10-20-40 YEARS AGO


The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) set a Jan. 20 meeting in Rockdale to announce its long-awaited route decision on a US 79 loop around Rockdale.

In the light of school shootings around the nation, Rockdale High School established “safet y zones” for students needing counseling.

A big race for Milam County prosecutor was shaping up in the 2000 Democratic Primary as Cameron attorney Ed Magre f iled to oppose incumbent Charles Lance.

Biggest danger of the upcoming Y2K (1999 becoming 2000) changeover was not computer problems but scam artists who were out in force, according to Sheriff Charlie West.


An arrest made after a man was apprehended under a bed at a Cady Road location cleared approximately 18 home burglaries over a two-year period.

Milam County commissioners switched the county’s health insurance to the Texas Health Plan HMO, noting the change would save taxpayers more than $95,000.

A cast of 29 RHS actors presented “Scrooge” in the school auditorium. Kerr y Fletcher was in the title roll and John Bankston was director.

Don Cowan’s Thorndale Bulldogs survived 10-below wind chill and the Coolidge Yellow Jackets for a 40-6 win in their semifinal Class A football game and were to tangle with Sudan for the state championship.


Eyeing construction of a new hospital for Rockdale, Drs. John T. Richards, Philip Young and L. E. Selden purchased additional property adjoining Richards Clinic & Hospital at the corner of Main and San Andres.

A rate hike request by Southwestern Bell was tabled by the Rockdale City Council after council members gr illed a phone company representative over service concerns.

Connie Cone and Tommy Owens were to portray Mary and Joseph as Rockdale Junior- High School was set to host its annual Christmas pageant.

For the fourth consecutive year Robinson defeated Rockdale in the championship game of the RHS Girls Invitational Basketball Tourney.

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