County budget: Five jobs cut
May be permanent; museum funds stay
Faced with the possibility of huge—and possibly permanent—losses in the Milam County tax base, and pledging not to raise taxes this year, Milam County Judge Dave Barkemeyer is taking a grim message to county taxpayers as decision time looms.
The new budget, which retains the current 65.2-cent tax rate, has sliced five positions in various county offices. Full Story
Okay, so the crane gives it away. It was still a pretty impressive sight Thursday afternoon as air conditioning units were replaced on Rockdale’s “old Walmart” which is well on the way to becoming Tractor Supply. The giant crane was visible through much of Central Rockdale, including the hospital and high school parking lots. Full Story
Luminant files its suit over tax value
Asks Delaware judge for relief
The long-anticipated “other shoe” finally dropped Friday as Luminant filed a lawsuit over its 2015 appraisal values.
Luminant is the county’s largest taxpayer and a major part of the tax base for Milam County and the Rockdale ISD. Full Story
She ‘got out of the house’
Melcher retiring after three decades
Three decades ago, Donna Melcher’s neighbor, the late school administrator JoAnn Conoley talked her into filling out an employment application for the Rockdale ISD.
“She was helping me ‘get out of the house’,” Melcher laughed. Full Story
Pearls make me feel all lady-like-ish
Hey y’all! I hope everyone is settling into their Back-to- School routine.
I went to the doctor with husband Bill the other day and I decided to dress up for the occasion.
I wore one of my outfits with my pearl jewelery.
Now, something happens to me when I wear my pearls.
The necklace is beautiful, I bought it a while back from Sharla Kay Wilson. Full Story
Aug. 27—Jenny Breithaupt, Eudie Hembrough, Nicholas Vreeland, Ethan Taylor.
Aug. 28—Melanie Barcak, Diane Reneau, Vonelle Hilliard.
Aug. 29—Aug.in Cooke, Jessica Hodson, Leo Ogea, Connie Merka.
Aug. 30—Jo Pruett, Anna Randall.
Aug. 31—Bailey Wallace, Ray Seale.
Sept. 1—Lisa Loewe. Full Story
Friday Night Lite
Tigers lacking in varsity experience
Rockdale coach Jeff Miller succinctly crystallized his team’s current level of experience.
“A bunch of our guys got to play a lot last year,” he summized. “It was just on Thursday nights, not Friday.” Full Story
Spikers host own tourney
Lady Tigers 7th annual tournament this weekend
The Rockdale Lady Tigers fell to Georgetown Gateway 25-22, 25-16, 21-25, 25-21 Tuesday night at Tiger Gymnasium.
The Lady Tigers slip to 5-11 on the season.
They are coming off the highly competitive Bastrop Tournament where they went 2-6. Full Story
High school football brings us back to basics
While the NFL squabbles over how many millions the league and their players can rake in and how it gets split up and college football is, well—come to think of it—kind of doing the same thing, this week, football returns in its purest form.
The high school season kicks off Friday (for some, Thursday) and more specifically, Texas high school football. Full Story
Lots of activities on Labor Day weekend
I would like to start my column this week by thanking all of our Chamber members.
We appreciate all of your involvement and support you give our Chamber.
We are such an important part of this community and we take that responsibility very seriously.
Our members are what make our Chamber thrive and we are dedicated to helping you succeed. Full Story
Milam unemployment up in July
All area counties post increases over past month
Milam County joined most adjacent counties in posting an increase in the unemployment rate between June and July.
The mid-summer months are traditionally times when unemployment rises.
Milam’s rate went up .2 of a percent during the month, but remains 1.3 points behind the July, 2014, figure. Full Story
TOP BUSINESS—Standard’s Home Health & Hospice has been named business of the month for September by the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce. Employees of the business and owner Tommy Standard (standing at front row, left) displayed the banner at the company office during a recent presentation by Chamber officials and directors. Full Story
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