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. The public is invited to attend.

Rockdale losing two of three recycling bins

Rockdale recyclers are losing two of the town’s three recycling bins as of May 1.

Carolyn Burford of the Crown Garden Club, which maintains the bin at the First Christian Church parking lot, said the company which provides them will no longer cover the Rockdale area, due to cost.

Denice Doss of the Rockdale ISD confirmed that’s also the case with bin located in the east parking lot of Rockdale High School.

City Manager Kelvin Knauf said the city’s recycling receptacle, on Mill Street, is not affected and will remain open.

Kay Theater offering summer program

The Kay Theater Foundation is working to bring entertaining and innovative arts exposure to Rockdale and Milam County.

Leanna Applegate, spokesperson, said The Kay is hoping to sponsor a children’s musical theater program during the summer school break. Preliminary plans would feature two/three week schedules for three separate age categories of young peo- ple. Each group would end with a performance for family and friends.

“Tuition will be competitive with similar programs and will be staffed with experienced and qualified personnel and volunteers,” she said.

Anyone interested should contact Applegate at 512- 446-7278.

Food pantry visit scheduled Thursday

The monthly visit of the Capital Area Food Bank Mobile Pantry is set for 9 a.m. Thursday at the KC Hall.

Food is available free of charge and there are no eligibility requirements

Denise Sifuentes, spokesperson, said volunteers are needed and greatly appreciated. She asked clients to bring sacks or boxes.

Old elementary school could be food bank

MILANO—Milano ISD trustees heard a proposal of using the old elementary school building, located in the east area of the town, as a food bank at their regular meeting Thursday.

Debbie Schulze suggested using the old building that has been vacant since the elementary’s move to its current location in 2010.

Trustees also made three new hires for next school year: Christy Hafley, elementary teacher; Alvie King, elementary teacher; Powell Compton, high school teacher/ coach.

The board also heard an update on the district’s search for an architect.

Hospital clinics will open on Good Friday

Due to demand, medical providers Kelli Short and Jill Holcomb will keep two clinics at Little River Medical Center clinics open on Good Friday, April 18.

Zach Zavoral, LR spokesman said Rockdale (Richards Memorial) Family Care Center Suite A will be open from 8 a.m. to 12-noon, as will LR’s Cameron Medical Clinic.

RVFD ready to start junior firefighters

The Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department is starting a junior firefighter program, according to Fire Chief Ward Roddam.

Interested high school age students will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. first and third Wednesdays at the fire station, Bell at Wilcox.

For additional information on the program, contact Herbie Vaughan at 512-446-6770.

Rockdale trucker dies in Houston-area crash

The name of a Rockdale truck driver killed in an April 8 crash on US 290 near the Barker-Cypress exit has now been released by Houston-area authorities.

He was Chester Clark, 73. Name of an injured passenger, also believed to be from Rockdale, has not been released by the Harris County Sheriff’s Department.

Mr. Clark and his late wife Frances owned and operated Frances Clark Trucking in Rockdale. Mrs. Clark passed away in 2011.

See obituary, page 4B.

Rockdale trustees set session for Monday

Rockdale school trustees will meet in regular session at 6 p.m. Monday in the Central Administration Building.

Agenda items include the food service management contract and policy adoptions.

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