Three-way mayor race heads full city ballot
A flurry of last week, even last day, filings has produced a three-man race for Rockdale mayor and contested contests for all city ballot slots.
Dr. Larry Don Jones and Darrell R. Grear filed for mayor over the past week, joining Collier Perry on the ballot to replace incumbent John Shoemake, who did not seek reelection. Full Story
Merging of development districts on May 8 ballot
Somewhat confusing vote items will nix sales tax for hospital, steer toward development
City council members on Monday okayed an initiative for the May 8 ballot that will merge the current Municipal Development District (MDD) boundaries and the 1994 city limit boundaries, creating one solid district that uses an existing halfcent sales tax for development. Full Story
BEST TEJAS FEST
Organizers were ecstatic about the turnout for the 4th Annual Tejas Art & Book Festival, held in downtown Rockdale on Saturday. A record number of entries for the Downtown Association Car Show, including the muscle cars above, drew onlookers by the hundreds. Full Story
A collection of grandparent humor, truisms
In honor of all grandparents, new ones and not-so-new ones, the following jokes have been sent to me by friends Shirley Luetge and Carol Naul.
Funny, I turned 50, started getting stuff in the mail from AARP and emailed jokes about old people. Even funnier, these were the only ones I received that were printable.
The many faces of Tejas
Authors, art, music, cars blend during celebration
Rockdale’s fourth annual Tejas Fest, which unreeled downtown Saturday before a crowd of thousands, was as diverse as Texas.
Where also, in the space of a few blocks, could you listen to a former Texas agriculture commissioner, see a 1923 Ford TBucket, tour an art gallery, listen to three live bands and see a reenacment of Texas history? Full Story
Czech genealogical society to host veterans tribute
The Texas Czech Genealogical Society will host “Let Freedom Ring – A Tribute to Czech Veterans” on Saturday, March 27 at Caldwell Civic/Visitor Center, 103 Presidential Corridor Hwy. 21W (at North Main), in Caldwell.
The special event will pay tribute and honor all Czech veterans. The public is invited to attend. Full Story
Gunslinger for hire: Wright is packing heat
Attention parents of all RISD students. I feel it is my duty to inform you that the man that oversees all that your children do—is packing heat.
Okay, it’s a starter’s pistol and it’s full of blanks, but that’s besides the point. You could still put an eye out with that thing. Full Story
Tigers finalize 2010 football schedule
Six home games highlight new gridiron ledger
Home is where the wins are and according to their new 2010 schedule, the Rockdale Tigers plan to take full advantage of that mantra with six home games.
Of course the bad news is that in 2011, they will play in Tiger Stadium just four times. Full Story
Tigers take their own meet for the first time in eight years
Several times in the past couple of years, the line “... for the first time since...” has been included in several sports stories.
Well, it’s time to add another one.
For the first time since 2003 and for the 20th time overall, the Rockdale Tigers claimed their own track meet at the 52nd annual Rockdale Relays. Full Story
Unfamiliar faces meant lots of visitors here
We have just completed a most exciting event with our 4th Annual Tejas Art and Book Festival here in Rockdale.
The weather was perfect, the attendance was good and the speakers were great. We had such good volunteers out of our Milano and Rockdale students and that certainly made the day easier. The Car Show was well attended and the entertainment was top notch. Full Story
Jobless rate jumps back to 11.8%
Milam County’s unemployment rate jumped back to its highest level since the peak of layoffs at Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations, hitting 11.8 percent in January, according to numbers released by the Texas Workforce Commission. Full Story
Shawnee Hornung and children Max and Kelsey cut the ribbon on her new salon, Shawnee’s, last Thursday with friends and family. Full Story