Eastside clothing giveaway is Saturday

The annual summer Rockdale Eastside Clothing Giveaway is set for 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the New Hope Baptist Church cafeteria, according to Elissa Benford, spokesperson.

“All clothing has been donated by Lisa’s Hope Chest of Austin,” she said. “This is the same free clothing giveaway previously held at the Pecan Street Masonic Lodge but this time we were unable to secure that location.”

“This is a great event for families who need school clothes for their children or anyone else in need of gently-worn nice clothes,” she said.

Next free Kay movie slated for Thursday

“Planet 51,” the next to the last in a series of free, outdoor summer movies will be screened after dark Thursday, on the grounds of the Kay Theater.

The summer’s final movie, the 2004 version of “Where the Red Fern Grows,” will be shown Thursday, Aug. 12.

BBQ, baked goods sale to assist fire victims

A barbecue and baked goods sale to assist the family of Jackie Marie Lacy will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the City Hall parking lot, according to Jessie Baggerly, spokesman.

The family lost their home in a July 19 fire in the Oak Park subdivision.

Varied weekend logged at Apache Pass venue

It was a busy, and varied, weekend at the Apache Pass venue on the San Gabriel River northwest of Rockdale.

Apache Pass hosted a crowd estimated in the thousands Saturday at the Texas Ravers Future Fest, an electronic music festival.

Sheriff David Greene said a total of seven emergency runs were reported at the festival. “There were two or three drugrelated incidents, treated at Richards Memorial Hospital, and the others were heat exhaustion, things like that,” Greene said.

Greene said no arrests were made. The sheriff’s department answered loud music and theft calls to the event.

Then Sunday, Apache Pass hosted a baptismal service in the San Gabriel River, according to Kit Worley, Apache Pass founder.

Annual school supply drive now under way

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6525, and its ladies auxiliary, are now sponsoring their annual school supply drive.

Donations of school supplies may be taken to the Chamber of Commerce Rock House headquarters or to the VFW Hall.

The giveaway is Friday Aug. 13. Call Joyce Hurt (512-446-7761) or Richard Henderson (512-269- 9151) for more information.

Milam indigent health care staying solvent

Milam County’s indigent health care program is continuing to make medical payments for its patients and looks to have enough funds to do so until year’s end.

Christine Box, program director, said the program is paying either a flat percentage of every medical bill or on a diagnostic related group (DRG) assessment, conserving money for the program.

‘It appears we are going to be okay through the year’s end,” Box said.

Caldwell mayor dies in Monday in car crash

CALDWELL—Bernard Rychlik, 71, the longtime mayor of Caldwell and a well-respected regional leader, died Monday in a highway crash.

Rychlik, a member of the Caldwell City Council for more than 30 years, was attempting a Uturn across Texas 36 near Burleson County Road 107 at 8:17 p.m. when his 2003 Chevrolet was struck by a pickup driven by Calvin Strickland, 46, of Caldwell, according to the DPS.

Strickland and a passenger, 29- year-old Sarah Norton, of Caldwell, were taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bryan with “non-life threatening” injuries, the DPS said.

Rychlik was announcer for Caldwell football games, was heavily involved in the town’s annual Kolache Festival and had worked at Woodson Lumber Company most of his life.

No injuries reported from two accidents

No injuries were reported in a pair of one-vehicle accidents investigated over the past week in south Milam County, according to the Department of Public Safety.

Trooper David Yarbrough said a vehicle operated by Cody Kruse, 20, of Milano was in collision with a cow on Texas 36 in Milano at 9:38 p.m. Friday.

Trooper Ernest DelBosque investigated a one-vehicle accident at 8:44 p.m. Friday on County Road 330 south of Milano.

He listed the driver as Shanda Terry, 45, of Rockdale.

Big Blue Band ready for summer practice

Rockdale High School’s Big Blue Band freshmen, leadership team, color guard and drum line start summer practice at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the high school, according to director Adrian Acevedo.

The full band will meet for the first time at 8:30 a.m. Monday at the school, according to Acevedo.

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