10-20-40 YEARS AGO


Contested races for district judge and prosecutor generated plenty of heat when Democratic Primary candidates gathered for a meet the candidates forum in the VFW Hall.

Tornado-like winds demolished a shop building near the Praesel Addition as a late winter thunderstorm rumbled across the Rockdale area.

School trustees heard that about 40 employees of the Rockdale ISD had been trained in “non-violent intervention techniques” as an aid to discipline.

Groesbeck rallied by the Rockdale Lady Tigers in the final minute to claim a 40-37 bidistrict basketball victory at Belton High School.


The Alcoa Foundation okayed a third matching grant of $50,000 for the Save Richards Memorial Hospital Fund which had raised $286,000.

Work continued to permanently shut down Rockdale’s sanitary landfill (city dump) site. The city had contracted for garbage disposal after federal regulations forced the municipality out of the trash pickup and disposal business.

The three-way Democratic Party county judge race between Roger Hashem, Don Roddam and Frank Summers was tops in spending as candidates filed expense and contribution statements.

What a playoff draw! Dean Hollingsworth’s Tiger cagers, runner-up in District 19AAA, were to tangle w ith No. 1- ranked, 29-0 Navasota in bidistrict competition.


Vandals damaged US 79 highway signs directing motorists to Johnson City, boyhood home of former president Lyndon Johnson.

A district judge granted an injunction preventing Dr. L. I. Nigliazzo from moving his practice from Cameron to Rockdale.

Incumbents Brice Crow and Dr. Philip Young and challenger Ernie Cates were in a three-person race for two positions on the Rockdale ISD school board.

Ernie Laurence’s Tigerette basketball team rolled over Bowie 50-38 to claim a Class 3A bidistrict basketball championship and were set to meet Carthage in the regional round of competition.

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