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Gause VFD barbecue fund-raiser set April 13

GAUSE—Members of the Gause Volunteer Fire Department will hold their annual barbecue fund-raiser on Saturday, April 13 beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing until “sold out,” according to Debbie Todd, department secretary.

Brisket, sausage and barbecue chicken plates will be priced at $10 each. Plates include a choice of meat, potato salad, beans, onions, pickles and tea.

“Please come out and support your local fire department,” Todd said.

Milano VFD Auxiliary garage sale this week

MILANO—Milano Volunteer Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary will hold its annual spring garage sale Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 4-6, according to Carolyn Vinton, publicist. The sale will be held at the Milano Civic Center. Sale hours will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

“Auxiliary members are at the civic center daily to accept donations for the sale,” Vinton said.

Project Grad BBQ chicken set here Sunday, April 21

Rockdale Project Graduation will hold a BBQ chicken meal fund-raiser Sunday, April 21 at the Rockdale KC Hall, according to Debbie Brinkley, spokesperson. Serving will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., dine-in or carry-out.

Tickets are $8 per plate and are on sale now from any Rockdale Project Graduation Senior.

FMI: 512-446-5884.

La Escuelita to meet Saturday at 3 p.m.

International Hall/La Escuelita will meet here Saturday, April 6 at 3 p.m. on the La Escuelita grounds located on just off US 79 east of the Knights of Columbus Hall.

“We welcome new and old members and the meeting is open to the pubic,” said Dee Lerma, publicist.

FMI: Call Lerma at 512-446-6833.

HHR ‘Run for the Son’ Saturday at Walmart

Heaven’s Highway Riders, Rockdale CMA Chapter 893, will sponsor a “Run for the Son” fund-raiser Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Walmart in Rockdale, according to Ralph Sifuentes, chapter president.

On sale will be barbecue pork sandwiches by Mert Way, with a suggested $5 donation per sandwich. Baked goods will be available at marked prices.

“Proceeds go to causes such as Missionary Ventures, Jesus Film Project, Open Door Bible Missions and local CMA missions,” Sifuentes said.

FMI: 446-6475.

Historical society to meet here Tuesday

Rockdale Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 9 at the I&GN Depot Museum, according to Judy Slusher, president. Meetings are held each second Tuesday.

The depot is open to the public on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. FMI: call Slusher, 281-216-6343, or John Dyess, clerk, 512-446-2020.

Genealogy society hears of ‘Murder in Texas’

Milam County Genealogical Society met March 26 at Citizens National Bank with 16 members and two guests attending.

Linda Whorton presented a program entitled “ In- Laws or Out- Laws— Unanswered Questions,” about an ancestor who in 1925 was charged with the murder of his neighbor over property and livestock disputes.

He was tried 6 times over 6 years: twice each in San Saba, Llano and Williamson counties. He received 3 guilty verdicts (99 years, 15 years and a life sentence). Each guilty verdict was overturned on appeal. There were 2 mistrials and the man was finally acquitted in March, 1931.

In December, 1931 he was shot and killed during an altercation with his son-in-law. No charges were brought against the son-in-law at the family’s request. Questions unanswered: Did the man ever spend time in prison? Did he commit the murder or was he framed by someone who had overheard threats he made against his neighbor? Data on this “Murder in Texas” was taken from newspaper archives.

Next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at Citizens National Bank with Eugenia Newton to present the program. Members with surnames beginning Q-Z are responsible for refreshments. Paper goods, ice and drinks will be provided.—Linda Whorton, publicity

‘Yours truly’ women’s meeting set Monday

“Yours Truly,” an event for and about women, will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, April 8 in the First Baptist Church Family Life Center.

Sharla Wilson will speak on the topic,”It Isn’t All About Me—Or Is It?” Ideas for summer plans with kids and grandkids, plus vacation and travel tips, will also be discussed.

“Don’t miss this final event before we take a break for the summer,” said Dolores Sonntag, publicist. FMI: 446-6411.

DAR sets genealogy workshop here April 16

Three Missions Chapter of Daughters of American Revolution will hold a genealogy workshop at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 16 at the Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library in Rockdale.

“This meeting is open to anyone who is interested in genealogy,” said Alma Lue Wenzel, spokesperson. FMI: Call Wenzel at 254-605-4009 or 936- 661-2382.

Horseshoe tourney will benefit fire victims

CAMERON—Cameron Horseshoe Club will sponsor a Bennett family benefit horseshoe tournament Saturday, April 13 at the Cameron Club Pits, 3900 N. Fannin Street.

“This will be a bring-your-own-shoes and partner event,” said Charlie Wise, spokesman. Entry fee is $30 per team with 100% of the money going to the Bennett family that lost house and belongings in a fire.

First and second-place trophies will be awarded. Signup starts at 9 a.m. with pitching at 10. “There will be DJ music and concessions available and monetary donations will also be accepted,” Wise said.

FMI: Call or text Charlie Wise, 254- 482-3186.

Masons golf tourney April 20 in Cameron

MILANO—Milano Masonic Lodge 605 AF&AM will host its 13th annual four-man scramble golf tourney on Saturday, April 20 at Cameron Country Club with tee time at 9 a.m. Proceeds benefit the lodge scholarship fund, spokesperson Jesse Love said.

Entry is $40 per person and prizes will be awarded to first through third-place teams. Four mulligans are available at $5 each.

Prizes will also be awarded for longest drive and closest to the pin. Lunch and drinks will be provided. Hole sponsorships are still available for $150.

FMI: Jesse Love, 512-455-7915; Aaron Alford, 512-446-5450; Mark Morgan, 512-455-9837.

‘Southern Gospel’ night set May 10 in Milano

MILANO—Milano Senior Citizens will present “One Night of Southern Gospel” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 10 at Milano High School. The night will include music from The Wallace Family, The Messenger Quartet reunion and a farewell concert for Masterpeace Quartet.

For advance tickets or more information, call 512-455-9232.

Lexington Cemetery Assn. annual meeting Sunday

LEXINGTON—The annual business meeting of the Lexington Cemetery Association will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 7 in the Woodson Community Building in Lexington. FMI: Pat Lerche, 979-540-0926.

Grief support meetings

CAMERON—Standards Hospice is holding Grief Support Group meetings from 5 to 6 p.m. each second and fourth Wednesdays. Greg Nichols is bereavement coordinator. Location is Standards Hospice, 602 N. Travis in Cameron. FMI: 254-284- 0045, extension 2013.

Grief support for teens

A grief support group for teens ages 12-18 meets each first Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Rockdale High School library. The group is for those who are coping with the loss of a family member or close friend.

FMI: facilitators Deborah Bland, 512-760-5922; Lynnette Guerra, 713-806-1433; or Karen Muston, 512-760-8543.

SPJST wellness fair

TAYLOR— SPJST Assisted Living Community will hold a Senior Adult Wellness Fair, 9 a.m. until noon Tuesday, April 9 at 305 East Lake Drive with refreshments, health information and prizes, including a 32” HDTV. FMI: spjstmarketing@yahoo.com.


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