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The Rockdale Reporter The Rockdale Reporter, which dates back to 1873, is actually a year older than the town of Rockdale which didn’t get its name until 1874. The Cooke family bought the newspaper in 1911 and the family still owns the award-winning weekly newspaper.
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Rockdale Christian Services
01/16/2021

Rockdale Christian Services

We have confirmation that the mobile pantry will be at the KC Hall this week (Thursday, 1/21/21) as scheduled. In order to practice social distancing, this distribution will be a drive through model with everyone staying in their vehicles. This is the same distribution method that was done at the last few mobile pantries. Distribution is from 9-11 am.

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The KC Hall will not be open during this distribution. NO RESTROOM FACILITIES WILL BE AVAILABLE.
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We will have everyone drive around the back of the building from the side opposite the truck. Someone will take your name and another person will put a box of food in your trunk. Everyone will stay in their vehicles.

For this to work, please have your trunk cleared out enough for a large box of food to go in. Once you are in the distribution area, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR VEHICLE.

Rockdale Independent School District
01/15/2021

Rockdale Independent School District

The district will be closed on Monday to celebrate and honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Rockdale’s Martin Luther King Day parade will be held on Sunday, January 17 at 4 p.m. The parade will begin at Citizens ...
01/15/2021

Rockdale’s Martin Luther King Day parade will be held on Sunday, January 17 at 4 p.m. The parade will begin at Citizens National Bank. Spread the word!

01/13/2021

Athletes to help with limbs

Rockdale Athletics would like to lend a hand to community members that have limbs in their yard due to the snow storm. Saturday morning from 9-12 we will be driving around and helping to get fallen limbs out to the road so the city can pick them up.

Please call 512-430-6150 or email the athletic office to get on the list for us to come Saturday. Here is the information you will need to provide:

Name
Street address
Location of limbs and how many there are

We will work for about 3 hours and work on a first sign up basis.

Jacob Campsey
Athletic Director/Head Football Coach
Rockdale High School

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01/12/2021
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01/12/2021

Today's testing in Thorndale: We have moved to the Thorndale VFW Hall on Tuesdays. It’s the building right next to the fireman’s hall. Address is 302 E Moerbe.

01/12/2021
Rockdale Signs & Photography

Rockdale Signs & Photography

REMINDER we rent Tuxedos. Prom season is coming up quick. All tux orders need to be placed at least 8 days before the event to ensure we get them in and can fix any issues. We contract with Jim's Formal Wear or JFW, you can look on the website for styles. We can measure at the shop. We will stay open later the first week of February. Times will be announced at a later date. Prices varies on the styles you choose.

No school for Rockdale tomorrow.
01/10/2021

No school for Rockdale tomorrow.

Rockdale Christian Services
01/10/2021

Rockdale Christian Services

While the food pantry will be open this Thursday and Friday, commodity boxes will NOT be available. We expect to have them available for distribution on Thursday, 1/28/21.

Milam County Health Department
01/07/2021

Milam County Health Department

COVID-19 Case Update
Note: changes are for the previous 24 hours.

Cumulative Case Count: 936 - plus 1
Closed/Recovered Cases: 870 - no change
Active Cases: 66 - plus 1

Cumulative Probable Case Count: 641 - no change
Closed/Recovered Cases: 554 - no change
Active Cases: 87 - no change
Probable case is an Antigen detected test result but is not included in the Cumulative Case Count.

Cumulative Monitored: 2175 - no change
Actively being monitored: 267 - no change
Individual being monitored are close contacts of a positive case which are also self-isolated.

Cumulative Hospitalized: 118 - plus 1
Current Hospitalized: 18 - plus 1
Fatalities: 14 - plus 0

We’d like to encourage the wearing of a cloth mask in public, physical distance by 6 feet, washing your hands frequently, knowing the signs and symptoms of COVID-19, self-isolating if you believe you have the signs and symptoms, and consulting your primary care provider if you have symptoms to determine your need for a COVID-19 test is still the safest way. With the reopening of businesses, it is important to keep the above items in mind when you decide you need to be out and about. Please remain safe and have a good day.

The Reporter Gang would like to thank the good people of Rockdale for keeping this food pantry stocked. People in need a...
01/07/2021

The Reporter Gang would like to thank the good people of Rockdale for keeping this food pantry stocked. People in need are using it and good samaritans are restocking it. Special thanks to the original good samaritan, who wishes to remain anonymous, for setting it up! Thank you, Rockdale, for your kindness and generosity.

01/07/2021
Milam County Health Department

Milam County Health Department

Good Evening Milam County,

If you are interested in getting on the list for a COVID-19 vaccination please call the Milam County main number at 254 697 7000 or simply email Amy Guillen at [email protected] and we will get you on the list. We need your contact information, including your email and put you on the list. Once on the list as the vaccine is given you will be called to have an appointment made to receive your COVID-19 vaccination.

Additionally I want to let everyone know that over the past 2 days we have provided 70 COVID-19 vaccinations at the Health Department. This completes the first 100 doses of vaccine we received. We are still providing vaccinations for Phase 1A: Health Care Workers and Phase 1B recipients include:

People 65 years of age and older
People 16 years of age and older with at least one chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19, such as but not limited to:
Cancer
Chronic kidney disease
COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies
Solid organ transplantation
Obesity and severe obesity (body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or higher)
Pregnancy
Sickle cell disease
Type 2 diabetes mellitus

01/05/2021
Rockdale Tiger Athletics

Rockdale Tiger Athletics

Tigers, we received an email late last night from our officiating chapter that they are devastated with Covid-19 cases and or close contact quarantine. They have done enough shuffling to cover 3 games in all of their schools’ primary gyms for tonight’s games. This means due to the shortage, we will not play a JV boys basketball game tonight ,January 5th vs Rogers. All 3 games in the main gym are as scheduled.

JV Girls
Varsity Girls
Varsity Boys

We are sorry for the late notice as we received the word last night. We apologize if this causes any inconvenience.

#LYT
#TFND

Rockdale Christian Services
01/02/2021

Rockdale Christian Services

We have confirmation that the mobile pantry will be at the KC Hall this week (Thursday, 1/7/21) as scheduled. In order to practice social distancing, this distribution will be a drive through model with everyone staying in their vehicles. This is the same distribution method that was done at the last few mobile pantries. Distribution is from 9-11 am.

******************************************
The KC Hall will not be open during this distribution. NO RESTROOM FACILITIES WILL BE AVAILABLE.
******************************************

We will have everyone drive around the back of the building from the side opposite the truck. Someone will take your name and another person will put a box of food in your trunk. Everyone will stay in their vehicles.

For this to work, please have your trunk cleared out enough for a large box of food to go in. Once you are in the distribution area, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR VEHICLE.

01/01/2021

Milam County COVID Vaccination and Testing Report
Thursday, December 31, 2020 7:30 p.m.
From County Judge Steve Young

COVID Vaccinations: Today the Milam County Health Department vaccinated 31 individuals in Cameron. These were individuals from Group 1A and Group 1B who had signed up to be vaccinated. The Health Department will vaccinate again on January 5, 2021 in Cameron. Again, these will be individuals that have already signed up for the shot. We plan to vaccinate about 40 people on the 5th.

We also plan to vaccinate in Rockdale at the Patterson Center on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 and Thursday, January 7, 2021. Texas A&M Health Science Center, under the direction of Dr. Joy Alonzo will perform the vaccinations. These will be by appointment only and those who have previously signed up will be contacted and scheduled for these vaccinations. We hope to vaccinate around 100 individuals.

Today, we requested 200 doses of the Moderna vaccine for next week and our request was granted. Therefore, we will have enough doses for the Health Department and Texas A&M Health Science to vaccinate next week. If all goes well, we will finish next week, with over 300 individuals vaccinated. We will receive an additional 200 doses during the week of January 14, 2021 and thus by January 18, 2021 we hope to have about 500 individuals vaccinated.

Brookshire Brothers has vaccinated about 30 individuals thus far. However, they will not accept any more applications until January 12, 2021. At this point, one must download the consent form from the Brookshire Brothers web site and take the completed form to Brookshire Brothers on or after January 12, 2021 for processing. Please do not call the pharmacy regarding the vaccinations as their lines are overwhelmed.

If you want to get on the vaccination list, please email Ms. Denise Wallace at [email protected] or call 254 697 7000 and ask for Ms. Wallace. She will get your contact information, including your email and put you on the list. The shots will be given to those on the list on a first come, first serve basis. Currently we have over 400 individuals on the list.

Those eligible for the shots are:
1. Group 1A – healthcare workers, including long term staff workers, EMS, home health care workers, rest home residents, staff that interact with symptomatic patients, school nurses and others.
2. Group 1B – those over 65 and those over 16 with underlying chronic health conditions which puts them at increased risk for a severe illness from the virus, including:
Cancer
Chronic kidney disease
COPD
Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
Solid organ transplantation
Obesity
Pregnancy
Sickle cell disease
Type 2 diabetes mellitus

The Moderna drug is a two-shot vaccine, meaning that a booster shot is necessary 28 days after the first shot. Those who are vaccinated will be given a card depicting the type of vaccine they received and when the booster shot can be given. It is imperative that both shots be received. Further, the drug cannot be intermingled with another drug, such as the Pfizer vaccine. The vaccine will be provided at no cost, although there may be an administration charge for those with insurance.

While vaccinations are totally voluntary, we highly recommend that everyone receive a vaccination. Even if you have previously been infected by the virus, you should still get the shot. This is our best chance to get this terrible pandemic under control. In order to establish herd immunity, we need 70% - 90% of the Milam County population to be vaccinated. We have been under the gun for almost a year and now we have a ticket to safety, so please do your part and get the shots!

Milam County COVID Testing Report for Thursday, December 31, 2020:

We did not test today, but we do have a total of 164 active infections in the County, just under our record of 167 set back on December 23, 2020.

We have 39 new confirmed cases to report today; no new PCR cases and 39 new probable cases. No one was hospitalized and 26 individuals were discharged from our active lists.

Milam County Cases as of Thursday, December 31, 2020:

1. Confirmed PCR cases 887 – no change
2. Confirmed active PCR cases 44 – down 7
3. Confirmed probable (antigen) cases 621 up 20
4. Confirmed active probable cases 120 – up 20
5. Total confirmed cases in Milam County 164 – up 14
6. Currently monitored individuals 282 – down 65
7. Hospitalizations 18 no - change
a. 4 persons on ventilators – no change
b. Cumulative hospitalizations since the pandemic started 112 – no change
8. Deaths 11 – no change

Merry Christmas from The Reporter Gang!
12/25/2020

Merry Christmas from The Reporter Gang!

Luz Banda blessed the Reporter Gang with breakfast tacos today! Gracias Luz! Son deliciosas! Merry Christmas to Banda’s ...
12/23/2020

Luz Banda blessed the Reporter Gang with breakfast tacos today! Gracias Luz! Son deliciosas! Merry Christmas to Banda’s employees!

Rockdale Christian Services
12/22/2020

Rockdale Christian Services

An individual that wishes to remain anonymous, met with us at the pantry today to drop off a food donation. When it all was counted, it came to 571 pounds of food. It's the generosity of folks like this that allows us to fulfill our mission of feeding the hungry.

Rockdale Christian Services
12/22/2020

Rockdale Christian Services

It has been decided that the calendar calls for a long period of time before the next pantry opening. So an additional two days have been added, Thursday, 12/31/20 and Friday, 1/1/21. Hours for both days will be the usual 10 am till noon.

No clients will be allowed in the building. For social distancing only one client, or family unit, shall be on the porch or stairs at a time. MASKS MUST BE WORN OVER THE MOUTH AND NOSE WHEN ON THE PANTRY PREMISES.

The pantry does not have staff available to assist in taking the food to your vehicle. If you need assistance, please bring someone to help you.

The next open date will be Thursday, January 14, 2021.

A Good Samaritan called me the other day and asked if she could set up a food pantry in front of The Reporter. I said of...
12/21/2020

A Good Samaritan called me the other day and asked if she could set up a food pantry in front of The Reporter. I said of course she could. It’s set up now and fully stocked. There are some very good people in our town. ❤️

Vision Historic Preservation Foundation
12/18/2020

Vision Historic Preservation Foundation

Vision Historic Preservation Foundation is so happy to help do good in the community. Yesterday Mark Benford, Florida Williams and the crew of Zelma's Farms picked up about 20 bikes which had conveyed with the building. They will refurbish & distribute them to kids in the community -- hopefully next week before Christmas. Watch for updates and thanks for helping us get these bikes back to use in the Rockdale community. (Merry Christmas kiddos!)
#catchthevisionrtx #rockdale1895 #rockdaletx #helpingothers

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Rockdale, TX
76567

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Physical Address: 221 E Cameron Avenue, Rockdale, Texas 76567 Mailing Address: P O Box 552, Rockdale, Texas 76567

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Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 12:00

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