Free food distribution Thursday at KC Hall

The monthly visit by the Capital Area Food Bank’s mobile pantry is set for 9 a.m. Thursday in the KC Hall parking lot.

“Since the distribution relies totally on volunteer help, volunteers are needed and will be greatly appreciated,” Denise Sifuentes, spokesperson, said.

“Plastic grocery bags are needed to sack groceries,” she said. Call Sifuentes at 446-6475 for additional information.

Milano Fourth of July parade scheduled

MILANO—The annual Fourth of July parade in Milano begins at 10:30 a.m. that day from the football field parking lot, according to Carolyn Vinton, spokesperson.

She said the parade will end at the Milano Civic Center/Fire Station, where free hot dogs will be served.

TISD changes energy conservation planning

THORNDALE—School trustees in Thorndale, meeting Monday in regular session, changed their plans on energy conservation.

A f ter hear ing a repor t on options, the board rescinded its energy conservation contract with Way Companies and instituted an energy savings performance contract. Trustees authorized Supt. Dr. Craig Spinn to take all necessary action concerning the plan.

In other business, board members approved nine transfer students and okayed increased prices in the district’s cafeteria.

Rockdale P&Z Board to mull RV ordinance

Rockdale’s Planning & Zoning Board will meet in regular session at 3 p.m. Thursday at City Hall.

The board will conduct a public hearing on revising the city’s ordinance on recreational vehicles within the city limits.

The city council recently discussed creation of a new ordinance restricting RVs.

Taking action on a new ordinance is an agenda item for the P&Z Board during Thursday’s meeting.

Traffic crackdown eyed on Thorndale street

THOR N DA L E— Cit y council members in Thorndale last Wednesday heard a petition for a new four-way stop sign.

City Secretary Denise Melde said the council instructed police to regularly patrol the area of West Moerbe Street and “issue necessary citations to slow down traffic.”

In other business, Don Culp was selected mayor pro tem.

Free crisis intervention workshop this weekend

The American Academy of Crisis Counseling will hold a free, two-day workshop Friday and Saturday at the Academy, 103 Mulberry.

Seating is limited to the first 30 people to register. A certificate will be issued for those attending the two-day workshop.

A 16-hour course, leading to obtaining 12 continuing education units (CEUs), is also offered for $10 and must be submitted with the registration form.

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

Three area VFDs battle mobile home fire Sunday

MILANO—Units from three different south Milam County volunteer fire departments were called to a mobile home blaze Sunday afternoon three miles west of Milano on US 79.

Milano VFD President Gary Vinton said that the 6:15 p.m. call originally reported the fire was east of Milano. MVFD and Gause VFD units responded that direction, but found no blaze.

Vinton said it was then determined the fire was actually west of Milano, and asked dispatch to tone out a Rockdale fire truck for assistance.

When units arrived at 5208 East US 79, they found the Joe Porterfield residence with heavy smoke and flames coming out of the structure.

“We think it started in the living room couch,” Vinton said. The outside structure of the mobile home was saved, but there was heavy smoke and water damage throughout the house, he said.

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