Amendment early vote set to start on Monday

Early voting for the Nov. 7 Texas Constitutional Amendment election starts Monday at four locations as follows:

Rockdale Regional Juvenile Justice Center— Oct. 23-27 and Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

County Clerk’s Office, Cameron—Oct. 23-27, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Oct. 28, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thorndale Justice Center—Oct. 23-27 and Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Buckholts Community Center—Oct. 23-27 and Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There are seven constitutional amendments on the ballot.

Four hurt in 2-vehicle crash on Gause road

GAUSE—Four persons were taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bryan last Tuesday after a 6:50 p.m. in Gause.

According to the DPS, vehicles driven by Marcia Collard and Gary Neal, both of Gause, were in collision on Professor Smith road southeast of Locust Street.

Collard and three passengers— Martha Ruddick,Taresa Johnson and Lou Ann Bennett—were all taken to St. Joseph’s.

Neal was not hurt, according to the DPS, which listed damages as extensive to both vehicles.

Community Choir schedules rehearsals

Rockdale’s Community Choir is preparing music for two upcoming public holiday performances, the Community Thanksgiving Service and Christmas at the Kay.

Director is Lee “Sparky” Thomason.

Rehearsals are scheduled for 3 p.m. on consecutive Sundays at First Presbyterian Church, Oct. 22 and 29.

“Anyone who loves to sing is welcome to participate,” Mary Jane Boyd, choir spokesperson, said.

County quizzed over depositing practices

CAMERON—Milam County Commissioners, meeting Thursday, received a document from a council visitor stating the county is not complying with Local Government Code on timely deposits.

Citing recent resignations and criminal charges, concerning two county officials, Wayne Horkheimer, said “controls over money still are not adequate to prevent undetected diversion.”

He said the code directs a county officer, or other person who receives money, shall deposit the money with the county treasurer on or before the next regular business day after the date on which the money is received.

Horkheimer said he first gave written notice of non-compliance to the county on Jan. 11, 2016.

Thanksgiving service scheduled for Nov. 14

Rockdale Christian Church, 1406 Sager, will be the site for the annual Community Thanksgiving Service at 7 p.m. Nov. 14.

Rev. Ken Ansell, spokesman, said three pastors will share short devotions.

They are: Mike Zapata, Newfound Life; Lance Walch, Forest Grove Christian; and Harry Stevenson, of the host church.

A community choir will provide special music and a light meal will follow. “Please bring your favorite snack-type item or dessert,” Rev. Ansell said.

Brown Santa kickoff ahead at sheriff office

Brown Santa, the Milam County Sheriff’s Department’s annual drive to provide Christmas toys for area children, is set to begin Nov. 1, according to Sheriff David Greene.

Applicants must live in Milam County and parents must bring a Medicaid or WIC card with the child’s name on it, a current utility bill, birth certificate and children who are in school must present a current report card.

Parents/guardians must have a valid Texas ID.

Applications may be picked up at the sheriff’s office starting Nov 1.

A Brown Santa account for donations has been established at Classic Bank and monetary donations may be sent to: Brown Santa, attention Wynema Adams, 512 North Jefferson Suite A, Cameron TX 76520.

New, unwrapped toys may be taken to the sheriff’s department at the above address.

For information call 254- 697-7033 and ask for Mrs. Adams.

‘War of the Worlds’ coming to Kay Theatre

The Kay Theater is showing the 1953 movie “The War of the Worlds,” sponsored by the Milam County Retired School Personnel Association at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.

Admission is $5.

The film, starring Gene Barry and Ann Robinson, is a loose adaptation of the novel of the same name by H. G. Wells.

It was directed by Bryan Haskin.

The War of the Worlds won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects and went on to influence other science fiction films.

In 2011 it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in the Library of Congress for being deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”

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