BBQ, bulls on tap this week
Concerts, car show, food, fun on tap at park
On the grill and on the hoof.
There will be plenty of both on hand Friday and Saturday when the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce hosts its first annual “Buckin’ Bulls and Barbecue” event at Fair Park.
It’s just what it sounds like. There’s a two-day barbecue cookoff and a Saturday evening of bull riding. Full Story
That’s just what Richard Collinson (L) and Jonathan Stephens are doing on the century-old-plus building that until July 3 housed Western Divas Boutique at the corner of Cameron and Main (US 79 and FM 908.) On that morning hundreds of bricks crashed from the upper story to the sidewalk below. There were no injuries. Full Story
STAAR testing scores mulled
‘Phasing-in’ era arrives in Rockdale ISD
Rockdale ISD school trustees got a report on the most recent standardized test scores Monday evening and heard the scores have gotten even more complex than usual.
Meeting in regular session in the Central Administration Building. trustees also heard that, as expected, RISD revenue is lagging well behind as the result of the Luminant lawsuit. Full Story
Save our (Girl) Scout House
58-year-old structure was built with ‘cookie money,’ community donations
Local Girl Scout leaders are hoping the community can rally to save what’s been a Rockdale landmark since 1958 and a cherished place of fun and learning for generations of girls.
Focus of this effort isn’t necessarily about raising money, it’s about getting more girls to participate in Scouting. Full Story
Bluegrass at the Kay
BLUEGRASS AT THE KAY—The Piney Grove Ramblers, an Austin-based bluegrass band, entertained at the Kay Theatre Sunday afternoon. It was the second bluegrass concert at the Kay, Rockdale’s renovated 1940’s-era performing arts-cultural activities center. From left are musicians Eddie Collins, Jim Shaffer, Gloria Brayshaw and Wayne Brooks. Full Story
Driller files new appeal of ruling
An oil driller who lost a lawsuit against the City of Rockdale last month is asking for a Federal District Court Judge to review the matter.
Hal McKinney is seeking a new trial.
Rockdale City Manager Chris Whittaker confirmed that last week the city had been advised of the appeal of Judge Walter Smith’s June ruling. Full Story
Summer band practices set start at RHS
Go Big Blue! It’s time to start band.
No fooling, summer band practice for Adrian Acevedo’s Big Blue Band begins at 8:30 a.m. Monday (July 25) with leadership team training, concluding at 11:30 a.m.
The full band will gather for the first time Tuesday, from 8 to 2:30 and that will be the schedule until the end of the week, Friday July 29. Full Story
Food distribution back on schedule
After two visits on a different schedule, Rockdale’s free monthly surplus food distribution returns to the KC Hall parking lot at 9 a.m. Thursday.
That’s the usual date, third Thursday of the month.
Denise Sifuentes, spokesperson, said clients are urged to bring sacks or boxes and volunteers are needed to assist. Full Story
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