Steelworkers await pact ratification vote

Members of United Steelworkers Local 4895 are awaiting word at midweek on the date of a contract ratification vote on a potential agreement reached with Alcoa.

In an overtime session that stretched almost until noon June 1, negotiators reached an agreement which must now go before about 5,400 USW members in 10 states for an up-or-down vote.

That vote must take place within 30 days. The USW has said the balloting will take place on the same day at all the affected local unions.

About 50 USW members continue to be employed at Rockdale Operations.

First free Kay Theatre film slated Thursday

“Transformers,” the first of six free outdoor summer movies, will be staged just after dark Thursday at the Kay Theatre.

The film was supposed to have been screened June 3 but was postponed a week due to wet weather.

Families are urged to attend and bring blankets and chairs. The Kay Theatre Association stages the movies as a service and fund raiser in its ongoing project to renovate the theatre.

This summer’s schedule is:

June 10, “Transformers”; June 17, “Black Beauty” (1994 version); July 1, “Where the Wild Things Are”.

July 15, “Footloose”; July 29, “Planet 51”; Aug. 12, “Where the Red Fern Grows” (2004 version).

Trustees accept two resignations last week

Rockdale ISD school board members met in a workshop session last Wednesday then went into session to accept two resignations.

Board members accepted the resignations of intermediate school nurse Elizabeth Buchanan and high school teacher-coach Earl Gandy, both effective at the end of the 2009-10 term.

Trustees also discussed the progress of the 2010-2011 school budget, now being prepared.

Executive session for hospital board

Most of a Monday special session for Rockdale Hospital District directors was an executive session with the district’s attorney.

Board members also received brief reports on assisted living and from hospital Chief Administrative Officer Jeremy Riney.

Pct. 2 J-P certified by Justice Center

SAN MARCOS—Donald Schuerman, Milam County Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace, was recently certified by the Texas Justice Court Training Center, a division of Texas State University.

The certification reflects successful completion of 80 hours of judicial education.

The course covers topics from family violence to torts, contracts, death investigations and judicial ethics.

Power line problems keep firefighters busy

Most of the fire calls for South Milam County volunteer fire departments during the past week involved power line issues.

At 8:22 p.m. last Wednesday, June 2, Rockdale, Thorndale, Milano and Gause VFDs were activated as storm spotters as a spring storm moved through the area.

Calls dispatched f rom the Rockdale Police Station during the week included:

• 8:12 p.m. June 1, car on fire, Sugar Loaf Mountain, Gause VFD.

• 8:16 p.m. June 2, tree limbs hitting power lines, Thorndale, Thorndale VFD.

• 2 a.m. Thursday, power lines sparking, San Andres Street, Rockdale VFD.

• 2:02 p.m. Thursday, smoke in room, FM 908, Rockdale VFD.

• 12:30 a.m. Friday, power lines sparking, woods behind Praesel Addition, Rockdale VFD.

• 3 p.m. Sunday, electrical box smoking, Shady Grove RV Park, Rockdale VFD.

Fire hydrant flushing set Wednesday, June 16

The City of Rockdale will perform its monthly fire hydrant flushing overnight Wednesday, June 16, according to City Manager Kelvin Knauf.

“We’ll do both east and west sides of town on the same night,” he said.

Knauf reminded residents to run cold water taps after arising the next morning until the stream clears.

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