Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40 YEARS AGO

TEN YEARS AGO....

Milam County commissioners learned the anticipated escrow account for courthouse restoration would require $700,000 to $800,000.

Representatives of the Texas Highway Department were to meet with city officials to discuss widening projects of two sections of US 79 extending from the Rocky Creek Bridge into Rockdale.

City officials approved a "Y2K Plan," insuring communications and emergency generators would be available if computers failed on Jan. 1, 2000.

Blade Bassler scored all 16 points as Rockdale defeated Taylor 16-8 and won its second straight District 19AAA championship.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

More than 2,000 persons were expected to take par t in the Great Train Ride, passenger train excursions from Alcoa's Rockdale Operations to Rockdale, Sandow & Southern Railroad.

Rockdale and Milam County voters approved 14 of 21 amendments to the Texas Constitution but turned down, by a huge margin, a proposal to raise pay for state legislators.

The Rockdale area was short one radio station as KCRM-FM went off the air after a four-year run. The station had its studio, and transmitter, on Texas 36 between Cameron and Milano.

Dripping Springs ousted the Rockdale Lady Tigers from the state volleyball playoffs in the bi-district round, posting a 15-7. 15-7 victory.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

More than a dozen Rockdale area civic and community leaders spoke at a six-hour meeting in Austin in opposition to Missouri-Pacific's proposal to "retire" its local depot, and agent, and institute a mobile agent system.

No ser ious injur ies were reported after a car ended up in (mostly dry) Ham Branch after a two-vehicle collision at the Bell-Wilcox intersection.

Lexington defeated previously unbeaten Pflugerville 18- 13 in one of the biggest football upsets of the 1969 season. The Eagles had come into the game with only one victory on the season.

The Rockdale Chamber of Commerce announced plans for a night Christmas parade, and late business closings, on Dec. 5.


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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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