NEWSBRIEFSPolitical parties eye Saturday conventions
Milam County Democrats and Republicans will hold their party conventions on Saturday.
Delegates will be elected to state conventions, preparations will be made for November elections and proposed resolutions will be forwarded to the respective state parties.
Milam Count y Democratic Party will hold its convention beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Milam County Courthouse in Cameron.
Party Chairman Richard Stone said delegates elected during the precinct conventions, held after the March 2 primaries, are eligible to be elected as delegate or alternate to the state convention.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. and volunteers and precinct chairs should arrive before that time, Stone said.
The Milam Republican Party’s County Convention will be held from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Thorndale Chamber of Commerce building, said Bill Whitmire, chairman.
A fried catfish dinner for $8 a plate will be served.
Two sentenced during week in district court
CAMERON—Prosecutor Kerry Spears said two persons were sentenced as follows after agreeing to plea bargains:
• Jonathan Lara, 20, Cameron, evading arrest with a motor vehicle with serious bodily injury, evading arrest with a motor vehicle, concurrent three-year prison and two-year state jail terms.
• Gabriel Rubio, 33, Freeport, two lesser charges of possession of a controlled substance (4 to 200 grams) with intent to deliver, two 6-year concurrent prison terms, $140 restitution.
Priest’s bench trial scheduled April 26th
It appears the case of an 85- year-old Catholic priest accused of two sex charges in 2008 will finally be decided next month.
Prosecutor Kerry Spears said the bench trial of Father Stephen Valenta of Todt Hill (Staten Island), New York is set for April 26 in 20th District Court.
“Father Valenta has waived a jury trial and has elected to go before the judge,” Prosecutor Kerry Spears said.
Charges of sexual assault and prohibited sexual contact were filed in connection with a May 21, 2008, incident in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church rectory on East Davilla Avenue.
Fr. Valenta was in Rockdale filling in for the church’s regular priest.
Police said the charges were brought by an adult female who is a family member of Valenta.
Thorndale council okays police car purchase
THORNDALE—City council members in Thorndale, meeting last Wednesday in regular session, approved purchase of a 2004 police car from the Department of Public Safety.
Council members invited Thorndale volunteer firefighters to attend the April council meeting with an itemized list of needed equipment.
In other business the council approved Thorndale Economic Development Council’s expense for scoreboard purchases in the city park and approved purchase of a new ice machine.
Milano ISD hopeful drops off May ballot
The six-candidate race for three positions on the Milano ISD school board became a fivecandidate race last week.
School officials said Lucas Hairston dropped out after it was determined he did not reside in the Milano ISD.
Candidates are incumbents Kev in Love, Margaret Plentl and Steve Walker, along with newcomers Terry Malovets and Dewey Steinbecker.
MCAD board to meet Thursday in Cameron
The Milam County Appraisal District (MCAD) board of directors will meet in regular session at 12:15 p.m. Thursday in the MCAD offices, 120-B North Houston Street, in Cameron.
Chief Appraiser Pat Moraw said directors will consider proposed changes to the 2009-10 reappraisal plan and will consider meeting time changes. Dominy benefit ahead April 11 in Lexington
A benefit barbecue to help defray medical costs for Amanda Dominy is set for 11 a.m. April 11 at the Lexington City Park Building.
Dominy is suf fer ing f rom pregnancy complicaitons including a stroke.
Plates are $8 and an auction begins at 1 p.m. There will also be a gun awarded in a fundraiser, with tickets priced at $10.
For more information, or to donate auction items, call Brittney Brockenbush, 979-716-
3010; Dewanna Bounds, 979-
716-0565; Heather Garrison,