs associated with new City Park scoreboards.
GOP runoffs ahead for April 13 in Milam
Milam County Republicans aren’t through with primary elections just yet.
There will be two GOP runoff elections April 13 which will involve Milam County voters. Those are elections in which no candidate won a majority on March 8.
Rick Green faces Debra Lehrmann for Place 3, Texas Supreme Court and Marsha Farney and Brian Russell vie for State Board of Education, District 10.
The children’s artwork on the second editorial page of last week’s Reporter was by Jaxon Hayles, a third-grader at Gause Elementary School.