Alcoa Retirees slate meeting for June 13th

Alcoa Retirees will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 13, in the Alcoa Lake Training Center, according to Doug Williams, spokesman.

Setup is at 4 p.m. and doors open at 5. A meal follows the meeting and there will be a silent auction. Persons with last names A-L are to bring desserts.

Masons to fry up fish on Saturday at lodge hall

Rockdale Masonic Lodge No. 414 will hold a fish fry on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the lodge hall, 489 N. US 77, according to spokesperson Bob Stephens.

Plates will include hot fried fish, hush puppies, homemade cole slaw and homemade beans and are available for $8 each. Desserts will also be available.

Tickets are available from any Rockdale Mason or at Bob’s Speedy Lube.

All proceeds will go towards the Lodge’s scholarships and other sponsored programs.

BBQ plates sale for Blackmon on Saturday

A “ to- go” barbecue plate fund-raiser for J.D. Blackmon has been set for Saturday, June 15 at The Ranch.

Plates will be $8 and ready to go at 11 a.m. Lunch will include brisket, sausage and sides.

An account has been set up at Rockdale Federal Credit Union for Blackmon, according to Earlene Youngblood, organizer.

Blackmon was recently diagnosed with liver and kidney failure and is currently at home under hospice care after a six week stay at Scott & White Hospital in Temple.

For more information, contact Paul Johnson, 512-760-0770, or Youngblood, 512-446-6277.

Milano city council set to meet Monday

MILANO—City council members in Milano are set to hear a request for annexation into the city, as well as a waste disposal proposal during their regular meeting set for 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 17 at the Milano Civic Center.

Robert Schleemer is set to talk on an annexation request, while Trevor Royal of Pro-Star Waste of Goodrich will discuss weekly trash pickup within the city limits.

Council members will also discuss cleaning of city street right of ways, replacement of street and stop signs and possible new ordinances.

The town’s July 4 parade is also set as a discussion and action item.

CAPARO marks 10 years with reclamation update

A virtual tour of Sandow Mine allowed members of the Community Advisory Panel to Alcoa (Rockdale Operations)— CAPARO— to see efforts Alcoa has undertaken to reclaim the land it mined from 1952-2005, during the group’s meeting held May 13 at the Alcoa Lake Training Center.

Tommy Hodges, Alcoa Energy Manager, used aerial and ground-level photos at the May meeting to show the results of the program to return 11,140 acres of disturbed land to pasture land, native areas, wildlife habitat and tree plots through the planting of long lasting trees, shrubs, and grasses, restoring creek and wetlands, and turning mine pits into deep lakes.

To honor CAPARO community members for their 10 year commitment to dialogue with the Rockdale facility, Alcoa gave each member a live oak tree and each guest a starter tree. The trees also celebrate Alcoa’s 125th anniversary and help achieve its commitment to plant 10 million trees worldwide by 2020.

CAPARO meets again Monday, Sept. 9.

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

Benefit for Dustin Pickel set Aug. 11 at KC Hall

A benefit for Dustin Pickel will be held on Sunday, Aug. 11 at Rockdale KC Hall. Pickel was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma June 2012, seven weeks after his second birthday.

Dustin is the son of Jeff and Kelly Pickel and grandson of John and Sharon Shoemake, all of Rockdale.

Organizers said a barbecue meal with all the trimmings, starting at 11 a.m., dine in or take out, will be available. Tickets are $10 each. There will be a live auction starting at 12:30 p.m. and also a chance drawing.

An account has been established at Citizen’s National Bank under the name of St. John’s UMC-Team Dustin Benefit. There is also a way to donate online at with PayPal.

Donations may also be mailed to St. John’s UMC-Team Dustin, C/O Denise Starnes, 121 Champions Dr., Rockdale, TX 76567. All donations are welcome.

Donations are also being accepted for the auction by calling Gaye Bland at 512-446-2693. Team Dustin T-shirts will be available at a later date.

Commissioners approve abatements in Cameron

CAMERON—Milam County commissioners approved two tax abatement incentives in Cameron during their regular meeting on Monday at the county courthouse.

The court approved a three-year abatement of $14,800 for Bush’s Chicken and a four year abatement of $9,600 for AIS Corportion. The two businesses are expected to invest $1.5 million in captial.

The court also approved a deal with the City of Rockdale on a paving agreement and acknowledged FEMA certificates of achievement for commissioners John Fisher and Tank Balch.

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