Three transported after crash at intersection

The Department of Public Safety has now released information on a crash at the US 77-FM 908 intersection south of Rockdale on Aug. 5.

Troopers Dustin Neitch and Erik Gaston said vehicles involved were driven by Jerry Blevins, 35, of Rockdale and Daura Bayer, 36, of Lexington.

The troopers said Bayer and a passenger, 16-yearold Cody Messer, were taken to Scott & White Hospital in Temple by an AMR ambulance crew.

A second passenger in the Bayer vehicle refused treatment, according to the DPS.

Also, Erica Veck-Weidner, a passenger in the Blevins vehicle, was treated at Richards Memorial Hospital, Rockdale.

The troopers said Blevins was not injured.

Vehicle damages were termed “extensive.”

Rockdale volunteer firefighters and police also responded to the 4:11 p.m. crash at one of Milam County’s most dangerous intersections.

A photo of the crash was published in last week’s Reporter, but the DPS did not have any information available at presstime.

RVFD responds to fire in local residential area

The Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department extinguished a fire that began on a utility pole Tuesday afternoon, spread to dry grass and trees and threatened several structures.

The blaze was reported at 4:57 p.m. behind 712 Rockdale Road.

Fire Chief Ward Roddam arrived first in his personal vehicle and summoned pumpers and additional volunteers.

Other fire calls dispatched during the past week included the following:

• 3:24 p.m. Friday, grass fire caused by lawn mower, 3398 County Road 334, Rockdale and Milano VFDs.

• 4:02 p.m. Monday, pasture fire, CR 418, later canceled, Thorndale VFD.

• 4:44 p.m. Monday, Milano VFD summoned during thunderstorm with high winds to tree on fire, south of town on CR 364, fire was not located.

County holds workshop with health department

CAMERON—Milam County commissioners met twice during the past week, Thursday for a workshop and Monday in regular session.

The workshop was to receive a report from the Milam County Health Department.

Grants, immunizations, public health preparedness and indigent health were among the items discussed with Patsy Gaines, director.

During Monday’s regular session, commissioners approved Greg Eakens as Precinct 1 deputy constable and okayed sheriff and constable fees for 2015.

Rockdale trustees set meeting for Monday

Rockdale ISD trustees will meet in regular session Monday at 5:30 p.m. in the Central Administration Building.

Agenda items include accountability ratings (see story, page 1A) and reports on readiness for the 2014- 15 school year.

Other items include a closed session to deal with employment.

Local author has new poetry book on sale

Susie Sansom-Piper, retired Rockdale teacher/ administrator and prolific writer, has a new book of poetry that’s now on sale at a number of locations.

“From Valley to Mountains” may be purchased at, Barnes & Noble and Author House.

More information is also available on a Facebook page.

Mrs. Piper has authored more than 3o series for

Chamber social set Sept. 17 for members

The Rockdale Chamber of Commerce will host a social gathering to welcome new members to the organization from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Hogan-Hall Building.

“We will welcome all new members who joined the Chamber in 2014,” staffer Denise Brock said.

“All are welcome. Refreshments will be served,” she said.

Thorndale VFW Post planning steak meal

THORNDALE—Thorndale VFW Post 4009 & Auxiliary will sponsor a Chicken Fried Steak Dinner Sunday, Sept. 7, at the post home. The meal will include chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, green beans, white gravy, and the trimmings.

Serving is 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Dinners will be $9.00 and desserts will be available for a free will offering. dine-in or take plates to go.

Milano City Council sets meeting for Aug. 18th

The Milano City Council will meet in regular session at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Milano Civic Center.

Agenda items include a request to close the Union Pacific crossing at County Road 330, adopting the 2014 property tax rate and discussion of a nuisance odinance.

Council members will also discuss their new budget.

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