Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40 YEARS AGO

TEN YEARS AGO....

The 1999 Jubilee Days had a new "flavor," billing itself as a Dewberry Festival, complete with Bluegrass music and a dewberry cookoff.

The week before the annual Jubilee Days Rodeo, burglars hit the announcer's stand at the Roping & Cutting Club's Fair Park Arena, taking equipment valued at $1,100.

State legislators mandated a $3,000 teacher pay raise and individual school districts were awaiting word on how the raise was to be funded.

After a disastrous growing season in 1998—59 days of 100- plus temperatures—corn was emerging as Milam County's crop of choice for 1999.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

A tornado whipped through the Elevation and Sand Grove areas south of Milano, leveling a couple of homes and causing damage in a path which crossed Texas 36 at one point.

S e vente en p er son s wer e arrested as the Milam County Sheriff's Department conducted a drug sting, focusing on crack cocaine. A grand jury had previously returned 27 indictments in connection with the crackdown.

A crowd of 400 attended the annual Rockdale Homecoming in the KC Hall, drawing ex- RHS students from Virginia to California.

The Save Richards Memorial Hospital Fund was over the $90,000 plateau. At the $100,000 level the fund was due to receive a second $50,000 donation from the Alcoa Foundation.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

It may have been the largest Jubilee Days trail riders parade in Rockdale history as 750 persons, most of them on horseback, trekked through downtown Rockdale en route to Fair Park.

Renda Roddam was named 1969 Jubilee Days Rodeo Queen in the annual contest held during the Saturday night rodeo competition.

Property owners along San Andres Avenue presented the Rockdale City Council with a petition for assessment paving. The council was also considering paving plans in the William Cameron addition.

"Scarlet," a terrier owned by Kathy McFaull of Rockdale was the best of show in the 90-entry dog show held at Fair Park in conjunction with Jubilee Days.


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The burn ban for Milam County has been lifted. Burning is always prohibited in the county's municipalities.


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