Goin’ to town
No, not the four-legged rural resident, the big iron one behind her. That’s the Sheckles Bridge, which has been sitting in a field off County Road 429 since a new bridge over the San Gabriel River was built in 2003-04. Rockdale City Manager Chris Whittaker plans to bring both the Sheckles Bridge and the North Milam Galbreath Bridge, county Road 240 at Big Elm Creek, to Rockdale. Full Story
Garage sales, fly-in, concert
Busy Labor Day weekend for Rockdale
There will be plenty of things to do Labor Day weekend in the Rockdale area with a free music concert, fly-in at the Apache Pass airstrip and the annual community-wide garage sale.
GARAGE SALES— Much of Rockdale turns into a shopping mall this weekend, especially on Saturday. Full Story
City tax increase less than forecast
Rockdale rate goes up to 79.9 cents
Rockdale City Council members voted to increase the city’s tax rate in a series of 5-0 votes Thursday, but the hike wasn’t quite as much as originally forecast.
In a pair of back-to-back meetings, the council approved a 79.9-cent tax rate. Full Story
It’s been 10 years since the storm changed us all
I magine the scene in “Gone With The Wind,” where there is an endless sea of injured or dead Civil War soldiers. Okay. Now, multiply that by 10, and you might have an idea of what it was like to walk into the Austin Convention Center during the two weeks that the New Orleans evacuees were residents there. Full Story
Being pampered at ‘high tea’ new experience
Bill and I just returned from a trip to Washington state and Victoria, BC, where we met with good friends Karen and Terry Stuller and had a grand old time kicking back in Seattle, Victoria and Wenatchee.
The temps there were mostly 70-80s and it felt wonderful to go outside and not break into a sweat before you got back inside. Full Story
TO WED—Frank Flores of Rockdale announces the upcoming wedding of his daughter, Desiree Flores, to Derrick Malone. Desiree is the daughter of Lisa Marie and Bobby Castillo of Pflugerville. She graduated from Rockdale High School and received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Texas State University. The prospective groom graduated from Florida High School. Full Story
BRASSY—Friday’s road football game at Smithville also marked the debut of the 2015-16 Rockdale High School Big Blue. The band, directed by Adrian Acevedo, is coming off an awards-filled 2014-15 season and has been practicing since the last week of July. Trumpeter Geritt Davenport and bandmates will make their home debut Friday at Tiger Field. Full Story
Ducks still looking to turn corner
Taylor loaded with talented skill players
Although it has dabbled in the playoffs here and there, it has been 10 years since Taylor has posted a winning record.
Rusty Purser—with three playoff appearances in tow—begins his fourth season as head coach and last season brought in new offensive and defensive coordinators.
Four of their games were decided by four points or less. Full Story
Tiger skill players excell in season opening win
SMITHVILLE—A hip term in footballese and coachspeak these days calls for certain players to be able to get “out in space” where they can use their considerable skills to make plays.
Jeff Miller figured if all else failed, he possessed four such playmakers on his roster that he could turn to and Friday night they found enough space to qualify as a NASA satellite. Full Story
Lots to do on this Labor Day weekend
Labor Day weekend is already here and we have so many activities going on in our community.
Please drive out to Apache Pass Saturday morning to watch the planes coming in for the Labor Day Fly-In.
You can do early registration at 9 a.m. on Saturday for the Backyard BBQ at Wolf Park.
Categories include Gourmet Burgers, Gourmet Beans and Cooks Choice. Full Story
Building permits continue 2015 surge
$213,888 August total, $1.822M in past 8 months
Rockdale recorded another good month for building permits in August, led by a long-awaited new downtown parking lot.
Permits totaled $213,888,40 and pushed the 2015 eight-month total to $1,822,349.71.
That’s more than double the $901.687 total for all of 2014. Full Story
Two new directors join the Thorndale Chamber
The Thorndale Chamber of Commerce met for their regular meeting on August 26.
Two new directors have joined the Chamber.
We welcome Mara McDowell of Cornerstone Real Estate and Tammy Patin of Patin Construction.
The Chamber would like to invite the public to our meetings the 4th Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Thorndale Chamber building. Full Story
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