Family Matters’ event Wednesday at St. John’s

St. John’s United Methodist Church will host a “Family Matters” program at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, geared towards parents, preteens and teenagers with behavior 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.

CAPARO’s next session Monday 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. Monday 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.

Rural home damaged in Wednesday blaze

Extensive damage was reported last Wednesday in a fire at a rural home northwest the Rockdale city limits.

A 5:42 p.m. tone-out sent the Rockdale VFD to the Maxine Stewart residence at 2698 North FM 487.

The Milano and Thorndale VFDs, an American Medical Response ambulance crew and Bartlett Electric Co- Op also responded to the scene.

Firefighters said the blaze started in the kitchen of the residence.

School trustees set Thursday session

School trustees have scheduled a special session at 8:15 a.m. Thursday in the Central Administration Building.

Only item on the agenda is to consider and take action on approval of a purchase exceeding $25,000, a request for the authority to issue a contract for the purchase of 100-mbps bandwidth from Region XIII Education Service Center.

Milano ISD okays sale of former city park

MILANO—Milano ISD school trustees, meeting Thursday in regular session, okayed sale of the former Charlie Martin Park near the former elementary school.

The board accepted the $30,500 bid of the Milano Water Supply Corporation.

The park was formerly owned by the City of Milano and was named for the late Charlie Martin, who was Milano’s first mayor and a longtime MISD superintendent.

Trustees extended contracts to administrators Brad Jones, Ruth Davenport, Kevin Terry and Courtney Todd.

The board approved a request to have all Milano ISD property annexed into the city limits.

Currently the junior-high and high school are not inside the city limits.

In other business, board members accepted a 2013-14 school calendar, approved early voting clerks and election judges for the May 11 school board election, conducted the annual required AEIS public hearing and heard a school finance and legislative update from Supt. Robert Westbrook.

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 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.

Thorndale city approves municipal court clerk

THORNDALE— City council members in Thorndale met in special session Monday and hired a part-time municipal court clerk.

Council members went into executive session to discuss both applicants for the position then went back into open session and hired Sandra Kendrick to fill the position.

Chamber banquet set April 4 at junior-high

The Rockdale Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet has been set for 6 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at the junior-high commons.

Theme for the 2013 event is “Focus on the Future,” according to Denise Brock, Chamber secretary.

Awards will be given for citizens of the year, outstanding citizen, business of the year, organization of the year and ambassador of the year.

Nomination forms are still available at the Chamber office but members making nominations are asked to make them as soon as possible, Brock said.

For more information call 446- 2030.

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