TEN YEARS AGO....
The dreaded Y2K date came and went without incident in Rockdale. City officials had set up until past midnight Dec. 31 to try and fix any computer glitches caused by 1999 turning into 2000.
Corey Jamaal Brooks, son of Tony and Evelyn Brooks, was Rockdale’s first baby of the new millennium.
Thorndale’s Grace Berry, still working at the Thorndale Champion at age 101, greeted her third century. She was born in 1891.
The Y2K bug may have been a no-show but the flu bug made a big-time appearance. In one weekend Richards Memorial Hospital treated 106 persons.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
District 13’s new state representative was going to be its old state representative. Primary filing deadlines passed and Dan Kubiak was unopposed for the Democratic nomination to replace his brother L.B. No Republican had filed. Six years earlier L.B. Kubiak had replaced Dan, who was seeking higher office.
Sammie Lee Johnson retired from Milam County after spending 40 years working on Precinct 3’s roads.
Filing deadline ended with four persons seeking the office of county judge. Incumbent Rogers Hashem, Don Roddam and Frank Summers were Democratic nominees with the winner to face Republican Barnie Henderson in the general election.
The 34-day strike by United Steelworkers of America Local 4895 in 1986 was selected as Rockdale’s “story of the decade” for the 1980s.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
The addition of an eighth potline at Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations, making it the nation’s largest aluminium smelter, was selected as the top news story of 1969.
Freshman State Rep. Dan Kubiak (D-Rockdale) filed for a second term at the primary filing period continued.
The year just past was termed “one to forget” in RHS sports and the Tiger football team posted what is still the school’s only 0- 10 season.
What could been a disastrous Christmas day fire at a Mill Street home was averted when a 12-year-old neighbor girl spotted smoke and called the fire department.