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. 


Thorndale Christmas Parade

Thorndale ushered in the holidays with the Thorndale Chamber's annual Christmas Parade on Dec. 2.


Bulldogs top Junction, set for Refugio

The Thorndale Bulldogs (5-6) had a bad taste in their mouths after losing to Junction (3-8) in the first round of the postseason in 2016.  The teams’ 2017 battle had a different outcome and the only thing on the Bulldogs’ mouth this time were smiles as Thorndale defeated Junction 48-7 on Friday night in Marble Falls.

Bulldogs head coach Scott Hawkins was please with the team’s performance and of the dedication the players have shown all season.

“We are very proud of our kids, these kids give us everything they have all the time. We, as a team, have had several battles and distractions this season as well as setbacks. the Bulldogs have never given up, have never quit,” Coach Hawkins said. “I can't say enough about each one of these young men and the dedication that they have put into the season thus far.”


Davenport resigns as mayor

The Thorndale City Council reorganized itself on Nov. 8 after the resignation of Mayor Ryan Davenport.

The council accepted Davenport’s resignation and voted to fill the vacancy with current councilmember Mara McDowell until the next election. The council was set to meet on Nov. 15 to fill McDowell’s position.

In other business council: adopted a resolution allocating their votes on the Milam County Appraisal District Board of Directors to Don Culp; and approved the purchase of backstops for the ball fields at city park.


Thorndale comes out to Relay for Life

Thorndale residents came out to Relay for Life on Nov. 4 at Thorndale City Park. See more photos on page 5.

Team TUFF raised over $6,700 this Relay season and won the Top Team award for the second year in a row during the Milam County Relay for Life event on Nov. 4.  

The Committee Team came in second raising $6,391. So far for this Relay season Milam County RFL has raised over $28,300 but we can turn in money until the end of the year.  

The live auction brought in $2,245. 

Jeter would like to thank the Cub Scouts Pack 789 for leading the Pledge of Allegiance this year. Also a big thank you to our entertainment for the day, DJ Big Ant, and the band Fear Not.  We would also like to thank Buddy and Marilyn Johnson for running our live auction this year.  They did a wonderful job. Jayne Palmer, our local ACS Staff Partner, was very helpful through our journey in 2017 and we can’t wait to work with her again.


Relay for Life is Nov. 4 in Thorndale

Thorndale will host the 2017 Milam County Relay for Life at Thorndale City Park on Nov. 4.

Registration for the chili cook-off begins at 11 a.m. Teams can set up campsites beginning at noon. 

Survivor registration begins at 2:30 p.m. with opening ceremonies at 3 p.m. followed by the Survivor lap at 3:30 p.m.

Activities, games and walking will go throughout the night.

The luminary ceremony will begin at 9 p.m. with awards and closing ceremonies following.

If you would like to join the event leadership team or for more information, contact American Cancer Society Representative Jayne Palmer at or (512) 919-1810.


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