Chamber hosting annual meeting on Thursday

The annual meeting of the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce is set for 12-noon Thursday, Jan. 30 in the New Salem Clubhouse at Fair Park, 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 chairperson-elect, proposed changes to the constitution and bylaws and the future direction of the Chamber,” she said.

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

POSGCD seeking applicants for director

MILANO—An opening exists on the Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District Board of Directors to fill the unexpired term of the Milam County at large representative. This unexpired term extends through December 2015.

Rockdale area resident Carroll Glaser submitted his resignation to the Milam County Commissioners Court and it was accepted at the court’s regular session on Monday.

Anyone interested in applying for the opening may submit a resume to the County Judge’s office at the Milam County Courthouse at 102 S. Fannin in Cameron. This is an uncompensated public service position.

Applicants must be residents of Milam County. Your resume should describe your background, qualifications and interest in groundwater issues. You may include letters of support and or petitions with signatures from Milam County citizens that support you for inclusion on the board if you so choose, but this is not a requirement.

Deadline for applying is 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7.

Wednesday first filing day for May 10 elections

Wednesday, Jan. 29, was 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 Building, 520 West Davilla, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Noon Lions holding January soup suppers

Rockdale Noon Lions will hold the last of their Soup Suppers on Thursday, Jan. 30, 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 the top three requested soups from the previous dinners.

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.

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.

RDA to hold reception to honor Chris Dyess

The Rockdale Downtown Association is hosting a reception for Chris Dyess, to honor him for his years of service as President of the RDA as well as to the entire community, according to Toby Johnson, president.

It will be held at the Rockdale Municipal District Office located in the Bit of History Building on Thursday, February 6, from 10 a.m. until noon. Everyone is invited.

Coffee and cake will be served.

Police, RVFD events combine on Feb. 15th

Tickets, priced at $15 each, are on sale at The Rockdale Police Department for a “new look” Officer of the Year banquet Feb. 15 at the KC Hall.

In 2014, Officer of the Year will be combined with the Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department’s annual awards banquet during which Firefighter of the Year, and other recognitions, will be presented.

Those are usually part of the RVFD’s Christmas banquet which was not held in December, 2013.

“This event is pre-sale only,” Lt. J. D. Newlin said.

“Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with a meal catered by Sho’ Nuff Soul Food. The awards program will begin about 7 with a dance at 8,” Newlin said.

Bake sale set Friday for MCSO employee

CAMERON—A “Super Bowl” bake sale benefiting the Jim and Wrenie Wheeless family is set for Friday, Jan. 31 across from the Cameron Post Office, corner of Houston and 2nd Street.

The sale will get underway at 7 a.m. Items will include cakes, pies, cookies and snacks.

Jim was diagnosed with lung cancer in December and will undergo chemotherapy and radiation treatments. He works at the Milam County Sheriff’s Office.

The family is in need of financial help to pay for travel to and from the treatments, prescriptions and other medical needs.

Milano council to hear truck stop proposal

MILANO—Milano city council members are set to hear an extensive proposal from Sal Maredia on Monday at their regular 6:30 p.m. meeting at the town’s Civic Center.

He will present plans to build an Exxon truck stop inside the city limits.

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