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GUITAR MAKER—Milano resident Nathan Batten, who builds cabinets and electric guitars, presented a program to the Milano Evening Lions Club on Oct. 6. Here (L-R) are club president Bill McMinn, Batten, club vice-president Jerry Hall and Georgetown Lion and Texas Lions Camp director Adrient F. Drouihet III who owns a ranch near Chriesman. GUITAR MAKER—Milano resident Nathan Batten, who builds cabinets and electric guitars, presented a program to the Milano Evening Lions Club on Oct. 6. Here (L-R) are club president Bill McMinn, Batten, club vice-president Jerry Hall and Georgetown Lion and Texas Lions Camp director Adrient F. Drouihet III who owns a ranch near Chriesman. The Reporter welcomes news from local organizations. There is no charge. E-mail to bill@rockdalereporter.com or fax to 446-5317.

Relay For Life committee meeting set Thursday

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.

Milano Opry Saturday in high school cafetorium

MILANO—The Milano Opry—”A big show in a small town”—will be held on Saturday, Oct, 15 in the Milano High School Cafetorium. Admission is $7 (children 10 and under free). Doors open at 6 p.m. with the show at 7.

“Bobby Davis will be cooking hamburgers so you are invited to come early and eat,” said Lynn Martin, publicist.

Guest artists will be Bobby Mikulin and Lexi Stavinoha, and house band members are Billy Barnett, Ab Woods, Michael Wall, Michael Herod, Robert Lawhon, Will Fountain, Hannah Fountain and Lynn Martin.

Donate used books for sale at city library

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.

Milam Retired Teachers meet in Yoe High PAC

Milam County Retired Teachers Association met Oct. 5 in Cameron at the Yoe High School Performing Arts Center. Six new members have joined the organization.

There are 449 retired teachers in Milam County but only 133 are members of the RTA. “We need increased participation to take note of what is happening with our state’s elected officials and what they say and do in regard to educational items and the teacher retirement system,” said Lurene Shumaker, spokesperson.

Ethel Marak arranged for County Health Unit nurses to administer flu shots to retirees wanting them.

Jamie Larson presided and the program was presented by Deputy Sheriff Bob Yates on CrimeStoppers. Travis Yoakum explained the Haunted House project in Cameron which supports CrimeStoppers.

A discussion about the Teacher Retirement System and the pension plan followed.

Retired teachers were in Cameron the following evening for the annual Milam County TRIAD general membership meeting, and received information on how to avoid identity theft and scams.

Next meeting will be at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 9 at Peace Lutheran Church fellowship hall in Rockdale and will be a Thanksgiving covered dish luncheon. Members are also asked to bring books for children which will be donated.— Bram Younts, cosecretary.

MOPS meeting set for Friday at 9:30 a.m.

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) are set to meet this Friday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church, according to Mary McIntosh, organizer. Childcare will be provided.

Democratic Women building parade float

CAMERON— Milam County Texas Democratic Women will meet 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Cameron Chamber of Commerce meeting room, 102 E. First St. in downtown Cameron.

The group is building a float to enter in all local parades and planning fund-raisers to help with voter contact. Both projects are designed to help Democrats during the 2012 election cycle, said Richard Stone, party chair in Milam County.

“The parade float is going to be a blast,” said Mary Ridgeway, the group’s provisional president. “We are planing our program of work and getting excited about the upcoming campaign.Come on over Saturday morning and bring a friend or two.”

For more information about the organization, contact Ridgway at 512-773-1765.

Manor Oaks to host Halloween carnival

Manor Oaks Nursing & Rehab Center will host their annual Halloween Carnival on Thursday, Oct. 27 from 6 until 8 p.m.

There will be a costume contest, cake walk, caramel apples, ring toss, face painting, duck pond, foam dart gun and prizes.

“Everyone is invited and we are hoping for a great turnout from the community,” said Missy Morse, director of community relations.

Manor Oaks is located at 222 S FM 487 in Rockdale. For more information, call 446-5893.

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.

Grief support meetings held twice monthly

CAMERON—Standards Hospice is holding 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.

Buckholts Lions host honored by governor

BUCKHOLTS— Buckholts Lions Club members met on Oct. 6, according to Christopher Marrs, and supported Buckholts High School girls athletics by purchasing $400.50 in baked goods and donating $10 per player to help buy new uniforms.

Bobby Lingan, area governor, and Gary Cocanaughan, district governor, spoke about goals of the Lions and community and world service. Cocahaughan presented Doug Williams, club president, with an Lions


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