Firefighters make calls during first week of year

Volunteer firefighters throughout South Milam County made numerous calls during the past week as follows.

Volunteers in Rockdale, Gause and Milano responded to 11 calls, including a Thursday incident on Texas 36 south of Milano, at first thought to be a vehicle-pedestrian accident but now being investigated as a probable suicide. See page 1A.

Other calls were listed as follows:

• 8:35 a.m Dec. 31, lift assist, 175 County Road 311, Rockdale VFD.

• 10:42 p.m. Jan. 1, fire alarm at Milano High School, no smoke or fire, Milano VFD.

• 9:07 a.m. Friday, lift assist, 1015 San Andres, Rockdale VFD.

• 10:14 a.m. Friday, traffic control, Texas 36 and County Road 340, Milano VFD.

• 3:25 p.m. Friday, controlled burn, one- half mile west of Gause, Gause VFD.

• 9:34 p.m. Friday, medical assist, 902 Ackerman, Rockdale VFD.

• 11:13 a. m. Saturday, tree on power line, 1003 Bullock, Rockdale VFD.

• 1:14 p.m. Saturday, rekindle of fire, North Arendell Street, Gause, Gause VFD.

• 2:47 p.m. Saturday, hay baler on fire, County Road 313A at County Road 313, Rockdale and Thorndale VFDs.

• 7:25 a. m. Monday, small grass fire at FM 485 one mile past Brazos River, Gause VFD.

Troopers investigate South Milam crashes

State troopers were called to a pair of vehicle accidents during the past week in South Milam County.

Trooper L.C. Brooks said a vehicle operated by Travis Caldwell, 30, of Navarre, Florida, was in collision with a cow at 7:03 a.m. Dec. 30 on US 190/ Texas 36 and tenth of a mile east of County Road 241.

No injuries were reported and damages were termed minor.

Moderate damages and no injuries were reported in another one-vehicle crash, at 10:30 a. m. Monday, according to Trooper Joshua Cashion.

Driver was listed as Joseph Phillips, 20, of Milano.

Cashion said the location was County Road 330. He said the vehicle left the county road and overturned.

Police issue 43 traffic tickets during past week

Rockdale police issued 43 traffic tickets during the first week of 2014, according to the police department.

Traffic citations issued included 29 for speeding, f ive for expired MVI st icker, three for expired registration and one each for disregarding an official traffic control device, expired driver’s license, failure to change address or name, failure to display driver’s license, failure to maintain financial responsibility and no driver’s license.

One citation was issued for animal at large.

Noon Lions holding January soup suppers

Rockdale Noon Lions are holding a series of Soup Suppers on Thursdays during January, according to Terri York Sandoval, president.

The serving will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at the New Salem Clubhouse at Rockdale Fair Park.

“This week the choice of soups will be baked potato, taco soup or chicken and rice with green chilies,” Sandoval said. “However, if you’re wanting a sampling of all three, that can be arranged.”

On Thursday, Jan. 16, the soup choices will be creamy tomato basil, chicken and dumplings or homemade stew.

On Jan. 23, choices wi l l include broccoli cheese, homemade chicken and noodle or chuckwagon.

On Jan. 30, Lions will serve the three most requested soups during the month.

Fresh rolls or cornbread and tea are also included.

Cost is $6 per ticket. The supper includes soup, bread, dessert and drink (dine-in or take-out).

All proceeds will go to the Rockdale Noon Lions Eyesight Program, supporting the children in the Rockdale area.

Firefighters set benefit January 24 at Ranch

Rockdale VFD volunteer firefighters annual “All Fired Up” fund raiser is set for Friday, Jan. 24 at The Ranch. The band will be “People’s Choice.”

During the fund raiser, firefighters will be waiting tables and tending bar.

Cover charge is $10 and all tips go directly to the Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department.

Next water line flush scheduled January 15

Water lines will be flushed in Rockdale overnight Wednesday, Jan. 15, according to City Manager Kelvin Knauf.

Knauf said flushing will be in both the east and west sides of Rockdale.

“Water customers are reminded upon arising the next morning to run their cold water taps until the stream runs clear,” he said.

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