TEN YEARS AGO....
Rockdale businesses along US 79 were scrambling to develop access plans after the Texas Department of Transportation began its widening project along the highway.
A 48-year-old Killeen cowboy died after he was thrown from
bull and trampled in a rodeo accident near Minerva.
Brad Jett, Caldwell Middle School principal for the past 13 years, was named the new principal of Milano High School.
Rockdale police released an artist's drawing of a suspect who made off with $12,000 in portrait photography equipment from Wal-Mart.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
The Old-Timers Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association was staging a rodeo at Fair Park to benefit the Save Richards Memorial Hospital fund drive.
Milam County Deputy Sheriff Ted Retchloff was assigned fulltime to work with the Central Texas Narcotics Task Force.
Lightning from an earlymorning thunderstorm turned off a pump at the city's 500,000- gallon Texas Street well. Water service was quickly restored.
A bowling tourney at Rockdale's bowling alley (yes, we had one) raised $3,185 for the Save Richards Memorial Hospital fund.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
Members of the Milam County Bar Association agreed to begin closing law offices throughout the county on Saturdays. Attorneys' offices had been open on Saturday mornings.
A 1915 model T owned by R. C. "Red" Richards of Rockdale placed third in a field of 127 in a statewide competition of the Horseless Carriage Club of America.
R ay Pr ice, on his way to becoming a country music legend, was to highlight the July 4 dance at Rockdale's Fair Park pavilion.
Texas had a taste for Milam County watermelons. A. N. Graham, local grower/shipper, said 30 trailer loads (about 750,000 pounds) were leaving the scales each day.