Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40 YEARS AGO

TEN YEARS AGO....

Sixteen-year-old Jason Yancy, a Bremond football player collapsed and died on the field in Milano as the Tigers played the Eagles. An autopsy revealed Yancy had an "enlarged, diseased heart."

Rick Brooks was named assistant principal at Rockdale Elementary School, filling a vacancy created by the late summer resignation of Greg Kennedy.

It was the beginning of the end for the US 79 widening project through Rockdale as contractors were applying hot mix topping to the roadway.

Grand jurors took no action on an incident in which greens were damaged in August at the Rockdale Country Club. Three adults and two juveniles had been charged.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Alcoa set a date to take over Sandow Power Plants Units 1, 2 and 3 from TU Electric and announced it would begin hiring, or re-hiring, personnel the next day.

The body of a black female, believed to have been in her 20s, was found under the Brazos River bridge. Investigators theorized the woman was killed elsewhere and dumped under the bridge.

The Texas Supreme Court u na n imou sly decla red t he state's school finance system as unconstitutional, placing the responsibility for coming up with a new system in the hands of the state legislature.

Coach Allen Sanders' Tiger football team opened their district campaign with a 10-7 win over Smithville.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

Alcoa announced it had 100 jobs to fill before the new Potline No. 8 at Rockdale Operations became operational.

Picketers from an Oklahoma local union were in front of Rockdale's Lone Star Gas Co. office as the local protested the installation of a pipeline from Manor to Granger without union labor.

An 86-yard kick return was the big play in a 16-9 Cameron win over RHS in the annual Battle of the Bell. Yoe scored all 16 points in the fourth quarter.

Rockdale had a new musicstore dealing exclusively in 8-track tapes, the latest innovation in music recording technology.


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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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