NEWSBRIEFSAcademy woman dies after motorcycle crash
A 44-year-old Academy woman died Thursday in Scott & White Hospital, five days after a motorcycle crash west of Sharp.
Trooper Donald Delukie said Rita Bennett was a passenger on a 2005 Harley Davidson operated by Steven Ermis of Temple.
Delukie said the cycle left FM 487 at 5 p.m. June 19 and crashed through a barbed wire fence.
Ermis sustained numerous broken bones. He has now been released from Scott & White, according to the DPS.
Delukie said neither was wearing a helmet.
Funeral services for Bennett, an employee of CCC-Bartlett State Jail in Bartlett, were held at 2 p.m. Saturday in Temple.
Burial was in the Roberts Cemetery in Troy.
Locals testify before Senate committee
City Manager Kelvin Knauf and Mayor Larry Joes gave testimony at a Select Committee on Special Purpose Districts 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.
June set to end without any 100-degree days
With Hurricane Alex churning up a cloud cover over much of Texas, it appeared Wednesday Rockdale would go all the way through June without a 100- degree day.
It hasn’t been exactly chilly. The highs Monday and Tuesday at KRXT-FM’s U. S. Weather Service thermometer were 98 degrees.
Still, June, 2010, was a far cr y from the same month in 2009 which was the hottest June recorded since Rockdale began keeping weather service records in 1921.
There were 18 days in June, 2009, with highs above 100 and they were consecutive. That’s the third longest streak of consecutive 100s in Rockdale history.
June, 2009, also had eight highs of 103 or higher and topped out at 108.
July, 2009, was even hotter with 23 days above 100 and nine above 105.
By summer’s end, 2009 had set all time records in both those categories with 62 days above 100 and 19 topping 105.
Kay Theatre films resume Thursday
Free weekly outdoor films at the Kay Theatre will resume Thursday with “Where the Wild Things Are.”
The movie will be shown 15 minutes after dark.
Spon sor s for Thu r sd ay ’s screening are Rockdale Welding Supply and Rockdale Federal Credit Union.
Free hot dogs will be provided by Rockdale Welding Supply.
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 a session for Thursday.
It will begin at 9 a.m. in the district offices, 120-B North Houston, Cameron.
Agenda items include motions to correct appraisal records and correct incorrect appraisals.
Rockdale, Thorndale volunteers answer calls
Fire calls dispatched from Rockdale City Hall to South Milam County Departments during the past week included the following:
• 2:13 p.m. Saturday, smoke coming from under stove, 1947 County Road 413, Thorndale VFD.
• 5:38 p.m. Saturday, grass fire, 4301 County Road 442, Thorndale VFD.
• 7:56 p.m. Saturday, lines down, FM 487 north, Rockdale VFD.
Bell County enacts area’s first burn ban
BELTON—Bell County Commissioners have voted to enact a 30 day burn ban for the county, starting at 7 a. m Wednesday, June 30.
Commissioners cautioned all residents should be careful when using fireworks, and to always have a ready supply of water on hand to put out any fire that might flare up.
Barbecues are allowed under the Bell County ban.
Monthly flushing ahead on July 14th
The City of Rockdale will hold its regular monthly water line flushing overnight Wednesday, July 14, according to City Manager Kelvin Knauf.
Lines on both east and west sides will be flushed, he said.
“Upon arising the next morning, please run your cold water taps a few minutes until the stream runs clear,” he said.
TxDOT continues with tree and brush control
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is continuing to conduct tree and brush control on Milam County roadways this week, according to Bob Colwell, public information officer, for TxDOT`s Bryan District.
He said motorists should plan for brief delays in the work zone, where N-Line Traffic Maintenance Services will be providing one-lane traffic with a pilot vehicle and two flaggers.
Work will be done on FM 485 from FM 979 to the Bell County line through Wednesday.
On Thursday, work continues on US 77 from FM 485 to the Falls County Line.
Additionally, FM 1915 from Buckholts north to FM 486 is closed to through traffic during construction of a new bridge at the South Elm Creek Crossing.