MDD, city panels busy with interviews, plans

The City of Rockdale’s Municipal Development District (MDD) continues to hold interviews for the new position of manager/ business recruiter.

MDD members held an interview session last Thursday and will hold another this Thursday as part of their regular monthly session which begins at 5 p.m. at City Hall.

Last Thursday, Rockdale’s park board and planning & zoning commission heard presentations from Chris Dyess, president of the Rockdale Downtown Association.

Dyess outlined the upcoming downtown master plan to be prepared by Halff Associates and asked for input.

Planning meeting set for Johnson benefit

A meeting to plan a fund-raiser and benefit for the family of Karl M. Johnson will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25 in the Citizens National Bank community room in Rockdale.

Johnson, 51, died suddenly Nov. 23 of a heart attack while working in Louisiana.

For more information on the meeting, to make donations, or to help with the planning, call Lee Jenkins, 760-5000.

TISD superintendent gets contract extension

THORNDALE—School trustees in Thorndale met Wednesday and extended the contract of Supt. Casey Callahan by one year.

That action followed an executive session in which the annual evaluation of the superintendent by the board was conducted.

In other business, trustees called for the 2012 school board election and entered into a contract with Kevin Terry for election services.

Silent auction items sought for banquet

Silent auction items are being solicited for Saturday’s Rockdale Police Department officer-of-theyear banquet to be held Saturday at the KC Hall.

“Anyone wanting to donate an item may take it to the police station or the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce office,” Denice Doss, silent auction organizer, said.

“If you choose to wait until Saturday you may bring it by the KC Hall after 4 p.m.,” she said.

Doss said items could include baked goods, collectibles, novelty items, tools or new items.

The silent auction begins at 6 p.m.

Fire calls listed for South Milam VFDs

Fire calls dispatched during the past week through the Rockdale Police Department dispatcher were listed as follows:

• 1 p.m. Tuesday, Rockdale VFD dispatched to Comfort Inn motel across from Walmart for smell thought to be burning electrical wiring, problem traced to light bulb.

• 12:10 p.m. Thursday, Rockdale VFD sent to home on Miller Street for smoke in house.

• 3:14 p. m. Jan. 17, smoke reported at end of County Road 350, Gause VFD dispatched.

VFW hosting question session for veterans

Rockdale Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6525 will host a question and-answer session for area veterans concerning VA medical and assistance claims at 9 a.m. Feb. 4.

The session will be conduced by Bring Everyone in the Zone (BEITZ) Inc., a non-profit group that assists service members, veterans and their families.

More information is available at

Tea Party group sets meeting for February 6

MILANO—Milam County Tea Party Conservatives will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church of Milano, according to Karen Clark, spokesperson.

“Meetings will be on the first Monday of each month,” she said.

Milano First Baptist Church is located at 211 South Church, just south of the west end of the overpass.

County clerk will speak to Democratic Women

CAMERON— County Clerk Barbara Vansa w ill speak to Milam County Democratic Women on the impact of Texas ongoing redistricting battle when the group meets at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Cameron Chamber of Commerce.

Democratic Party County Chair Richard Stone will also discuss redistricting and candidates during the meeting.

Mary Ridgway, provisional president, invited Democratic candidates to attend.

For more information call her at 512-773-1765.

Superintendent review on tap for RISD board

Rockdale ISD trustees will conduct their review of Supt. Dr. Howell Wright’s performance, contract and salary in a special session at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Central Administration Building.

Discussion will be in executive session. If any action is taken it will be in an open session afterwards.

MCAD name change on tap for Thursday

CAMERON—Milam County Appraisal District (MCAD) directors have a possible name change for the district on their agenda when they meet as set for 12:15 p. m. Thursday, at the MCAD headquarters.

In December, Milam County commissioners passed a resolution asking the district to add the word “central” to its title.

Commissioners feel the change would help differentiate the district from county government.

The Milam County Appraisal District is not a part of, nor is it affiliated with, county government.

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