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
USW, Alcoa agree on seniority
Older workers will 'bump' juniors for Atomizer jobs
The smelter may be shut down at Alcoa's Rockdale Operations but the company and United Steelworkers still have a relationship and continue to work on labor issues. Troy Hirt, new president of USW Local 4895, said the company has accepted a union proposal to call back senior USW members who are now on layoff to replace junior workers at the plant's atomizer. Full Story
Renovated, expanded RMH eyed by Blackhawk, board
Like its school neighbor, hospital may double in size
The question of whether to build a new hospital in Rockdale or renovate and expand Little River Healthcare's Richards Memorial Hospital appears to have been answered. Full Story
18th day of 105º logged
A heat record dating back nine years to Rockdale's hottest week ever fell Monday when a high of 105 was recorded. It was the 18th high of 105 or greater in 2009. That breaks the old record of 17 set in 2000, a year in which the town logged its all-time high of 113. Full Story
NY priest pleads 'not guilty'; trial date set
An 84-year-old Catholic priest, facing two sex charges in connection with allegations of 2008 incidents in Rockdale, entered a plea of "not guilty" Monday through his attorneys. Prosecutor Kerry Spears said a Nov. 16 jury trial date had been set for Father Stephen Valenta. Full Story
'HAY, YOU FORGOT SOMETHING'
Reporter/Mike Brown In a scene repeated twice Monday morning, Milano 'HAY, YOU FORGOT SOMETHING' volunteer firefighters directed traffic around the Texas 36 railroad overpass after hay from a haul trailer struck the bridge and tumbled to the roadway. Tractor driver Murray McDermott maneuvers bales off the road. Milano VFD volunteers said Harry Jordan also came to the scene in a tractor to help. Neither incident was investigated as an accident by the DPS. Full Story
Hills are alive with MCT's production
Milam County Theater's production of "The Sound of Music," one of Broadway's most beloved musicals, features more than 40 area actors and actresses. MCT's production opens at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1 at the Cameron ISD Performing Arts Center, located at the corner of 10th Street and Fannin Avenue in Cameron. Full Story