Cates ‘Big Bird’ fly-in Saturday at Fair Park

The second annual Ernie Cates Sr. Memorial Big Bird Fun Fly-In will be held Saturday April 23 at Fair Park.

The day of giant radio- controlled airplane flying is a fund raiser which donates money to M. D. Anderson Cancer Research Hospital, Houston, in memory of Cates.

Fred Cates, organizer, said flying beginsshortlyaftera9a.m. pilot meeting and will continue all day.

“There will be tickets sold for door prizes, including ready-tofly planes,” he said. “Admission is free and food and drink will be available for donations,” he said.

Fund-raising tickets are available at Tisket A Tasket.

Water district approves ‘11 conservation grants

MILANO— The Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District (POSGCD) okayed 2011 groundwater conser vation grants at its monthly board meeting April 12 at its Milano headquarters.

Grants will go to:

Tunis Water Supply Corporation ( WSC), $ 321,000; Cade Lakes WSC, $ 141,000; HDU Services, $179,544; Centerline WSC, $ 60,000; Cook s Point WSC, $275,000; Brazos Valley Septic, $35,630.

Education forum set Monday at high school

An “education forum” is set for 7 p.m. Monday at Rockdale High School, according to Denice Doss, president of the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce.

She said Thomas Ratliff of the State Board of Education, Terry Smith, Region XIII executive director, and area superintendents will be on hand.

“ The discussion will address financial problems which have arisen and what these problems mean to education,” she said.

“Purpose is to talk with parents, teachers, students and other interested citizens,” she said.

She said a question and answer time will be part of the forum.

City committees set Thursday sessions

Two entities of the Cit y of Rockdale will meet Thursday at City Hall.

Rockdale’s Planning & Zoning (P&Z) Commission will meet at 3 p.m.

Agenda items include reviewing and approving the Comprehensive Master Plan, future lane use section and updating the plan’s residential development and nonresidential development sections.

The City Park Board will meet at 5 p.m.

Agenda items include electing a chairperson, development of a parks master plan and a report on Sumuel Park.

Two draw sentences in 20th District Court

Prosecutor Kerry Spears said case dispositions in 20th District last week included:

• Quincy Benard Anderson, 40, College Station, pleaded guilty to evading arrest with a motor vehicle, six-year prison term to run concurrent with a Brazos County sentence.

• Rona ld Hat tenbach, 38, Harker Heights, pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary of a building, two four year terms.

Thorndale council cancels city election

THORNDALE— City council members in Thorndale met last Wednesday and canceled the unopposed city election.

Mayor Billy Simank and council candidates Don Culp and Stephanie Churchman are unopposed.

The council authorized city administrators to spend up to $3,000 for items and services acquired on behalf of the city without prior council authorization.

‘First Impressions’ committee gathers

The City of Rockdale’s First Impressions Committee gathered for the first time Tuesday at City Hall and named Joyce Dalley as its chairperson.

The committee is composed of city council members Dalley and Allan Miller and Municipal Development District ( MDD) members Jim Scott and Collier Perry.

The commit tee is charged with finding ideas to improve the “first impression” Rockdale makes on v isitors. Members discussed working toward a goal and reporting to the city council in a couple of months.

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