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Holy ‘Half-Week’ on tap for Easter season 2012

The Rockdale Ministerial Alliance will offer its traditional noon luncheon Holy Week services again in 2012 but, for the first time they will be only Monday through Wednesday.

Rev. Rita Sims, pastor of St. John’s United Methodist Church, which will host the 12:05 to 12:50 services in its fellowship hall explained the change.

“Three churches who have been involved with the Ministerial Alliance are currently without pastors and three others who were previously involved have dropped out of attendance since last year,” she said.

She listed the schedule as follows:

Monday, April 2—Sermon, Rev. Jimmy Phillips, First Christian; music, First Baptist.

Tuesday, April 3—Sermon, Rev. Leslie Adams, Calvary Baptist; music, Pam Graham, St. Thomas Episcopal.

Wednesday, April 4—Sermon, Rev. Royal Johnson, Rising Star Baptist; music, Rising Star Baptist.

Surplus food giveaway Thursday at KC Hall

The monthly Capital Area Food Bank Mobile Pantry visit to Rockdale is set for 9 a.m. Thursday at the KC Hall, according to Denise Sifuentes, spokesperson.

“Volunteers are greatly appreciated,” she said. Call 446-6475 for information.

Suicide Prevention walk March 31 in Rockdale

Milam County Suicide Prevention’s second annual “Out of Darkness” Campus Walk gets under way at 10:30 a.m. March 31 at Tiger Field.

Spokesperson Pam Kaufmann said registration will begin at 9 a.m. and the event will take place “rain or shine.”

The first 100 persons to register will receive a special walk gift, she said.

“Pick With Austin will award a guitar in a fund-raiser,” Kaufmann said. “Participants will receive complimentary honor beads and ASFS bracelets will be for sale.”

She said participants raising $100 online will get a free walk T-shirt.

“We’ll have music and more,” she said. “Come out and help raise funds to break the silence surrounding depression and suicide.”

Seventy-five teams sign up for BBQ cookoff

Dozens of barbecue teams are expected to turn Fair Park into hog (and brisket and chicken) heaven when the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce holds the first Milam County Festival and Barbecue Cookoff March 23-24.

Categories in the sanctioned cookoff include chili, beans, ribs, chicken and brisket.

There will also be a rib-eating contest, karaoke and live music, arts and crafts, food booths, a horseshoe tourney, carnival and more.

Chamber president Deedra Jacob said 75 cooking teams have already signed up.

Cure JM Event ahead March 24 at The Ranch

The 2nd annual Cure Juvenile Myositis (rare autoimmune disease) Event Fundraiser & Auction will be held Saturday, March 24, at The Ranch, according to Lindsay Cleveland, organizer.

Barbecue plates will be sold starting at 11 a.m. Plates are $8 and will include brisket and sausage, potatoes, beans and all the fixings.

A live auction starts at 2 p.m. There will be live music by Second Hand Rose.

For more information, contact Cleveland, coordinator, at 512-417- 0916 or mail donations to: 4154 West Hwy 79, Rockdale, checks payable to Cure JM Foundation.

County finances okay but big expenses loom

CAMERON—Milam County commissioners met in regular session Monday in the county courthouse and learned there has still been no resolution to the Luminant lawsuit situation.

County Judge Dave Barkemeyer said the Luminant suit over the taxable value of Sandow Power Plant Unit 5 and the looming murder trials of two Rockdalearea men will be major factors in determining the actual financial health of the county.

In other business, commissioners accepted a $75,000 bid from EBCO Development to repair roofs of two county owned buildings and a $208,000 bid for a new Caterpillar wheel loader.

Attack on drug dog nets charges against woman

BUCKHOLTS—A Buckholts woman was charged with interfering and injuring a police service animal after it was alleged her pit bull attacked “Sissy,” the Buckholts Police Department’s drug-sniffing dog.

Deborah Hamilton, 54, was released from the county jail on Tuesday.

Buckholts Police Chief James Blackmon is Hamilton’s neighbor. It’s alleged the pit bull attacked Blackmon and the dog on March 6. Neither was bitten but police said Sissy sustained a leg injury and may be unable to continue work as a police dog.

KC Lenten fish fries continue on Friday

Annual fish fries, sponsored by Rockdale Knights of Columbus Council 7014, continue at the KC Hall every Friday through March 30.

Hours are 5 p.m. until sold out or 7:30. Plates are $8, eat-in or take out.

Menu is fried fish, homemade f r ies and hush puppies, the ‘famous’ KC slaw, green beans, trimmings and tea.

Planning, Zoning Board to meet on Thursday

The City of Rockdale’s Planning & Zoning Board will meet at 3 p.m. Thursday at City Hall, according to City Secretary Terry Blanchard.

Board members will consider and take any necessary action on a recommendation to the city council regarding a side building setback variance submitted by Terry L. McGhehey.

The board will also review and approve part of the city’s comprehensive master plan.

Demo candidates asked to gather with group

Local Democratic candidates have been invited to attend the Milam County Texas Democratic Women meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday in the county office in Cameron.

“Now that we finally have a ballot, our group would like to meet all the candidates,” said Mary Ridgway, the group’s president. She said that candidates are invited to bring along yard signs or any other campaign literature, and, if they can’t make it, to send a representative.


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The burn ban for Milam County has been lifted. Burning is always prohibited in the county's municipalities.


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