City of Milano eyeing first police department

Within a month the City of Milano may have its first-ever police department.

The Reporter has learned that Milano city officials have been aggressively pursuing creation of a department and have selected a finalist for the position of policeman but are awaiting final approval before announcing the selection.

Milano’s law enforcement duties are currently fulfilled by the Milam County Sheriff’s Department.

Creation of a police department has been a topic of discussion for years in the town of just over 400.

Three-inch rainfall with more on the way

An overnight Tuesday 2.5-inch steady rain, with more expected during the day, has pushed Rockdale’s January raifall total over three inches just nine days into the month.

At 7 a.m. Wednesday, there was 2.52 inches in the U. S. Weather Service rain gauge at KRXT-FM.

That’s on top of the .64 inches which had already fallen, including a half-inch rain New Year’s Day.

More rain is in the forecast for the weekend or early next week.

No injuries reported in three area accidents

No injuries were reported in three Rockdale-area accidents investigated by Department of Public Safety troopers during the past week.

Trooper Donald Delukie said moderate damages were reported in a one-vehicle crash at 6 a.m. Monday on FM 486 near San Gabriel.

Driver was listed as Tyler Jackson, 21, lof Marlin.

Sharyn Hubert, 47, of Rockdale, escaped injury at 3:15 p.m. Friday on US 79 west of Rockdale, according to Trooper Ernest Del- Bosque. Damages were termed moderate.

Moderate damages were reported in a one-vehicle accident at 12:30 a.m. Jan. 1 on US 79 five miles north of Rockdale, according to Trooper J. C. Brooks.

Driver was listed as Karen Todd, 53, of Rockdale

Old City Cemetery hosts rare burial on Tuesday

Rockdale’s Old City Cemetery made a little more history on Tuesday with its first interment in a number of years.

Lillian Douthit of Houston was buried in the historic old cemetery under the direction of a Houston area funeral home.

Douthit was the daughter of Dr. Walton E. and Lillian Douthit, a family with strong Rockdale ties.

Rockdale’s Old City Cemetery is located just south of the railroad tracks off South Main Street and contains a number of graves from the 1800s.

There are also a number of Confederate veterans interred in the cemetery.

2013 MARC Run sets meeting for Monday

The first organizational meeting for the 2013 Milam Adult Resource Center (MARC) Run is set for 1 p.m. Saturday at The Ranch, according to Charles Starr, organizer.

The 2013 MARC Run will take place Saturday April, 13, beginning at The Ranch,he said. “For all those of you that have asked about helping out here’s your chance.”

“You don’t have to own a bike or be a part of a certain group to help,” Starr said.

“If you want to help but can’t make it contact me at and I’ll send you updates,” Starr said.

The 2012 run drew over 100 bikes and raised $23,000 for the MARC Center and its programs for mentally challenged Milam County residents.

In its 11 years MARC Runs have raised $112,000 for the organization.

No January meeting for POSGCD drectors

There wi ll be no January meeting for directors of the Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District (POSGCD), according to Elaine Gerren, administrative assistant.

Relay for Life sets bake sale Saturday

THOR NDALE—The Thorndale Relay for Life will hold a bake sale fund-raiser Saturday Jan. 12 beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing until items are sold out. Location will be in front of Thorndale Meat Market.

“Please come and check out the homemade goodies and help us to raise funds to find the cure for cancer,” said Deana Caffey, spokesperson.

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