Calame rolls to easy special election victory
Doug Calame rolled up an easy victory Saturday to win the remainder of an unexpired term on the Rockdale City Council.
Calame, the only candidate on the ballot, drew 139 votes. Write-in candidate Donald “Duck” Shuffield, drew 27. That’s an 84-percent to 16-percent margin. Full Story
At daybreak Saturday, Rockdale’s official low was 14 degrees, the coldest temperature recorded in 15 years. So what was Highland Avenue resident Joseph Nieto’s response? Full Story
Speaker sees rise in demand, cattle prices
When the mass of consumers in New York are snowed in to their homes, you see it in the cattle markets. A drop in pork prices can also have an effect. However, you’ll see major spikes in that market before steak lovers get days off on Memorial Day, July Fourth and Labor Day. Full Story
Lagging tax payments force council to eye budget
Lagging property tax payments and a decrease in municipal court fines and sales tax rebate revenue may force the Rockdale City Council to re-examine its 2010 budget.
City Manager Kelvin Knauf said he will meet with department heads to discuss changes. Full Story
UW donations stall, but charity need still high
Donations for the South Milam County United Way are drying up as the need for funds continues to grow in this town affected by heavy job loss.
SMCUW relied on Alcoa and its workforce for over 60 percent of giving and the smelter’s closing has hit the charity, which disburses funds to various entities, in a bad way. Full Story
‘Average’ year was one of extremes
We’re going to need a new defi- nition of the word “average.”
Rockda le recorded 33 .58 inches of precipitation in 2009, almost exactly the town’s historic average of 33.86 inches.
Except 2009 brought both drought and f lood, not much rain during the year’s first eight months, then a lot during the last four. Full Story
Area closings announced for MLK Day
Monday is the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in Rockdale and throughout the nation.
There are no classes in the Rockdale, Milano, Gause or Thorndale ISDs but teachers have staff training days in Milano, Thorndale and Gause.
All financial institutions will be closed. City Hall will be closed but there will be garbage pickup on schedule Monday and all through next week.