TEN YEARS AGO....
The Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission approved for public comment an order endorsed by Alcoa to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOX) emissions from Sandow Power Plant Units 1, 2 and 3.
With one month to go before a Democratic Primary election for county judge, incumbent Charles Lance listed $34,875 in contributions, including five of $6,000 each from out-of-county attorneys.
City council members called for bids on utility line relocations to facilitate TxDOT’s US 79 widening project in western Rockdale.
No substantial damage was reported after a poster board sign at Rockdale High School was set on fire. Police termed the incident “more a prank than a crime.”
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
Police Chief Marshall Martin was named Rockdale’s new city manager. Martin was to also continue his police chief duties. Elizabeth Fenter had retired as city mananger.
Milam County commissioners adopted a policy to prohibit “double dipping” into travel funds by county officials.
Rockdale’s east Circle K convenience store was robbed by a man who told the clerk he was concealing a weapon. Police made an arrest 90 minutes later in a home just a few blocks from the store.
Dean Hollingsworth’s Rockdale Tiger basketball team surged into the playoffs, defeating Elgin 68-50 to claim District 19AAA’s runner-up slot.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
City council members boosted monthly salaries of Rockdale Police Department officers from $375 to $400.
Cameron physician Dr. L. L. Nigliazzo’s proposed move to Rockale was being held up by litigation. Dr. Billie Newton, owner of Newton Hospital in Cameron, and Nigliazzo’s employer, filed a law suit alleging Nigliazzo’s contract prohibited him from practiving medicine within 30 miles of Cameron.
In a game marked more by physical play than basketball skills, a team of Texas Longhorn football players defeated a team of RHS cage exes 71-63 in overtime. The contest was a fund raiser for Rockdale Little League.
The Reporter noted “lively verbal exchanges” erupted at a city council meeting when a merchant asked the city to remove a parking meter to facilitate installation of a loading zone at the business.