Holcombe Holcombe Second state resolution honors Chris Holcombe

AUSTIN—The second of two resolutions honoring the late Margaret Christ ine “ Chris” Holcombe was filed at the State Capitol this week.

State Rep. Dr. Marsha Farney filed HR 812 on Monday in honor of Holcombe who died Jan. 3 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Holcombe served as Milam County extension agent for more than 30 years and was a volunteer in many area civic organizations.

State Sen. Dr. Charles Schwertner also filed a resolution in honor of the late Holcombe. He filed SR 74 on Jan. 28.

Commissioners keep S&W health insurance

CAMERON—Milam County Commissioners meeting Monday in regular session in the county courthouse, okayed staying with health insurance provider Scott & White Healthcare Insurance for another year.

The county has been with the Scott & White group since 1999. The county chose a $500 deductible plan.

The court acted after hearing from a committee composed of several departments, a commissioner and the county judge, who has studied proposals.

County Judge Dave Barkemeyer appointed a committee composed of Precinct 1 Commissioner Tank Balch, Treasurer Donna Orsag and himself to study bank depository bids submitted by Citizens National Bank and Classic Bank.

Commissioners approved joint May 11 elections with the Milano and Thorndale ISDs and the cities of Thorndale and Cameron.

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.

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. March 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.

Thorndale ISD sets meeting for Tuesday

THORNDALE—School trustees in the Thorndale ISD will meet in regular session at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the school board room, according to Dr. Craig Spinn, superintendent.

The meeting will include drawing for places on the May 11 school ballot.

Four persons are seeking three at-large positions on the school board. Incumbents David Hall, Brian Fisher and Debra Stolte are joined on the ballot by Kevin Kiesling.

Other agenda items include the district’s depository contract, proposals for audit services, a nomination to fill an unexpired term on the Milam County Appraisal District board and an executive session to discuss teacher contract recommendations.

Trustees will also hear reports from campus principals, the superintendent and on technology, finances and boys and girls athletics.

La Escuelita schedules first Easter Egg Hunt

La Escuelita will hold its first annual Easter Egg Hunt, in honor of the late Willie Ruiz, beginning at 10:30 a.m. March 23 on the La Escuelita grounds on US 79 east of town.

Divisions are 5 years and under and ages 6-10. The hunt will end when out of eggs.

School trustees okay bandwidth purchase

School trustees authorized a technology contract purchase in a special session Thursday morning in the Central Administration Building.

Only item on the agenda was action a request for the authority to issue a contract for the purchase of 100-mbps bandwidth from Region XIII Education Service Center.

St. John’s Easter Egg Hunt set March 30th

St. John’s United Methodist Church will host an Easter Egg Hunt for children up to elementary school age at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 30.

Children are invited to bring an Easter basket to the church, located on the hill at the corner of Hillcrest and Summit.

Water line flushing scheduled March 20th

Rockdale’s monthly water line f lushing is set for the night of Wednesday, March 20, according to City Manager Kelvin Knauf.

Knauf said lines in the east and west sides of town will be flushed.

“Please run your cold water tap a few minutes upon arising the next morning until the stream runs clear,” Knauf said.

Special council session March 25 at Patterson

The Rockdale City Council will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. March 25 at the Patterson Civic Center to hear a presentation from the Orasi Firm.

That firm was one of three which recently made presentations to the city concerning the promotion of tourism and the lodging industry in Rockdale, using funds formerly administered by the Chamber of Commerce.

The city council is considering a contract with an outside firm to handle events and other activities promoting Rockdale tourism and its hotel industry.

At the council’s Feb. 18 meeting, members decided to delay action until after the public town hall-type meeting with the Orasi group and any interested parties, including the motel and motel community.

The council also heard presentations from the Miller Firm and Aria at previous meetings.

Comet in Rockdale skies but it’s not a big deal

The much anticipated, and media-hyped, Comet PanSTAARS is (barely) visible low in Rockdale’s western sky just after sunset this week, but it’s “no biggie.”

At one point early predictions had PanSTAARS as a major celestial event but it hasn’t happened.

Binoculars were needed to spot the comet near the crescent moon Tuesday and while it will be higher in the sky for the rest of the week it will be fainter by the weekend and it’s problematical whether it will even become visible to the naked eye.

Remember all the photos you’re seeing in the Big Media are time exposures. It’s not that bright.

A potentially very bright comet, ISON, is due in November.

One astronomer quipped “comets are like cats; they have tails and do what they please.”—M.B.

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