A bit of Rockdale history from the 1950s bit the dust early this week when a crew from T&T Contractors demolished the unused Texas Street water tower. The 110-foot tower was constructed during the Alcoa boom years and remained in use until 1999 when it went off-line after the new Mill Street (robin’s egg blue) tower was erected. Full Story
Outlook grim for nursing facility
State moving to close former ‘Manor Oaks’
The State of Texas has begun the process to close Rockdale Residence and Rehab Center with its 70 jobs and 56 residents.
Facility administrator David Bilbo gave the Rockdale City Council an update on the situation at the former Manor Oaks Nursing Home Monday, as the council met in regular session at City Hall, and painted a grim outlook. Full Story
Brown Santa golf tourney is Saturday
The Milam County Sheriff’s Department’s Brown Santa Golf Tourney, the major fund raiser for that annual effort, is set for Saturday at the Cameron Country Club.
Shotgun start tee times July 19, 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Entry fee is $50 per person and includes green fees, goody bag and snacks. Full Story
‘Supercommittee’ eyes tasks
2012 task listing seen as starting point for new effort in Rockdale
Rockdale’s “supercommittee” has begun brainstorming ideas and asked its volunteers to begin work in a number of areas.
In a meeting last Tuesday the select group—composed of representatives from a number of local entities— agreed that concerns prioritized in a 2012 town hall meeting could still be used as a starting point. Full Story
Trade Days, music, sign funded
City ‘scales back’ some requests for HOT money
City council members have approved expenditures from Rockdale’s hotel-motel (HOT) tax for a massive garage sale event, a Christian rock concert and a high-tech sign for the Chamber of Commerce. Full Story
100s still late with wetter weekend eyed
It was a close call for a couple of days but, amazingly, Rockdale may have a chance to head into the final two weeks of July with still no 100-degree readings in 2014.
The mercury in the U. S. Weather Service thermometer at KRXT climbed to a summer’s-high 99 both Sunday and Monday but stopped just short of hitting triple digits. Full Story
NEW ‘TEAM’ IN THORNDALE
There’s a new administrative team as of Monday morning at Thorndale City Hall. Half-new anyway, Stacy Irwin (R) was named city secretary last Wednesday by city council members, replacing Denise Melde who retired recently after 21 years in the job, 28 at City Hall. Irwin had been city clerk for the past 14 years. Replacing her as city clerk is Tonya Sumner, at left. Full Story