‘State of County’ part of Monday’s meeting

CAMERON—Milam commissioners got a “state of the county’ presentation from County Judge Dave Barkemeyer at their first meeting of 2013 Monday in the courthouse.

Barkemeyer presented several challenges, including a proposed five-year plan to pave about 100 miles of county roads at an estimated cost of $5 million.

The online video presentation is available at See the judge’s weekly column on page 5A.

Commissioners also heard a presentation on a free prescription discount drug card plan and designated The Rockdale Reporter and The Cameron Herald as official county newspapers.

Officer-of-the-Year banquet set for Feb. 16

The Rockdale Police Department Officer of the Year Banquet will be held Saturday, Feb. 16 at the KC Hall.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with the meal, catered by KC’s, to begin at 6:30.

The meal includes ribeye steak, baked potato, salad and desserts. Tickets are $15 per person and can be bought at the police station until February 8.

An award ceremony will be followed by a dance will follow with People’s Choice

Donations for the silent auction can be taken to the police station or by calling Denice Doss at 512- 760-5623.

Proceeds from the event will go to the officer of the year fund.

Emancipet visit ahead Feb. 7th at S&S Auto

Emancipet, an Austin-based organization which provides lowcost services to owners of dogs and cats, will visit S&S Auto in Rockdale Feb. 7, according to Adam Gardener, spokesman.

Since its first visit to Rockdale in August, Emancipet has performed 145 spay/neuter surgeries.

“That’s a lot of animals that won’t be contributing to existing pet overpopulation and potentially less animals landing at Rockdale’s one-way animal control or dumped alone to fend for themselves on a back country road,” he said.

Due to budget/staffing constraints, Emancipet will no longer be able to offer wellness and vaccine services on a walk-up basis. “Those services are still available, however, in conjunction with surgery appointments,” he said.

Prom dresses needed for local distribution

G ent ly wor n or new prom dresses are needed to help those that are in need of a free prom dress, according to Elissa Benford, spokesperson.

She said all sizes are needed and must be no older than five years old. “We are also accepting gently worn or new shoes, jewelry and hand bags,” she said.

Drop off your donated items at Ideal Cleaners, 120 Burleson Street, in Rockdale, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m .Monday through Friday, and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, from Jan. 18 to Feb. 28th.

Dresses and accessories will be given to those in need on March 2, 9 and 23 from 1 to 4 R ising Star Baptist Church, 1055 Texas Street.

Holcombe scholarship fund-raiser scheduled

A “Mardi Gras” event to raise funds for the Christine Holcombe Memorial Scholarship Fund will be held Saturday, Feb. 9 at Simon George Hall, 401 S. Karnes, in Cameron.

The event, which will start at 6 p.m., will include a Cajun food dinner, auctions and games for the kids.

Adult tickets are $10 and children under 18 are $5. Tickets may be purchased at the Cameron Chamber of Commerce, The Rockdale Reporter and Rodenbeck Farm & Ranch in Thorndale.

To donate items to the event, email To give online go to and hit “give.”

More information can also be found on the group’s Facebook page, Christine Holcombe Memorial Scholarship Fund.

City of Rockdale codes now online for public

The City of Rockdale’s website now contains the entire texts of city codes, which were recently compiled by Frank lin L ega l Publishing.

To view the codes, go to the city’s website, and click on “codes and ordinances” in the brown menu at the left.

That brings up text with a “here” hotspot. Click on “here” for codes and ordinances.

Drought info meeting

El Camino Real Master Gardeners will present an informational meeting on drought and trees from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the Milano Senior Citizens Center. Speaker will be Rob Grotty of the Texas A&M Forest Service. Call 254-697-7045 for more information.

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