TOP MUSICIANS Award winners from Monday’s RHS Big Blue Band Banquet: Seated (L-R) outstanding musicians, freshman Melinda Perez, juniors Heather Vargas and Julie Hromcik, senior Andreana Gonzale Full Story
Two treated after area highway crashes
Two persons were treated after a pair of one-vehicle highway crashes in the Rockdale area during the past week.
Trooper Mark Berry said a vehicle operated by Mary O’Brien, 77, of Dallas, left US 77 near Minerva at 10:35 a.m. Sunday near Minerva and overturned at the roadside.
O’Brien was taken to Richards Memorial Hospital, Rockdale, for treatment. Full Story
Omitted from last week’s list of prizes and donors to the Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department’s annual giveaway was a month’s tanning and a 30-minute massage from Healing Handzz. Full Story
‘PIECE OF JUNK’
‘PIECE OF JUNK’ Thirteen-year-old Kenny Crowe’s entry “Piece of Junk” had some horsepower in the Texas Minirod Tractor Pullers Association event held Saturday in downtown Full Story
Luminant values boost RISD, county rolls for 2010 tax year
An increase in taxable value for Luminant’s Sandow 4 and 5 power plants more than offset continued losses from the shutdown of Alcoa’s smelter during the past year.
That ’s t he word f rom Pat Moraw, Milam County Appraisal District (MCAD) chief appraiser, who said the Rockdale ISD and Milam County benefitted from Luminant values. Full Story
Milano ISD voters also go to polls Saturday
MILANO—The only election besides Rockdale’s Saturday in South Milam County is for the Milano ISD school board.
Five candidates are vying for three seats in the Milano ISD trustee race. Full Story
Appraisal notices in the mail; protest deadline ahead June 2
The Milam County Appraisal District (MCAD) mailed letters to most owners of real property in Milam County on Monday, according to Chief Appraiser Pat Moraw.
Letters show 2010 appraised values.
“Notices of value for property located in the city of Cameron have been delayed,” she said. Full Story
Little River Healthcare System announces scholarship recipients
The 2010 Little River Healthcare System (LRHS) college scholarship recipients have been announced according to Jeremy Riney, Richards Memorial Hospital CEO.
The five scholarships have been awarded to Andreana Gonzales, Kaitlyn Sieber and Michael Skrhak, all of Rockdale, Alyssa Fincher of Cameron and Preston Stolte of Thorndale. Full Story
PLUGGING FOR LATINO MUSEUM
Milam County was well represented at the Latino Museum Hearing which was held at the State Capitol on Saturday. The federally appointed commission listened to comments on the site for the new museum. Above, Folklorico dancers from St. Monica’s Catholic Church in Cameron danced to a spellbound crowd in front of the capitol prior to the hearing. Full Story
Water, contract in Alcoa update
In addition to an update on general operations, Alcoa discussed water issues with the Community Advisory Panel to Alcoa (Rockdale Operations) last month in Blue, according to Diane Sheridan, facilitator.
Members and neighbors learned there have been no recordable injuries and no cases of environmental noncompliance in 2010. Full Story
MIXING IT UP
MIXING IT UP Cellular One employee Trish Morton serves up a beverage to Dave Phillips at a Tuesday after-hours mixer at the phone company’s Waymar Plaza store. Full Story
Elementary and Intermediate Breakfast
Cereal, juice, fruit, toast, jelly and milk offered daily.
Monday—Pancakes, syrup. Tuesday—Oatmeal. Wednesday—Breakfast pizza.
Elementary and Intermediate Lunch Full Story
Gen. Petraeus to speak at Texas A&M commencement convocation May 13
COLLEGE STATION — Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in the war against terrorism in the Middle East and Central Asia, will be the spring commencement convocation speaker at Texas A&M University on May 13, announced University President R. Bowen Loftin. Full Story
• State Rep. Dan Gattis, P.O. Box 2910, Austin, TX 78768; 512- 463-0309; fax 512-463-5896.
• State Sen. Steve Ogden, Texas Senate, P.O. Box 12068, Capitol Station, Austin, TX 78711.
• Governor Rick Perry, State Capitol, 100 E. 11th St., Austin, TX 78701.
• President Barack Obama, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, DC 20500. Full Story
Historical commission tries to confirm Ranger grave site
MARLIN—Beneath an unusual cluster of rocks may rest the remains of famous Texas Ranger James Coryell who died in 1837 from an attack by Indians while protecting the Republic of Texas. Full Story
Tracking down a big memory
A nostalgic trip to see one of the few remaining steam locomotives still chugging along on the tracks turned into a never to be forgotten experience for a Milam County brother and sister Sunday.
Bennie Sw if t of Rockdale, and sister Jessie Cooperwood of Gause, though they were just going to pay their respects to Union Pacific No. 844 Sunday in the Hearne train yard. Full Story
Texas drought officially over, climatologist says
COLLEGE STATION – The Texas drought – one of the worst the state has ever experienced – has officially ended, according to figures from Texas State Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon, who also serves as a professor of atmospheric sciences at Texas A&M University. Full Story
Attorney: Gulf, mine disasters linked to safety violations
Lax regulations cause
for industry deaths
First was the West Virginia mine cave-in, caused was a pocket of methane. On an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, the cause was likely a pocket of hydrocarbons. Full Story
Altering malignant cells may slow spread of cancer
Cancer may spread throughout the human body when malignant cells travel in the blood stream. But it may be possible to slow or even stop those cells from spreading by altering their structure, according to a recent investigation led by a Texas A&M University researcher. Full Story
Honor our nation’s servicemen, women
AUSTIN — With the approach of Memorial Day on May 31, take time this month to remember the heroic servicemen and women who gave their lives defending our country. Full Story