TEN YEARS AGO....
Rockdale area residents were reacting to an appellate court decision that removed the pregame prayer from high school football game. Area school districts had been advised the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) would be monitoring their actions.
A ruling of accidental drowning was expected after a 69- year-old Rockdale man, on his way home from an area tavern, drove into a stock tank.
Police Chief Tim Smith said 77 citations for not using seat belts had been issued since the beginning of school mostly in school zones.
The count y budget being considered by commissioners included a $60,000 item to assist Rockdale and Cameron with expenses related to emergency medical services.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
The community-wide effort to save R ichards Memorial Hospital had helped pull the financially troubled institution $49,741 "into the black" in the first seven months of 1989.
A lcoa, which was assuming control of Sandow mining operations from TU Electric, planned to assume control of mine security on Sept. 10.
Two Rockdale women were killed when a car hit them on the side of US 79, west of the city limits, as they were pushing a grocery cart toward their home.
First-day enrollment in the Rockdale ISD was 1,909, up 32 from the previous school year's first day.
County commissioners were studying a budget which included a tax increase from 18.30 to 18.88 cents.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
Rockdale ISD officials were predicting an enrollment of 1,690 for the opening day of the 1969-70 school year, according to Supt. J. M. Moorman.
U. S. Senator Ralph Yarborough was to be the featured speaker at the annual Labor Day barbecue of United Steelworkers of American Local 4895.
Four inches of rain in less than 90 minuted produced a flash flood at the corner of Cameron Avenue (US 79) and Meadow Drive.
Bill Grusendorf, longtime RHS band director, was named the campus assistant principal, replacing Loyd Lowe who left to accept the position of Marlin High School principal.