Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Halley’s Comet didn’t impress Reporter publisher R. W. H. Kennon. “It has lost its tail and is a disappointment,” Kennon wrote.

Thirteen RHS seniors graduated with E. (Esther or Ernestine) Kano as valedictorian and Jean Wallace as salutatorian. Mistress of ceremonies was Allie Wallis.

“After June 1, no one will be allowed to ‘sprinkle lawns’ unless a water meter is installed,” warned the Rockdale Water & Light Co.

A Reporter editorial disagreed with “Brother Baker,” editor of the Gause Guide, for suggesting prohibition be brought to a vote in Milam County.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

First Baptist Church members approved a $185,000 building program to construct a new sanctuary.

City council members adopted a $1.10 tax rate, based on 50 percent of actual value (equivalent of a 55-cent tax rate).

Federal approval was granted for the South Milam Water Supply Corporation, serving 11 communities in the area.

A crackdown on stray dogs in Rockdale was promised after a school maintenance man was bitten.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Kelly Kubiak was valedictorian and Caren Fischer salutatorian of the Rockdale High School graduating class of 1990.

Carl Hudson was elected new president of the Rockdale ISD Board of Trustees, succeeding Don Roddam.

City council members amended an ordinance which prevented home owners from fixing their own water faucets.

The second annual Save Richards Memorial Hospital 5K Fun-Run/Walk drew 120 runners and raised $1,500.

TEN YEARS AGO....

City council members were mulling whether to suggest a new water conservation district being formed should include multiple counties or only Milam.

TXU Electric was getting a bill for damages after a 100,000- gallon water spill, caused when a sub-contractor bored into Rockdale’s largest water line.

Ginger Owen was valedictorian and Brandon Alford salutatorian of the RHS graduating class of 2000.

Larry Pipkin’s Tiger baseball team won an area title with a 9-2 victory over Palestine Westwood.


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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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