Industrial accident claims local resident

Funeral ser vices were held Sunday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church for a Rockdale man who died in an industrial accident in northeast Texas.

Noe Ruelas, 30, a welder with Fluor Enterprises died Thursday in Trinidad, Texas, the site of a Luminant power plant.

Ruelas had worked for Fluor for 10 years. He was a 1999 graduate of Rockdale High School and a lifelong Rockdale resident.

See obituary, page 4D.

School trustees hire during special session

Rockdale ISD trustees, meeting last Wednesday in special session, hired the following personnel for 2011-12:

Elementar y—Amber Robinson, pre-kindergarten; Sandy Robbins, kindergarten.

Intermediate—Deidre Milling, reading/dyslexia specialist.

RHS—Amanda Grigsby. agriculture; Chr istine Williams, science.

Trustees also okayed two resolutions dealing with accounting standards, according to Supt. Dr. Howell Wright.

South Milam VFDs answer several calls

Fire calls dispatched from the Rockdale Police Department during the past week included:

• 12:56 p.m. June 29, hay bale on fire, east of Milano, Milano VFD.

• 2:21 p.m. June 29, vehicle fire, CR 345, Thorndale VFD.

• 4:30 a.m. Friday, Rockdale VFD responded to gas meter struck by vehicle, 500 block of West Belton.

• 8: 32 a. m. Friday, f lames reported near Salty Creek, Thorndale VFD unable to locate any fire.

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 history, government, economy, social issues, needs and opportunities to deal with them,” Ginger Watkins, spokesperson, 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.

30 narcotics cases from Nocturnal Fest weekend

Prosecutor Kerry Spears reported this week 30 felony drug possession cases from the 2011 Nocturnal Fest weekend are making their way through the district court system.

Nocturnal Fest, a t wo- day rave which draws thousands of revelers to Milam County, was held April 29-30.

Thir t y- f ive cases from the 2010 Nocturnal Fest weekend are, or were, on 20th District Cour t dockets, accord ing to Spears.

Monthly city flushing ahead on July 13th

The Cit y of Rockda le w ill perform its monthly water line flushing maintenance overnight Wednesday, July 13, according to City Manager Kelvin Knauf.

Water lines in all sections of Rockdale will be flushed, Knauf said.

“Please run your cold water taps before arising the next morning until the stream runs clear,” Knauf said.

‘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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