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Thorndale early voting starts Monday at school

THORNDALE—Early voting for the May 10 school and city elections in Thorndale gets under way Monday at the TISD administration building.

Thorndale has the only May 10 elections in South Milam County.

Early voting continues from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each weekday through May 6 except for April 30 and May 6 when hours are 7 to 7.

There’s a seven-candidate race for two school board slots with incumbents Trey Felton and Dean Betak challenged by Chad Lenz, Kimberly Biar, Hank Laywell, Scotty Schaefer and Heath Cargill.

Four candidates are seeking three city council positions. Incumbents Gerald Niemtschk, Sam Pickett and George Galbreath are on the ballot along with Allen Hejl.

Thorndale trustees approve city agreement

THORNDALE—School trustees in Thorndale met last week and approved an interlocal agreement with the City of Thorndale for softball and baseball field construction.

In other business, trustees okayed opening a bank account for scholarship funds, discussed life insurance coverage for district employees and approved campus and district evaluation standard under House Bill 5.

No quorum for Milano city council meeting

MILANO—Milano city council members were unable to meet on Monday night for their regular session, due to no quorum.

Their next meeting is set for Monday, May 5.

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.

Reminder to call in controlled burns

South Milam County residents are reminded to take extra steps while outside burning this spring, Milano VFD assistant fire chief Travis Yoakum said.

Those burning a controlled fire in South Milam County also need to call it in to the Rockdale Police Department, not the sheriff’s department in Cameron to notify them of the burning, he said.

State guidelines list that burning may be done from daylight to an hour before sunset.

“Stay with the fire and never leave it unattended,” Yoakum said. “There should be no flames in the burn an hour before sundown.”

To report a controlled burn, call Rockdale PD at 512-446-3436.

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 people. 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.

‘Preparedness’ training Monday

CAMERON—Milam County Public Health Preparedness public volunteer training is set for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday 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.

Stewart’s phone number is 254-697-7092. E-mail is mstewart@milamcounty.net.

Reinders’ phone number is 254-697-7060 and e-mail is sreinders@milamcounty.net.

County session set

CAMERON—Milam County Commissioners will meet in special session at 2 p.m. Thursday to consider, and possibly act, on the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) infrastructure program.


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The burn ban for Milam County has been lifted. Burning is always prohibited in the county's municipalities.


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