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.


Two Bulldogs advance to State Cross Country meet


Champion Sports


Thorndale cross country runners Jacob Williamson and Mason Drumm advanced to the state meet after placing high enough in the Class 2A boys Region IV cross country title on Monday in Corpus Christi.  The UIL State Cross Country Championships are scheduled for Nov. 4 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.

Williamson, who also qualified last year, finished 17th overall in a time of 18:46, with Drumm right behind him at 18th in a time of 18:56.

Milano’s Parker Jones won the 5,000 meter, Class 2A boys’ race in a time of 16 minutes and 40 minutes.  Duncan Naylor of Great Hearts Monte Vista was second in 16:57.

In 2016, Williamson was just the second boy in Thorndale school history to advance to the state cross country meet.  The other was Keon Mays in 2012.

The top four teams advance to the state meet and top 10 individuals not on those top four teams move on as well.


Thorndale ISD looking at next steps toward bond at meeting

Thorndale Independent School District trustees meet on Oct. 16.

There was a presentation by Casey Sledge of Sledge Engineering to inform the board about the facilities planning and construction management services that his company offers through an agreement with the Region 13 Educational Service Center.

Administrators were on hand to answer questions about their campus reports. There were a few questions for administrators including a question for Elementary Principal Meghan Esau concerning the use of a new reading program called Reading Plus. She reported that this program has been offered as a trial and that she was planning to use it in second through fifth grades. 

Middle School Principal Lee Hafley had previously reported that his campus had started using the new program and he was very impressed with the level of data that his teachers were getting from the diagnostic assessments they had given. 


TISD sets facilities committee meeting

Thorndale ISD will have a facility meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 9, in the administration board room.

TISD Superintendent Adam Ivy said the meeting will continue discussions and planning that started at the district’s facility tour on Sept. 27.  

“The purpose of this meeting is to answer as many questions as possible and gather as much feedback from the community as possible to allow us to have a positive, strategic plan for addressing our facility needs,” Ivy said. “We welcome anyone that would like to be part of this committee to attend and help us to make important decisions that will affect our students for years to come.”

The community is invited to come share with the district as it plans for the future.

The board room is located at 300 North Main Street in Thorndale.



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