Riley Henderson and about 45 other Rockdale student volunteers—both high school and junior-high—were surrounded by Christmas toys over the weekend as one of the biggest-ever Christmas Roundup projects unfolded at the KC Hall. On delivery day Tuesday, 1,030 persons in 311 families received food and toys in the annual Christmas cheer drive. Full Story
RISD eyes job cut policies for ‘15-16 task
Force reduction to be ‘targeted’ in budget crunch
School trustees—and for that matter the community— are being prepared for the possibility of job cutbacks in the Rockdale ISD next year as administrators seek to trim a million dollars from the 2015-16 budget. Full Story
Vehicle assault, knife slashing, chase by police leads to charges
Three hurt, man hit by pickup in incident following party
A 27-year-old Rockdale man is facing charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and evading arrest with a vehicle after a series of incidents before dawn Sunday. Full Story
Brown Santa applications due by Friday
Roundup is over (see separate story) but applications for the Milam County Sheriff’s Department Brown Santa toy giveaway are being accepted until 5 p.m. Friday.
Applicants must bring a current utility bill, valid Texas driver’s license, birth certificate or student report card and a Medicaid or Chips card bearing the student’s name. Full Story
Years-late diplomas draw cheers, pride
It’s rare there are cheers and applause from everyone in the room at a school board meeting, but there were lots of them Thursday.
Trustees and visitors broke into applause after two former RHS students were granted diplomas, nine and six years after completing their course work. Full Story
One more angel
Of course all the “angels” on the Milam County commemorative Tree of Angels are special but, there was no more poignant moment at the annual ceremony Thursday at the county museum than this at the Milam County Museum. From left, Prosecutor Bill Torrey and Rockdale Police Lt. J. D. Full Story
Flu shots? ‘Yes’ say county HD officials
AP story worries health department
Milam County Health Department officials are concerned a recent Associated Press story which concluded this winter’s flu vaccine “may not be very effective” might keep area residents from obtaining the shots. Full Story
Street repairs by Tiger Field start Monday
The city street department will begin making repairs to a stretch of distressed pavement in the 800 block of Murray Avenue, in front of Tiger Field, on Monday.
“Expect road delays and/or detours as we fix the area where the asphalt is being pushed up,” City Secretary Terry Blanchard said. Full Story
Paper out early
Next week’s Reporter will be published on Tuesday, instead of the normal Wednesday, due to the Christmas holiday.
Deadline for advertising and news copy will be 5 p.m. Friday. Full Story
School’s out! (almost, that is)
All South Milam County schools will be dismissed for the Christmas holidays on Friday.
There will be early outs in Milano, Thorndale ISD, Thorndale St. Paul’s and Gause, but not in Rockdale.
That’s because Rockdale used its allotted early out release on Nov. 21 for a playoff football game. Full Story