Severe weather topic for Monday program

Spring, and spring’s sometimes violent weather, are just ahead and the National Weather Service (NWS) will train storm spotters from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in the Rockdale VFD Fire Station.

“Last year’s severe storm season was anything but typical in Texas,” Mark Fox of the NWS said. “There were tornadoes as early as Jan. 20 and as late as Oct. 24.”

Fox said the two-hour presentation will be in multimedia format and will feature nearly 25 minutes of storm video clips.

Its fundamental purpose is to train storm spotters, whose visual observations team with radar to give the best possible information on storms.

“The program is free and open to the public,” he said. “Even if you don’t become a storm spotter you will learn how storms work and visual clues you can identify when they are in your area,” Fox said.

Commissioners ‘clean up’ clerk building’s title

CAMERON—Milam Count y commissioners approved the purchase of a building the county already owns during Monday’s regular session.

Commissioners voted to “purchase” the downtown Cameron building which has been occupied by the county clerk’s office for the past 11 years.

Dan Cervenka, assistant county attorney, said a title problem dating back to 1958 needed clarification and county action.

“We moved over there during the courthouse renovation in 2000,” County Clerk Barbara Vansa said. “We have much more space than we had before. The county just finished paying off the building last year.”

‘NO’ VOTE— The court approved the deputation of former County Judge Frank Summers as a deputy tax collector in the Rockdale office (see photo above) on a 4-1 vote.

Count y Judge Dave Barkemeyer, who defeated Summers in the Nov. 2 election, cast the “no” vote.

Barkemeyer said t he commissioners court only deputizes and does not determine who is hired for county positions. “It’s up to t he person who heads the department to do that,” he said.

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 with 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.

Municipal Judge Jerry Waggoner said all payments must be for the total amount owed. “There will be no payment plans and no partial payments will be accepted.”

Contact Municipal Court, 446- 0812 for more information.

1.74-inch rainfall tops total for past 3 months

If it seems like Rockdale rainfall over the weekend was the most we’ve had in quite a while, that’s because it was.

A tota l of 1.74 inches was recorded in the U. S. Weather Service rain gauge during those three days, .08 on Saturday, 1.5 on Sunday and .15 on Monday.

That compares to 1.54 inches which fell in the past three months combined, .06 in October, .47 in November, an even one inch in December and .01 on Jan. 4.

Unofficial totals of more than two inches were reported throughout Rockdale and Milam County.

RVFD $10,000 prize giveaway set April 16th

The Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department’s annual $10,000 giveaway is set for April 16 at the KC Hall, according to Mike Korenek, spokesman.

“First prize is a $10,000 credit card,” Korenek said.

Tickets, sold from a list which is kept year-to-year, will go on sale toward the last part of February, Korenek said.

To get on t he wa it ing list to purchase t ickets, contac t Korenek at 446-6577 or Dwayne David at 446-7328. ‘Off-campus’ lunch new incentive at RHS

Fr iday is t he dead line for Rockdale High School students to punch their tickets for an offcampus lunch.

Principal Joey Geletka said as the result of a recent incent ive prog ram, st udent s who qualified will get to eat lunch off campus.

“ Those who qua lif ied w ill be given documentation which must be completed, signed by a parent and returned to the school office no later than February,” he said.

“Off- campus lunches will be held Wednesday, Jan. 19 and Thursday, Jan 20,” Geletka said. “Only students with completed and returned documentation will be allowed to leave campus.”

Officer of the year program ahead Jan. 29

The f if th annual Rockdale Police Department Officer of the Year program will be held Saturday, Jan. 29, at the KC Hall.

Doors will open, and a silent auction begins, at 6 p.m. with a catered meal served at 6:30.

A dance, featuring Shawn Jennings and The Southern Roots Band, will go from 8 p. m. to midnight.

Tickets for the event are priced at $20.

Historical Commission ready to award grants

The Milam County Historical Commission has $ 11,000 in funds to award for historic preservation, according to Geri Burnett, chairperson.

“ This is the fourth year for t he prog ram,” she sa id “ We have been able to fund a total of $11,000 to $15,000 each year,” she said. “ These are matching grants, so Milam County receives double this amount in historic preservation work.”

Applications are open to 501- C- 3 organizations and other non-profit organizations. Local Governments may also apply. Funds may be used to restore and repair historic structures and for other preservation related activities, she said.

Joan Ratliff chairs the selection committee.

Application forms and complete guidelines may be picked up at the office of County Judge Dav id Barkemeyer, Rockdale and Cameron Chambers of Commerce and at Rainbow Courts or at

Applications are due to Ratliff by Jan. 25. Persons with questions should contact Ratliff at Rainbow Courts in Rockdale.

Funds were pledged by Milam County, the cities of Rockdale and Thorndale and several Gause residents, Burnett said.

Don’t ‘stack’ at recycler

Volunteers who work 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.

Weather changes city line flushing program

Weather conditions have made it necessary to change the monthly water line flushing date for Rockdale, according to City Manager Kelvin Knauf.

“We now plan for city crews to flush lines on both east and west sides of town after midnight on Thursday, Jan. 13,” he said.

Originally the f lushing was scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 12.

Knauf reminded residents to let their cold water taps run on Friday morning until the stream clears to clean sediment from the lines.

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