New trash container delivery starts Monday

If you’re a Rockdale trash collection customer there will be a surprise left at your house beginning next week.

New, 95-gallon roll-off trash containers, for local residents to use beginning Jan. 1, will begin arriving at residences Monday, according to City Manager Kelvin Knauf.

That’s not the only change. For the first time, Rockdale will sw itch from tw ice- weekly to once-weekly garbage service.

A schedule listing what days each street will be served will be published in an upcoming Rockdale Reporter.

Kay Theatre receives $15,000 family grant

The Douglas R. Marshall Jr. Family Foundation of Houston has awarded a $15,000 grant to the Kay Theatre Foundation.

“Construction of the lobby area, restrooms and concession space is under way,” Les Davenport, board chair, said. “This grant will allow us to continue this phase, providing necessary funding for electrical plumbing, heat and air.”

Troopers probe three South Milam crashes

State troopers investigated three accidents on South Milam County during the past week.

Trooper Erik Gaston said an 8:27 a.m. Tuesday rear-end collision on US 79 in Milano involved a husband and wife traveling together in two vehicles.

Drivers were listed as Ariah Taintonogo and Brandon Taintonogo, both 18, of Killeen.

Gaston said there were no injuries and termed damages “extensive.”

The Milano Volunteer Fire Department was called out to provide traffic control.

No injuries were reported in a 5:35 p.m. Dec. 14 accident on Texas 36 south of Milano.

Trooper Broderick Sims said a tree fell from a vehicle operated by Ricky Waters, 31, of Snook and was then hit by a vehicle driven by James Jones, 35, of Rockdale.

Moderate damage was reported to the Jones vehicle while there was not damage to the Waters vehicle.

Moderate to extensive damage and no injuries were reported in a vehicle-deer collision at 7 a.m. Dec. 14 on FM 486, south of Rockdale, according to Trooper Donald Delukie.

Driver was listed as Rhonda Simank, 55, of Thorndale.

MCAD announces 2012 board election results

CAMERON—The Milam County Appraisal District (MCAD) had announced the winners in the annual board of directors election.

Chief Appraiser Pat Moraw said Tim Arledge, Mike Marek, Joan Ratliff, Glen West and Travis Yoakum were certified as winners.

Milam taxing entities cast votes for MCAD director, weighted to their assessed valuations.

RISD gets clean audit during final meeting

Rockdale ISD trustees received a clean audit, presented by auditor Dan Shaner.

Shaner said the district continues to maintain a fund balance equal to two to three months operating expenses.

MDD to support master plan for future business

The Rockdale Municipal Development District (MDD), meeting Thursday, agreed to support a master plan by an engineering/ architectural firm, envisioned as a “road map for the future.”

The Rockdale Downtown Business Association has urged creating of a master plan.

MDD directors also agreed to contribute $ 600 toward a film workshop set for Jan. 13 at Apache Pass.

Cameron reservoir not in new state water plan

A proposed reservoir on the Little River, which has existed only on paper for several years, apparently won’t exist anywhere else.

The reservoir is not part of the new 2012 water plan approved Thursday by the Texas Water Development Board.

A number of Milam County residents had expressed opposition to the proposed reservoir.

Vehicle registration offices closing one day

Rockda le’s Depar tment of Motor Vehicle registration offices in Milam County will close for one day to facilitate a com- puter upgrade, according o Tax Collector Kollette Morgan. who said the Rockdale office will be closed Jan. 5 and the Cameron office on Jan. 3.

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