Baccalaureate service May 20 at First Baptist

Baccalaureate services for the graduating class of 2012 at Rockdale High School are set for 2 p.m. May 20, at First Baptist Church, according to Rev. Jack Chelf, host pastor.

Speaker will be David Pussman, new pastor at First Presbyterian Church.

“Refreshments will be served in the church’s Family Life Center, following the service,” Rev. Chelf said.

Milam Democrats will host candidate forums

The Milam County Democratic Party will host two events next week to give voters a chance to meet candidates running for the 2012 nomination in the May 29 primary.

County Chair Richard Stone said the first event will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at Bea’s Kitchen in Cameron with the second at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17 at the United Steel Workers Union Hall in Rockdale.

He noted that the format for the two events will be organized along the lines of a social event rather than a debate. “The major purpose is to give local Democrats the opportunity to meet their candidates for local office,” Stone said.

There are two county-level Democratic party primary contests.

Norman Lanford and Hollis Lewis are vying for the 20th Judicial District Judge nomination.

Incumbent Precinct 4 Constable Giles Summerlin is challenged by Brian Keith Fisher.

For more information, contact Stone at 512-760-5748 or

Crisis intervention workshop re-scheduled

The American Academy of Crisis Counseling’s free, two-day workshop, scheduled for May 18 and 19 at the Academy, 103 Mulberry, will have to be re-scheduled, according to Dr. Dennis Brooks, director.

“May is such a busy time for everyone. We will re-schedule the workshop for later in the summer, probably in June,” he said.

“This will be 16-hour course, leading to obtaining 12 continuing education units (CEUs), is also offered for $10 and must be submitted with the registration form,” Dr. Brooks said.

Topics will include Crisis Identification/ Implementation, Intervention Strategies, Parenting and Bullying.

For more information call 512- 446-5564 or go to

DPS trooper probes four-wheeler accident

State troopers investigated two accidents in the Rockdale area last week, including a four-wheeler crash which sent a Rockdale woman to a Round Rock hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Trooper Broderick Sims said the four wheeler crash was reported on Oak Park Four west of Rockdale off US 79 at 5:20 p.m. May 2. Driver was listed as Stephanie Flores, 19, of Rockdale.

Sims said Flores was taken to Seton Williamson Hospital, Round Rock, for treatment.

No injuries were reported in a 12:48 p.m. Saturday incident on US 79 east of Rockdale, according to Trooper Erik Gaston.

Gaston said a trailer became unhitched from a pickup driven by Charles Hallam, 69, of Houston.

He said damages were reported to the trailer only.

Line flushing ahead May 16th in Rockdale

City of Rockdale crews will flush water lines overnight May 16 in Rockdale, according to City Mgr. Kelvin Knauf.

Knauf said lines will be flushed in both eastern and western sections of town. “Please run your cold water taps until the stream runs clear upon arising the next morning,” he said.

Community visioning session slated May 24

The Rockdale Municipal Development District (MDD) will host a facilitated “community visioning” meeting May 24 at the Patterson Civic Center, according to Tom Manskey, executive director.

Manskey said the session will get under way with refreshments at 5 p.m., followed by the community visioning session at 5:30.

“Everyone interested in moving Rockdale forward is urged to bring their positive ideas and attend,” he said.

Groundwater Conservation District, meeting Tuesday in regular session, amended its budget to reflect over $1 million in grants awarded last month.

“We awarded $1,177,000 in grants and we had $1 million budgeted,” Gary Westbrook, POSGCD manager, said. “We moved $100,000 out of the monitoring budgeting function into grants.”

In a related item Tuesday, the board turned down a request to allow the Lyons Water Supply Corporation to use grant funds for new lines. “Their application had specified the funds would be used for repair of existing lines,” Westbrook said.

In other business, the board:

• Heard a report on a potential gain/loss study on Brazos River water by a consulting firm.

• Decided to delay any possible involvement with a feasibility study by Texas A&M University on increasing recharge via a brush control program.

• Okayed the lone bid of $18,650 Miller-Starnes Chevrolet-Buick for a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado pickup being sold by the district. Westbrook said the district had previously put the vehicle up for sale but received no bids.

GOP groups slate final meetings before election

Two groups will meet before the May 29 Republican Primary, according to Bill Whitmire, GOP County Chair.

Whitmire said Republican Women of Milam County will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday (May 15) in the Budget Host Inn & Suites in Cameron.

He said state and local candidates have been invited to attend.

Whitmire said the Milam County Tea Party Conservatives will also hear from local and state candidates at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, at the Milano Civic Center.

“This will be the final chance to hear from the candidates before the May 29 primary,” he said.

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