RVFD fund raiser ahead Saturday

The annual Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department fund raiser will be held Saturday at the KC Hall, according to spokesman Mike Korenek.

Korenek said tickets to the annual event which has an $11,000 gift card as first prize, will be first sold to those who purchased them last year.

For more information call Korenek at 512-446-6577 or Dwayne David at 512- 446- 7328.

Fund to aid costs for stricken child

A website for donations has been set up for three-year-old Matthew Mitchell, son of Charity Patranella and Junie Mitchell of Rockdale, who suffers from incurable juvenile dermatomyositis, which has caused him to contract interstitial lung disease. Neither disease is curable.

Matthew is has been at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston since Feb. 22 where he has undergone chemotherapy and also has a tracheotomy and is on a breathing ventilator, his mother said.

“His left lung has collapsed and his upper right lung is collapsed and has emphysema in it,” Patranella said.

“Matt will have to have his upper right lung removed, but can’t have it done now because he is too sick and weak and won’t make it through surgery, so we are waiting until he gets stronger,” according to Patranella.

The link to donate and wi th more information on Matt’s stor y is www.gofund Funds will go to help with Matt’s medical expenses.

Newlin set to speak at ‘Family Matters’

Lt. J. D. Newlin of the Rockdale Police Department will be the speaker at the next Family Matters session, set for Wednesday, April 23, in the fellowship hall of St. John’s United Methodist Church.

Organizer Raymon Puente said a light meal will be served at 6 p.m., followed by the program from 6:30 to 7:30.

The program, on crime prevention, will cover home intrusions, prevention and reaction, how to sign up for a home inspection and will include a question and answer session.

All interested persons are invited, Puente said.

Aging council sets visit to senior center

The Area Agency in Aging of Central Texas will be at the Rockdale Multi-Service Center April 10 to meet with individuals concerning questions on Medicare, Extra Help, Medicaid, Nursing Home Medicaid, Long-Term Care Planning and Social Security.

Anyone wanting to meet with benefits counselor Sue Farrell may call 800-447-7169 to schedule an appointment.

Public hearings set for upcoming events

Public hearings for a pair of mass gatherings set for Apache Pass next month are set for Wednesday, April 9, on the first floor of the Milam County Courthouse.

Both Tough Mudder and organizers of Burning Flipside are applying for mass gathering permits.

Tough Mudder hearing is at 1:30 p.m., followed by the Burning Flipside hearing at 2:30.

Tough Mudder, an obstacle survival course event, is set for May 3.

Burning Flipside, a Texas regional art and music festival is scheduled for May 22-26.

‘Preparedness’ training ahead

CAMERON— Milam County Public Health Preparedness public volunteer training is set for 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 28 at Bea’s Kitchen in Cameron.

Emergency notification and risk management information will be provided, according to coordinators Monica Stewart and Susan Reinders.

Drinks and snacks will be available and door prizes will he awarded.

Those planning to attend need to RSVP by phone or e-mail.

Stewar t’s phone number is 254- 697-7092. E- mail is

Reinders’ phone number is 254- 697-7060 and e-mail is

Water line flushing ahead April 16th

City of Rockdale crews will flush water lines on both sides of the city overnight Wednesday, April 16, according to City Manager Kelvin Knauf.

“ Water cus tomer s are reminded to run their cold water taps the next morning until the stream runs clear,” he said.

Truck stop is topic for Milano council

Milano city council members are set to meet in regular session at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 7, at the town’s civic center, 120 W. Avenue E.

The agenda includes speakers Joey Willingham on city limit / proper ty lines and Sal Maredia on plans for his new truck stop in the city.

The council will also select the theme for this year’s July 4 parade.

Milano ISD to host public hearing

Milano ISD will host a public hearing to discuss the school district’s future facility plans at 7 p.m. Thursday in the high school cafetorium.

Supt. Robert Westbrook said the meeting will give community members an opportunity to hear what the district’s facilities committee and school board believe the next steps should be in improving Milano ISD’s properties.

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