Thorndale BBQ Cookoff schedule for Saturday

THORNDALE— The 23rd annual Thorndale VFD Barbecue Cookoff is scheduled for Saturday at the city park.

There’s also a three-day softball tourney beginning Thursday, and an 8 p.m. dance on Friday at the park pavilion with The People’s Choice, but most of the activities are Saturday.

Arts and crafts booths open at 9 a.m. and opening ceremonies at 11:30 feature the new Miss Thorndale and her court.

The afternoon features washer and horseshoe pitching, a 42 tourney inside Fireman’s Hall and the TVFD Auxiliary’s annual turkey and dressing dinner, beginning at 11 a.m.

And, of course, there’s the cookoff, featuring competition in a number of categories, along with showmanship. Winners will be announced at 4 p.m.

A dance with The Debonaires, beginning at 9 p.m., will close out Saturday activities.

Ex-directors to attend band reunion Saturday

Former Big Blue Band directors Bill Grusendorf, Don Thoede and Jim Perry will be on hand Saturday when the RHS Big Blue Band holds its annual reunion at the Apache Pass Ice House.

The reunion starts at 4 p.m. and is planned to coincide with reunions by the RHS classes of 1983, 1988 and 1993 at the same time and location.

Grusendorf directed the Big Blue Band from 1957 to 1972, Thoede from 1972 to 1981 and Perry from 1981 to 1985.

Thoede served as Grusendorf’s assistant and Perry as Thoede’s before moving up.

Concert to honor Cliff Simms at Round Top

A concert to honor Rockdale native Clifford Simms (see page 1A) will be held Thursday, June 27 as part of the annual Round Top Music Festival.

The free concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Edythe Bates Old Chapel, 248 Jaster Road and will feature chamber music with young artists.

Simms was a trumpet player in bands such as Kenny Harris & the Dixies and has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Round Top Music Festival for many years.

Simms’ grandchildren, Randy Reynolds and Tracy Daimler will attend the June 27 concert.

Simms many Rockdale friends are issued a special invitation to attend the concert.

Food distribution set Thursday at KC Hall

Capital Area Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry will host a distribution at 9 a.m. Thursday at the KC Hall parking lot.

“Since the distribution relies totally on volunteer help, volunteers will be needed and greatly appreciated,” Denise Sifuentes.organizer, said.

Call her at 512-446-6475 for further information. Distributions are held the third Thursday of each month.

Plastic grocery sacks are needed to sack groceries, she said.

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.

Milano sets details for annual July 4th parade

MILANO—The annual July 4 parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Milano football field and a free hot dog lunch will be served to the public at the Milano Civic Center.

Council members set those details during the regular meeting of the Milano City Council Monday at the civic center.

Members also approved the first reading of several ordinances on Monday during a regular meeting of the Milano City Council. Those include sex offender/regulations/ residency restrictions, along with security, technology and municipal court fees.

Council members also heard a proposal from Trevor Royal of Pro-Star Waste on garbage services for the city.

A group of citizens also spoke to the council about road conditions, specifically that of Holdiness Lane (the street is used as an alternative route when traffic on TX 36 cannot get through the underpass on the east end of town).

Milam AD, ARB slate numerous meetings

Milam Appraisal District (AD) directors will meet in special session at 12:15 p.m. Thursday for a public hearing on the 2014 budget then go into regular session st 12:20, according to Chief Appraiser Pat Moraw.

Both meetings are set for the appraisal district offices, 120-B North Houston in Cameron.

Agenda items include adoption of the Milam AD budget discussed in the public hearing.

The district’s appraisal review board (ARB) is meeting Tuesday though Thursday and again June 26 to hear taxpayer protests.

Moraw will also present her monthly chief appraiser’s report to directors.

Milam Democrats plan two monthly sessions

The Milam County Democratic Women and the Milam County Democratic Party will hold their regular monthly meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, June 27 at the law office at 312 South Houston Ave. in Cameron.

“All members, precinct chairs, elected Democrats and anyone else interested in helping to organize at the grass-roots level are invited and encouraged to attend,” Richard Stone, county chairman, said.

For party information, call Stone at 512-760-5748.

For information about the Democratic Women, contact Mary Ridgway at 512-773-1765.

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