Trick or treating ahead 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday

Rockdale’s Parent-Teacher Organizat ion (P-TO) is recommending trick- or-treating hours for Halloween, 2012, as 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, according to P-TO president Cheryl Blackstock.

Police urged motorists to use extra caution during those hours, noting that increased foot traffic, sight-impairing costumes could present traffic hazards.

Airport committee mulls options for future plans

The Rockdale Airport Development Plan Committee met Monday at City Hall for some preliminary thinking about the future of Rockdale’s airport.

“This isn’t the city’s airport board,” City Manager Kevin Knauf said. “This is an ad hoc committee that’s trying to come up with a long-term plan on what the community wants the airport to be.”

Knauf said long-range options might include transforming Coffield Regional Airport into an upgraded business-class airport, or even build a new airport at another location.

Knauf said a land owner had offered to sell a larger plot two miles south of the current airport.

Coffield Regional Airport, which was donated to the city by the Episcopal Diocese of Texas from the estate of the late H. H. Coffield, is located at the intersection of US 77 and FM 908.

“This is all long-range and certainly the Texas Department of Transportation would need to be involved,” Knauf said. “This is a process that would last years.”

Volunteer firefighters get three calls in week

Three fire calls were dispatched during the past week from the Rockdale Police Station as follows:

• 10:18 a.m. Oct. 23, vehicle hit gas meter, 800 block of Miller Street, Rockdale VFD.

• 4:52 p.m. Oct. 24, Rockdale and Milano VFDs dispatched to aid Cameron VFD at fire that leveled the Longhorn Bar in that city.

• 2:10 p.m. Saturday, stovetop fire, No. 31 Sherwood Forest Mobile Home Park, Rockdale VFD.

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 Nov. 15.

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

For more information, contact Thrasher at or Janet Crouch at janet.

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

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.

Historical Society chili meal Nov. 10 at depot

The Rockdale Historical Society’s annual chili meal fund raiser is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at the New Salem Clubhouse in Fair Park.

Menu includes homemade chili and desserts. Chili can be purchased to eat in the clubhouse or take out.

The annual meal is a fund raiser for the historical society’s restored International & Great Northern (I&GN) Historical Depot Museum at the corner of Milam and Main.

The depot includes a restored railroad caboose, dining car and blacksmith shop.

Milano ISD board met on October 25

MILANO—Trustees of the Milano Independent School District granted Supt. Robert Westbrook authority to hire a teacher, approved a new early out date for students and moved the date for the regular November school board meeting during their regular session Thursday at the Milano High School Library.

The district took applications for a third grade teacher through Monday, after the resignation of new hire Sally Ihlenfeldt this month.

Board members approved Friday, Nov. 16 as an early released date for students.

They moved the next school board meeting to Dec. 6 at 7 p.m., also in the MHS library.

Downtown Association sets meeting Monday

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.

The RDA is composed of numerous businesses located in the downtown area who are committed to boosting the downtown area.

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