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Milam Demos set poll rides for Saturday voting

The Milam County Democratic Party will offer rides to the polls Saturday to take advantage of a specially scheduled day of early voting.

The Milam County Clerk’s office will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. See story, page 8A.

Richard Stone, county Democratic chair, said in Rockdale, Miles Styles Barber Shop will serve as a rally point for rides to the polls.

“The party will shuttle voters from Rockdale to Cameron from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,” he said.

“In addition, a rally to the polls will be held at the O. J. Thomas School in Cameron,” he said. “Rides to downtown Cameron will also be available.”

El Camino Real Trade Days being rescheduled

El Camino Real committee members have decided to postpone their planned first Trade Days from its original date of Oct. 27-28.

“We thought we needed more time,” Kit Worley, committee spokesperson said. “We postponed it to be sure we do this thing right.”

Worley also said the group’s website took longer to get up and going than first thought.

The new date will be sometime in the spring of 2013. “We will have the exact new dates announced by Nov. 15,” Worley said.

For more information visit www.elcaminorealtradedays.com.

Warehouse of Horrors scheduled this weekend

The annual Halloween Warehouse of Horrors, the year’s major fund-raiser for Milam County Crime Stoppers, is set for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26 and 27 at First Street in Cameron.

Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children and doors open at 7 p.m. each night, Shane Epperson, CrimeStoppers president, said.

“The Warehouse has been refurbished, has new monsters and masks and will not be unveiled until opening night,” he said.

County Lions Clubs food drive now under way

Rockdale Noon Lions Club is collecting food for the Rockdale Food Pantry during the Lions Milam County Food Drive, according to Gloria Thrasher, spokesperson.

Non-perishable food is being collected at The Rockdale Reporter at 221 E. Cameron Ave. in downtown Rockdale. The last day for the drive is November 15.

Food may also be collected by any Rockdale Noon Lions member.

For more information, contact Thrasher at gloroc76567@gmail.com or Janet Crouch at janet. crouch@idealpoulty.com.

Veterans Day ceremony planned at Tiger Field

The Rockdale ISD wants to honor area veterans in its annual Veterans Day program, set for 1 p.m. Monday Nov. 12 at Tiger Field.

(Nov. 11, traditional date of Veterans Day, falls on a Sunday this year.)

“We need your information, including military branch, rank, the years you served, a photo from your military service and a present photo,” Stephanie Miller said.

Any interested veteran is invited to contact Miller at 512-430-6140 or e-mail her at samiller@rockdaleisd.net.

First Christian plans Thanksgiving luncheon

First Christian Church will again host its annual free Thanksgiving luncheon, according to John Elbert Fischer, spokesman.

“The meal will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, located at the corner of Bell and Scarbrough,” he said.

“Everyone is invited,” Fischer said. “This allows those without the means, or a family, to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner with neighbors and friends.”

Fischer said delivery to shut-ins is also available if reservations are called in by 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 446-5090.

“We are also encouraging people to give monetary donations and volunteer time to help in this community event,” he said.

Anyone wanting to volunteer may call the church at the above number between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, he said.

MDD to hear reports Thursday at City Hall

Rockdale’s Municipal Development District (MDD) will hear reports on a number of ongoing projects when it meets in regular session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at City Hall.

Tom Manskey, executive director, said agenda items include reports on the Downtown Master Plan, Hunters Chase apartments, strategic plan and an update on a work session with the city council regarding economic development.

The MDD will also discuss the pending grant application of the Kay Theatre Foundation and review the MDD’s project list.

Other agenda items include downtown design guidelines and incentive program, task force to communicate with the Lower Colorado River Authority and elect 2012-13 officers.

Mail warning issued by appraisal district

The Milam Appraisal District (AD) has issued an alert over mail which has been received by several property owners.

“A number of residents have contacted the AD as a result of mail they received, concerning filing for homestead designation for a charge to prepare documents, plus a filing fee,” she said.

“ The document references the designation of homestead addressed under the Texas Property

Code, which is different from the homestead tax exemption allowed under the Property Tax Code,” she said.

“The definition of homestead has purposes, but a reduction in the property tax is not one of them,” she said. “The AD cannot assist property owners in filing a Designation of Homestead.”

Moraw said there is no charge to file for residential homestead tax exemption or any other tax exemption available to property owners,” she said.

“Owners who qualify for the exemptions can save money, but the savings is at no cost to the taxpayer,” Moraw said.

Downtown Association sets meeting Nov. 5th

The Rockdale Downtown Association will hold a membership meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, in the Patterson Civic Center, according to Chris Dyess, RDA president.

“Come and join us for fellowship, food and drink, hear our accomplishments and share your interest in the future of downtown Rockdale,” Dyess said.

Next Stash Your Trash Day set for Nov. 17th

The city of Rockdale’s next Stash our Trash Day will be from 8 a.m to 12-noon Nov. 17 at Fair Park, City Manager Kelvin Knauf said.

“There will be free disposal of miscellaneous household items, such as old mattresses, furniture, toys and more,” he said.

The city will provide free chipping of tree limbs less than four inches in diameter and brought to the park in a trailer, he said.

No motor oil, tires, batteries, appliances with refrigerant, hazardous chemicals or liquid paint will be accepted.


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