Renovations eyed for downtown
Wolf Park expansion, MDD office switch, ‘streetscapes’ planned
If the Rockdale Municipal Development District (MDD) has its way, parts of downtown Rockdale are going to look a lot different.
At last week’s MDD session the district’s board okayed spending up to $12,000 to purchase a vacant lot next to Wolf Park for a project that could include a mural and downtown’s first public restrooms. Full Story
On track for changes in Milano
Railroad, city council working plan to shut down 330 intersection
When Milano Mayor Billy Barnett pulled up at his city’s Bui Street (County 330) railroad crossing to be interviewed by The Reporter last week, he was greeted by a familiar sight. Full Story
Surplus food giveaway set
The Capital Area Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry will hold its monthly distribution in Rockdale at 9 a.m. Thursday in the KC Hall parking lot, according to Denise Sifuentes, spokesperson.
“Since the distribution relies totally on volunteer help, volunteers will be needed and greatly appreciated,” she said.
Call Sifuentes at 512-46-6475 for further information. Full Story
2-cent tax hike now .6 in RISD
Trustees okay $1.26145 rate
Rockdale ISD taxpayers got some good news Monday. What was proposed in May as a 2-cent school tax increase has turned into a hike of just over one-half cent.
Meeting in regular session Monday, school board members unanimously adopted a $1.26145 tax rate for 2014. Full Story
Legendary sheriff topic for talk
Son to present history program on famous dad
Before there was “the right stuff,” before there was “true grit,” there was Carl Black.
Lots of law enforcement officers are called legends, Carl Black was one. He was Milam County’s sheriff from 1944 to 1977. Full Story
Judges rule: ‘Put Watkins on ballot’
A state appellate court Tuesday ordered incumbent Precinct 1 Commissioner Richard Watkins’ name be placed on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.
County Clerk Barbara Vansa had declined to put Watkins on that ballot, saying County Republican Chair Bill Whitmire missed a deadline to certify Watkins as the party’s nominee by two days. Full Story
Problems with limbs falling from a 70-foot dying tree at the city library forced the city to lop off most of the giant tree last week. Here, tree-trimmer Richard Cranford of Top Hat Services works high in the sky with a chainsaw. The library’s Ackerman Street entrance was closed for most of the week but re-opened on Saturday. Full Story