Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40 YEARS AGO

TEN YEARS AGO....

McVoy Grocery & Feed, which had been in business on the corner of Milam and Main for 64 years, was sold to Caulo- Graham Co. which promised to keep "McVoy" in the business name.

Rockdale ISD trustees adopted an abstinence-based sex education program for the high school, similar to one already in place at the junior-high.

The Texas Department of Transportation began work on a project to widen US 79 to four lanes, plus a turning lane, from the Rocky Creek Bridge to County road 306.

Rockdale's defense contained Caldwell quarterback Jason Carter in a 31-13 homecoming victory at Tiger Field.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

A 24-year-old Rockdale man was apprehended in Taylor and charged with the robbery of Get-N-Go convenience store in Rockdale.

The Texas Highway Department said its plans to widen US 79 to four lanes plus a turning lane would exempt three blocks of downtown Rockdale to allow businesses to keep sidewalks and angle parking.

Chuck McDaniel of the Rockdale FFA showed the grand champion steer at the 1989 Rockdale Fair.

Miss Rockdale Fair Queen 1989 was Jill Johnston. First runner-up was Shelley Seale and second r unner-up was Karen Wiley.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

Rockdale went from a threestoplight downtown to two as the long-time signal at the corner of Cameron Avenue (US 79) and Green Street was removed by the Texas Highway Department.

The Rockdale City Council, and its consultants, were going back to the drawing board after eight bids for a water system improvement project came in considerably above the amount budgeted.

The movie at Rockdale's Reel Drive-In was, believe it or not, "Gone With the Wind," in its re-release 30 years after the alltime classic first hit the silver screen in 1939.

The U. S. Nav y awarded Alcoa a $15-million contract for aluminum powder w ith most of the work to be done in the atomizer at Alcoa's Rockdale Operations.


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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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