Area school enrollment up, down and steady
First-day school enrollment figures were up in Gause, down in Thorndale and steady in Milano.
In the Gause ISD, 176 students answered the bell for the first day of classes Monday, an increase of 21 from the 155 who began the 2009-10 school year, according to Supt. Perry Bell.
Milano ISD enrolled 411 on Monday, up one from the 410 who began classes in August, 2009. Full Story
Tax rate to stay same in Rockdale ISD
School trustees in Rockdale will act on re-adopting the current tax rate when they meet in regular session at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Central Administration Building.
Adopting a $1.2135 tax rate, same as in 2009-10 is an agenda item.
Board members will also act on a contract for high school baseball field renovations. Full Story
Development district board eyes more seats
City of Rockdale is accepting applications from citizens interested in serving on the Municipal Development District board of directors. Seven members will be selected to serve two-year terms. Full Story
Thorndale ISD trustees adopt same tax rate
The tax rate in the Thorndale ISD is staying the same.
Trustees adopted a $1.315 tax rate for 2010-11 at their monthly meeting Monday.
That’s the same as the current rate, according to Supt. Casey Callahan.
Action came after a public hearing on the district’s tax rate and budget. Full Story
Milam Democrats set Milano rally
Milam County Democrats will hold a Meet the Candidates event at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, in the Milano Civic Center, according to Richard Stone, county chair.
“Local Democratic candidates, including County Judge Frank Summers and Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Twila Harris are expected to attend,” Stone said. Full Story
School caution light acts up on first day
It’s becoming a tradition. The blinking “school rush” caution light on US 79 at Rockdale Intermediate School malfunctioned Monday morning on the first day of classes.
It did the same thing last year on the first morning of classes. Full Story
Sept. 12 fund raiser to assist Balch family
A fund raiser to assist the Eric Balch family, which lost a son and saw two family members seriously burned in a July 17 fire, is set for Sept. 12 at the Marak Hall, seven miles west of Cameron on FM 2269.
The event includes a barbecue lunch, live auction and fund-raiser in which a gun will be given away. Full Story
Thorndale council sets public tax hearings
THORNDALE—City council members in Thorndale met Monday and set two public hearings for comment on the proposed city tax rate and budget.
Public hearings are set for 5:30 p.m. Sept. 8 and Sept. 13 at Thorndale City Hall.
“The Sept. 8 meeting will also include a budget hearing,” City Secretary Denise Melde said. Full Story
‘Town hall meeting’ set by county critics
A “town hall” meeting hosted by critics of the Milam County budget and tax rate, has been scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Rockdale General Store.
“The public is invited,” spokesman Wayne Horkheimer said. “We invite anyone with questions about the budget or the tax rate to attend.” Full Story
Hospital board looks for new member
The Rockdale Hospital District board of directors is searching for a new member.
Directors met Tuesday at Richards Memorial Hospital and learned longtime member Larry Jackson has moved from Rockdale and has resigned from the board.
Also, former member Mike Vance has returned to serve in the position left vacant by the recent resignation of Dr. John M. Weed III. Full Story
MDD board to meet Thursday at City Hall
The Rockdale Municipal Devel- opment District (MDD) will meet in regular session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at City Hall.
Funding an extension of wastewater lines to Rockdale’s ATS facility is an agenda item.
Members will also discuss funding promotional signs for Rockdale. Full Story
Next band reunion set for Patterson Center
After a highly-successful event two weeks ago, organizers of the Rockdale High School Big Blue Band have already set the date and place for a 2011 event.
Jim Perry, former director, said former band members will gather June 11th at the Patterson Civic Center. Full Story