Reporter not holding subscription drive

The Rockdale Reporter is not currently doing a subscription drive over the phone.

Anyone who receives a phone call from a solicitor who claims to be selling a subscription to The Reporter should know it is a scam.

Publisher Kathy Cooke said The Reporter office received a phone call last week about the supposed drive and found out credit card information had been exchanged to someone who was not with The Reporter.

Contact the Rockdale Police Department (446-3436) and do NOT give the solicitor any credit card information.

La Escuelita plans cookoff for Oct. 1st

The ninth annual La Escuelita Fall Cookoff, is set for Saturday on the grounds of the former school, east of Rockdale on US 79.

Cookoff begins at 8 a.m. and cookers may set up at 7. Categories will be beef/chicken/pork, menudo, chili and beans.

Entry fee is $15 for each category.

The day will also feature horseshoe and washer tourneys, music, food, arts and crafts and vendor booths.

For more information, call Dee Lerma 446-6833.

Local bikers planning to ‘Ride for Bastrop’

Local motocyclists are planning to gather on Saturday and participate in the Ride to Rebuild Bastrop in that fire-ravaged county.

“ They (Bastrop bikers) have been at all of our rides and we need to go help them out as much as possible,” Charles Starr, local motorcycle enthusiast, said.

Starr said anyone wanting to meet Saturday morning and ride to Bastrop,, should call him at 512-540-2561 or e-mail him at cr_

Troopers probe three Rockdale-area wrecks

State troopers were called to three traffic accidents on Rockdale area roads during the past week as follows:

• 7:50 p.m. Monday, FM 1712 north of Rockdale, driver Pearl Paris, 83, Rockdale, treated at Richards Memorial Hospital, moderate damages.

• 10 p.m. Friday, FM 908 south of Rockdale, driver Rodney Gamble, 30, Caldwell, no injuries, extensive damages.

• 1:15 a.m. Sunday, FM 3242 north of Milano, driver Lyndsie Gray, 17, Gause, moderate damages.

‘Champion’ Strelsky headed to Washington

SALADO—A send-off event for 13-year- old Dustin Strelsky of Rockdale, the Texas Champion for Children’s Miracle Network, is set for 11 a.m. Saturday at Keith Ace Hardware in Salado.

Strelsky is headed for Washington D. C. and Walt Disney World to represent Texas, along with fellow champions from every state.

Strelsky sustained a spinal cord injury in a highway crash Jan. 20, 2010, leaving him in a wheelchair.

He will also be the focus of an upcoming Proctor & Gamble campaign for Texas Ace Hardware stores and a sneak peak of the photo display will be available at Saturday’s event.

Trustees accept bid for mineral rights

Rockdale ISD trustees accepted the only bid received for mineral rights on two acres of the former rural Bethel School property during a special session Monday at the Central Administration Building.

Supt. Dr. Howell Wright said the bid of Thomas Doss of Naval Co. was accepted.

“ Terms of the lease are for three years with a paid-up bonus of not less than $150 per net mineral acre, a royalty paid to the Rockdale ISD of not less than 1.8 on all oil and gas produced for the leased premises and a shut-in gas well payment of $50 per acre,” Dr. Wright said.

Saturday meeting for Thanksgiving volunteers

Persons w ishing to a ssist with New Hope Baptist’s annual Thanksgiving luncheon are invited to a meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church. For more information call Pam King, 446- 7296, Deborah Crawford, 760- 5241 or Vera Rivers, 760-0489.

Old tire collections ahead in Rockdale, Thorndale

Old tire collections will be held at precinct barns in Milam County this month for the convenience of Milam residents, according to two commissioners.

Precinct 4 Commissioner Jeff Muegge said the first collection will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Precinct 4 barn in Thorndale.

“We’re also going to be going around picking up old tires off the roadways,” he said. “It seems like we’ve got a lot of old tires on the roads.”

One week later, Saturday, Oct. 15, it’s Rockdale’s turn with a tire collection at the Precinct 3 barn, according to Commissioner Dale Jaecks.

“At both collections we will accept only tires no more than 54 inches tall and 15 inches wide,” Jaecks said.

MCAD board interviews marketing candidates

Rockdale’s Municipal Development District (MDD) interviewed two marketing firms during a special session Monday at City Hall.

Mundo & Associated and Johnson & Associates BRR were interviewed.

The board is contemplating hiring either a marketing firm or a manager and is expected to make a decision at a later date.

Tax rate remains same for City of Thorndale

THORNDALE—The Thorndale City council met Monday and adopted an 84-cent tax rate, same as the current rate.

The entire rate is for maintenance and operation, according to administrator Denise Melde, who said the county does not have any

The council also adopted a 2011- 12 budget with expenditures totaling $1,103,970.

In other business, the council transferred $6,104 into its fire truck fund, okayed the purchase of equipment to monitor the city water plant and approved hiring a plant operator and laborer.

Thorndale council reschedules budget vote

The Black Jack Volunteer Fire Department is hosting its annual National Night Out Ice Cream Social on Tuesday (Oct. 4) at the Black Jack fire station, according to Jesse Smith, BFVFD president.

The come-and-go event is set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., he said

“Come out and have a Coke float and visit with the firefighters,” he said. “We will be viewing ‘Using

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