Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40 YEARS AGO

TEN YEARS AGO....

Despite a $30-million loss in taxable values, the Rockdale ISD was able to go on with "business as usual" after the state legislative funding plan produced additional state aid. The district did raise its tax rate 2.5 cents to the state maximum of $1.50.

Reynolds Metal Company stockholders agreed to a merger with Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa) which would let Alcoa remain as the world's largest metal producer.

Rockdale Hospital District directors okayed a plan to reconfigure 47-bed Richards Memorial Hospital to a 25- bed facility, transforming the recently-closed skilled nursing facility (SNF) wing into an area for specialists.

Over 130 attended a Crisis Task Force meeting at the Patterson Civic Center, addressing the issue of teenage drinking.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Residents of an area of FM 908, 4.5 miles south of Rockdale, expressed opposition to a proposal to locate a prison in the area.

A newly-created financial regulatory agency placed Rockdale's TaylorBanc Savings into receivership and said it was looking for a buyer for the institution.

The Rockdale ISD was estimating an increase of about 40 students as school bells were set to ring in the 1989-90 school year. Supt. Walter Pond predicted an enrollment of 1,895.

Joe Ammerman, assistant superintendent for business, told trustees the Rockdale ISD was free of dangerous asbestos.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

High winds downed a 60,000- volt power line near Thrall and caused a power outage for almost an hour in Rockdale.

Twent y youth f rom eight Rockdale church congregations presented "Good News," a Christian folk musical to a crowd of almost 200 at Meadowbrook Baptist Church.

Fred Bethea was named tax assessor-collector of the Rockdale ISD, replacing Gus Johnson who was retiring after 17 years on the job.

Supt. J. M. Moorman predicted an enrollment of 1,690 for the 1969-70 school term in the Rockdale ISD, an increase of about 30 over enrollment in 1968-69.


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