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City’s tax rate vote re-scheduled Sept. 20

City council members in Rockdale will now vote on the proposed new city tax rate during meetings at 5:30 and 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, meeting at City Hall.

A scheduled session Aug. 30 was canceled and the meeting was originally re-scheduled for Sept. 13 but has now been moved to Sept. 20.

A 71-cent tax rate is proposed, up about four cents from the current rate of 66.9295.

School trustees eye tax rate at Monday meeting

Rockdale ISD trustees will meet in the Central Administration Office st 5:30 p.m. Monday to set the 2012-13 tax rate, according to Supt. Dr. Howell Wright.

A rate of $1.2384 is proposed. That’s up from the current $1.225 but a significant drop from the $1.275 estimated in June when the school adopted its 2012-13 budget.

Dr. Wright said certified values were higher than expected, lowering the number.

Alcoa retirees to meet Thursday at lake center

Alcoa Retirees will meet Thursday, Sept. 13, at the Alcoa Lake Training Center, according to Doug Williams, spokesman.

“Setup will start at 4 p.m., doors open at 5 and the meal will be served at 6,” he said.

“Those with last names starting A through L are asked to bring dessert. A silent auction will be held.”

Second ‘outdoor expo’ ahead at Apache Pass

A Civil War reenactment will highlight the second annual Central Texas Outdoor Expo, set for Sept. 21-22 at Apache Pass.

Activities begin Friday, Sept. 21 with a margarita and salsa taste-off and battle of the bands competition.

In addition to the Civil War reenactment, Saturday, Sept. 22, activities include skeet, 3-D archery, horseshoe and washer tourneys, a barbecue cookoff and a dance with Little Texas.

There will also be a day of exhibits and activities including a petting zoo and Texas Parks & Wildlife and Master Naturalists displays.

Tickets are $5 for ages 2-12, $10 for 13 and over and $15 after 5 p.m. on Sept. 22.

Active duty service personnel are admitted free with service ID.

Rising Star Baptist to dedicate new church

Rising Star Baptist Church will dedicate its new sanctuary, north end of Texas Street, with services Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday will begin with a 4 p.m. ribbon cutting, followed by church tours from 5 to 5:45 and a musical at 6.

Sunday observances 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.

Flu vaccination clinic Friday at KC Hall

The Milam Count y Health Department w ill hold several fl u vaccination clinics in Milam County, beginning with one from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Friday at the KC Hall.

The clinic is for all persons wanting an adult flu vaccine dose.

Flu shots are free to Medicare Part B recipients (bring your card) and will be priced at $20 to others, unless covered by insurance, according to the health department.

Other clinics are scheduled as follows, also 9 to 11 a.m.:

• Sept. 20, Bea’s Kitchen, Cameron.

• Oct. 5, Milano Community Center.

• Oct. 12, Thorndale Senior Citizens Center.

Fair queen application deadline is Sept. 28th

Friday, September 28, 6 p.m. is the deadline to sign up as a participant in the 2012 Miss Rockdale Fair Queen Pageant.

Neva Caffey, pageant director, said participants must be at least 16 to enter the Oct. 13 pageant.

Participants may use the entry form currently running in The Rockdale Reporter.

Entry form, plus a current photo, must be delivered to Mrs. Caffey after 4 p.m. weekdays.

For additional information on the pageant, contact Mrs. Caffey at 512-760-7562.

Harvest Festival slated at Manor Oaks Sunday

Manor Oaks Nursing Home will host its first annual Harvest Festival from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at the facility on South Wilcox (FM 487).

The afternoon will feature “fun, games, prizes, entertainment, a silent auction and refreshments” and is open to the public.

Renaissance Villa plans open house for Tuesday

Renaissance Villa will host an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 700 Dyer.

Renaissance Villa provides advanced, specialized care for geriatric persons with psychiatric behaviors, Alzheimer’s related dementia and memory disorders requiring skilled nursing.

Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served and new administrator

Amy Williams and director of nursing Jan O’dell will be introduced.

MCAD public hearing to deal with reappraisal

CAMERON—The Milam County Appraisal District (MCAD)will hold a public hearing on proposed 2013-14 reappraisal at 12:10 p.m. Sept. 20 in the MCAD board room, 120 North Houston in Cameron.

A copy of the reappraisal plan is available in the MCAD office.

Benefit account set for 1994 RHS graduate

A benefit account for Luciana McDade, a 1994 Rockdale High School graduate, has been established at Rockdale Federal Credit Union.

Brenda Harris, spokesperson, said McDade is battling a terminal illness and donations will help with costs from many surgeries.

‘Little Joe’ set to appear in Cameron Sept. 22nd

CAMERON—Little Joe y La Familia, five-time Grammy-winning band will appear in the Cameron ISD Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. Sept. 22.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and are available at the Cameron Chamber of Commerce or Yoe High front kiosk.

Little Joe’s first musical performance was at a Cameron “sock hop” in 1955.


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