Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40 YEARS AGO

TEN YEARS AGO....

Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) met with five businesses and Rockdale Chamber of Commerce representatives to discuss plans to widen US 79 through downtown Rockdale to the US 77 overpass.

A Rockdale man was charged with attempted capital murder after police said he attempted to run down Ofc. Chris Morrison during a chase from Rockdale to Minerva.

Rockdale’s newest water tower, a 250,000 gallon structure at the Mill Street waterworks, went on line. The 1921 tower it replaced was scheduled to be razed.

Students in the Milam County area were able to take Temple College courses without going to Temple as the college held dedication ceremonies at its new Cameron facility.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Company officials said Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations was “back on its feet” after almost closing three years previously. But the Rockdale facility was still viewed as a “swing plant” among the company’s six domestic smelters.

Three Manor men were fined $1,065 each for catching a total of 61 fish in Alcoa Lake, which was closed to the public.

A group of concerned parents met with the Lexington ISD school board to protest a discipline technique in which a cardboard box was used as a “time out” place in an elementary physical education class.

Rockdale native William Moultrie was named an assistant track coach for the 1992 Summer Olympic games to be held in Barcelona, Spain.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

Lone Star Gas representatives were turned down by the Rockdale City Council as the company requested a rate hike. Council members offered an alternate proposal.

Rockdale ISD trustees okayed bids on a 6,800-square-foot aluminum vocational agriculture shop building at Rockdale High School.

Max McClaren of Cameron filed for office of county superintendent of schools in the Democratic Primary. H. D. Maxwell Sr. of Rockdale had announced he would not seek re-election.

Ernie Laurence’s RHS Tigerette basketball team captured consolation honors at the Baylor Invitational Tourney.


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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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