Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40 YEARS AGO

TEN YEARS AGO.... The 1999 Rockdale Fair livestock auction netted $125,658, the second highest total in the Fair's 23-year's history.

Jeff Birkhead of the Rockdale FFA exhibited the Fair's grand champion steer, purchased by Smith Construction.

Jennifer Gaines, daughter of Ricky and Susan Gaines, was crowned the new Miss Rockdale Fair Queen.

Rockdale's Blade Bassler kicked four field goals, and one extra point, in a 25-6 victory over Manor.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Alcoa completed staffing of newly-acquired Sandow Power Plant Units 1, 2 and 3. Fortytwo positions were eliminated and a total of 81 for TU Electric employees lost their jobs.

Twleve golf carts belonging to members of the Rockdale Country Club burned when fire raced through the shed in which carts were kept.

Rockdale residents were to have their garbage picked up by an outside commercial firm for the first time ever as the city council okayed a contract with Waste Management Services. Federal regulations on landfills were forcing the city out of its longtime trash pickup business.

Elgin scored late and added the all-impor tant PAT kick for a 21-20 victory over RHS. Rockdale, at 3-3, had lost three games by a total of five points.

Austin Mayor Lee Cooke told a joint meeting of the Rockdale Rotary and Lions clubs he expected a "ripple" effect economically in areas east of Austin after the city finished its new airport near Manor.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

Rockdale ISD trustees were set to call for bids on a new 110-by-60-foot vocational agriculture building, enabling the agriculture department to move from the cramped quarters it shared with the high school's industrial arts shop.

Rockdale city crews were re-working streets in the Smith and William Cameron additions.

A 64-year-old partially blind man escaped injury when his house burned on Third Street. Fire Chief Johnny Weed said volunteers originally feared the man had been trapped in the blaze.

An open house at Rockdale State Bank was to honor bank vice-president John T. Hale who was retiring after a 50-year career at the bank.


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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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