FANCY FIDDLIN’—Nine-year-old Colby Sheppard of Madisonville wowed the crowd with his fiddle playing at the Milano Opry held Sept. 17 at the Milano High School cafetorium. He was accompanied during the performance by vocalist Lynn Martin (right) and musicians including Ab Woods and Billy Barnett (background). Margie LeBlanc was also a special guest during the night’s performance. The Opry is held the third Saturday of each month. 
Photo courtesy of Paul LeBlanc FANCY FIDDLIN’—Nine-year-old Colby Sheppard of Madisonville wowed the crowd with his fiddle playing at the Milano Opry held Sept. 17 at the Milano High School cafetorium. He was accompanied during the performance by vocalist Lynn Martin (right) and musicians including Ab Woods and Billy Barnett (background). Margie LeBlanc was also a special guest during the night’s performance. The Opry is held the third Saturday of each month. Photo courtesy of Paul LeBlanc The Reporter welcomes news from local organizations. There is no charge. E-mail to or fax to 446-5317.

Donate used books for sale at city library

Got books? It’s time to clean up, clean out and donate used books to a worthy cause and de-clutter those shelves and your bedside table.

Friends of the Library wants your books for their upcoming Used Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 in the city library and outside on the library sidewalks.

Used and readable books (paperback and hard cover) can be dropped off during library hours—Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Helpers for sale day are also needed. Contact Ann King (446-3773) or Annette Stone (446-3963).

Friends of the Library provide funds for Children’s Summer Reading, sponsor authors in the library during the Tejas Festival, and support other literary programs in the community.

“Your used books will help continue their efforts to encourage learning,” Stone said.

Masons fish fry Sunday for scholarship fund

THORNDALE—Thorndale Masonic Lodge 978 will hold a fish fry scholarship fund-raiser on Sunday, Oct. 2 at the new Thorndale Meat Market on US 79. Serving will start at 11 a.m. and continue until sold out. Cost is $8 per plate.

“These will be to-go plates, but we will have limited seating for those that need to eat here,” said Trey Felton, lodge spokesman.

Desserts will be available for a donation. “Come out and support the lodge and its local scholarships,” Felton said.

Milano VFD Auxiliary annual fall sale this week

MILANO— Milano Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will hold its annual fall sale Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 29-30 and Oct. 1 at the Milano Civic Center/Fire Station.

Sale times are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 29-30 and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 1. For more information, contact Yoakum, 446-5110, Lois Love, 455- 7915 or Carolyn Vinton, 455-2364.

Blood drawing set Oct. 17 at Chamber

Rockdale Rotary Club will sponsor a Scott & White Bloodmobile blood drawing from noon until 4 p. m. Monday, Oct. 17 on the Chamber of Commerce grounds, 1203 West Cameron Avenue (US 79).

Gaye Bland, Rotary president, said all blood donors that day will receive the following:

• Free Blue Bell blood donor Tshirt (in your size).

• Free pint of Blue Bell ice cream (limit one per donor).

• A coupon for a free No. 1 Real Deal from a fast-food chicken business in Temple.

• A chance to win a photography package.

• A chance to win a teeth whitening kit.

Details on all the prizes will be available at the blood drawing.

To sign up to donate blood and give the “gift of life,” call Bland at 760- 6702.

Milano Lions holding annual fall fund-raiser

MILANO— Milano Evening Lions Club is holding its 2011 fund-raiser now through Oct. 28. Tickets are $2 each or three for $5. Prizes are Walmart gift cards of $350, $250 and $ 50. Drawing will be Friday, Oct. 28 at the Milano High School football game. Buy tickets from any Lions member.

Milam Retired Teachers to meet Wednesday

CAMERON—Milam County Retired Teachers Association will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5 at the Yoe High School Performing Arts Center in Cameron. Program will be on crime prevention. For more information call Bram Younts, secretary, 254- 697-1672.

Minerva homecoming ahead Sunday at center

The 51st annual Minerva homecoming, a day of fellowship with friends and family, will be held Sunday, Oct. 2 at the Minerva Community Center, 378 CR 232 Loop in Minerva.

Attendees are invited to bring a covered dish, photos to share, and to invite friends and family.

Lunch will be served shortly after noon. “Please feel free to come early, enjoy a cup of coffee and listen to the stories that can be heard on the front porch,” said Susan and Deborah Dean, publicists.

For more information: Susan Dean, 446-2845; Deborah Dean, 446-3111.

Grief support meetings planned twice monthly

CAMERON—Standards Hospice will hold Grief Support Group meetings at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays, Oct. 13 and 27, Nov. 10 and 24 and Dec. 8 and 22.

“The meetings will continue into 2012,” according to Greg Nichols, chaplain. Meeting location is 115 N. Central in Cameron. For more information, call 254-284- 0045.

Black Jack VFD’s yearly ice cream social Tuesday

Black Jack Volunteer Fire Department will host its annual come-and-go National Night Out Ice Cream Social from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4 at the Black Jack fire station.

“Come out and have a Coke float and visit with the firefighters of Black Jack,” said Jesse Smith, department president. “We will be viewing “Using Water Effectively in the Wildland/ Urban Interface.”

Blood drawing set Sunday at St. Paul’s

THORNDALE—The Scott & White Bloodmobile will be on the St. Paul Lutheran School campus from 8 a.m. until noon on Sunday, Oct. 2, for their annual “pint for pint” blood drive, announced Teresa Ging, publicist.

Donate a pint of blood and receive a coupon for a free pint of Blue Bell ice cream. Donors will also receive a Blue Bell donor T-shirt, and numerous other prize chances.

“One person donating one pint can make the difference in up to three people’s lives,” Ging said. “Be a hero—donate blood.”

Relay For Life committee meeting set October 13th

Relay For Life of Milam County will hold a committee meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, event chair Kim Jeter announced. The meeting will be held in the community room at Citizens National Bank-Rockdale. The committee will discuss the theme for the 2012 Relay and plans for “kickoff,” Jeter said.

Bushdale Cemetery meeting set Saturday

The Bushdale Cemetery Association will hold its annual meeting and election of officers at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Peace Lutheran Church fellowship hall. Everyone with relatives buried there is encouraged to attend and bring a favorite dish and/or dessert for the luncheon that will follow the meeting. For more information call Velmalene Williams, 361-293-5662.

Sharp Cemetery Assn. annual meeting Oct. 8

The annual meeting of the Sharp Cemetery Association will be held Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Sharp Presbyterian Church annex. Anyone with family members buried at the cemetery are urged to attend. Officers will be elected. Anyone with suggestions about cemetery improvements should attend. For more information call Mollie Modesette, 446 6905.

Rice Cemetery annual meeting set October 8

CAMERON— Rice Cemetery Foundation Inc.’s annual meeting will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 at the cemetery, SH 36 to CR 241, Cameron. Bring covered dish and lawn chairs. Send donations to Rice Cemetery Foundation Inc., 3965 S. Hwy 77, Cameron TX 76520. For information, call Irene Angell, 254- 697- 4119, or David Angell, 254- 697-1095.

Murray Cemetery event draws good turnout

The annual meeting of the Murray Cemetery Association was held Sept. 17 at Rockdale General Store, drawing members from Rockdale, Madisonville, Killeen, Whitney, Big Lake, Yoakum, Bryan, Brenham, Conroe, Lexington, Brownwood, Bangs, Post and Austin.

A historical program was given on the Mathews and Rexford families. A potluck meal followed.

The Association invites all interested parties who have family buried at Murray Cemetery to join to continue the cemetery upkeep. Call Shirley McIrvin, 446-5261 for more information.

Dime Box Lions set fund-raiser Saturday

DIME BOX—Dime Box Lions Club will sponsor a Black Bridge Festival and Mini Marathon on Saturday, Oct. 1, spokesperson Carol Dismukes announced. The fund-raiser is to help the Lions’ community projects and a planned Black Bridge Park. For more information, call 979-884-3227.

Dime Box homecoming, BBQ cookoff Saturday

DIME BOX—The annual Dime Box Homecoming and Barbecue Cookoff will be held Saturday, Oct. 1 in downtown Dime Box.

Check-In will begin at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30. A stew supper, compliments of Jacob and Marlena Beran, will begin at 6 p.m. with music by J.W. Riza, followed by a “42” tournament.

For more information, contact Kord Kothmann at 979-884-1021 or

Deanville VFD’s annual fund-raiser set Oct. 9

DEANVILLE—The Deanville Volunteer Fire Department will hold its 34th annual fund-raiser Sunday, Oct. 9 at the fire station, FM 111 and Hwy 60 in Deanville.

Pit BBQ pork, beef, chicken, sausage and red ring sausage, will be sold by the pound beginning at 7 a.m. Fried chicken plate lunches will be served starting at 11 a.m.

A washer pitching tournament will be held with registration starting at 8 a.m. The event also offers prizes, a country store, auction and sweet shop.

“The event will go rain or shine,” said R.J. Smith, VFD president. “Proceeds pay for department insurance and equipment.”

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