Rockdale mail now taking Austin detour

Mail from the Rockdale Post Office now goes a different way during delivery.

As of Jan. 26, mail out of Rockdale and most of south Milam County which had been routed through Waco, now goes to the Austin Distribution Center, according to Rockdale Post Office interim officer in charge, Marlis Davidson.

“They are closing the Waco plant and phasing out the Waco for the 765 3-digit zip code area,” Davidson said. The closing of the Waco plant is part of cuts made by the United States Postal Service.

The change has caused a few delays in the delivery of some mail, but hopes are that all of that will work itself out.

“It is still supposed to be the same service (taking the same amount of time),” Davidson said. “That is what they assured us.”

Black Jack VFD plans chili and cake auction

The Black Jack Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual chili supper and cake auction Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Black Jack Fire Station on FM 908 between Rockdale and Caldwell.

Serving begins at 5 p.m. with the cake auction at 6.

Supper tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children 2 to 12.

Call 512-459-0756 for more information.

Rotary sets annual lawn fertilizer sales

Rockdale Rotary Club members are launching their annual lawn fertilizer sales which raises funds for the club’s annual awarding of scholarships to deserving Rockdale High School seniors.

The sale, plus a spring golf tournament, are the club’s two main fund-raisers. Last year, the Rotarians awarded $11,000 in scholarships.

Kerry Starnes, sales chair, said the 40-pound bags of the 15-5-10 product remain priced at $13 per bag. The blend is recommended for Rockdale’s sandy soils. “It performs well for St. Augustine, Bermuda, Zoysia, Centipede, Blue Grass, Carpet, Buffalo and other lawn types,” Starnes said.

Sales will continue through February. Rotarians will deliver the fertilizer to buyers’ homes or businesses about March 1 and 2.

For more information, or to place an order, contact Starnes, 446-5841, or any Rotarian.

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

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 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.

Commercial shredder available on March 6

A commercial cross-shredder will be at the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce grounds, 1203 West Cameron Avenue, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Friday, March 6 for use by the public.

The shredder’s visit to Rockdale is again being co-sponsored as a community service by the Chamber and the Rotary Club.

Use of the shredder is free to individuals. Businesses will pay 16 cents a pound. Businesses are asked to call the Chamber, 446-2030, if they plan to bring documents for shredding.

Fire calls listed for South Milam VFDs

Fire calls dispatched through t he Rockda le Police Station during the past week included:

• 3:08 p.m. Jan. 30 grass fire, FM 908, Rockdale VFD.

• 11:24 a.m. Sunday, shed on fire, Avenue F, Milano VFD.

• 12:08 p.m. Sunday, grass fire, Pear at Belton, Rockdale VFD.

• 12:38 p.m. Saturday, grass fire, CR 337, Rockdale and Milano VFDs.

• 3:05 p.m. Monday, grass fire, CR 305, Rockdale VFD.

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