Family Matters session slated for Wednesday

The next session of “Family Matters,” the get-together to assist parents and their students with a variety of problems is Wednesday, May 1 in the fellowship hall of St. John’s United Methodist Church.

Raymon Puente, coordinator, said the topic will be “How Do I Educate and Protect My Children from Human Trafficking?”

The session begins with a snack supper at 6 p.m. Speakers Dennis and Bobbie Marek will conduct the program from 6:15 to 7:30.

A nursery will be provided. For more information call Puente at 446-7064 or the church at 446- 5833.

Emancipet returning to Rockdale Thursday

Emancipet, a low-cost dog and cat spay and neuter service, will return to Rockdale Thursday at S&S Auto.

Animals may be dropped off at 8 a.m. and owners will return to pick them up at 5 p.m.

“The services will be offered at a discount to promote pet wellness and animal control,” Adam Gardner, Emancipet spokesperson, said.

One case heard during week in district court

CAMERON—One case was disposed of last week in 20th District Court, according to Prosecutor Bill Torrey, who listed the case disposition as follows:

• Gwendolyn Carol Seiter, 52, of Ben Arnold, pleaded “true” to a motion to revoke probation on an original conviction of driving while intoxicated (DWI)-third or more offense.

She was sentenced to a five-year prison term.

May 30 deadline for RISD pupil transfers

Parents of students transferring into the Rockdale ISD from other districts are reminded that May 30 is the deadline to apply for student transfers in the 2013-14 term, according to Dr. Howell Wright, superintendent.

There is no transfer fee, he said.

Transfer forms may be completed by contacting Donna Melcher at the superintendent’s office, 520 West Davilla, during regular office hours Monday through Friday.

CAPARO set to meet May 13 at Alcoa Lake

The Community Advisory Panel to Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations (CAPARO) will meet Monday, May 13 for a status report on reclamation of the former Sandow Mine, as well as an update from Alcoa on business, environment and safety matters.

The 6 to 8:30 p.m. meeting will be held at the Alcoa Lake Training Center, according to Diane Sheridan, facilitator, who said observers are welcome.

Reservations by May 9 are encouraged.

Contact Sheridan at 800/484- 9212 x 4127 or

Rockdale residents are also welcome to contact CAP members John Hughes at 512/947-3191 or Bob Wilson at 512/446-5700.

Milano ISD trustees set canvassing meeting

MILANO—Milano ISD trustees set a date to canvass upcoming election results during their regular monthly meeting April 23 at the high school library.

School board members will meet at 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 14 to canvass election results from the May 11 trustee election.

The board also approved the municipal services plan for the MISD property to be annexed into the City of Milano.

The school’s buildings are not inside the city’s current borders.

Two city boards slate meeting for Thursday

Two City of Rockdale boards will meet at City Hall Thursday.

The City’s Airport Board will meet at 5 p.m.

Agenda items include the airport’s fueling system, maintenance needs at the airport and any necessary action on the Airport Action/Business Development Plan.

Board members will also discuss setting the date for the next meeting.

That will be followed by a meeting of the Airport Development Plan Committee at 6 p.m.

The Airport Development Group will moderate this final session on strategies and recommendations on the Airport Development/Business Plan that has been under way since August, 2012.

Action is on the agenda if deemed necessary.

Tourism Committee meets, names officers

The first meeting of the City of Rockdale’s Permanent Tourism committee, Tuesday evening at City Hall, dealt with procedural matters.

Joan Ratliff was elected chairperson of the board with Michelle Morgan vice-chair and Sharon Cloud secretary.

Members drew for length of terms with the following results:

One-year terms—Ratliff, Morgan, Kara Clore.

Two-year terms—Cloud.

Three-year terms—Leanna Applegate, Kit Worley.

Three vacancies remain on the board, two for two-year terms and one for a three-year term, according to City Secretary Terry Blanchard.

All members are appointed by the city council.

Blanchard said three more persons have submitted their names to be considered for nomination to the board. The council may consider appointments as soon as its May 13 session.

The committee has scheduled another meeting for 1 p.m. Thursday, May 9 and discussed setting a training class for May 21, although that date has not been formalized.

The permanent committee replaces an interim committee which had previously met several times.

This committee is empowered to make recommendations concerning dispersion of hotel-motel tax revenue and would consider suggestions from an outside consulting firm if it is hired by the council.

Council appoints court clerk, reserve officers

MILANO—In a special called meeting on Tuesday night, Milano City Council members appointed current city secretary Carolyn Vinton as city court clerk and Patrick Presley and Chip Dunsmoor (a former Milam County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace) as reserve police officers.

Those appointments are not official until the city’s TECLOSE number, for which they have applied for is approved.

City officials also held a workshop with Milam Appraisal District’s Pat Moraw (chief appraiser) and Diane White on the operations of the appraisal district and how a taxing entity works.

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