Bulldogs headed back to Region IV Tournament

Scott Guzman slips in on defense to make a steal.






The No. 1 Thorndale Bulldogs (31-3) are back in the Class 2A Region IV tournament after defeating No. 15 Snook 58-46 in the regional quarterfinals on Tuesday night at Hearne High School.

The Bulldogs, champions of District 25-2A, will play No. 14 Port Aransas at 8 p.m. Friday at Canyon High School in New Braunfels in the second of two region semifinals game.  The first game will tip off at 6 p.m. and see Thorndale’s district foe Mumford play San Antonio Stacey.

The two winners will play at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Class 2A Region IV championship game and a berth in the UIL state tournament.

Port Aransas, winner of 30-2A, defeated No. 19 San Antonio Lee Academy 71-57 to earn a trip to the regional tournament.

Mumford, third place in 25-2A, defeated Yorktown 60-37 in its third round game and San Antonio Stacey, third place in 29-2A, won 77-61 over San Perlita in its regional quarterfinal match.


Thorndale ISD to offer three bond issues for May

Thorndale Independent School District decided to move forward with a new bond issue during a special meeting on Feb. 15.

The bond will be presented to the public in three different options. Proposition A, a $9.8 million package, will include a new two-story high school building, the conversion of the high school into a middle school library and administration building, the conversion of the middle school into a new fourth and fifth grade campus, cafeteria renovations and more. 

Proposition B,  a $2.4 million package, will include a new band hall addition, enclosure of the existing elementary pavilion, installation of an HVAC system in the middle school gym and renovations to the ag building. 

Proposition C, a $680,000 proposal, will resurface the existing track, construct 50 new parking spaces and purchase land for future construction.


St. Paul Fundraiser

A St. Paul Lutheran School student holds up an auction item during the church’s annual fundraiser on Feb. 11. A barbecue meal and auction were held to raise funds for the church and school at the Thorndale Fireman’s Hall.


Lady Dogs to face Weimar in next round

The No. 8 Thorndale Lady Dogs (26-5) started their playoff run with a win over Iola on Monday night at Giddings High School.

The Lady Dogs’ next test will be Thursday against Weimar at 7:30 p.m. in Giddings. Weimar is the runner up in District 28-2A and defeated Harper in its first round contest on Tuesday night.

“I’m excited about playing Weimar and feel good about the way we are playing,” longtime Lady Dogs’ coach Bradley Dickerson said.  Monday’s win was the 453rd victory of his career.

In Monday’s win over Iola, Thorndale came out a little slow, but managed a 9-6 lead after the first quarter.  The Lady Dogs then broke the game open with 17 points in the second quarter, heading into halftime with a 26-17 lead.

Thorndale, 25-2A champion, came out on fire in the second half.  They put the game away by outscoring the Lady Bulldogs 31-11 in the final two quarters.

Iola fourth place team form 26-2A


St. Paul fundraiser planned for Feb. 11

St. Paul Lutheran Church and School in Thorndale is busy preparing for its annual BBQ Dinner and Auction Fundraiser on Sunday, Feb. 11, at the Thorndale Firemen’s Hall.

BBQ brisket plates with all the trimmings will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 pm for $10 per plate. Tickets will be sold at the door. Desserts will be available for a free-will offering.  

Everyone is invited to bring your family and friends out for an enjoyable meal and afternoon of visiting.

Dine-in or to-go plates will be available. For senior citizen’s delivery call (512) 924-0151 in advance.

A live auction featuring hand-crafted items, baked goods, canned goods and items of special interest for all ages will begin at 12:30 p.m.  If you, or someone you know, would like to donate items for this event, please call the church office at (512) 898-2711.

The Thorndale Firemen’s Hall is located on FM 486 North in Thorndale.


TxDOT closure expected on FM 908

Beginning Monday, Feb. 5, weather permitting; the Texas Department of Transportation’s contractor will close FM 908 at the intersection of Roberts Avenue.

This closure will allow the contractor to replace a culvert on FM 908. A signed detour will be in place to guide the traveling public to use US 79 and US 77.  The duration of this closure will be five days.

TxDOT would like to remind everyone to obey all warning signs, watch for workers and equipment, buckle up and drive safely.

This is part of a $1.4 million dollar project to reconstruct the existing roadway and upgrade structures on FM 908 from US 79 to US 77.  This project is contracted to Cornerstone Paving and Construction, L.L.C. out of Brenham, Texas and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2018.  TxDOT and their contractor would like to thank everyone for their patience.


Thorndale ISD sets community meetings

Thorndale Independent School District’s community facilities team will hold two community meetings on Jan. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the TISD Board Room and Jan. 31 at 6:30 p.m. in the Thorndale Vocational Ag Building.

The team has been meeting regularly to consider community feedback to the recent bond election along with assessing the needs for the future.

“They have worked hard to incorporate that feedback into a potential plan to address the district’s facility needs,” TISD Superintendent Adam Ivy said. “They began with safety and security in mind and then used feedback from multiple sources to fine tune the plan. The team along with your school board would like to give our community a chance to see the pieces of this plan before making a decision on how to proceed with a potential building project.”

Ivy said the team will share the details and give the community a chance to ask questions and give feedback during the meetings.


County's Rockdale Substation closed temporarily

The Rockdale Substation of the Milam County Tax office will be closed temporarily.

Effective Jan. 11, the Rockdale Substation of the Milam County Tax Office will be closed temporally. 

“We will make every effort to reopen as soon as possible and we are sorry for the inconvenience,” County Tax-Assessor Sherry Mueck said. 

To help accommodate county taxpayers, the Cameron location will offer extended hours on Wednesdays only from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

Also please note that Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, is the last day to pay 2017 taxes before they become delinquent. The Cameron location will be open Jan. 31, 2018 from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.


Silver Santa comes to Thorndale

Over the last several weeks the Thorndale Police Department and local community members have been putting together plastic laundry baskets filled with items such as blankets, non-slip socks, nonperishable food, paper towels, flashlights, crossword puzzles, etc. for our senior citizens and shut-ins. On Thursday, Dec. 21, Thorndale Police officers and local leaders delivered baskets to seniors and shut-ins in the local area. This is our annual program for community outreach and it has received an overwhelming support from the community. They are proud and honored to be able to reach out to our community during this Christmas season.


Police Chief Honored

The Thorndale City Council honored Thorndale Chief of Police Martin Jackson with the Outstanding Service Award during its meeting on Dec. 13. Martin is pictured above with Thorndale Mayor Mara McDowell. 


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