Leadership Milam seeks 2011-12 applications

“Leadership Milam County,” an educational program designed to train county leaders, is now accepting applications for its 2011-12 class.

“ The program is designed to inform participants about the county’s histor y government, economy, social issues, needs and opportunities to deal with them,” Ginger Watkins, spokesperson, said.

“It also encourages participants to contribute to the growth and betterment of Milam County,” she said.

Application deadline is July 22. The class beg ins w it h a retreat Aug. 26-27, meets the third Thursday of each month and concludes with a graduation banquet in May.

For information, call the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce, 446- 2030, or the Cameron Chamber of Commerce, 254-697-4979.

Rockdale gets respite from 100-degree days

Break out the overcoats. Rockdale went five days without a 100-degree high reading.

An overnight cool front last Tuesday-Wednesday ushered in a gorgeous day with a high of 88, 15 degrees lower than the previous day’s high.

That was the first in a strong of five sub-100 days. Highs were 88, 86, 97, 98 and 98 at the U. S. Weather Service thermometer at KRXT-FM.

The mercury hit 100 on Monday and again climbed to 100 on Tuesday.

That makes a total of 20 highs of 100 or greater already in June with Wednesday and Thursday remaining in the month.

That breaks Rockdale’s record for 100- degree days in June. Previous record was 18 in 2009, a year which eventually saw a record 62 highs of 100 or greater.

Thorndale ISD board slates special session

THORNDALE—School trustees in Thorndale will meet in special session at 8 p.m. Friday in the TISD board room, according to Supt. Casey Callahan.

Agenda items include a closed session which will include discussion of the head football coach/athletic director search, and a resolution to authorize signatures for the district’s bank depository.

No violations in annual water report for city

The City of Rockdale mailed its annual drinking water quality report to customers during the past week, a report which showed no violations.

The report invites customers with comments to attend the next city council meeting, set for 5:30 p.m. July 11 at City Hall.

ARB sets meetings for July 6 and 12

The appraisal review board (A R B) of the Milam Count y Appraisal District will meet at 8:15 July 6 and 12 in the MCAD’s Cameron office, according to Chief Appraiser Pat Moraw.

Agenda items include corrections to appraisal records and scheduling of protest hearings.

MDD board talks about YMCA project

Rockdale’s Municipal Development District board (MDD) met twice over the past week, a special session Tuesday to adopt its budget and a regular session Thursday.

The MDD is funded with sales tax money which previously went to Richards Memorial Hospital.

At Thursday’s regular session, board members were read part of a letter of intent regarding the community’s quest for a YMCA facility.

The Williamson County YMCA has expressed interest in placing an anchor facility in the Rockdale area.

Gary Griesbach, MDD board chair, said the letter expresses the desire of the MDD, City of Rockdale, Rockdale ISD and Rockdale Hospital District to work together on the project.

Directors discussed the potential of the Market Place area near Super Walmart and discussed interviewing companies to assist with business recruitment.

Money in the new budget, passed on Tuesday, was allocated to the business recruitment

‘Brown Santa’ golf fund-raiser ahead

The Milam County Sheriff’s Department will hold a fundraising golf tourney for its Brown Santa program, July 23 at the Cameron Country Club, according to Deputy John Mendoza.

Brown Santa is the department’s

Christmas-time program which distributes toys to needy children.

Entry fee will be $ 50 per player and includes sausage wraps and a chance to win door prizes, he said.

“Anyone can play. You don’t have to have a team made up in order to sign up,” he said.

Format will be a five-person scramble, he said.

Trophies w ill be award for the first three places, Mendoza said.

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