Manor Oaks hosting hunt for Easter eggs

Manor Oaks Nursing Center and Rehab. 222 South FM 487 (Wilcox) will host an Easter egg hunt for area youngsters at 4 p.m. April 5.

Participants are invited to bring an Easter basket and hunt for eggs which will be placed around the nursing home grounds.

Karl Shiflett concert Friday in Rockdale

Karl Shiflett and Big Country, the bluegrass group which once included the late Jake Jenkins, a Rockdale native, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the old McVoy building, Milam at Main.

Tonya Rodgers, spokesperson, said Shiflett plans to return to Rockdale at some point for a concert benefitting Jenkins’ children.

Jenkins and his parents, Dan and Dorothy Jenkins of Minerva, were killed in a plane crash in the Texas Panhandle one year ago.

Friday’s concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $10 at the door.

Circus sets appearance at Fair Park April 12th

Carson & Barnes Circus, one of the last great big tops, will perform two shows in Rockdale’s Fair Park Thursday, April 12, with a portion of ticket sales benefitting the Rockdale Rotary Club.

Shows are at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.

The 76-year-old family-owned circus travels over 18,000 miles annually throughout the United States with a road crew of nearly 200, 40 vehicles and enough animals to fill a zoo, Carson & Barnes put on over 240 shows from March through October.

La Escuelita cookoff ahead Saturday, April 14

The annual spring cookoff benefitting La Escuelita, just east of the KC Hall, is set for Saturday, April 14.

Dee Lerma, spokesperson, said cookoff entries are brisket, pork, chicken and beans. Entry fee is $15 per category.

For information call Lerma at 446-6833.

Other activities include a noon horseshoe tourney, arts and crafts and food for sale at 11:30 including brisket tacos, sausage wrap, beans and baked goods.

Retired Teachers to host meeting on pensions

Milam and Williamson County Retired Teachers will host a meeting with several candidates on the hot topic of teacher pensions at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 11, in the Thorndale ISD board room.

Jamie Larson, president of Milam County Retired Teachers, said those expected to attend include state senate candidate Ben Bius and state representative candidate Dr. Marsha Farney.

A number of Texas Retired Teacher Association officers will also attend. “We need to meet together to hear the candidates and create a strategy for defending our pensions and obtaining funding for Teacher Retirement System (TRS) care,” Larson said.

“We cordially invite all retired teachers, school personnel and anyone who is interested in the TRS pension and TRS care to attend.”

Fund-raisers planned to benefit Place of Hope

The Rockdale Knights of Columbus will hold “Another Fish Fry” on Friday, April 13 from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Rockdale KC Hall.

The “1st annual Hope Night” fundraiser will be held on Saturday, April 28 at Downtown Cafe, 118 S. Main St. in Thorndale. Buffet opens at 6 p.m. There will be a live auction, silent auction and live Gospel music. The Place of Hope ladies will be busing tables for tips.

All proceeds from both fundraisers benefit Place of Hope, Pregnancy Resource Center.

Milam GOP county convention April 14th

CAMERON—Milam County Republican Chairman Bill Whitmire has announced that the 2012 county convention will be held at 10 a.m. April 14 at the Milam County Courthouse,

Purposes of the convention are to choose delegates and alternates to the state convention, and to consider resolutions or statements on policy issues.

As a result of the substantial changes to the election calendar in 2012, the Milam Republican Party will not be conducting precinct conventions on the evening of the May 29th primary election and will incorporate all party business into the county convention, he said.

Thorndale Relay for Life team set sale

Relay for Life Thorndale TUFF Team will hold a bake sale from 8 a.m. until sold out on Saturday, April 7, in front of Thorndale Meat Market, according to Millette Fisher, spokesperson.

“For further information, contact Sarah Lincoln at 989-2163, according to Fisher.

City flushing water lines overnight April 18th

City of Rockdale crews will flush water lines overnight April 18, according to City Manager Kelvin Knauf.

Knauf said lines will be flushed in all areas of town and asked Rockdale residents to run their cold water taps the next morning, upon arising, until the stream runs clear.

Spring Jam set April 14

The Silver Spurs, alumni association at The University of Texas, will hold its second annual Spring Jam April 14 at Apache Pass.

Gates open at 12-noon. Appearing will be Cory Morrow, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Emory Quinn and Krause. There will also be a barbecue cookoff. A limited number of tickets are available at the Apache Pass Icehouse. For more info, see ad on 5C.

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