Turn out the lights, the party’s over
Demolition contractor: ‘99.9 percent of materials being recycled’
Alcoa’s Sandow Power Plant Units 1, 2 and 3, which provided power to the Rockdale Operations smelter for 52 years are no more.
The three units have been taken down by Dixie Contractors, which plans to vacate its Rockdale Operations worksite by July 31, give or take a few days, according to Claude Hendrickson, Dixie owner. Full Story
911 will stay but response an issue
Consolidation one option for entities
Rockdale’s 911 service isn’t going away but major changes are in the works and city officials are facing the task of balancing potential increased costs against possible increased response times in emergencies.
Jim Reed, executive director of the Central Texas Council of Governments, presented an update on the complex 911 situation Monday to county commissioners. Full Story
Gause resident survives ‘killer’ bee attack Saturday
A 47-year-old Gause man mowing his yard Saturday afternoon survived an attack by Africanized Bees.
Sue Taylor, member of the Gause Volunteer Fire Department, said Mike Barber still had about 50 bees in his hair when volunteers responded to his home, CR 352 and Plum Street.
She said Barber had been stung more than 100 times. Full Story
Ritter’s smokes competition at Thorndale
Annual cookoff draws 64 teams on Saturday
THORNDALE—Ritter’s Barbeque of Point won the brisket and pork ribs divisions Saturday to claim the overall title as the best team of 64 competing City Park.
The annual cookoff is sponsored by the Thorndale Volunteer Fire Department and includes a weekend of activities. Full Story
Which kind of morning person describes you?
It sez here that there are two kinds of people in the world. There are those who wake up and say, “Good morning, Lord!”
And then there are those who wake up and say, “Good Lord, it’s morning!” Full Story
OFF THE VINE
April Morgan (L), 9, and Emily Morgan, 12, hold a cucumber measuring 16½ inches long and a 7¾-inch circumfrence. It was raised in Milano by their Paw Paw Eugene Morgan and it was picked on June 23. Full Story
Logan Likes Lubbock
David will join brother, Clark at Texas Tech
For someone who initially didn’t have any interest in playing college football, Logan David has certainly taken great steps to secure his football future.
David joins his “little” brother Derek and former teammate LeRaven Clark in Lubbock with a verbal commitment to Texas Tech.
All three had different reasons for choosing Texas Tech. Full Story
Out on the pier, good fishing and interesting characters can be found
A grizzled, elderly fisherman (and former university professor) calling himself by his “nom de fishing pier,” Baitshack Ben, stood at the end of Bob Hall Pier looking at his line angling off into the Gulf of Mexico. When asked if he ever goes out on fishing boats, he says, “Boats! Full Story
Phillips drawn to the thrill of racing quad bike circuit
T he thrill of jumping through the air at a high rate of speed on
top of an ATV might not
appeal to most, but it is a way of life for 18-year-old Ryan Phillips.
The recent Rockdale High School graduate has been racing quads, better known as fourwheelers in these parts, for the last two years. Full Story
Chamber develops Facebook page to help promote message
Social media is a new animal on the scene of technology. Though I don’t understand it all, I do understand that much business is done on line.
So the Chamber has recently added a fan page on Facebook and you can see our page, Rockdale Chamber. We will post various information about Rockdale and our businesses plus interesting tidbits about Rockdale. Visit us on the web. Full Story
NEW VIEW FOR UNIT 4
It’s easier to see Luminant’s Sandow Unit 4 power unit than it used to be. Sandow Power Plant Units 1, 2 and 3 have been demolished after providing power for Alcoa’s Rockdale smelter from 1954 to 2006. Dixie Contractors, the company taking down the old units, is almost though with this task. Unit 1, 2 and 3’s stacks will remain for the time being. See story, page 1A. Full Story
RFCU raises $3,060
for children’s charity
The staff at Rockdale Federal Credit Union raised $3,050 toward the $150,000 effort from Austin-area Credit Unions in the Children’s Miracle Network and Dell Children’s Hospital. Full Story