TOP BUSINESS—Bland Construction has been named business of the month for May by the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce. The honor was bestowed at the business headquarters to owners Charles and Gaye Bland and was accepted by them and employees of the business. Chamber officers and members made the presentation. Full Story
Two hurt in Rockdale-area crashes
Two persons were injured in separate highway accidents in the Rockdale area recently, according to Department of Pubic Safety state troopers.
Trooper Michael Tice said a two-vehicle crash was reported at 11:35 a.m. Sunday on US 79 at County Road 360 involving a pickup driven by Gabriel Pizana, 42, of Rockdale and an 18-wheeler operated by Rodger Butler, 42, of Windsor, Connecticut. Full Story
Rockdale Homecoming scheduled for June 12th
The 82nd Rockdale Homecoming will be held June 12 at the Patterson Civic Center, according to Barbara Gross , president of the Rockdale Homecoming Association.
Events will begin at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and donuts for the early visitors. The morning will be set aside for visiting and reminiscing about old times. Full Story
On the firing line
ON THE FIRING LINE—From left, Mayor John King, City Manager Chris Whittaker and Police Chief Thomas Harris field questions during a town hall session Thursday in the Patterson
Civic Center. Purpose of the session was to discuss the city’s plans for a new police station. The matter will be revisited during Monday’s city council meeting, See page 1A. Full Story
The two fire calls dispatched from the Rockdale Police Department during the past week were weather related, both sending the area departments to lighting strikes on the same day.
At 1:49 a.m. Saturday the Gause Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a report that lightning had struck a house on County Road 347 Loop. Only smoke was reported. Full Story
East Ward candidates issue statements
Editor’s note: The Reporter invited candidates in Rockdale’s only contested race Saturday to submit statements of candidacy for voters to consider.
It is for Rockdale City Council East Ward. Here are their statements in alphabetical order: Full Story
City resolving lead pipe issues
New water line connected Friday
Rockdale’s newest water line was connected to the city’s system on Friday.
Now city crews are having to deal with an unexpected issue, the discovery of four at least half-century old “connection pipes” containing lead. Full Story
Preliminary tax values more preliminary than usual
First 2016 figures as county, RISD await Luminant outcome
Every spring the Milam Appraisal District (AD) prepares a list of preliminary tax values to enable area entities to begin working on their budgets.
Chief Appraiser Dyann White released those figures Tuesday.
This year they are a lot more “preliminary” than usual for a couple of entities, Milam County and the Rockdale Independent School District. Full Story
Help is on the way
HELP IS ON THE WAY— Almost a year after the Memorial Day, 2015, flooding, a $71,000 federal grant has been approved to fix two major Rockdale drainage problems caused by the floods. Above, these four culverts at the Brandon Boyd intersection collapsed inside as a result of the deluge. At left, the north end of Copeland Street was washed out by the raging waters. Full Story
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