Mr. Rockdale Pageant set for Dec. 17 at RHS

The first ever “Mr. Rockdale Pageant” will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 17 in the Rockdale High School auditorium. “Contestants will be members of the junior and senior classes and will compete for cash prizes,” Tina Barcak, spokesperson, said.

Competition will be in three dress categories, outfit-of-choice, talent and formal wear, along with an interview.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Tickets are on sale now at the high school.

Performers will include singer Emily McCoy and pianist Hannah Clark.

Proceeds will benefit the Rockdale High Schools PALS organization as well as the Cure JM Foundation.

Thorndale Cares plans 2012 Christmas drive

T HOR N DA L E—Thor nd a le Cares, the annual Christmas cheer drive for the need in the Thorndale area is gearing up for its 2012 effort, according to Susan Sekaquaptewa, spokesperson.

She said donations of food, toys and coats are needed for this years drive.

Application forms nominating families to be served by Thorndale Cares are available from Sekaquaptewa at Thorndale Elementary School.

She said on Friday, Dec. 21, Thorndale High School honor students will pack boxes of donated items in the TISD lunchroom. Boxes will be delivered on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 22.

“Anyone and everyone is welcome to help with any of these activities,” she said.

Emancipet plans next Rockdale visit Dec. 6th

Emancipet, an Austin-based organization which provides lowcost services to owners of dogs and cats, will visit S&S Auto in Rockdale on Dec. 6, according to Adam Gardener, spokesman.

Spaying, neutering and vaccinations will be offered, he said.

“Emancipet offers these lowcost services to promote healthier pets and reduce pet overpopulation, he said.

Previous visits by Emanicipet drew large amounts of pet owners and the organization has begun scheduling regular visits to Rockdale.

For additional information contact

Emancipet at 512-57-SPAY (7729) or go to www.emancipet. 0rg.

Santa Letter signup scheduled for Roundup

Christmas Roundup’s “Letters from Santa” fund-raiser is in its second year.

The personalized letters “from Santa” are printed on quality themed paper and addressed to the child.

Cost is $5 with checks payable to Christmas Roundup. Personalized acrylic ornaments are on sale for $5 each.

To purchase, contact Jocelyn Lewis at, or see the ad on page 4B of this week’s Reporter.

Special needs group plans Christmas party

Rockdale’s Special Needs Support G roup w ill h old i ts t hird annual Christmas party from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7 in the fellowship hall of Rockdale Christian Church, Sager at Rockdale Road.

The evening will include a performance by Whitlee Casey and all family and friends of special needs persons are invited.

For more information, and to RSVP, call Denitra Lewis-Rideaux at 512-446-4910 (home), 512-626- 6583 (cell) or Teresa Mireles at 5-12 446-5408, or e-mail Rideaux at

$10,000 request one topic for MDD board

A request for $10,000 for the Rockdale Railroad Museum foundation will be an action item when the Rockdale Municipal Development District (MDD) board meets in regular session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at City Hall.

Also on the agenda is a $1,462.17 request from the El Camino Rel de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association.

Other agenda items include reports on a TxDOT Transportation Enhancement Grant and development of the MDD website.

‘Tree of Angels’ slated Dec. 12 at courthouse

CAMERON—The Milam County and District Attorney’s Office will sponsor its annual “Tree of Angels” ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the Milam County Museum.

Carole Sparks, Victims Services coordinator for the prosecutor’s office said the ceremony “enables survivors of violent crime and victims’ families to place an angel ornament on a special Christmas tree in support of or in memory of their loved one,” she said.

Members of the armed services will also be remembered and honored during the ceremony.

“All military families are invited to attend and place an angel on the tree, in honor of or in remembrance of their military loved one,” Sparks said.

Sparks said the public is invited to attend the ceremony “to support and remember victims of violent crime and our fallen and injured soldiers throughout our Texas communities.”

Participants are asked to bring an angel ornament tagged with the first and last name of the person to be remembered or honored.

Anyone unable to attend who would like an angel placed on the Tree of Angels in honor or in memory of your loved one, contact Sparks at (254) 697-7013 or send an email to for more information.

Refreshments will be served. Donations can be made to the Tree of Angels Account at Buckholts State Bank in Cameron, Buckholts or Rogers.

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