City finalizes ward lines for redistricting plan

City council members, meeting in a brief special session Monday, gave second (final) reading approval to a redistricting plan originally okayed earlier in the month.

The plan calls for a deviation of only 0.54 percent between the city’s east and west wards.

The council originally okayed the plan on Oct. 10 after motions to pass two other plans died for lack of a second.

In other business, council members named Classic Bank as the city’s depository.

Warehouse of Horrors ahead for Halloween

Milam County CrimeStoppers annual Warehouse of Horrors will be held Friday and Saturday, in downtown Cameron.

Doors open at 7 p. m. each evening in the former warehouse, located near the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks at 301 East First Street.

Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children.

Deputy Sheriff John Mendoza has been named CrimeStoppers coordinator and assumed those duties last week.

Ride For the Cure slated for Saturday

The second annual Ride For the Cure, benefitting the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, is set for Oct. 29 at Cliff’s Tavern in downtown Rockdale.

Categories include motorcycles, hot rods and antique cars.

Price is $20 per ride or $24 with passenger and includes a meal.

Chili “to go” sale starts at 11 a.m., priced at $5.

First bike out is at 11 a.m., last bike in will be 4 p.m.

For more information, or to make donations, contact Lori Currie at 512-269-5135.

Planning meeting set for Thanksgiving lunch

The annual free Community Outreach Dinner (formerly New Hope Thanksgiving Dinner) is scheduled for Nov. 19 at the New Salem Clubhouse at Fair Park.

Serving, pick-up and delivery will begin about 11 a.m.

“We served over 1,000 dinners last year and, since our goal this year is 1200, we needed more room,” spokesman, James King said.

“More sponsors and volunteers are needed for this huge undertaking,” he said.

“Our next planning meeting is Saturday, 10 a. m. at New Hope Baptist Church and we hope to have a large turnout of helpers,” King said.

For more information or to volunteer goods or manpower, call K ing, 446 - 7296, Pearlie Mack, 446 - 6626, Doug Williams, 512-760- 0128, Deborah Crawford, 512-760-5241 or Vera Rivers, 512-289,1311.

$11,500 funds available for historical projects

The Milam County Historical Commission has $11,500 available in funds for use in historic preservation in Milam County, Joan Ratliff, trust fund chair for the Milam County Historical Commission said.

Applications must be from non-profit organizations in the count y and w ill be available Nov. 1, at the museum annex and courthouse in Cameron, Rockda le Chamber of C ommerce, Rainbow Courts and the Milam County Historical Commission website www.milamcount

“All are matching projects, so Milam County will benefit from $23,000 worth of preservation work,” Geri Burnett, historical committee chairperson, said.

Downtown Association sets members meeting

Rockdale Downtown Association will hold its membership meeting at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Patterson Center.

“Please join us for fellowship, food and drink, hear our accomplishments and share your interest in the future of downtown,” Mary Lee Dyess, spokesperson, said.

Local women heading up national trail board

Rockdale area women were elected to positions at the annual Board Meeting of El Camino Real de los Tejas National Trail Association in Bastrop on Friday.

Dr. Lucile Estell was named board president and Vice Presidents: Joy Graham was named one of the board’s three vice presidents.

Board Members are elected by the members of the Trail A ssociation each year at the annual membership meeting.

Milam County was selected to be the first county across Texas and Louisiana to receive signs denoting the routes of the National Trail.

United Way seeking eligible 2012 recipients

The United Way of South Milam County is seeking eligible recipients for 2012 funding distribution, according to Tom Puccio, board member.

“Eligible organizations must be a Charitable Organization with an IRS 501-C3 income status and all organization funds MUST be distributed in South Milam County,” he said.

Eligible organizations should contact the following for a United Way of South Milam Count y Funding Request:

UWSMC Secretary Funding Request, P.O. Box 189, Rockdale, TX 76567.

“Please include organization name, address, contact person, phone numbers and e-mail,” he said.

‘Brown Santa’ effort organizes in county

The Milam County Sheriff’s Office is getting ready to host its second annual Brown Santa Program, according to Wynema Adams, spokesperson.

“We are going to close out our fund raising efforts with a blood and toy Drive on Nov, 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,” she said. The blood drive will be hosted in conjunction with Scott and White Hospital to help with the blood shortage throughout Central Texas due to the extreme heat and summer wildfires.

“The toy drive is for the children of Milam County, and with a great turnout we may be able to help the children in Bastrop County,” she said.

Last year, Brown Santa helped over 60 families and over 100 children.

A Brown Santa account has been set up for monetary donations at Citizens National Bank. Money may be mailed to Brown Santa, 512 North Jefferson, Suite A, Cameron, TX 76520.

Trail riders to gather for event at Apache Pass

The first annual Texas Trail Riders Convention and Trail Ride will converge on Apache Pass this weekend.

The event is schedule Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Fee for adult trail riders is $30, children ages 12 to 15 may participate for $15 and those under 12 may participate for free.

Fee includes Friday and Saturday night dances and the public is invited.

Badges are required for rides, meals and dances. Per- event price is $10 for dances and $8 for a barbecue meal.

A portion of the proceeds will go to the Milam County Sheriff’s Department’s Brown Santa program, which assists needy children at Christmas.

For more information call 446- 3370 or 429-0314 or go to

MDD board schedules meeting for Thursday

Selection of a marketing firm and a business recruiter/manager is on the agenda for the Rockdale Municipal Development Board when it meets in regular session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at City Hall.

Board members will also elect a president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer and take any action necessary on a replacement for a vacant MDD board position.

Other agenda items include status reports on a number of ongoing projects.

Park board planning ribbon-cutting ceremony

The City of Rockdale’s Park Board met Tuesday and discussed setting the date for an upcoming ribbon cutting at Rockdale’s newest park.

“We’re looking at sometime in November for a ribbon cutting at Sumuel Park,” City Manager Kelvin Knauf said.

“We need to contact Sumuel family members and schedule the ceremony for a time when they can attend,” he said.

Chamber mixer set Thursday afternoon

The Rockdale Chamber of Commerce will host a champagne mixer and ribbon cutting at Garden Treasures from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. according to Deedra Jacob, president.

Garden Treasures is located at 12-7 West Cameron (US 79) next to Bob’s Speedy Lube.

“All Chamber members are invited to join us,” she said.

‘Go Texan’ fund raiser Saturday at KC Hall

The Milam County Area Go Texan Scholarship fund raiser is set for 5 p.m. Saturday at the KC Hall.

Deedra Jacob, Rockdale Chamber of Commerce president, said tickets are available at the Chamber office. For more information call 4346-2030.

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