Police stunned after acquittal
Bryan man cleared of 2006 Sunny Food Mart holdup in jury trial
Rockdale police admit to being "stunned" after a 19-year-old Bryan man was found not guilty of the Nov. 6, 2006, aggravated robbery of Rockdale's Sunny Food Mart in 20th District Court last week. The acquittal of Justin Tiger Thomas blindsided Lt. J. D. Newlin and Police Chief Thomas Harris, both of whom testified at the three-day trial. Full Story
Courthouse re-dedication ceremony set July Fourth
It was "born" on the Fourth of July, re-dedicated on the Fourth of July and this Saturday the Milam County Courthouse will pick up the Texas Historical Commission's highest honor. In a Fourth of July ceremony beginning at 10 a.m., the 117-year-old courthouse will be declared a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, the eighth such honor for a Milam location. Full Story
Thorndale Barbecue Cookoff teams made a splash as they found ways to keep cool during Saturday's sweltering 106-degree temperatures. Above, the Taylor team "Barbecue Bandits" brought along a trough and filled it with water for Karla Quintanilla (left) and Ariana Avila to splash and keep the heat at bay. Full Story
Hottest June ever!
June busted out all over Rockdale in 2009 if you're talking about sheer oppressive, suffocating heat. The month which ended Tuesday was the hottest June in the 88 years U.S. Weather Service has kept records for Rockdale. Full Story
Fireworks at Fair Park, nowhere else
If you want to see fireworks light up the sky legally this weekend for the Fourth of July go to Rockdale's Fair Park Friday night. That's the only place it's going to happen without the law being broken. The burn ban instituted last week by county commissioners bans the use of all fireworks. Full Story
What's Iris Guthrie doing? Watching television with a half gallon of Blue Bell and offering "at home" support to a contestant on "Who Wants To Be A Billionaire?" It was all part of a skit in the Patterson Civic Center Thursday as the city library held its annual summer reading program fun and games finale. See page 2B. Full Story
Fourth of July holiday coming up this weekend
Saturday is the Fourth of July and almost everyone is taking that day off with a few Friday closings sprinkled in. Rockdale's financial institutions are open on Friday but closed Saturday. City Hall will be closed Friday but there will be garbage pickup that day on regular schedules. Full Story
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