Milano trustees approve 2012-13 tax rate, budget

MILANO­— Milano school trustees adopted a $1.21 tax rate for the 2012-13 school year at the board’s regular meeting Thursday at the MHS library. The overall rate stayed the same from the previous school year.

The rate is $1.04 for maintenance and operation and $0.17 for the debt fund.

Board members also adopted the year’s budget, topping out at $4,069,117.

In other business, trustees heard reports from campus principals and the superintendent on back-to-school preparations, approved changes to the student handbook and approved budget amendments for the 2011-12 school year.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27.

Thorndale ISD trustees slate special meeting

THORNDALE—School trustees in the Thorndale ISD were to have gathered in special session at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, in the Thorndale ISD board room.

Supt. Dr. Craig Spinn said the only agenda item was to have been consideration and possible action to approve the 2012-13 Food Service Budget, to be included in the district’s adopted budget.

Dana Andrews author to appear here Sept. 16

Dr. Carl Rol lyson, author of Hollywood Enigma: Dana Andrews, a biography of a major motion picture star who once lived in Rockdale, will be at the Patterson Center Sunday, Sept. 16, an event sponsored by Friends of the Library.

In addition to a reception for Dr. Rollyson, the 3 to 5 p.m. event will feature a theatrical reading of a short play Promises to Keep, about Rockdale native George Sessions Perry, performed by a local theatre group.

The play was written by Dr. Robert Cowser of the University of Tennessee at Martin.

Dr. Rollyson’s book will be on sale. He teaches journalism and writing professions at City University of New York.

Andrews lived in Rockdale as a child, from 1916 to 1918, while his father was pastor of First Baptist Church.

Milam Democrats set pair of ‘block parties’

The Milam County Democratic Party will host a pair block parties on Labor Day in Rockdale and Cameron, according to Richard Stone, county chair.

Block parties will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Cameron at 602 East Seventh, and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the pavilion in Veterans Park in Rockdale.

Volunteers will serve cold lemonade and homemade cookies at both events.

“These are informal, comeand go affairs,” Stone said. Local Democratic candidates on the general election ballot are expected to attend.

Businesses asked for ‘Tiger spirit’ in fall

The Rockdale Tiger Booster Club wants local businesses to “paint the town blue and gold” during football season, which starts Friday.

Businesses may enter the weekly decoration contests by e-mailing on Monday evenings to request judging.

Judging will be each Tuesday morning beginning Sept 4. Winners will be announced on the booster club Facebook page and in The Rockdale Reporter.

Rising Star Baptist to dedicate new church

Rising Star Baptist Church will dedicate its new sanctuary, north end of Texas Street, with services Sept 15 and 16.

Saturday, Sept. 15, will begin witha4p.m.ribboncutting,followed by church tours from 5 to 5:45 and a musical at 6.

Sunday, Sept. 16, begins with Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and guests Rev. James and Debra Greene (Greater St. Luke AME of Midland) and the morning worship service at 11 a.m.

Church tours follow from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. with dedication services at 3. Speaker is Pastor Charles Terry of Greater New Birth Baptist Church of Plano.

Movie casting call ahead Sunday at Taylor locale

A casting call for a major Hollywood film is set for 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Mustang Creek Country Club, 1102 Beech in Taylor. (For directions visit or call 512- 365-8485,

Sarah Dowling Casting and Vicky Boone Casting are looking for “people of all ages and ethnicities, especially men and women ages 50-75 and men and women ages 25-35.

Also Lat ina grandmother types ages 50-75, comedians, freestyle rappers and musicians of all types.”

Prospects may e-mail Buck- or call 512-505-2063.

No appointment is necessary and previous acting experience is not required.

Filmmakers are looking for “people with interesting, expressive faces, storytellers and anyone with a unique look.”

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