Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40 YEARS AGO

TEN YEARS AGO....

Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) began a reconfiguration of a 1.2-mile st retch of Rockda le which included the downtown area.

About 200 Lee County residents, most with objections, turned out to discuss Alcoa's proposal to pump groundwater beneath Lee and Bastrop counties to San Antonio to facilitate mining plans.

Eleven Rockdale streets were to be paved as the city embarked on the second phase of a street improvement plan.

Texas Football magazine selected Rockdale second in District 19AAA, behind heavy loop favorite Manor, a top-10 team.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Rockdale veterans, and others, were irate at a U. S. Supreme Court decision which decriminalized protest burnings of the American flag.

More than 100 persons turned out for the "Save Our Hospital" run at Richards Memorial Hospital, one of many fund activities in support of the financially troubled institution.

Citing medical reasons, Cecil Lay well resigned as Milam County's Precinct 2 commissioner and the commissioners' court appointed Troy Mode to take his place.

Under fire from taxing entities for budget increases, Milam County Appraisal District (MCAD) directors sliced $20,000 from their proposed 1990 budget.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

A huge drainage program in Central Rockdale got under way with the first widening of the Ham Branch channel in decades.

Tax valuations were going up by 15 percent throughout the Rockdale ISD, according to Supt. J. M. Moorman, who noted t he state leg islat ure recently mandated a teacher pay increase.

Loyd Lowe, assistant principal at Rockdale High School, resigned in order to accept the position of Marlin High School principal.

The city's new Rockdale Housing Commission set a goal of acquiring 100 low-rent housing units for Rockdale.


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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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