Tigers compete in 7-on-7
Rockdale Tigers' summer 7-on-7 team competed in pool play on Thursday and Friday at Penberthy Fields in College Station. Full Story
Betchan named first-team All-State by sports writers
Rockdale Tiger first-baseman Chance Betchan was a first team selection to the Texas Sports Writers Association Class 3A All-Star Team. Full Story
Thomas admits guilt in Gill's holdup, accepts plea bargain
Aquitted a week earlier for Sunny's robbery, suspect agrees to probation
Less than a week after he was acquitted in a jury trial of the Nov. 6, 2006, aggravated robbery of Sunny Food Mart, Justin Tiger Thomas has pleaded guilty to the similar robbery of Gill's Stop-N-Go three days earlier. Full Story
SPECTACULAR SPARKS FOR AMERICAN FREEDOM
Hundreds of onlookers enjoyed the annual Fourth of July fireworks at Fair Park on Friday. Citizens National Bank sponsors the event each year, alternating it between Rockdale and Cameron. Full Story
'I FELL INTO A BURNING RING OF FIRE'
Rockdale VFD volunteers may have felt like that famous line from a Johnny Cash song after battling the "brush fire that wouldn't die" in a heavily wooded area north of Sherwood Forest Mobile Home Park last week. First reported at 4:26 p.m. Thursday, the blaze required seven callbacks, the last one at 11:15 p.m. Saturday. "It was very hard to get to and was fast moving," Fire Chief Warren Matous said. Milano, Thorndale and Tanglewood volunteers assisted at the scene. Matous said the fire's cause is "undetermined and under investigation." At 2:13 p.m. Tuesday, volunteers were back in the same area as another major brush fire near Belton threatened barns and kept Rockdale and Milano volunteers on the run. At one point some RVFD members answered a call to a smaller grass fire on Burleson Street. Full Story
Trustees eye upgrade to RHS baseball field
Rockdale ISD trustees, meeting last Wednesday in special session, took the first step toward upgrading the RHS baseball field. Meeting after concluding the annual school board facilities tour (see page 1B), board members also tied up some loose ends from the recent on-line auction of portable buildings which will not be used due to the RISD's building project. Full Story
Slow, upward trend continues
Job loss likely not considered in latest U.S. census estimate
Though the county's largest industry recently closed the curtain on its 55-plus-year production stint, the U.S. Census sees growth ahead for Milam. Population estimates released last week show Milam continuing a slow growth pattern, ticking up 2.7 percent since the 2000 census count. Rockdale leads that change with a 9. Full Story
Milam courthouse designated recorded historic landmark'
County's renovation work was one of earliest for state commission
It was the only remaining designation left and now the renovated Milam County Courthouse has a "Recorded Texas Historic Landmark" marker. Full Story
Electric fans sought for elderly, needy
Elderly and needy local residents trying to cope with the Heat Wave of '09, help is on the way. Electric fans are being collected for distribution. Full Story
Free clothing distribution on Saturday
Free clothing will be available, first-come, first-served, from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Masonic Lodge at the corner of Pecan at Third, in the second annual East Side clothing giveaway. Some new but "mostly gently worn" clothing of all sizes for children, youth teens and women is available with a limited amount of men's clothing. Full Story
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