Ex-Rockdale policeman fired on and rammed

A former Rockdale police officer was fired at and rammed during a Monday pursuit in Bell County.

Falls County Deputy Sheriff Lou Lourcey was checked over at Scott & White Hospital after his patrol car was rammed on Texas 7 between Blevins and Belfalls.

During the same pursuit the suspect stopped his car and fired several shots at Lourcey.

The same suspect is believed to have shot a person at a gas station on I-35 in Bruceville- Eddy.

Lourcey did not receive any broken bones and was released from the hospital Monday afternoon.

He began the pursuit while investigating a burglary.

Lourcey was a member of the Rockdale Police Department from 1987 to 1990.

Rockdale man dies in Louisiana wreck

A 43-year-old Rockdale man died Saturday night in a one-vehicle accident in rural Louisiana.

Gene Phillips died when his truck left Louisiana Highway 515, ran into a ditch and overturned, according to the Louisiana Department of Public Safety.

Site of the accident was in Red River Parish about five miles north of US 71.

Funeral services are scheduled Thursday in Rockdale. (See obituary, page 3D).

Priority setting topic for Municipal District

The priority setting process will be on the agenda when the Rockdale Municipal Development Board meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at City Hall.

City Manager Kelvin Knauf said other agenda items include individual project viability, a budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year.

Rockdale native has songs on iTunes

Rockdale native Jason Brown now has two contemporary Christian Christmas songs available for download on iTunes.

The songs are “Rejoice” and “Hark” and can be located by going to and searching its offerings.

Council nixes meeting for lack of quorum

Monday’s regularly scheduled city council meeting was cancelled due to lack of a quorum, according to City Manager Kelvin Knauf.

Council members were to consider the first reading of an ordinance revising regulations and procedures for peddling and solicitation within the city limits.

Other agenda items included a short form subdivision request and appointments to several boards including the Municipal Development District.

City Manager Kelvin Knauf said the meeting will be re-scheduled, possibly as soon as Monday, Dec. 20.

Thorndale trustees postpone audit report

THORNDALE—School trustees in the Thorndale ISD were to have heard a report from their auditor in a regular session Monday but decided to postpone the report until the January session.

In other business, board members set an AEIS public hearing for 7 p.m. Jan 17, prior to the January session, approved additional transfer students and changed the March board meeting to 8 p.m. March 2.

Suicide prevention walk set March 26th

The Rockdale High School track will be the site of a suicide prevention walk on March 26.

Spokespersons Kelli Sue Pelzel and Brenda Santellano said participants may sign up for the event through 5 p.m. March 25.

Check-in time March 26 is 9 to 10 a.m. with the walk from 10 a.m. to 12-noon.

Donations may be made to the effort through June 30.

For information phone 512-760-0568 or e-mail

Student contacts are Anna Santellano (anna_santellano@ymail. com) and Traci Fisher (ilikeeggs_

Food bank mobile pantry visit Thursday

The Capitol Area Food Bank will hold a distribution at 9 a.m. Thursday in the former HEB parking lot, according to Denise Sifuentes, spokesperson.

“Since the distribution relies totally on volunteer help, volunteers are needed and are greatly appreciated,” she said.

Call 446-6475 for more information.

School board slates noon Friday meeting

Rockdale ISD trustees will meet in special session at 12-noon Friday in the Central Administration Building to accept the final 2009- 10 school audit from Lott, Vernon & Company.

The board will also hold an executive session to discuss a property matter.

Springfield Baptist will host mission roundup

Springfield Baptist Church will celebrate its mission roundup at 6 p.m. Dec. 22 at the church, according to Henry Miller, spokesman.

A lesson “Benefits of Spiritual Gifts” will be presented by Pastor S. L. Ross Sr., followed by fellowship and refreshments. Miller said the public is invited to attend.

Thorndale donating to historical group

THORNDALE—City council members in Thorndale met in regular session Dec. 8 at City Hall, according to City Secretary Denise Melde.

She said the council voted to donate $100 to the Milam County Historical Commission.

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