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LIONS SPEAKER— Milano Evening Lions Club President John Pruett presents a certificate of appreciation to local historian and Thorndale resident Joy Graham for a program presented to the club on Thursday at the Milano Senior Citizens Center. Graham presented the first segment of a two-part presentation on the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Trail. The public is invited to hear the second part of the talk at the group’s Nov. 7 meeting. LIONS SPEAKER— Milano Evening Lions Club President John Pruett presents a certificate of appreciation to local historian and Thorndale resident Joy Graham for a program presented to the club on Thursday at the Milano Senior Citizens Center. Graham presented the first segment of a two-part presentation on the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Trail. The public is invited to hear the second part of the talk at the group’s Nov. 7 meeting. The Reporter publishes news items from organizations free of charge. Email bill@rockdalereporter.com or fax to 512- 446-5317.

La Escuelita’s annual cookoff set Saturday

La Escuelita will hold its annual fall cookoff on Saturday, Oct. 12. There will be menudo, chili, and barbecue beef, chicken and pork cookoff categories, plus horseshoe and washer pitching tournaments. Breakfast tacos will be available in the morning, plus vendor booths.

FMI: Dee Lerma, 512-446-6833.

Rice Cemetery annual meeting set Saturday

CAMERON—Rice Cemetery Foundation’s annual meeting will be held at 11 am. Saturday, Oct. 12, according to David Angell, spokesman. Attendees are asked to bring a covered dish for lunch and lawn chairs for seating.

Donations for cemetery upkeep can be mailed to Rice Cemetery Foundation Inc., 3965 South Hwy 77, Cameron TX 76520.

FMI: 254-697-1095.

4-H Club collecting soldier care packages

Rockdale 4-H Club is collecting items for care packages for soldiers. They are working with other 4-Hers from across the county, according to publicist Yvette McCoy.

The group will be in front of Walmart in Rockdale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 12 collecting items, including snacks, toiletries, books and more. A full list can be found at http://milam. agrilife.org/ files/2011/07/ Military- Community Service-May-2013.pdf.

“ We will also be collecting new and gently used stuffed animals for Operation Huggables, which are donated to children of military parents when they are deployed,” McCoy said.

FMI: McCoy, 512-446-2842, or Susan Dean, 512-446-2845.

“All community support is greatly appreciated and if you are unable to drop off, please contact us and we will pick up donations,” McCoy said.

Annual Buddy Oney Toy Run set December 7th

The 8th annual “ Buddy Oney” Toy Run, sponsored by The Bad To The Bone Riders of Rockdale, will be held Saturday, Dec. 7 at The Ranch, 415 W. Hwy 79, in Rockdale, according to organizer Charles Starr.

This annual ride in honor of the Late Buddy Oney benefits the needy children of all Milam County by giving 100 percent of the proceeds to Milam County Child Protective Services and the Rockdale Christmas Roundup.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. with first bike out at 11 a.m. Ride fee is $15 for rider ($20 with passenger) or a new toy valued at $20. Ride fee includes food after ride for all participants of the ride.

Long-sleeve ride souvenir T-shirts will be for sale by pre- order only for $25. Order deadline is Nov. 4 and orders can be placed by contacting Cynthia Ferrell at 512- 698-2784. Short sleeve shirts will be available on the day of the ride for $20.

The ride stops will be at Bob’s Steak House in Cameron, Clif f’s Tavern in Rockdale, Cyndi’s Hawg Hang Out in Hogg, Nat’s in Milano and The Ranch in Rockdale. The last bike in will be at 4:30 p.m. at The Ranch.

“At this point we will have a meal provided by Brady’s Pest Control and Crew. We will also have a 50/50 drawing, DJ music and door prizes,” Starr said.

FMI: Starr, 512-540-2561, or Neal Ferrell, 512-299-7446.

Alpha Tau Delta selling ‘cow chip’ tickets here

It’s time again for the Alpha Tau Delta cow chip fund-raiser. For $10, your name will be placed on a board for the chance to win $1,000, said Brooksy Fisher.

“On Sunday after the Fair (Oct. 20), a cow will be released into the rodeo arena. There will be spots marked off and where ever she decides to do her business, the name on that spot will win of $1,000,” Fisher said.

Alpha Tau Delta is a service sorority where it’s members strive to better the community of Rockdale.

FMI: Fisher at 512- 619- 9575 or brooksyf@att.net.

Deanville VFD’s 36th fund-raiser Sunday

DEANVILLE—The Deanville Volunteer Fire Department will hold its 36th annual fund-raiser Sunday, Oct. 13 at the fire station, corner of FM 1112 and Hwy 60.

Barbecue pork, beef, chicken, sausage and red-ring sausage will be ready at 7 a.m. Plate lunches of fried chicken and all the trimmings will be served starting at 11 a.m.

Other events: Country store and sweet shop, games and train rides for kids, auction at 2 p.m., washer tournament and drawing for prizes.

FMI: R. J. Smith, 979-324-2930, or Vinelda Schwartz, 979-567- 0419.

MCRTA to meet Thursday at Rising Star Baptist

Milam County Retired Teachers Association will meet on Thursday, Oct. 10 at Rising Star Baptist Church, 1022 Texas Street in Rockdale, secretary Lue Wenzel announced.

A short meeting at 5:45 p. m. will be followed by refreshments at 6 p.m. and joint program with TRIAD on crime prevention presented by Cameron Police Chief Randy Dixon.

Genealogy group hears Catchings program

Milam County Genealogical Society met Sept. 24 with 11 members and three guests attending.

Barbara Wright presented an intriguing program on a Milam County native that went on to work for the State Comptroller’s office, write books and have her own radio show among other accomplishments. Barbara presented a documented biography on her subject without revealing her name until the end, providing an interesting program enjoyed by all.

The subject of her program was Birdie Marie (Cotton) Catchings, famed physic, who died in 2011. Catchings was born in Rockdale and raised by her elderly grandparents after the tragic death of her parents.

The Milam County Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 22,in the conference room of Citizens National Bank- Rockdale. Lanell Spence is in charge of the program.

Those members whose surnames begin with Q through Z will be responsible for refreshments. Paper goods, drinks and ice will be provided by Linda Whorton. All members are encouraged to attend. Visitors are always welcome.— Linda Whorton, publicity

Grief support meetings held twice monthly

CAMERON— Standards Hospice sponsors grief support group meetings from 5 to 6 p.m. each second and fourth Wednesdays. Greg Nichols is bereavement coordinator. Location is Standards Hospice, 602 N. Travis Street, Cameron. FMI: 254-284- 0045, extension 2013.

Republican Women to hear Karen Watson

CAMERON—The Republican Women of Milam County invite the public to the group’s next meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 at the Budget Host Inn in Cameron, according to spokesperson Marilyn Johnson.

Special guest will be founder and president of GOPBuzz.com, an internet portal for Republican centric events nationwide, Karen Watson. She has written and self-published her first book, “Being Black and Republican in the Age of Obama”. A keynote speaker at various Tea-Party and Republican clubs, Watson communicates her message that “conservative values are the right values for all Americans, regardless of race or gender.”

Watson is a native Texan and lives in Dallas.


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