Superintendent’s pact on school board agenda

The evaluation and contract of Supt. Dr. Howell Wright is an agenda item for school trustees when they meet in regular session at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Central Administration Building.

No action was taken on Dr. Wright’s contract in either the January or February meetings.

His contract expires June 30 but by law a school board must act on a superintendent’s contract 30 days before its expiration date.

The contract is an executive session item. Any action would have to be in regular session.

Other agenda items include a report on facility upgrades to improve school security and action on school calendars for both 2012-13 and 2013-14.

Highway dedication scheduled for Friday

The 12-mile stretch of US 77 between the Rockdale city limits and the Y-intersection outside Cameron will be dedicated during a ceremony Friday in memory of a Cameron native who was killed in combat in Afghanistan.

Signs are already up designating the Master Sgt. Charles L. Price III Memorial Highway.

The ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the highway sign nearest the Y-intersection.

Sgt. Price, a much decorated Army veteran in his 22-year career, and a graduate of Yoe High School, died Aug. 12, 2011, in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

He is survived by his wife and three sons.

County Judge Dave Barkemeyer said the public is welcome to attend the ceremony.

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. Saturday 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.

Thorndale city cancels planned public hearing

A scheduled public hearing Wednesday, March 20, to discuss an appeal of a decision involving a manufactured home has been canceled.

City Secretary Denise Melde said the hearing, by the Thorndale City council, was to have heard and appeal on the denial of a request to place a manufactured home on the corner of Michalk and Birdye Streets.

“We received word on Tuesday from an attorney that an appeal is no longer desired and Wednesday’s meeting has been canceled.

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.

Surplus food giveaway Thursday at KC Hall

The monthly free surplus food giveaway by the Capital Area Food Bank of Austin is set for 9 a.m. Thursday at the KC Hall, according to Denise Sifuentes, spokesperson.

There are no eligibility requirements to receive the free food.

“Since the distribution relies totally on volunteer help, volunteers will be greatly appreciated,” she said.

“Also, plastic sacks are needed to sack groceries,” Sifuentes said.

Call Sifuentes at 446-6475 for more information.

Surplus food distributions are scheduled the third Thursday of each month.

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.

Prom dress giveaway scheduled for Saturday

Free, gently-worn or new prom dresses will be given away to those in need from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

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.

Final fish fry ahead on Friday at KC Hall

The final Knights of Columbus Council 7014’s Lenten fish fry for 2013 is Friday at the KC Hall.

Hours are 5 to 7:30 p.m. or until sold out.

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

The 2013 fish fries have been drawing large crowds, including some serving as many as 360 plates.

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

Thorndale cleanup day scheduled for May 4th

THORNDALE—May 4 has been designated as the annual cleanup day in Thorndale by the City of Thorndale.

Progressive Disposal will begin picking up regular household trash and a few bulky items May 3 and will return May 4 to pick up the remaining bulky items.

City Secretary Denise Melde said items must be curbside at 8 a.m. May 4 and any items put out after that time will not be collected.

She said the following items will not be collected:

Construction debris, dead animals, insecticides or pesticides, paint cans (unless empty with lids removed), lead batteries, tires of any size, used motor oil, oil filter and refrigerators that don’t have a download tag from a service company.

“City crews will pick up limbs and brush,” she said. “All brush must be separated from other debris.”

“Patrons must make certain there is plenty of room for city crews to maneuver the backhoe and other necessary equipment to collect brush,” she said.

Melde said if brush is not separated from other items to be collected, none of the items placed at curbside will be collected.

MilamAD board plans two sessions Thursday

CAMERON—Directors of the Milam Appraisal District (AD) have two sessions planned for Thursday in the district offices, 120-B North Houston in Cameron.

First, directors will go into session at 12:10 p.m. for a public hearing for comments concerning a 2012 budget amendment.

The regular monthly session follows at 12:15 p.m.

Agenda items include a report on the current year work plan, approval of the 2012 budget amendment, and appointment of a 2013 budget committee.

There will also be reports from Chief Appraiser Pat Moraw on items including arbitration and litigation, an audit review and service recognition.

LCAP panel schedules next meeting April 8th

The next meeting of the Luminant Community Advisory Panel (LCAP) will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, April 8, according to Diane Sheridan, facilitator.

Place will be the Three Oaks Mine Office in rural Lee County at 7207 West FM 696, between Old Lexington Road and the Three Oaks Mine.

Topics will include updates on the Luminant power plants and the Three Oaks Mine.

Sheridan said visitors are welcome. For details and to RSVP, contact her at 800-484- 9212, code 4127 or e-mail her at

Rockdale area residents may also contact Bob Wilson at 446- 5700 or John Hughes at 947- 3857.

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