Wednesday first filing day for May 10 elections

Wednesday, Jan. 29, is the first filing day for the May 10 city and school elections in Rockdale.

Terms of two city council members are expiring this year, west ward councilman Doug Calame and east ward councilman Leroy Phillips.

Phillips was elected on Dec. 21 but only to the unexpired term of former council member Melody Dawson. Her full term expired this year.

Filing is weekdays Jan. 29 through Feb. 28 at City Hall. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Terms of school trustees Lin Perry (Place 6) and Kent Bowermon (Place 7) are expiring in 2014.

Filing is weekdays Jan. 29 through Feb 28 at the Central Administration, 520 West Davilla. Hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Possible new truck stop being eyed in Milano

MILANO— Council members heard a presentation from Sal Maredia on plans to build a truck stop in Milano during the council’s regular meeting on Monday at the town’s civic center.

Maredia’s plans include a convenience store, a fast food restaurant, RV parking and motel. He will meet with the council again at its Feb. 3 meeting.

Gandolf Burris informed the council that the city would have to provide $90,000 of a “Safe Routes to School” project. The council chose not to continue with the study.

Milam County Precinct 3 Commissioner John Fisher was on the agenda to discuss city streets, but he was not at the meeting, so the item was tabled. The county helps maintain the street in Milano’s city limits.

MDD directors slate meeting for Thursday

Directors of the Rockdale Municipal Development District (MDD) will meet in regular session at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the MDD office, 114 East Cameron (US 79).

Manager Kara Clore said action items include the MDD project list, Strategic Economic Development Plan, alteration or addition to gateway monuments, revisions of facade improvement program, subcommittees for MDD Project List, downtown building preservation grant and election of MDD board officers.

An executive session is scheduled to discuss real estate.

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.

Thursday’s choices will be 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.

Chamber hosting annual meeting on Jan. 30th

The annual meeting of the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce is set for 12-noon Thursday, Jan. 30 in the Patterson Civic Center, according to Janice King, new chairperson.

The new Chamber’s board of directors will be sworn in as follows: Don Brummett, Joyce Ford (treasurer), Zach Gallop, Ann King, Janice King (chair), Jocelyn Lewis, Cynthia Lumpkin, Charlie McGregor, Dave Phillips, Julie Sulak, Mike Walko (past chair) and Pat Watson.

“Agenda items include electing a new president-elect, proposed changes to the constitution and bylaws and the future direction of the Chamber,” he said.

Members should call Denise Brock at 446-2030 if they plan to attend, she said.

Rotary Casino Night Feb. 1st at The Ranch

The Rockdale Rotary Club is hosting its first annual Casino Night Fundraiser at The Ranch on Saturday, Feb. 1.

Games begin at 7 p.m., according to Michelle Morgan, spokesperson. The event is a fund raiser for Rotary scholarships.

Gamers can play for $50 per person. For more information call Morgan at 512-639-9004.

Stamp increase from 46 to 49 cents Sunday

The letter it cost you 46 cents to mail on Saturday will cost 49 cents on Sunday.

New postal rates go into effect that day, including the six-percent increase in the cost of a first-class stamp.

It’s the second year in a row for an increase. Last year the price of a first-class stamp went from 45 to 46 cents.

GOP candidates speak at Reagan Day event

The annual Reagan Day Event sponsored by the Republican Women of Milam County will be held at the Cameron VFW Thursday, Feb. 13.

Marilyn Johnson, spokesperson, said all of the local Republican candidates will be invited to give a five-minute speech as part of the program.

Tickets are on sale for $50 each and are available from all Republican Women of Milam County members and associate members.

Dinner will be provided by Agnes and Jerry Kostroun and silent and live auction items are being accepted.

Call Johnson at 512-862-4419 or Karen McDermott at 254-482- 0228 for additional information, Johnson said.

Band booster spaghetti supper ahead Feb. 3rd

Rockdale Band Boosters will hold their biggest fund-raiser of the year from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3 in the Rockdale Junior High commons area.

The annual spaghetti supper will also include performances by all Rockdale ISD bands.

Plates are priced at $8 per person.

“To-go” plates will be available at 4:30 p.m.

Tickets are available by contacting RISD High School and Junior High band members.

Tickets for the supper will be available at the door Feb. 3 as long as the food lasts.

In last year’s event, 716 plates of spaghetti were sold and the night of pasta and music raised $7,500 for the Band Boosters’ ongoing supper of the Rockdale ISD’s band program.

For more info, contact Monette Schweitzer, 512-760-6118, or band directors Adrian Acevedo and Kevin Stehr.

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