Fair kicks off good times
There have been more than three million good reasons to attend the first 33 Rockdale Fairs and more will be added this weekend at Fair Park. The 34th annual Fair unreels Thursday through Saturday with all the old favorites— rodeo, dances, parade and pageants. Full Story
It was a weekend for Rockdale royalty as the annual Miss Rockdale Fair Queen contest was held Saturday and the Homecoming Queen contest was held the night before at the Tiger football game. At left, Kassie Roddam was named Miss Rockdale Fair at the RHS auditorium among nine contestants. Taking first runner-up was Ivory Douglas (left) and second runner-up was Sarah Ferrara. Full Story
Luminant pledges to remedy 'buzzing'
Luminant Energy says it hears the buzz from people who live in the vicinity of the new Sandow 5 power plant and have expressed concern over a humming sound emanating from the structure. "We understand our neighbors' concerns and are working diligently to resolve this issue as soon as possible," Ashley Monts, Luminant spokesperson, said. Full Story
City grants first tax abatement for investors' downtown plans
Rockdale City Council granted its first tax abatement to a group of business partners that plans to sink a quarter of a million dollars into a downtown building. AtMain Group, LLC, a group of five women venturing into retail, plan to fix up the dilapidated building at 217 N. Full Story
Calame files for open seat
A former mayor of an East Texas town has filed for the vacant City Council spot. Doug Calame, a plant operator for Luminant currently working in Franklin, filed for the seat made vacant by the removal of Griffin Rogers. Calame served on the Wortham city council for six years and served a threeyear term as mayor during his residence there. Full Story
Pajama-clad thief wakes up to one bad dream
A 47-year-old Cameron parolee is being held without bond in the county jail on multiple charges after a bizarre incident Thursday at Rockdale Brookshire Bros. Lt. J. D. Newlin said police were advised a man wearing pajama bottom pants had fled the store after stuffing $70 worth of merchandise into the pants. Full Story
ALL FIRED UP!
Luis Medina, a delighted kindergarten student at Rockdale Elementary School found a big, friendly "fire dog" in the classroom Friday. Sparky the firedog (volunteer firefighter Michael Stewart) and several other members of the Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department were on hand at several RISD campuses, and other locations, to observe National Fire Safety Week Oct. 4-10. The week promotes fire safety and fire education and is held every year during the week that contains the anniversary of the great Chicago fire of Oct. 8-9, 1871, which killed 250, destroyed 17,400 structures and left 100,000 homeless. Full Story
Bloodmobile to cruise into town Tuesday
A Red Cross Bloodmobile will visit the Peace Lutheran Church fellowship hall from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20. Stephen Nagle, Red Cross southwest regional CEO, said blood is needed at all seasons. "It must be on hospital shelves ready for an accident or trauma victim," he said. Full Story