Rural Milam post offices may close

The U. S. Postal Service on Tuesday said post of f ices in Davilla and Burlington, along with 221 others in Texas, are being studied for closure.

The USPS said post offices on the list may also “be converted to a retail-replacement option” and be operated by a local business, similar to the old general store days.

Loss of business to online and smart phone options was listed by the USPS as the prime reason behind the study, according to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe.

Highs reach 106 and stay there in Rockdale

Bad news Rockdale. Now it’s starting to get hot.

The mercury climbed to 106 Saturday, Sunday and Monday as the super-heated summer of 2011 continues to blister the area.

Through Tuesday the high had reached 100 in 24 of July’s 25 days. (It was “only” 99 on July 15.)

With one week in July, and all of August and September to go, there have now been 45 highs of 100 or greater recorded on the U. S. Weather Service thermometer at KRXT-FM.

The record is 62 in 2009.

Speaking of records, Rockdale’s all-time high of 113 was recorded Sept. 4, 2000.

County okays guidelines on shelter-fire station

CAMERON—Milam County commissioners, meeting in regular session Monday, okayed a memorandum of understanding with the Milano VFD for operating the combined emergency shelter-fire station in that community.

The 5,184-square foot structure will include facilities for Milano VFD fire trucks and will serve to house evacuees from the Texas Gulf Coast dur ing hurricanes.

Commissioners will open bids on the structure, to be funded with grant money, during their Aug. 8 regular meeting.

The county will provide $ 15,000 annually to support the shelter while the Milano VFD provides assistance, maintenance and insurance.

Post-Alcoa strategy report due Tuesday

Theor y Into Practice ( TIP) Strategies Inc. will report on its year-long study of post-Alcoa Rockdale and Milam County on Tuesday.

Cindy Jerman, director of the Texas Workforce Center, said the report will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the center, located in the One-Stop Center, Bell at Main.

“Recommendations w ill be made for major economic development projects for our community after research, evaluations and town meetings,” she said.

Area firefighters answer South Milam calls

Fire calls dispatched from the Rockdale Police Station over the past week included:

• 10:04 p.m. Thursday, Fire alarm and smoke smell, FM 1712.

• 5:48 p.m. Sunday, Thorndale VFD responded to grass fire, CR 437; rekindle, CR 438, at 8:47 p.m.

‘Shoes for school’ now accepting donations

Meadowbrook Baptist Church will distribute shoes for needy school children Aug. 5.

Anyone wanting to donate, or needing shoes for the 2011- 12 school year may contact the church at 512-760-5623 or 512- 446-3367.

MDD meets Thursday for project updates

Members of t he Rockda le Municipal Development District will meet in regular session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at City Hall to hear updates on a variety of projects.

Agenda items include updates on the airport/industrial park, Rockdale Marketplace, welcome sign, Patterson Center improvement s, Y MCA a nd bu sine ss recruitment assistance.

Members will also discuss and act on a business recruiter/MDD manager position, an MDD-sponsored community forum and discuss attracting businesses which fit the architecture of the town.

Board hears latest update on Sumuel Park

The City of Rockdale’s Park Board met in regular session Thursday at City Hall and heard the new Sumuel Park is almost finished.

Board members were told grass is in, trails, playscapes and a basketball court have been installed and a grand opening w ill be scheduled with the Sumuel family invited.

Board members also approved a request from Little River Basin Master Gardeners to place benches in Veterans Park near the dedication plaque.

Gause VFD seeking additional volunteers

Gause Volunteer Fire Department needs new members, according to Debbie Todd, department secretary.

“ Members must live in the Gause area, attend monthly meetings (first Monday of the month), pay yearly dues and pass a criminal history check,” she said.

Gause VFD is also taking applications for Miss Flame. “Applicants must be a high school sophomore or junior, carry a Baverage, and attend all fund raisers,” she said. “A parent must be a member of the Gause VFD.”

A nyone interested shou ld contact Jen Mulac at 979-270- 3906.

County jail term handed down for misdemeanor

A 30-year-old Rockdale man was convicted of the less offense of misdemeanor assault after pleading guilty last week in 20th District Court, according to Prosecutor Kerry Spears.

Wendell Dodge Jr. was ordered to serve a 74-day county jail term and pay a $500 fine, according to Spears.

Commissioners to discuss tax rate, budget

CAMERON—Milam County commissioners will discuss the county tax rate and budget in a special session set for 1:30 p.m. Thursday Aug. 6 in the county courthouse.

The meeting is part of the ongoing budget process.

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