County budget info session set Thursday

The final public information sessions, conducted by County Judge Dave Barkemeyer, on the proposed 2013-14 county budget arethisweek,leadingtoa9a.m. Monday public hearing at the commissioners courtroom in Cameron.

The Rockdale meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the One- Stop Center.

Other info meetings are set for 6:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Gause Volunteer Fire Department and 6:30 p.m. Aug. 27 in the Thorndale Chamber of Commerce Conference Room.

A second public hearing will be held in the courthouse at 9 a.m. Sept. 4 and the budget and tax rate will be on the agenda for the commissioners court meeting at 10 a.m. Sept. 9.

Signup starts for 2-day citywide garage sales

Signup has begun for Rockdale’s annual citywide garage sale, which is a two-day event in 2013.

This year also features an antique fair Friday and Saturday, Sept. 6-7 downtown at Wolf Park, with the garage sales Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7-8.

Aug. 23 is the deadline to place a garage sale classified ad in The Reporter. Details on page 6A, 1B.

The Thorndale Chamber of Commerce’s annual citywide garage sale will be Sept. 7.

Milano sets annual Christmas parade date

MILANO— Council members set Saturday, Dec. 7 for their annual Christmas parade and meal in downtown during its regular meeting on Monday at the Civic Center.

Christmas decorations judging will be held Saturday, Dec. 14.

In other business, the council held the second public hearing on the proposed annexation of Milano ISD campuses into the city limits; held the first reading of an ordinance establishing regulations preventing sexually oriented businesses within the city limits; voted to contract with Michelle Lehmkuhl, Attorney at Law for municipal court business.

State Democratic exec to speak Thursday

CAMERON—Milam County Democrats will have a chance to meet Jakob Stewart, the party’s new political director, in their 7:30 p.m. monthly session Thursday in the law office at 312 South Houston, in Cameron.

Richard Stone said the session is a joint session of the party and Milam County Democratic Women.

“Anyone interested in helping local Democrats gets elected to county offices in 2014 is invited to attend,” he said.

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

Trustees slate meeting for 5:30 p.m. Monday

Rockdale ISD trustees will meet in regular session at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Central Administration Building, according to Don Denbow, interim superintendent.

Items on the agenda include the teacher salary schedule and district compensation plan.

In a special session Friday, board members hired the following:

Elementary—Lynn Whiteley, kindergarten.

Intermediate—Karen Brockenbush, third grade.

Junior-high—Briatney Spikes, special education; Emily Willis, eighth-grade English; Cameron Smith, seventh-grade English.

‘Nuncrackers’ tryouts set Aug. 25-26 in Cameron

Auditions for “Nuncrackers,” next production of Milam Community Theater, are set for 7 p.m. Aug. 25-26 at the Williams Civic Center in Cameron.

MCT spokesman Richard Stone said the script calls for four women “of various age who aren’t afraid to dance and sing.” The fifth central character is a Franciscan monk, a brother of one of the sisters.

For more information contact Stone at 512-760-5748 or

Budget topic for public hearing on Thursday

The Rockdale City Council will conduct a public hearing on the 2013-14 city budget at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the council chambers at City Hall.

Council members have “re-proposed” a budget and tax rate after two meetings within the last week, slicing some expenses in order to lessen tax rates and fee increases. See story page 1A.

Alcoa retirees slate September 12 meeting

Alcoa retirees will meet Sept. 12 in the Alcoa Lake Training Center. Setup is at 4 p.m., doors open at 5, meal after meeting at 6.

Dessert group for September is last names beginning N to Z. A silent auction will be featured.

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