Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40 YEARS AGO

TEN YEARS AGO....

The 107-year-old Milam County Courthouse acquired a new base, clock tower and replacement of the Goddess of Liberty as the courthouse renovation-restoration process continued.

Milam County deputy sheriffs received at least 40 calls "sighting" serial killer Rafael Resendez-Rameriz and spent six hours searching for him near Gause. It wasn't him. Resendez Ramirez, who was wanted for murders along and near railroad tracks, was arrested in El Paso.

Foundation work on Rockdale's new Brookshire Bros. super market was under way to replace the building destroyed in a 1998 fire.

There were still no 100-degree readings in 1999, one year after 57 were recorded in the summer of 1998. Rockdale high temperature to date was only 94

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Rockdale FFA students Jake Jenkins, Mike Walko, Jimmy Foster and Aaron Fritz won the state FFA Talent Contest in Houston.

Due to an increase in sales tax revenue, Milam County commissioners were eyeing a $400,000 jump in the county budget without a property tax increase.

After several years, road construction signs were coming down in Milano as the new US 79/190-Texas 36 railroad viaduct was completed.

A committee seeking to locate a pr ison in Milam C ount y accepted an option to buy a 600-acre tract five miles south of Rockdale off FM 908.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

Col. Wilson Speir, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, was the guest speaker for the Rockdale Rotary Club's noon luncheon meeting.

A "mothers softball game" to benefit Rockdale Little League between the Flying Jennies and Has Beens was played for laughs and was pronounced a tie by the umpiring crew, although nobody was sure.

Gibson's Discount Center— yes, we had one—was offering 4-track tapes for $2.97 each.

City Manager N. E. Alford Sr. said Rockdale's daily water usage had climbed above the 2 million gallon level.


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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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