10-20-40 YEARS AGO


Reward in the unsolved murder of Sonya Wallace, a 15-yearold Rockdale girl whose body was found earlier in the year near Taylor, was increased to $5,000.

First filing day for the 2000 Democratic Primary brought a contested race as Pete York of Rockdale and Doug Bryan of Cameron filed for the tax collector position being vacated by Frances Price.

Aloma Walker, an employee of Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations “won” the kiss-a-pig competition which raised $750 for the city library expansion project.

“Y2K” came a month early at the Rockdale Police Station as 200 “phantom” 911 calls were received, a mixup blamed on a problem with telephone lines and equipment.


Soil tests on the Rockdale Industrial Park showed “no significant environmental hazards.” The park was being viewed as a possible temporary site for youth soccer games.

Carrie Scitern was named Rockdale EMS member of the year. Scitern was credited with saving the life of an 82-year-old man after an auto accident.

Rockdale ISD trustees okayed a $50,000 upgrade of the district’s five-year-old computer system.

James Hartley of Milano was named the new Milam County Republican chairman, replacing Barnie Henderson who had resigned in order to run for county judge.


Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations officially became the largest aluminum smelter in the United States as the new eighth potline went on-line.

The South Milam Count y United Fund sent a new record with pledges and cash totaling $19,552, breaking the record of $19,387 set the previous year.

The Rockdale Parent-Teacher Organization (P-TO) donated a piano to the elementary school music program.

Robinson’s Rockettes were eyeing their fourth consecutive tourney crown as the annual RHS Girls Invitational Basketball Tourney opened in the RHS gym.

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