Milano Opry ahead Saturday evening

MILANO—The monthly Milano Opry will be held Saturday, March 17 at Milano High School. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7.

Guest artists will be fiddler Paul Schlesinger of Taylor and vocalist Sophie Thomason of Rockdale. House band members are Ab Woods, Michael Herod, Michael Wall, Billy Barnett, Will Fountain, Johnny Foster and Lynn Martin.

“ Hambur gers and homemade pies will be available,” according to Lynn Martin, publicist. “Load up the car and come see ‘A big show in a small town.”

VFD Auxiliary taking garage sale donations

MILANO—Members of the Milano VFD Ladies Auxiliary will hold their spring garage sale April 12-14. The Civic Center/Fire Station will be open at 8 a.m. beginning Monday, April 9 for donations.

With ample storage room, members can accept donations now. Call Lois Love at 455-7915, Carolyn Vinton at 512-429-0364 or 979-224- 0227, Jane Yoakum at 446- 5110. If someone wants the items left at 3 p.m. on Saturday, call one those same numbers.

Reading club reviews novel The Paris Wife

Fifteen members of the Thursday Reading Club held their March meeting at the home of Carol Simank in the San Gabriel community.

Members enjoyed refreshments and a program presented by Charlotte Rogers on The Paris Wife, a novel by Paula McLain. The novel chronicles the time that Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley Richardson, spent in Paris during the 1920s. The club’s 2012 course of study is “Favorite Books from Around the World.”

Donna Mitchell, club president, led the business meeting. Joan Ratliff, scholarship committee chair, said the deadline is April 17 for applications for the club’s annual scholarship, awarded to students planning to study in the fields of health care.

The April meeting will be the club’s annual trip, this year to Fredericksburg April 12-13, being planned by Peggy Cooke.– Geri Burnett, reporter

Gen. Sul Ross topic for genealogy society

Milam County Genealogical Society met Feb. 28 at Rockdale General Store with 20 members attending.

Sterlin Barton presented a biographical sketch on Lawrence Sullivan (Sul) Ross (1830-1898), farmer, Confederate general during the Civil War, president of Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (now Texas A&M), and 19th governor of Texas.

Born in Iowa territory in 1838, Ross was raised in the Republic of Texas, his family having moved to the Cameron area on a 640-acre land grant. Much of his childhood was spent on the frontier near Waco.

As a teenager, Ross attended Baylor University and Florence Wesleyan University. On one of his summer breaks he suffered severe injuries while fighting renegade Comanches. After graduation Ross joined the Texas Rangers and in 1860 led troops in the Battle of Pease River where he rescued Cynthia Ann Parker who had been captured by the Comanches as a child.

When Texas joined the Confederacy, Ross joined the Confederate States Army and participated in 135 battles, becoming one of the youngest Confederate generals. Following the Civil War, he briefly served as sheriff of McLennan County before resigning to participate in the 1875 Texas Constitutional Convention.

With the exception of a two-year term as a state senator, Ross spent the next 10 years focused on his farm and ranch concerns. In 1887, he became the 19th governor of Texas. During his two terms, he oversaw the dedication of the new Texas State Capitol and became the only Texas governor to call a special session to deal with a treasury surplus.

Days af ter leaving of f ice, he became president of what is now Texas A&M University.

Next society meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 27 in the Citizens National Bank- Rockdale conference room. Linda Whorton is in charge of the program. Refreshments will be provided by members with surnames A-P. Paper goods, ice and drinks will be provided by Charles and Marie Hubert.—Linda Whorton, publicity

MCRTA can help May college grads

If you are a graduate of a Milam County high school and will graduate from college in May with a degree in education, the Milam County Retired Teachers Association can help you.

Future teachers must take exit exams in their fields at a cost of $125 per subject. Add to that the cost to get the results and graduation becomes even more expensive.

MCRTA would like to help with these expenses. FMI: Carolyn Hafley, 455-2473, email for more information.

Grief support meetings

CAMERON—Standards Hospice is holding Grief Support Group meetings at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays, according to Greg Nichols, chaplain. Location is 115 N. Central in Cameron.

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