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‘Clarification’ confuses county Facebook data

Former County Judge Frank Summers issued a statement Monday saying he inadvertently mis-spoke in the Dec. 30 commissioners meeting concerning t he hours count y employees were logged into Facebook as revealed in a recent survey.

The Reporter stands by its coverage, which was based not only on the judge’s comments but on the survey itself, as accurate.

The survey, which was obtained by The Reporter after the meeting, clearly and unambiguously states the hours cited are “per day” and even has bar graphs showing usage each day of the week ranging from 3-1/2 hours on Wednesdays to 5 hours, 15 minutes on Tuesdays and Fridays.”

“That’s what I reported to the commissioners,” Summers said. “Michael Brown, who prepared the survey, has since told me he meant the document to ref lect 5 hours 15 minutes per week. I think he was tr y ing to say too much time is spent by all employees.”

Even that interpretation doesn’t fully square with the data presented in the repor t which clearly states on Tuesdays and Fridays an average of 5 hours 15 minutes are spent logged into Facebook by various county employees.

Summers says the bottom line is still the same.

“ Quite frankly, any time spent on social networking is too much on county time,” Summers said.

One hurt as projectiles thrown at 18-wheelers

At least one trucker was injured when a series of projectiles thrown at 18-wheelers passing along US 79 in the Milano- Gause area last week.

The Milam County Sheriff’s Department has investigated about five such incidents, three of them occurring in less than an hour centered around 2 a.m. Friday.

During one of those a trucker sustained cuts to his face, arms and chest when an object, apparently thrown from another vehicle, shattered a windshield.

“We believe juveniles or young adults are responsible,” Deputy Sheriff Chris White said. “They picked up rocks, probably from the railroad tracks, and threw them at trucks.”

White said a similar incident was reported at the US 290- FM 2269 intersection west of Cameron.

“We’re not sure that one was related to the others,” he said.

Area drivers escape New Year’s accidents

Rockdale-area motorists apparently escaped the New Year’s holiday weekend driving period without serious injuries.

Only one accident in the past week involved a hospital transport, happening at 9:28 a.m. last Tuesday, before the start of the holiday weekend.

Trooper Ernest DelBosque said Rosa Cardona, 35 of Cameron, was treated at Seton Hospital, Austin, after a one-vehicle crash on FM 486 in San Gabriel. Damages were listed as extensive.

Extensive damages, and no serious injuries, were reported in a 7:10 p.m. Sunday one-vehicle accident on CR 449 southeast of Thorndale, according too Trooper Erik Gaston.

He listed the driver as Kelsi Brymer, 18, of Leander.

Moderate damages, and no injuries, were listed in a 4:30 a.m. one-vehicle accident Monday on CR 446, south of Rockdale, according to Trooper Broderick Sims.

He listed the driver as Christina Young, 35, of Rockdale.

Luminant advisory panel to meet Monday

CA MERON—The Luminant Community Advisory Panel will meet from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday in t he F irst United Methodist Church fellowship hall in Cameron, according to Diane Sheridan who serves as facilitator.

City court to waive fees for full payments

The City of Rockdale has a new year offer for persons with outstanding warrants from municipal court.

Individuals for a capias pro fine arrest may have the $ 50 warrant fee waived if full payment is made between Jan. 3 and March 31.

If an individual has both an arrest and failure to appear warrant, the failure to appear warrant will be waived when full payment for the arrest warrant is received between Jan. 3 and March 31.

City Manager Kelvin Knauf said all payments must be for the total amount owed. “ There will be no payment plans and no par t ia l pay ments w ill be accepted.”

Contact Municipal Court, 446- 0812 for more information.

Don’t ‘stack’ at recycler

Volunteers who man the recycling bin in the First Christian Church parking lot are asking users not to “stack things outside when the bin is full,” according to Carolyn Burford.

Flushing set Jan. 12

Rockdale’s monthly water line flushing by city crews is scheduled after midnight on Wednesday, Jan. 12, for all areas of town, City Manager Kelvin Knauf has announced.


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