New RHS principal on trustee agenda

Hiring of a new Rockdale High School principal, and an assistant principal, are the agenda for Monday’s regular meeting of the Rockdale ISD school board.

Trustees will gather at 5:30 p.m. in the Central Administration Building.

Discussion of the two positions will be in executive but the votes must be taken in open session.

Board members will also act on teacher salaries for 2010-11 and get reports on baseball field renovations and readiness for the opening of school.

Four draw sentences in 20th District Court

CA MERON—Fou r persons drew sentences last week in 20th District Court, according to Prosecutor Kerry Spears who listed case dispositions as follows:

• Lora Ann Brown, 46, Rockdale, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance (less than one gram), 16-month state jail term, $140 restitution.

• Edward James Miller, 46, Rockdale, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance (less than one gram), 14-month state jail term, $140 restitution.

• Emily Ann Hacker, 28, Rockdale, pleaded guilty to forgery, three years deferred adjudication, $1,105.38 restitution.

• Matthew Sean Seaton, 22, Buckholts, pleaded guilty to burglary of a habitation, seven-year adjudication probation, substance abuse evaluation and any recommended treatment.

Free Word 2007 class offered at senior center

A free computer class on Word 2007 basics will be available on Tuesday, July 27 at the Rockdale Senior Center, 765 Greet Street.

Class time will be from 1 until 5 p.m. Seating is limited to 15 students, said Lawann Turner of Hill Country Community Action Association (HCCAA) which is sponsoring the class.

Pre-requisite for the class is knowledge of how to use a computer, mouse and keyboard.

To reserve a seat, send an email to or call 325-372-5167, extension 324 and leave a voice mail. When sending an e-mail or leaving a voice mail, please indicate what class, date and location you are signing up for as well as contact information in the event the class is filled.

Yoe graduate hurt, son dies in Gatesville fire

Eric Balch, Cameron graduate and currently strength coach at La Vega High School, was seriously burned Saturday in a fire at his Gatesville home that claimed the life of his two-year-old son and badly burned another son.

Mason Balch, 2, died as the result of the blaze. Three-yearold Cade Balch, and Eric Balch remain in stable condition at Parkland Hospital, Dallas.

Eric Balch’s wife Tammy and their two daughters were at a birthday party at the time of the fire and were not injured.

Investigators said the home’s garage exploded and theorized a water heater may have burst and ignited gasoline in the garage.

Investigators said Eric Balch was working in the yard and raced into the garage, pulling his two sons out of the fire.

Cow and horse victim in Davilla-area wrecks

DPS State Trooper Donald Delukie investigated a pair of one-vehicle accidents three days apart on the same stretch of roadway near Davilla last week.

Delukie was called to a vehiclecow collision at 9:40 p.m. Thursday on FM 487, east of Davilla.

He listed the driver as 50-yearold Conrad Hinkel of Holland. Delukie said Hinkel was not injured and termed vehicle damage moderate.

At 12:35 p.m. Sunday a vehicle driven by 62-year-old Lester Weathers of Bartlett hit a horse on the same stretch of road.

Delukie said there were no injuries and moderate damages.

Thorndale council okays garbage rates

THOR N DA L E— Cit y council members in Thorndale last Wednesday okayed new garbage rates to begin Aug. 1, coinciding with the city’s new contract with IESI Corporation.

Council members also agreed to let Thorndale Coop lease land for gain storage, if needed, and took steps to renew three Federal Communications Commission licences to comply with narrow band requirements.

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