Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40 YEARS AGO

TEN YEARS AGO....

City council members were irate over Rockdale's garbage collection service prompting Mayor Wallace Jones to express that council members "not suggest a solution to an item that's not on our agenda."

School trustees okayed an amendment to the 1999-2000 calendar that pushed the start of classes back two days from Aug. 10 to Aug. 12.

What a dif ference a year made. Through mid-June Rockdale had not yet recorded a 100-degree high temperature, compared to 10 in 1998. And more rain had already fallen in one June than April, May and June of 1998.

The 65th Rockdale Homecoming drew a crowd of 400 to the KC Hall including three members of the RHS graduating class of 1929.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report listed Milam County as the eighth most polluted county in the United States. Alcoa countered by saying chemicals upon which the report was based were being dropped from the EPA's list of toxic substances.

Milam County's 94-year-old county jail was rededicated as a historical museum. Event speaker was Milam Count y native Stan Graves of the Texas Historical Commission.

A standing room only crowd of 35 parents attended the Rockdale ISD School Board meeting to request a full-time teaching position be created for the Golden Girl drill team instructor.

Milam County Appraisal District (MCAD) directors were mulling a budget which represented a $388,502 proposed budget for 1999, an increase of more than $20,000.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

A 19-member communit y youth choir, composed of volunteers from numerous congregations, were set to present "Good News," a Christian folk musical.

Rockdale school trustees discussed constructing a new ag shop at Rockdale High School.

City policemen Billy Lincoln, Bill Crimm and Wayne Brinkley completed intensified training as the police department assumed operation of the city's ambulance service.

A miniature golf course was set to open at the intersection of US 79 and Childress.


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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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