Reception planned for former commissioner

A reception to honor outgoing Precinct 3 Commissioner Dale Jaecks will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday Jan. 4 at the Milam County Courthouse.

Location is the commissioners courtroom on the first floor.

The courthouse is located at 102 South Fannin in downtown Cameron.

Jaecks attended his final meeting on Dec. 26 (see page 6A) after 24 years as Precinct 3 commissioner.

He was first elected in 1988 and was re-elected in 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008.

School issues warning of new soliciting scam

A new soliciting scam is making the rounds on the Rockdale area, claiming to represent the Rockdale Independent School District.

It’s not true.

“The Rockdale ISD has learned that an organization, or person, using the name End Zone Athletics is contacting area businesses to solicit funds in the name of Rockdale ISD and its employees,” Pam Kaufmann, assistant superintendent for curriculum and administration, said.

“This company does not represent Rockdale ISD and does not have permission to use the district’s name, any school name, or the name of any school employee to solicit funds,” she said.

Kaufmann warned that businesses are encouraged to check with Rockdale ISD officials before giving funds to any organization that claims to represent Rockdale ISD.

South Milam UW seeks recipients for 2013 drive

The United Way of South Milam County is seeking eligible recipients to receive funds in 2013.

Charitable organizations with an IRS 501-3C status are eligible and all organization funds must be distributed in Milam County.

Information must include the organization’s name, address, contact person, contact phone numbers and e-mail and should be sent to the following:

UWSMC Secretary, Funding Request, PO Box 189, Rockdale, TX 76567.

RVFD firefighters end 2012 with several calls

It was a busy final week of 2012 for Rockdale’s volunteer firefighters, who assisted the Milano VFD at the house fire in that town at 6:55 p.m. Christmas Eve (see story, photos, page 1A).

Other calls dispatched during the past eight days from the Rockdale Police Department were:

• 2:11 a.m. Dec. 25, lift assist, Cherry Street in Gause, Gause VFD.

• 3:48 p.m., lift assist, US 79 east of Rockdale, Rockdale VFD.

• 1:34 p.m. Thursday, gas smell, CR 342, Milano VFD.

• 5:51 p. m. Thursday, lif t assist, Rockdale VFD, location not listed on log.

• 8:02 p.m. Saturday, flamed reported on roof at Texas 36 and CR 328, unable to locate any fire.

• 4:37 a.m. Sunday, Rockdale VFD called to parking lot of Bell’s Place where unknown subjects had set a fire.

• 9:10 a.m. Monday, transformer fire near Duchess Double Kwik on West Cameron Ave. (US 79).

Victim from fire dies Wednesday at her home

A woman burned in a recent fire died last Wednesday at her home.

Mary Weller, 64,had sustained burns to her face and body.

Fire Marshal Herbie Vaughan told The Reporter Mrs. Weller was taken to Scott & White Hospital by an AMR ambulance crew after the tubing to her oxygen tank caught fire at her home, 316 Rice Street, treated and returned to her home.

Vaughan said the tubing also caught her clothing on fire.

Funeral services for Mrs. Weller were held Saturday in the Phillips & Luckey Chapel.

Se e obi tua r y, page 6B.

City to flush hydrants overnight January 16th

Rockdale cit y crews wi l l flush fire hydrants overnight on Wednesday, Jan. 16, according to City Manger Kelvin Knauf.

“ There may be a temporary drop in water pressure at this time,” he said.

Also city water customers are reminded that water may be rusty or cloudy. “Discolored water is not harmful and will clear up in a few hours,” he said.

Patrons may want to fill a bottle with water and store it in the refrigerator to use for drinking or cooking or flush hot water tanks after the cold water clears.

Residents are urged not to wash white laundry during this period and to wait until cold and hot water are clear before laundering whites.

Garbage pickup set for return to normal

After two weeks of mostly “day late” garbage pickup in Rockdale, trash collection is set to return to its regular days.

With both Christmas and New Year’s Day falling on Tuesday, there was no trash collection on either of those days and pickup was moved back, correspondingly, one day the past two weeks.

Thorndale man escapes injury in US 79 crash

A 29-year-old Thorndale man escaped injury in a one-vehicle accident early Saturday on US 79 east of Milano, according to the Department of Public Safety.

Christopher Rubio, 29, was listed as the driver in the 2:34 a.m. accident.

Troopers said the vehicle left the highway and ran into a grove of trees.

Vehicle damages were termed extensive.

The Milano Volunteer Fire Department was also called out to the accident scene.

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