Two hurt Saturday in one-vehicle accident

Two persons were treated at a Williamson County hospital after a one-vehicle accident triggered when a deer ran into a rural county road.

Trooper Broderick Sims said driver Rachel Joiner, 20, of Fort Worth and passenger Calyshia Stewart, 12, were taken to Seton Williamson Hospital, Round Rock, after the 2:25 p.m. accident on Milam County Road 429.

Vehicle damages were termed “moderate.”

Extensive damages, but no injuries, were reported in a 10:38 p.m. Thursday one-vehicle accident at the FM 2095-FM 3242 intersection at Hanover.

Trooper J. C. Brooks said a vehicle operated by Jorge Milan-Rivera, 22, of Cameron ran through the intersection and through a fence.

Sims also investigated a one-vehicle crash, reported at 2:50 p.m. Sunday on US 79 east of Gause.

Driver was listed as Michael Wall, 36, of Gause. Damages were listed as “moderate.”

Chamber seeking fans to assist in summertime

The Rockdale Chamber of Commerce wants to help local residents, especially senior citizens, “beat the heat” through the mid-summer months.

Office manager Denise Brock said the Chamber is hosting its annual fan drive for the needy.

“Anyone who would like to donate fans, which will be given to those who need them, may bring them by the Chamber’s rock house office at 1203 West Cameron (US 79),” she said.

Money is also welcome. “Any donations would be greatly appreciated,” she said.

Milano council members set to meet Monday

MILANO—Meet once or meet twice a month. That is a decision to be made by the Milano City Council in its regular meeting set Monday at the Milano Civic Center.

The council will also look to amend an ordinance to set the beginning and ending dates of the city’s fiscal year. It is currently running from Jan. to Dec. The city is looking to change it to Oct. to Sept., like most of the surrounding municipalities.

Also on the agenda for council members will be to hold the second readings for ordinances on sex offender regulations, sex offender residency and municipal fees.

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 12 and 19 at the AD offices. One of the protests scheduled for July 12 is that of Luminant’s Sandow Power Plant Unit 5.

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Water flushing set overnight July 17th

Rockdale’s monthly water hydrant f lushing is scheduled for overnight Wednesday, July 17, according to City Manager Kelvin Knauf.

Knauf said hydrants in all areas of town will be flushed.

“Please run your cold water taps a few minutes the next morning upon arising until the stream runs clear to remove any remaining sediment from the line,” Knauf 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 will be served, starting at 11 a.m., dine in or take out. Tickets are $10 and are available at the Rockdale Reporter. A live auction starts at 12:30 p.m.

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 are available at The Reporter.

POSGCD board to skip July monthly session

MILANO—The Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District (POSGCD) will not meet in July, according to Elaine Gerren, administrative assistant.

POSGCD directors usually meet on the second Tuesday of each month at the district’s offices in Milano.

Next regularly scheduled date would be Aug. 12.

Texas sales tax holiday scheduled for Aug. 9-11

Texas shoppers can save money on certain items priced under $100 during the state’s annual sales tax holiday, scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9 -11.

The law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100 from sales tax, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend during the taxfree weekend.

“ Texas fami l ies can take advantage of the sales tax holiday when doing their back-toschool shopping,” Comptroller Susan Combs said.

“The tax holiday applies to a variety of items ranging from pens to jeans to help shoppers around Texas save some of their hard earned money,” Combs said.

Lists of apparel and school supplies that may be purchased tax free can be found on the comptroller’s website at

This year, shoppers will save an estimated $74.1 million in state and local sales taxes during the Sales Tax Holiday.

Dates for the tax holiday weekend are established by the Legislature in the state tax code.

The sales tax holiday has been an annual event for Texas shoppers since 1999.

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