Cameron hospital hearing re-scheduled

A 20th District Court hearing which was to have provided further clarity on the situation involving Cameron’s Central Texas Hospital has been re-scheduled for Aug. 19.

The hearing, an outgrowth of the legal troubles surrounding hospital lessee Dr. Tariq Mahmoud of Cedar Hill, was to have taken place Thursday, Aug. 2.

But a district court spokesperson said the rescheduled hearing might not be held if the parties involved reach an agreement prior to Aug 19.

Rockdale-based Little River Healthcare stepped in to keep the Cameron hospital in operation two weeks ago.

‘No comment’ on MISD property annexation

MILANO—There were no pub- lic comments made from attendees at the Milano City Council meeting on Monday night when it came to the annexation proceedings for Milano ISD. It was just the first hearing held for the agenda item.

The none of district’s school buildings are currently in the city limits.

Council members also: tabled action on requirements for filming in Milano to sync with all cities in the county; heard a presentation from Marvin Clement becoming CPA for the city; amended substandard and dangerous buildings and structures ordinance and named Joe Beatty chairman of the substandard and dangerous buildings and structures committee; approved the appointment of a fourth reserve police officer pending background check.

Ordinances on sex offender regulations, sex offender residency restrictions and municipal fees were all approved after their third readings.

Milano hosts GMA 12 water planning session

MILANO—Representatives of five groundwater conservation districts, covering all or part of 14 counties, gathered in a planning session Thursday at the Milano Civic Center.

Public comments were received from Keith Hansberger, board member of the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District, Steve Box, director of Environmental Stewardship, Curtis Chubb of the Central Texas Aquifers Coalition and Bob Harden of R. W. Harden and Associates.

Members approved a resolution allowing the Brazos Valley GCD to move from GMA 12 to GMA 14.

Third annual shoe drive aiding needy children

Meadowbrook Baptist Church, Rockdale Rotary Club and the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce are continuing their annual shoe drive for needy school children, according to Denice Doss, publicist.

Signup will continue through July with distribution to be held on Tuesday, Aug. 6.

To sign up to receive shoes call Meadowbrook Baptist Church, 512-446-3367, or Rockdale Chamber of Commerce, 512-446-2030.

To donate for the drive call either of the two aforementioned numbers. Make checks payable to Meadowbrook Baptist Church as 100 percent of the donations will be used to purchase the shoes.

Whitney Bailey benefit scheduled for Saturday

A Wheels For Whitney bake sale is set for Saturday, in front of Rockdale Walmart, according to Shirley Bailey, Whitney’s grandmother.

To donate baked goods contact Shirley Bailey at 512-446-6596.

Whitney, age 23, was born with Cerebral Palsy and is the daughter of Michael and Andrea Bailey of Rockdale and Thorndale and a 2008 graduate of Thorndale High School.

She graduated from Stephen F. Austin with a degree in rehabilitative services but has been unable to work, or even go to a job interview, due to a lack of an accessible vehicle.

For those wanting to donate online, go to then search for Whitney Bailey and her fund-raiser page will appear.

Also, an account has been set up at Rockdale Federal Credit Union under the name of “Wheels For Whitney.”

For more information, contact Shirley Bailey at 512-446-6596 or

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 great ly appreciated,” Brock said.

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