Enrollment down for Milano, Thorndale ISDs

Both Milano and Thorndale schools are looking for slightly less students on Monday than on the first day of the 2013-14 school term last year.

In Milano, Supt. Robert Westbrook predicts 420 students will answer the first bell.

That’s down from 432 one year ago.

Thorndale’s first-day enrollment is predicted at 597, according to Supt. Dr. Craig Spinn.

One year ago, that figure was 614.

Milam Democrats plan two Labor Day picnics

The Milam County Democratic Party will host a pair of Labor Day (Sept. 1) picnics with opportunities to visit with local candidates for November.

First picnic is 9 a.m. to 12-noon in Cameron’s City Park Pavilion.

Rockdale’s Veterans Park will host a picnic from 3 to 6 p.m.

“The public is invited and refreshments will be served,” County Chair Tommy Grimes said.

Thorndale ISD tax rate staying at $1.31 for year

THORNDALE—Trustees of the Thorndale ISD have adopted a $1.31 tax rate for 2014-15.

That’s the same as the current rate, according to Supt. Dr. Craig Spinn.

“We are finally beginning to emerge from the financial hole the state left the school in back in 2011,” he said.

Dr. Spinn said budget highlights include an improved employee compensation pay, and an early payoff of $56,000 in debt.

City of Thorndale eyes decrease in tax rate

Meeting in regular session last Wednesday at City Hall, the City of Thorndale has proposed an 81-cent tax rate for fiscal year 2014-15.

That’s a decrease of 2.3 cents from the current 83.3.

The tax rate will be voted on Sept. 10, following a pubic hearing.

Mandatory session ahead for substitutes

A mandatory meeting for all persons who want to be substitute teachers in the Rockdale ISD is set for Aug. 28 in the Central Administration Building.

Participants may attend either the 9-10 a.m. or 5-6 p.m. session.

Attendance is required in order to continue to be an active substitute.

Fund to assist family losing belongings in fire

A fund has been established at Rockdale Federal Credit Union for former Rockdale residents Clint and Mandy Nolen, who lost all their belongings in a Monday apartment fire in Seguin.

“They have three young daughters, ages 10, 9 and 7 and they need everything,” Teresa Mireles, spokesperson said.

For more information call 512-446-5408.

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 offer dine-in or plates to go.

Alcoa retirees plan next meeting for Sept. 11th

The next get-together of Rockdale Alcoa Retirees is set for Thursday, Sept. 11 at the Alcoa Lake Training Center, according to Doug Williams, spokesman.

“Set-up is at 4 p.m., doors open at 5 and the meal is at 6,” he said. “Those with last names starting A through M should bring desserts.”

Williams said a silent auction will be held during the meeting.

Milano tax rate will remain at 25 cents

MILANO—City council members in Milano, meeting Monday at the civic center voted to leave the city tax rate at 25 cents.

Andrew Hudanish, representative of Union Pacific Railroad, discussed the company’s plan to close the CR 330 railroad crossing.

Council members asked for more information in a later meeting.

The city will get estimates on paving sections of two Milano streets in that area.

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