Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40 YEARS AGO

TEN YEARS AGO....

An arrest in Gause cleared two area break-ins including the burglary of the W. P. "Red" Hogan of f ice in dow ntow n Rockdale in which four guns were taken.

Alcoa was seeking a mining permit for the proposed new Three Oaks Mine in Lee and Bastrop counties. The current Sandow Mine was predicted to have between 5 and 6 years of coal reserves remaining.

Police Chief Tim Smith warned businesses about a rash of break-ins, noting that seven businesses had reported breakins in the space of just over a month.

TxDOT conf irmed US 79 widening projects from west Rockdale to the Rocky Creek bridge.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Rockdale ISD trustees proposed a 7.9-cent tax hike, raising the district tax rate to 75.09 cents.

The Milam County Appraisal District (MCAD) released figures indication the Rockdale ISD had lost more than $21 million in taxable values during the past year.

The band failed to show up for a dance to benefit the Save Richards Memorial Hospital Fund but virtually all those in attendance turned down refunds and donated money spent on tickets to the fund.

After a $21,000 emergency expenditure was okayed by the city council, Rockdale's last idled water well was repaired and the city's water pumping capacity returned to a maximum potential of 720,000 gallons per day.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

Rockdale school trustees adopted a record $870,100 budget for 1969-70, up more than $100,000 from the current budget.

Fire Chief Johnny Weed said the Rockdale VFD was hampered at the site of a Hunter Street house fire by motorists driving to the scene to look at the action. He said firefighters might request police to issue tickets at future fire scenes.

It was the week of the first moon landing and it was "raining babies" in Rockdale. No less than five births were recorded during the week at Richards Clinic & Hospital.

The heavily used intersection of Meadow and Murray was getting a new coat of asphalt after a combination of heavy traffic and swift drainage after storms left the old coating in shreds.


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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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