Presidents’ Day will be holiday for many

Monday is Presidents’ Day and it will be a holiday for many, but not all, in the Rockdale area.

There will be no classes in Rockdale and Thorndale schools but classes will be held in Milano and Gause.

Local financial institutions will be closed and there will be no mail delivery on routes.

City Hall will be open but the city library will be closed, as it is every Monday.

There will be no change in Rockdale’s garbage pickup schedule.

School board to meet for Thursday session

Rockdale ISD trustees will meet in regular session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Central Administration Building.

The February board meeting was moved up due to the Monday Presidents’ Day holiday.

Contracts of several administrators are considered in executive session each February.

Other agenda items include replacement of visitor side bleachers in old high school gym and identification of acute teacher shortage areas.

Commissioners set meeting for Monday

CAMERON— Milam County commissioners will meet in regular session at 10 a.m. Monday in the Milam County Courthouse, according to County Judge Dave Barkemeyer.

Agenda items include a report on court cases from the county judge.

KCs to host firefighters, EMS event on Monday

Knights of Columbus Council 7014 will host its annual Firefighters/ EMS chili supper Monday at the KC Hall.

Mike Korenek, KC spokesman, said the event will begin with a happy hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by the dinner at 6:30.

“Please stay afterwards for games and fellowship,” Korenek said.

The event is for volun- teer fire departments in south Milam County and for ambulance personnel. Those planning to attend should contact Korenek at 512- 446 - 6577 or

Free coal tar seminar scheduled for Feb. 23rd

Current and former A lcoa employees are invited to a free seminar on coal tar pitch exposure from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Patterson Civic Center.

Richard Dodd, a senior partner with Cappolino Dodd Krebs in Cameron, said that many wanted more information after receiving a letter from Alcoa “which raised concerns about the amount of exposure to coal tar pitch workers at the Rockdale plant may have endured over their careers,”

Coal tar pitch is a by-product of burning coal and is a key ingredient in the manufacture of anode blocks and is considered a human carcinogen, he said.

The letter urged certain Alcoa employees to get regular screenings. “According to the letter, Alcoa would pay for the screenings. However, Alcoa says it is not responsible for anything beyond screenings. If the test is positive, the employee would have to call upon their own resources,” Dodd said.

Medical and legal professionals will attend the workshop. Refreshments will be provided.

Suicide Prevention walk scheduled March 31st

Milam County Suicide Prevention has set the second annual “Out of Darkness” Campus Walk March 31 at Tiger Field.

Spokesperson Pam Kaufmann said volunteers are being sought to help plan and work the event.

Planning sessions are set at Busy Bea’s Restaurant for 4 p.m. Feb. 25 and March 10 and 24.

Thorndale trustees rehire administrators

THORNDALE—School trustees in Thorndale emerged from a 15- minute executive session Monday to grant new year contracts to several administrators.

They include principals Hank Laywell and John Reuter, athletic directors Bradley Dickerson and Brent Brevard and technology director Suzanne Quick.

A one-year contract extension was granted to business manager Robert Lindemann.

Food pantry visit set Thursday at KC Hall

Capital Area Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry will visit the KC Hall at 9 a.m. Thursday, according to Denise Sifuentes, coordinator.

“Since this is a totally volunteer effort, volunteers are needed and are greatly appreciated,” she said. For more information call 446-6475.

Acosta to address Milam Democratic Women

The Milam County Texas Democratic Women will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday in the county Democratic Party’s office, 112 S. 1st St., directly across the street from the county courthouse.

The program will feature Milam County Treasurer Linda Acosta who is running for re-election to her first full term.

Interim President Mary Ridgway said that the group w ill elect a slate of officers for 2012. “Everyone who is or wants to be a member needs to attend,” she said.

County chair Richard Stone will also update the group on the latest information regarding redistricting, voter ID legislation, and on local candidates.

Ridgway added that anyone on the Democratic ticket, or who intends to be on the ticket once the legal battle over redistricting settles down, should feel welcome at the meeting.

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

Thorndale city okays Atmos negotiations

THORNDALE— City council members in Thorndale, meeting last Wednesday, okayed a resolution granting 90 days for Atmos Energy to negotiate a rate proposal with a coalition of mu nicipa lit ies. Rockda le approved the same resolution Monday.

MCAD directors set session for Thursday

CAMERON—Milam County Appraisal District directors will meet at 12:15 p.m. Thursday in the MCAD offices.

An agenda item to “remove from the table” a proposed name change for the appraisal district is an agenda item. A change to “Central Appraisal District” had been sought by Milam County.

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