Professional genealogist Lynna Kay Shuffield of Houston held a free workshop Saturday at the city library. Subjects covered included scrapbooking and “making the most of a grave website.” Shuffield said the three-hour class was held to compensate for missing iinstruction from an August session in Rockdale which was cut short because of a medical emergency. Full Story
RISD released from all monitoring statuses
Because of its good test scores, posted in August, 2013, the Rockdale ISD has been released from all state monitoring requirements that resulted from test scores three years ago.
Pam Kaufmann, assistant superintendent for instruction and administration, told RISD school trustees Monday the district has also been released from federal Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) monitoring. Full Story
‘Explosions’ once again new louder targets, police say
‘Perfectly legal,’ Tannerite cause of calls
A social media-fueled flurry of calls Saturday evening led to more than 50 calls for police asking about “explosions” heard around Rockdale.
While there were more exotic explanations available throughout Rockdale, the sound turned out to have been the same thing that propelled a previous flurry of concern last fall, legal exploding targets. Full Story
Welders work on steel beams Saturday at the back of the Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department Fire Station as part of a new construction project. City Manager Kelvin Knauf said a patio is being built at the rear of the station, corner of Bell and Wilcox. Full Story
89 calls during week for sheriff’s department
There were 89 mostly routine calls during the past week reported to the Milam County Sheriff’s Department.
Those included four possible scams, missing horses, two juvenile cases and a vandalism incident.
CALLS— Calls dispatched from the Milam County Sheriff’s Department during the past week were listed as follows: Full Story
Fire calls dispatched from the Rockdale Police Department during the past week as follows:
• 5:06 a.m. Jan. 15, smell of gas inside residence, 1003 Bullock, Rockdale VFD.
• 10:06 a.m. Jan. 15, out-ofcontrol burn, Griffin Chapel community off Texas 36 northwest of Milano, Milano VFD. Full Story
Police warn on cell phone use at school parking lots, streets
Rockdale Police are warning motorists, especially parents dropping off or picking up students, that it’s illegal to use “hands on” cell phones while in motion.
“ That law has been in effect now for quite a while,” Lt. J. D. Newlin said. “But there still seem to be a number of persons who aren’t aware just what it’s all about.” Full Story
MILAM COUNTY JAIL LOG
Here is the jail log from Jan. 14-20 from the Milam County Sheriff’s Department.
Jail logs list all persons charged with offenses through the county jail docket. Charges may change during the process. Persons are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. Full Story
Milano NHS to host blood drive on Monday at school
T he Milano High School
National Honor Society will host a blood drive on Monday, Jan. 27 from noon to 5 p.m. in the school’s old band hall. For more information, contact NHS sponsor John Hughes at 512-455- 9333 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Full Story
Thorndale Chamber announces new directors
The Thorndale Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) would like to announce our newly elected directors. They are Louis Alvarez, Audrey Gamble, Kati Watson, and Peggy Weise. These directors will serve a three year term. Full Story
Several marchers brought posters and photos along Sunday to Rockdale’s MLK parade. Full Story
Local teen finalist on ABC show
Local teen, Jaclyn Alford, daughter of Charles and Tammy Alford, is a Top Ten Finalist in “ABC Make Me A Star” Minors Contest.
This is the second installment of t he “ABC Make Me A Star” Contest to locate new acting talent but the first to include a minor’s division. Full Story
Battleship Texas celebrate 100 years in March
The Battleship Texas Foundation in partnership with Texas Parks & Wildlife Department will host a public festival to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the commissioning of the Battleship Texas. The festival will feature Robert Earl Keen’s “A Texas Uprising” and will be held Full Story
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