Local 4895 contract vote ahead Thursday

Members of United Steelworkers Local 4895 will join about 5,000 of the rank-and-file nationwide in an up-or-down vote on a proposed four-year labor contract with Alcoa between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday.

The pact was hammered out in an “overtime” negotiation June 1 in Cincinnati, Ohio, after the old pact expired at midnight May 31.

Most of the 500 still-active members of Local 4895 are on layoff status after the 2008 shutdown of the six-potline Rockdale Operations smelter.

About 50 hourly workers remain employed at Rockdale Operations.

It’s a one-member, one vote system, meaning votes from all 10 local unions will be combined and contract will pass or fail depending on that total.

Locals invited to testify at Senate committee

Kelvin Knauf and Mark Jackson, manager and chairperson of the Municipal Development District, respectively, have been invited to give testimony at a Select Committee on Special Purpose Districts at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 30 at the State Capitol.

The committee’s purpose is to review public accountability and transparency of the districts, and make sure taxpayer dollars are being used efficiently and responsibly.

St. Paul’s sets blood, marrow drive Sunday

St. Paul Lut heran Church in Thorndale will host a blood drive on Sunday with the Scott & White Blood Mobile on the church grounds from 8 a.m. to 12-noon.

Donors will receive a donor T-shirt, a star-shaped magnetic refrigerator clip, a half dozen glazed Shipley donuts and a chance to win a pair of Volenta Beach tickets.

Lila Ramirez with the Bone Marrow Program will also be on hand with information on how to become a bone marrow donor. The Bone Marrow Program is a national registry that types potential donors for patients in need of a transplant, especially patients with leukemia and lymphoma. All it takes to sign up is some paperwork and a cheek swab.

For more information, call 898-5455.

Tax relief sought for fallen warriors

WA SHI NGTON, D.C.—The families of America’s fallen military service members would no longer have survivor benefits taxed at Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) rates designed for the ultra wealthy, under a relief bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives last week by Congressman John Carter (R-TX31), co-chairman of the House Army Caucus.

“These benefits should be taxed only as earned income, not subject to any punitive taxation,” Carter said. “In this time of war on two fronts, we need to scour every detail of how we treat our soldiers and families to ensure they receive the respect and support they deserve, especially for the families of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”

Current tax law treats annuities from the Uniformed Services Survivor Benefit Plan as unearned income, making the payments subject to higher tax rates under AMT. Carter’s legislation, the Children of Fallen Warriors AMT Relief Act, would re-designate the benefits as earned income under normal tax regulations.

The bipartisan bill currently has 14 co-sponsors.

Kay Theatre films to resume July 1st

The screen will be dark this Thursday at the Kay Theatre but the free weekly film series will resume Thursday, July 1.

“Where the Wild Things Are” will be shown at “dark-15” on that date.

The screenings are used as fund-raisers in ongoing efforts to restore the 1940s-era Quonset hut structure.

Future screenings include: July 15— Footloose

July 29— Planet 51

Aug. 12— Where the Red Fern Grows (2004 version).

Appraisal review board begins 2010 sessions

The appraisal review board of the Milam County Appraisal District has scheduled sessions for the next two Thursdays.

Hearings will begin at 9 a.m. June 24 and July 1 in the district offices, 120-B North Houston, Cameron.

Agenda items include motions to correct appraisal records and correct incorrect appraisals.

20-year term handed down on DWI case

CAMERON—Brad Franklin Naquin, 45, of Victoria was sentenced to a 20-year prison term last week in 20th District Court after pleading guilty to DWI-third or more offense conviction. The term will run concurrently with a McLennan County sentence.

MDD board to meet June 24 at City Hall

Board members of the Municipal Development District will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 24 at City Hall.

Agenda items include a presentation from Marketing Alliance, consideration of promotional signage and funding of a web site for the city and MDD.

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