City bans ‘synthetic marijuana’
4-1-1 council vote ends (for now) squabble over Chamber of Commerce records
It may be fake marijuana but there are now real penalties for possessing it in Rockdale.
City Council members Monday voted unanimously to ban synthetic marijuana, an increasingly popular substance in current drug culture and one that has already appeared in town, according to Police Chief Thomas Harris.
That ban is effective immediately. Full Story
MOONED!—Maybe the crescent moon setting behind the packed Yoe Field home stands just before halftime was an omen for the Rockdale Tigers. Full Story
Homecoming parade 5:30 Wednesday
Rockdale High School’s annual homecoming parade was set for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, assembling downtown near First Baptist Church (behind The Reporter).
Featuring class floats, queen nominees and princesses, football teams, Big Blue Band, Golden Girls, and more, the parade’s route will be: Full Story
Paper recycling bin in new place
With a construction project ahead at the Milam County One-Stop Center’s parking lot, Rockdale’s paper recycling bin has been moved to a new home.
The new location is the north side of the First Christian Church parking lot, corner Bell and Burleson Streets. The bin is maintained by Crown Garden Club of Rockdale. Full Story
Search ends with suicide discovery
A missing person call to Rockdale firefighters and Milam County Sheriff ’s Department ended with the discovery of a teen’s suicide last Wednesday.
Deputy Sheriff Chris White said the body of Justin Keith Bailey, a 16-year-old Rockdale High School junior, was discovered about 8:30 p.m. in a secluded rural area near his home. Full Story
Locals to participate in Austin’s suicide prevention walk Sept. 25
Friday deadine as group sells shirts in memory of classmates
With recent tragedies involving Rockdale students, local residents have taken an interest in an upcoming “Out of the Darkness” community walk, sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).
Kelli Pelzel knows first hand how important suicide prevention is. Their family dealt with the suicide of her 15-year-old son Benjamin on May 5. Full Story
County issues response to group at tax hearing
Milam County commissioners have provided written responses to 19 questions asked by “concerned citizens,” many of whom filled the commissioners courtroom for the second of two public hearings, Monday. Full Story
ENDANGERED VISITORS—The Rockdale area missed out on heavy rains which caused severe flooding as close as Salado last week but a surge down the Little River closed several area roadways and drew Full Story