MDD goal philosophy topic for discussion

The philosophy, and main focus, of the Rockdale Municipal Development District (MDD) was a topic for discussion at City Hall on Thursday.

Mayor Larr y Jones quoted state guidelines for MDDs. “Your main focus is supposed to be on primary jobs,” he said.

Gary Griesbach, MDD president, said the organization’s efforts to bring people to live in Rockdale is also important.

He pointed out only 35 to 40 percent of Rockdale A lcoans lived in Rockdale.

Police plan BBQ fund raiser at fire station

The Rockdale Police Department will hold a barbecue fund raiser for its Policeman of the Year effort at the RVFD Fire Station on Sunday, May 22.

Lt. J. D. Newlin said advance tickets, priced at $8 each, go on sale Monday.

Tickets will be available at the Police Station or at City Hall, he said.

Newlin said the event will feature barbecue beef and sausage and all the trimmings.

“ We’ll begin at 11 a.m. and go until sold out,” he said. “You can buy plates at the fire station May 22 unless we’re already sold out, but anyone who buys an advance ticket will, of course, get a plate.”

Homeland, Red Cross to hold two meetings

Milam County Homeland Security, and the American Red Cross, will hold informational public meetings in Rockdale and Cameron.

Rockdale meeting is 6 p.m. May 19 at the Rockdale VFD. The Cameron meeting is 6 p.m. May 17 at the Cameron Chamber of Commerce.

“ You will learn how volunteers and volunteer organizations, including church and civic groups, can provide assistance,” Don and Cindy Travis, spokespersons, said.

Call 254- 697-7060 to register. Light refreshments will be provided.

Workday ahead for Sumuel Park May 14th

The C it y of Rockd a le a nd Rockdale Park Board are hosting a workday at Sumuel Park at 8 a.m. May 14.

Volunteers are asked to meet at the park, intersection of MLK Drive and Fourth Street.

Areas needing working will include the construction of a playscape, layout of a walking trail and planting of a butterfly garden.

Volunteers are asked to bring rakes, shovels and hand tools.

For more information contact the Rockdale Public Works Office at 446-5620.

Cookbook signing Saturday at business

For mer Rockda le resident Evada Cooper w ill conduct a book signing at 10 a.m. Saturday at Antique Queens Antique Mall downtown.

Cooper w ill sign her book “The RV Centennial Cookbook: 100 Years of RVing.”

For more information call the store at 446-4655 or TSTC Publishing 254-867-3210.

CAPARO meeting set Monday at Alcoa Lake

T he C om mu n it y Adv i sor y Panel to Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations (CAPARO) will meet Monday, May 9, for an update from Alcoa.

CAPARO will gather from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Alcoa Lake Training Center.

Diane Sheridan, facilitator, said v isitors are always welcome. To RSVP, or for further details, contact Sheridan at 800- 484-9212, extension 4127, or at

She said Rockdale residents are a lso welcome to contact CAPARO member John Hughes at 512-947-3191.

Troopers called to four wrecks in South Milam

No serious injuries were reported in four traffic accidents investigated by DPS State Troopers in South Milam County over the past week as follows:

• 8:30 p.m. Friday, FM 908, .4-mile south of FM 908, driver Anthony Faust, 43, of Rockdale, hit a deer, minor damage.

• 7:16 a.m. Saturday, CR 342, southeast of Milano, driver, Janice Smith, 19, minor damage.

• 10:30 p.m. Saturday, CR 316, south of Rockdale, driver Sandra Mathis, 34, Killeen, extensive damages.

• 6:55 a.m. Tuesday, FM 487 northwest of Rockdale, driver, Elaine Vann, 30, of Rockdale, hit a deer, moderate damages.

Thorndale council okays pickup purchase

THORNDALE— City council members in Thorndale met Monday and okayed the purchase of a 2011 Ford F-150 Supercab, according to Stacy Irwin, city spokesperson.

Hydrant flushing dates ahead May 11th-12th

City crews will flush fire hydrants after midnight May 11 and 12, according to City Manager Kelvin Knauf.

“Please run your faucets until the stream runs clear on the following morning,” Knauf asked Rockdale residents.

Milano-area county road closed for bridge replacement

MILANO—At midweek a Milam County rural road is closed for bridge replacement but is expected to re- open by the weekend.

Precinct 3 Commissioner Dale Jaecks said Wednesday morning County Road 343 is closed at the Harper Bottom bridge.

“We’re taking the old bridge out and putting up a new one,” Jaecks said. “We’re on target to have the road open again by this weekend.”

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