TEN YEARS AGO....
The area health care community was poised to see what effect the possible closing of Cameron's hospital might have. Central Texas Hospital officials announced the facility might close in 60 days.
Chad Brock, whose song "Ordinary Life" was a major hit during the summer, was announced as a 1999 Rockdale Fair headliner.
Construction of a heritage sidewa lk—eng raved stones bearing family names—at the Milam County Courthouse was on hold while a grant to restore the entire courthouse was being pursued.
Rockdale was ready to play Aust in A nderson at House Park in only the second varsity Thursday football game in school history.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
Two Rockdale residents were raising brown cotton, a hybrid strain f rom A rkansas they planted as a novelty.
The Rockdale Chamber of Commerce passed a resolution in support of the Milam County's efforts to land a prison.
R. T. Noack won the Chamber of Commerce's "Shop Rockdale and Win" promotion and received a three-day trip for two to Lake Tahoe and Reno.
The Rockdale City Council was attempting to purchase an easement along Belton Avenue which would enable a federally funded street-paving project to proceed.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
Rockdale High School enrollment was 562, up by 38 over the 1968-69 school year, according to Principal Tom Underwood.
The Texas Water development Board responded to concerns over its listing of a possible reservoir on the Little River near Cameron noting such a project was "unlikely before the year 2000."
A new 13,400-square-foot Brookshire Bros. super market opened in the Rockdale Shopping Center, expanding the center to 80,000 square feet.
For the first time ever the proposed Milam County budget contained a pension plan for county employees.