Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40 YEARS AGO

TEN YEARS AGO....

An additional $200,000 was being sought for renovation of the Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library into the adjacent Vogel Building.

Chad Brock and Wade Hayes were set to headline the 24th annual Rockdale Fair.

It wasn't the best timing for National Fire Prevention Week. The Rockdale Volunteer Fire Depar tment answered nine alarms, including one to a business and two barn fires, one a suspected arson.

Rockdale's defense stretched it's scoreless streak to eight straight quarters in a 26-2 win over Manor.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Alcoa hired 51 former TU Electric employees in the first phase of its power plant takeover at Rockdale Operations.

Rodney Crowell was set to be the Saturday night headliner at the 14th annual Rockdale Fair.

Milam County's months-long bid for a private prison came to a sudden end as the Texas Depar tment of Corrections culled its proposal, along with 19 others, in the "first cut" of the prison selection process.

Faced with a $1.7-million drop in taxable values, Rockdale city council members okayed a 5-cent increase in the city tax rate from 43 to 48 cents.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

Alcoa's Rockdale Works hosted the kickoff luncheon for the 1969 South Milam County United Way which had set a record goal of $19,387.

There was a new tax assessor collector at the Rockdale ISD as Fred Bethea replaced Gus Johnson, who was retiring after 17 years on the job.

A San Antonio firm was dredging out the channels of Ham Branch in Rockdale, the first complete cleaning of the town's main creek drainage system in decades.

Milano defeated Lexington's B-team 6-0 in the MHS 11-man football game in many years.


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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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