Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40 YEARS AGO

TEN YEARS AGO....

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) said it would tell Rockdale residents by year's end what route option it would choose for a proposed US 79 loop around Rockdale.

A new parking lot, across Wilcox Street, was under construction for use by firefighters and those attending events at the Rockdale VFD Fire Station.

Rockdale came back from a 14-0 deficit to rally by Giddings 30-21 in a Class 3A bi-district football game.

No. 2-ranked Bartlett ended Milano's football season with a 49-13 bi-district victory. Milano had gone 10-0 in the regular season.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

City council members okayed a resolution expressing support for downtown businesses who were objecting to a highway department plan to replace downtown angle parking with parallel parking as a part of US 79 widening plans.

County Judge Gene Blake told county commissioners he would not seek re-election to that position in the 1990 election cycle.

Rockdale High School FFA members Jake Jenkins, Jimmy Foster, Brad Fritz and Mike Walko entertained 20,000 FFA members at the organization's national convention in Kansas City.

The "Great Train Ride" at Alcoa's Rockdale Operations, featuring antique passenger cars, drew 1,572 riders and raised $13,600 for Richards Memorial Hospital.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

Military personnel in Vietnam were receiving gift boxes, a project of the Rockdale High School Future Homemakers of America (FHA) chapter.

The Texas Highway Department announced it would lower the speed limit on US 79 to 60 miles per hour.

The South Milam Count y United Fund total reached $16,923, already surpassing the $16,821 total of 1968.

American Legion Carlyle Post 357 auxiliary members were raising funds to install a plaque at the base of a new flagpole to be mounted at Tiger Field.


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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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