Temperatures rise, fall, set to rise once again

What do you call a place where high temperatures drop 20 degrees and still nudge 90?

What do you call a place where people reach for their jackets on a day where the high is 88?

Rockdale, Texas.

The hottest temperatures of the young summer arrived with a vengeance late last week, then that rarest of weather delights—a July cool front!—arrived and gave the area one day of gorgeous weather before reality asserted itself again.

After consecutive highs of 105, 107 and 108 Thursday through Saturday, the cool front arrived Sunday and the high dipped to a frosty (for July in Texas) 88.

Morning lows were in the 60s and dry air made them even more pleasant.

But it was too good to last. Forecasts show highs in the high 90s later this week and triple digits will certainly re-assert themselves soon.

Two treated after area one-vehicle accidents

Two persons were treated at area hospitals following a pair of unrelated motor vehicle accidents over the past week on South Milam county roads.

Trooper J. C. Brooks said a vehicle operated by Christian Gonzalez, 21, of Rockdale left US 79 east of Thorndale and hit a guard rail at 3:31 p.m. Thursday.

The driver was treated at Seton Williamson Hospital in Round Rock.

Vehicle damages were termed “extensive.”

Brooks also investigated a one-vehicle accident at 6:03 p.m. June 26 on County Road 322.

Driver Caleb Schneebeli, 19, of Caldwell, was treated at Richards Memorial Hospital, Rockdale.

Vehicle damages were termed “extensive.”

No action after council discusses police chief

THORNDALE— City council members in Thorndale took no action Monday after a lengthy executive session to discuss Police Chief Fred Keefer.

Only item on the agenda was “discuss and possibly take action related to the performance review of Chief of Police Keefer and evaluation of employment status.”

ARB continues meetings for tax value protests

CAMERON—The appraisal review board (ARB) of the Milam Appraisal District continues sessions this month to hear taxable value protests.

Chief appraiser Pat Moraw said meetings are scheduled July 8, 9, 12 and 19 at the AD offices.

Contract extended for MISD superintendent

MILANO—Milano ISD trustees voted to extend the contract of superintendent Robert Westbrook through June 2016 during their regular meeting Thursday.

Westbrook was hired last July.

Also during the meeting, board members hired D’Nita Broussard as a teacher, Jacob Dent as a teacher/coach and Dusty Loewe as a part time teacher/coach.

Fire calls listed for South Milam volunteers

Fire calls in addition to Monday’s house fire (see photos page 3A) for South Milam County volunteer fire departments, were listed as follows by the Rockdale Police Department:

• 4:16 p.m. Thursday, dozer fire, Cypress Trail Loop, Rockdale VFD.

• 3:19 a.m. Saturday, burning smell, Clement Street, Thorndale, Thorndale VFD.

• 8:28 a.m. Saturday, tractor baler on fire, south FM 486, Thorndale VFD.

• 12:46 p.m. Monday, grass fire near US 77-79 intersection, Rockdale VFD.

• 3:37 a. m. Tuesday, grass fire, two miles east of Rockdale, Rockdale VFD.

• 4:50 a.m. Tuesday, grass fire, CR 334 off US 79, Rockdale VFD.

Milano Fourth of July parade Thursday

MILANO—The annual Fourth of July parade in Milano begins at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 4 from the MISD football field parking lot, according to city secretary Carolyn Vinton.

She said the parade will end at the Milano Civic Center/Fire Station, where free hot dogs will be served. Plaques will be awarded to parade winners.

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.

A barbecue meal with all the trimmings, starts at 11 a.m., dine in or take out. Tickets are $10 and are available at The Reporter.

Fireworks not legal inside city limits

Rockdale police remind Independence Day celebrants that it’s illegal to use fireworks inside the city limits.

That’s the case all the time. The city has a permanent ordinance prohibiting their use.

In the unincorporated areas of Milam County, it’s a different story. There’s no burn ban in effect and no fireworks ordinances have been passed by the commissioners court.

Area volunteer fire department remind anyone using fireworks to be cautious.

For the second year, Apache Pass, seven miles northwest of Rockdale, will be open the night of July Fourth for area residents to shoot their own fireworks.

(See story on page 1A.)

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