Longtime downtown business is closing

Orsag’s, a downtown Rockdale furniture, electronics and appliance business since 1984, has announced it is closing at the end of the month.

Glenda Orsag Barker, in a letter to customers last week, cited the local economy and the closing of Alcoa’s Rockdale smelter as factors.

Carol Walker, who has been a salesperson at the Rockdale store since it opened Nov. 1, 1984, retired effective Monday.

Barker said the family-run Orsag’s f lagship store in Giddings will remain open.

Area firefighters answer South Milam calls

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

• 12:54 p.m. Saturday, pasture fire, one mile north of FM 486- FM 487 intersection, Thorndale VFD.

• 11:09 p.m. Saturday, pasture fire, north FM 486, Thorndale VFD.

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 process for adopting the 2011 county budget.

County Judge Dave Barkemeyer has said the county is committed to keeping the tax rate at the current 60 cents.

Additional meetings are scheduled beginning Monday with county departments and the proposed budget will be filed with the county clerk Aug. 12.

Public hearings are scheduled for Aug. 22 and Sept. 6 and budget/tax rate adoption is set for Sept. 12.

Health department warns of rabies spread

An increase in the number of rabies cases this summer in Central Texas has prompted the Milam County Health Department to urge caution to avoid exposure to the deadly disease.

Michelle Ferguson of the Milam County Health Department, said there were 268 rabies cases in the first six months of 2011 in Central Texas, compared to 109 in the identical time frame last year.

“Bats and skunks are the most common carriers,” she said.

“Avoid touching or feeding wild animals, report suspicious animals to local animal control and vaccinate your pets against rabies,” she said.

Comptroller seminar Tuesday in Cameron

CAMERON—A comptroller’s seminar to help new and existing business owners understand their state tax responsibilities will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9 in Room 11 of the Temple College Cameron Center.

Comptroller Susan Combs said taxpayers can learn about sales tax forms, filing and paying taxes electronically, taxable goods and services, e-services to help taxpayers manage their accounts.

For more information about the seminars, call the Comptroller’s Bryan Field Office at 979- 776-5200.

Monthly flushing set Aug. 17 by city crews

The monthly hydrant flushing by City of Rockdale crews is set for Wednesday night, Aug. 17, according to City Manager Kelvin Knauf.

“We will f lush lines in both the east and west side of town,” he said.

“Upon arising the next morning, please run your cold water taps until the stream runs clear to flush out any sediment in the line which may linger after the flushing,” he said.

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