Still Big Blue
Band reunion draws hundreds to relive program’s ‘glory days’
“BAND!” barked former Big Blue Band director Jim Perry through a public address system once again on Saturday.
“HEY!” was the immediate, ingrained response from about 350 former RHS band members, rattling the roof of The Ranch, in an event that proved there’s still plenty of “Big” in “Big Blue.” Full Story
School bells to ring on Monday
Enrollment expected to be near last year’s in post-Alcoa town
There’s always some curiosity over first-day-of-school enrollment but when Rockdale students head back to class on Monday those numbers will be more important than usual.
They could provide the first real gauge of how deeply Alcoa’s closing has affected Rockdale. Full Story
Population estimates show Milam growth at 2 percent
While state, cities show jumps, rural Texas struggles to keep from losing population
State demographers have backed off projections of near double-digit growth for Milam County and put growth at just two percent over the past decade. Full Story
The tourist becomes a traveller
People, not scenery were highlight of latest trip
“The traveller sees what
he sees; the tourist sees what
he has come to see.”—G. K.
Our 2010 trip to my favorite place on earth, Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, just may have been the one where I quit being a tourist and became a traveller. Full Story
They do grow up way too fast
It seems like yesterday that Buck and I were nervously driving to the College Station Medical Center, me in very painful labor, to deliver our oldest child, Bradley. Full Story
Classes don’t begin until Monday in the Rockdale ISD but teachers are already on the job. A week of in-service training began Monday with the annual “all hands on deck” assembly which brought together all Rockdale ISD employees in the junior-high commons. Employees from each campus, along with support personnel, were introduced and Supt. Dr. Howell Wright addressed the assembly. Full Story
Getting closer to the real thing
Tigers moved the ball well against Class 4A Elgin
With time growing shorter until that first game is upon them, the Rockdale Tigers are taking the steps needed to get in game shape.
A big part of that is taking a break from knocking each other around and facing other teams, which the Tigers did for the first time Saturday morning, outscoring Elgin 3-2. Full Story
Tiger fans will see stars on Friday nights
While Rockdale possesses three players that colleges covet in LeRaven Clark, Derek David and Daniel Brooks, Tiger fans are going to get a good look at some quality players on the other side of the field as the season unfolds. Full Story
Lady Tigers score first win of season
Spikers claw their way back twice to secure victory
Showing a fight for survival, the Rockdale Lady Tigers fought back not once, but twice to record their first victory of the young season.
The Lady Tigers (1-4) staved off McGregor 25-23, 23-25, 25-9, 18- 25, 15-10 Tuesday night at Tiger Gymnasium. Full Story
Tax rebates down slightly
Two years after record rebate amount, declines continue for most
Two years after record sales tax reimbursement from the state, Rockdale showed a 5.7-percent decline in year-over-year totals, the State Comptroller’s office reported. The decline follows a 12-percent drop between 2008 and 2009 year-to-date totals in local sales tax results. Full Story
ONE YEAR ‘INN’
Rockdale’s Days Inn, located at the intersection of US 79 and US 77 at the eastern city limits held a oneyear in business ribbon cutting Friday. Full Story
Welcome back home to some new teachers
Last week was such a busy week here at the Chamber. Tuesday was the new teachers’ orientation and it is always good to meet the newest citizens of Rockdale as they set out to take care of our most precious asset—our children. Full Story