Practices for high school teams start Monday
Summer vacation comes to an abrupt end early Monday morning as football and volleyball workouts begin for area teams as well as teams around the Lone Star State.
Football equipment will be issued at the field house on Monday beginning at 7 a.m. sharp for the Rockdale Tigers. That will be followed by the first day of practice which is set to begin at 8 a.m. and continue until noon. Beginning the next day, Tuesday, Aug. 4, practice will be held from 7 to 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. until noon. The practice of Aug. 7 will mark the Tigers' first practice in full pads.
Volleyball practice is set to start on Aug. 3 as well. All participants must bring their own t-shirt and shorts for the first few weeks. Workouts will be held in the new RHS gym from 7 to 10 a.m. and noon to 3 p.m. This schedule will continue through Aug. 7. New Coach Jason Williams encourages everyone to arrive 15 minutes early. A high school volleyball parents meeting will be held Thursday, Aug. 6 at 6 p.m. at the high school gym.
If you are going to participate in Rockdale High School football, volleyball or cross-country this coming school year in grades 9-12, you must have all the required UIL and RISD medical forms turned in. Students going into grades 9 and 11 must have a new physical examination and the four page "yellow form" packet. Students going into the 10th and 12th grades only need to complete the "yellow form" packet if they already have a physical exam on-file from last year. Full Story
Mad dash to finish at RHS
New code: Mohawks out, cell phones back in (at specified times)
Forget the 100-meter dash at the Rockdale Relays, the most exciting race to the finish line this year is going on now at the new Rockdale High School. School starts Aug. 24 and the new RHS isn't yet ready even though it's racing in that direction, according to consultant J. P. Grom who addressed the RISD school board Monday. Full Story
20 MINUTES OF MOISTURE
Reporter/Ken Esten Cooke 20 MINUTES OF MOISTURE Considering the extreme lack of rain lately, eighth-grader Josh Pelzel was well-prepared, having an umbrella during an unexpected, 20-minute shower (.06 inch) that fell Wednesday during the Rockdale Open tennis tournament's youth division play. Action was suspended for about 45 minutes following the downpour. It was the first measurable rain here since June 30 (.15 inch) and July 1 (.04 inch). See Sports for more photos and results from this weekend's Rockdale Open. Full Story
Writer McCourt was an advocate for educators
When I heard that Frank McCourt—the Irish- American writer whose novel "Angela's Ashes" spent 117 weeks on The New York Times best-seller list—died last week, what came to mind was how much I laughed after seeing him plant a big fat one on the lips of President Bush's Secretary of Education in Austin back in 2006. Full Story
One time it never did rain
15-month drought of 1924-25 set a dry record
It's only the punch line of a joke, right? The old-timers are standing around discussing droughts and one of them says, "I remember one time when it never did rain." It wasn't a laughing matter to Rockdale and farmers of surrounding communities in the mid-1920s. Full Story
Taken from community calendars. For additions, call 446-5838. Birthdays July 30—Cutter Smith, Jeannie Lewis, Jadan Carmichael, J. Preston Rose, Mackenzie Woolverton, Allyse Betchan, Elaine Holliman, Heather Hulett, Malda Burns, Derek Doss. Full Story
First Astros experience is 'field of dreams'
I have been a Houston Astros fans for as long as I can remember. From watching Mike Scott pitch to cheering for the "Killer B's" to crying when we finally made it to the world series...I've worn my stars proudly. A couple of weeks ago I introduced my young family to the world of Major League Baseball and the Houston Astros. Full Story
Alarm rings early for teams Monday
Equipment to be issued across the state
Summer vacation comes to an abrupt end early Monday morning as triple-digit players will try and survive the tripledigit temperatures when football workouts begin for area teams as well as teams around the Lone Star State. Equipment will be issued at the field house on Monday beginning at 7 a.m. sharp for the Rockdale Tigers. Full Story
Granger grad Pekar roars to Open title
Cooke-Avrett team up for Open doubles crown
The 30th edition of the Rockdale Open had familiar names regain the thrones of tennis' best...at least in this town. Names like Cooke, Av rett, Wallingford and Maldonado took home titles in the 2009 Open. Excitment was in the air for great tennis and also because play was suspended for almost half an hour during the youth tournament because of a sudden downpour. Full Story
Fans, school supplies being collected here
We are busy collecting fans for the low income and the elderly and I am so appreciative of those who have brought fans or money by to get those fans. We have given away over 50 fans and we have more coming so hopefully we can keep everyone cool. Full Story
Piano Bar seeks first 'liquor by drink' license
'Private club' designation, perception hampers business, owner says
Come Sept. 1, the Piano Bar & Steakhouse hopes to be Milam County's first business to operate under the new liquor by the drink statute approved by Rockdale voters in 2007. Piano Bar owner John Williams said the process to get a liquor license was expensive, but will end up being much less bookkeeping and hopefully bring in more business. Full Story
School supplies added to Aug. 21-23 sales tax holiday
For the first time in 10 years, Texas' annual August sales tax holiday will include school supplies, according to Comptroller Susan Combs The 2009 tax-free holiday runs Friday, Aug. 21 through Sunday, Aug. 23. In the past, tax-free purchases have been limited to school backpacks, clothing and shoes. Full Story