Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40 YEARS AGO

TEN YEARS AGO....

An increase in water rates was okayed by city council members to fund a massive water line relocation project along US 79 in Rockdale made necessary by TxDOT plans to widen the highway through town.

Police Chief Tim Smith promised a crackdown on what had been termed "the teenaged invasion of Brazos Street" during the noon hour at Rockdale High School. Residents had complained of reckless driving, even drag racing on the street.

Mayors Wallace Jones of Rockdale and Jim Lafferty of Cameron met with county commissioners and asked the county to provide assistance in funding rural ambulance runs.

Rockdale finally recorded its first 100-degree reading of the summer, 102 degrees on Aug. 4.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

The annual Rockdale Roping & Cutting Club Youth Rodeo was expecting 160 entries for its annual summer competition at the Fair Park Arena.

Rockdale EMS "Biggest Little Party in Texas," held in the KC Hall, raised $20,000 for the Save Richards Memorial Hospital Fund.

City Librarian Collie Parker resigned to move from Rockdale after an 11-year tenure which saw the facility triple in size and go from 9,000 books to 32,000.

A truck hauling an oversized load down US 79 struck a power pole and caused a series of outages in the western part of Rockdale.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

Combined employment at Alcoa's Rockdale Works and Industrial Generating Co. was put at 1,753 with 640 of that total living in Rockdale.

"Sunshine," a hound owned by Dallas resident, and Rockdale native, Sonny Jacobs, won grand champion honors in the Milam County Fox & Wolf Hunters Association Bench Show at Fair Park.

Rockdale and Milam County voters joined the rest of the state in overwhelmingly rejecting a legislative pay hike in a constitutional amendment election.

Sixty Boy Scouts gathered for a district-wide swim meet at the Rockdale Municipal Pool with Troop 752 of Cameron winning the competition.


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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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