Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40 YEARS AGO

TEN YEARS AGO

The last remaining acres of the former Shell Oil Company lignite coal lease were sold, marking the end to a project that once promised 1,300 jobs for the Rockdale area. The final 6,700 acres were the last of 25,000 acres once under lease by Shell and envisioned as the fuel source for a proposed 1,500- to-2,000-megawatt power plant near Rockdale. The "Texland saga" lasted for more than a decade. The Texland power plant, a brainstorm of officials of the Pedernales and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperatives, failed to get state approval.

City council members voted to increase water and sewer rates to cover a $1,000,000 water and sewer line project triggered by a US 79 widening project on the west side of town.

Rockdale's police department, which had vowed to "secure Rockdale's streets during the school lunch hour," issued 45 citations in one week, most of them a result of increase vigilance around the high school. Twenty-six citations were for seat belt violations.

Rockdale ISD received a "recognized" grade in the Texas Education Agency's annual report card.

TWENTY YEARS AGO

The National Wildlife Federation listed Alcoa's Rockdale Works as the third largest generator of toxic chemicals in the nation, ranking behind only Alcoa's Point Comfort Works in Texas and National Steel's plant in Ecorse, Michigan. Alcoa officials vigorously denied the report as flawed.

School trustees okayed a $6.231-million budget and a 7.96-cent tax rate increase for the 1969-70 school year. The tax rate rose to 75.09 cents per $100 valuation.

Former RHS football standout Greg Brinkley was starting his third season as a defensive lineman at the University of Houston.

New Tiger football coach Jon Kramer was greeted by 40 hopefuls as two-a-days began.

FORTY YEARS AGO

Firemen sought, and received, city council support to have police direct traffic away from fire scenes. Traffic problems had been slowing their response times.

Marlene Bush placed seventh in girls breakaway calf roping at the National High School Championship Rodeo in San Antonio. More than 600 contestants from 22 states competed. She also received the rodeo's sportsmanship trophy.

Funeral services were held for Norine Beard, 70, longtime editor of The Thorndale Champion. She had joined the newspaper staff in 1952 and became editor the following year.

Eight city water line breaks in 10 days were repaired by city crews and attributed to a prolonged drought.


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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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