Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40 YEARS AGO

TEN YEARS AGO....

The proposed Milam County budget included a 21-cent tax hike, from 39.6 to 48 cents.

The Rockdale ISD was headed to a "maxed out" tax rate as school trustees were considering a 2.5-cent increase from $1.475 to $1.50.

Alcoa's proposed takeover of Reynolds Aluminum was said to be a done deal as a deadline set by Reynolds stockholders passed without incident.

Rockdale went for 2 and failed after late fourth-quarter touchdown as Big Blue fell to Cameron 21-20 in the annual battle for Milam County football supremacy.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Milam County sheriff's deputies travelled to South Bend, Indiana, to pick up a Rockdale man charged with a December, 1988, burglary.

Faced with a $1.7 million drop in valuations, the city council was proposing a 5-cent increase in the city tax rate, from 43 to 48 cents.

The Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department accepted delivery of a new 29-foot-long pumper.

Larr y Jackson's three TD runs led the Rockdale Tigers by Taylor in Big Blue's first win over the Ducks in five years.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

It was official. Construction was set to begin on an eighth potline at A lcoa's Rockdale Operations, making the local smelter Alcoa's largest.

H. H. Coffield of Rockdale was named secretary of the Texas Democratic Party's executive committee.

County Judge O. B. "Doc" Harden reported that Milam County paid out $1.2 million in welfare benefits during 1967.

Rockdale Junior-High School had its largest contingent ever of football players with 44 on the eighth-grade team and 37 on the seventh-grade squad, according to coach Travis Grindle.


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