City of Milano names Owen police chief

MILANO—Colin Owen, 24, has been named the City of Milano’s first ever police chief, but has to wait for paperwork to go through before he can assume his duties.

Owen was hired for the position in January by Milano City Councilmembers. Hegrewup in California and has worked as a law enforcement officer in Hays County.

The city is awaiting its TCLEOSE number from the State before operations of its police department will begin.

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.

New building standards group names officers

Rockdale’s Building Standards Commission reorganized on Monday, electing Nathan Bland chairman and Trent Wages vice-chairman.

Other members are Richard Henderson, Elmo Miller and Clifford Bartlett.

The board recently returned to its full mandated strength after appointments by the city council.

The Building Standards Commission sits as a court to decide the fate of structures recommended for demolition.

State, commissioners honor Rockdale’s Jaecks

CAMERON— Dale Jaecks of Rockdale, recently retired Precinct 3 commissioner, was recently honored by the Texas Legislature and re-lived that commendation Monday during the Milam County Commissioners Court meeting.

State Rep. Marsha Farney was on hand to read the commendation passedlastweekbylegislators, commending Jaecks 24 years of service as commissioner.

She also presented Jaecks with a Texas flag which flew over the state capitol.

Also on Monday, commissioners heard a presentation from Gary Westbrook, general manager of the Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District.

Administrator contracts on Milano ISD agenda

MILANO—Trustees at Milano ISD will hold their regular meeting on Thursday, Feb. 28 at the high school library where agenda items include administrator contracts (which are usually discussed in February meetings), the school calendar for 2013-14, campus/district improvement plans and also a request of annexation of all Milano ISD property into the Milano city limits.

Currently the district’s high school and junior high buildings are not inside the city limit boundaries.

Commercial shredder available on March 8th

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 8 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.

Prom dress giveaway scheduled for March

Free, gently-worn or new prom dresses will be given away to those in need from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays March 2, 9 and 23.

Location is Rising Star Baptist Church at the north end of Texas Street.

“Dresses will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis,” Elissa Benford, spokesperson, said. “All sizes are available.”

For more information contact Mary Ware at 512-577-7837.

KC’s Lenten Fish Fry continues this Friday

A Rockdale Lenten tradition, Knights of Columbus Council 7014’s annual “every Friday in Lent” fish fry continues Feb. 22 at the KC Hall. Hours are 5 to 7:30 p.m. or until sold out.

Plates, prices at $8 each, include fried fish, homemade fries, hush puppies, slaw, green beans, trimmings, tea and dessert.

Plates are sold dine-in or take out. For more information call 512-983-0034.

CAPARO’s next session March 11 near Rockdale

The next session of the Community Advisory Panel to Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations (CAPARO) is set for 6 to 8:30 p.m. March 11 at the Alcoa Lake Training Center.

Facilitator Diane Sheridan said the session will include updates from Alcoa on business, environment and safety matters.

Observers are welcome and reservations are encouraged, Sheridan said.

For information, contact Sheridan at 1-800-484-9212, or

Rockdale residents interested in attending the meeting may contact either John Hughes at 512-947-3191 or Bob Wilson at 512-446-5700.

Family Matters’ event Wednesday at St. John’s

St. John’s United Methodist Church will host a “Family Mat ters” program at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, geared towards parents, preteens and teenagers w ith behav ior and discipline issues.

The program will begin with a snack supper at 6 p.m. and at 6:30 a panel of speakers will be featured. Location is the St. John’s fellowship hall.

Speakers will include Probation Officer Daniel Wheeler, Counselor Angela White and Justice of the Peace Andy Isaacs.

“Rare indeed is the parent who avoids discipline problems in today’s world,” noted Rev. Rita Sims, St. John’s pastor. She said families will receive help from local resources with helpful ideas to avoid problems and pitfalls.

For information contact Puente, 446-7064, or St. John’s Church, 446-5853. St. John’s is located at 1700 Hillcrest, corner of Hillcrest and Summit.

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