Small towns can offer comfort in times of need

This last week has been what small towns are all about. We hurt when our neighbors hurt and, even if we don’t know them well, we know someone who does.

We have suffered the loss of the three little boys who many say were so sweet and fun to be around, Trenton Key, who had deep roots in Rockdale and was such a promising young man, and Ben Pelzel, a very creative writer and musician, who also was from Rockdale.

When we lose young people we are especially affected. Maybe because we feel it upsets the order of things because we feel young people are not supposed to die. But of course the order is up to God and no one can decide otherwise.

But what we can do is to rally around each other and that is what Rockdale does best. We can bring food, we can donate money and we can pray. As we suffer with these families, we can also revel in the fact that we do support each other. I know people say that the bad thing about living in a small town is that everyone knows your business but by the same token, the good thing about living in a small town is that everyone knows your business. And because we know we can come to each other’s aid.

So as we continue to mourn our young ones who are no longer with us, they will always be with us in spirit. Because the Bens, the Trentons, the Ahkeems, the Monterious and the Keeyatis— they are our children. And for those who we are continued to be blessed with they are our children as well.

Our responsibility to them is tremendous, to help them, to encourage them and to be there to make life better for them.

Thank you Rockdale for your caring spirit.

Ribbon cuttings

We have two ribbon cuttings coming up. On Monday, June 7 we have a ribbon cutting for ATS at 9 a.m. at the Outreach Center on Ackerman St. We welcome this heavy equipment operators’ school to Rockdale. Come out and welcome ATS to Rockdale.

Then at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 17 we will have a ribbon cutting for Rockdale Welding Supply, part of Perry & Perry Builders, located at 388 S. 487.

Welcome to these two new businesses.

Jubilee Days rodeo

Jubilee Days Ranch Rodeo will be held on June 11 and 12. This is a change this year and the features will be milking, doctoring, mugging, branding, and sorting plus a calf scramble. There will be a carnival each night.

Barrel racing will be held on Thursday evening. Entry fee is $5 for 13 and over and free to 12-andunder. Go out and check out the ranch rodeo.


Then on Sunday, June 13 Homecoming will be held at the Patterson Center. Doors open at 9 a.m. with donuts and coffee and visitation. The meal will be served at 12-noon. Go out for a great time or renewing old friendships.

Fly your flag

Remember about the American Flags that are available through the Ladies’ Auxiliary of VFW Post 6525. They have them for sale and are encouraging everyone to fly their flags. Call Joyce Hurt at 512-966-7761 or Rita Johnson at 4467695 to order your flag.

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