2010’s top news: Luminant vs. Alcoa, GOP, hospital woes
Velocita vanishes; car-train wreck claims lives of three young boys
I t wasn’t O. J., but it’ll do for a Milam County show trial. Biggest news story of 2010 was a three-week early summer clash of industrial heavyweights who threw every punch they could think of at each other in the 20th District Courtroom. Full Story
Kayden is year’s first baby
Kayden Lee Sanchez is Rockdale’s first baby of 2011.
The son of Trisha Ebba and Sherman Sanchez, little Kayden made his arrival at 9:02 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 2, at Scott & White Hospital, Temple.
He weighed seven pounds and was 19 inches long. He is greeted by sisters Marissa Ebba, Mariana Blackstock, Rosa Sanchez and Lyla Sanchez and brother Micah Sanchez. Full Story
One of the biggest news stories of 2010 was the stunning success of the Milam County Republican Party. New County Judge Dave Barkemeyer (L), a Republican, was sworn in Saturday morning in the 20th District Courtroom at the courthouse in Cameron by District Judge Ed Magre. Judge Magre was also a newsmaker in 2010, presiding over the Alcoa-Luminant trial during the summer (see story above). Full Story
2010 IN REVIEW
Minnesota? Nope, it’s Rockdale! A surprise 5-inch snow blanketed the town Feb. 23, taking its place among Rockdale’s great snowfalls. It was gone in a day. Full Story
Blessings were plentiful for our family in 2010
Wow...another year has passed and what a year it was in the Bakken household. We had a lot of first and new experiences and with two children under the age of six, I’m sure 2011 will be filled with many more blessings. Full Story
SENIOR CITIZENS MENU
Monday— Beef stew, seasoned greens, cornb read, fr uit fluff, 2% milk.
Tuesday — Chicken Parmesan, red potatoes, California vege tables, wheat roll, cherry cobbler, 2% milk.
Wednesday —Braised pork ch op, broccoli with cheese sauce, calico co rn, wheat roll, ambro sia, 2% milk. Full Story
No. 11 Navasota awaits Lady Tigers in district home opener
Cagers have already won as many games as last season
While the Rockdale Lady Tigers have sought to improve every time they have stepped out on the floor this season, the real test begins this week as their “new season” begins.
The 6-13 Lady Tigers will certainly start the district slate with a bang, tangling with District 23-3A favorite and 11th ranked Navasota (17-2) Friday at Tiger Gymnasium. Full Story
Clark gets first taste of big-time college football
While it is for all practical purposes a high school affair, the Under Armour All-American High School football game is obstensively a peek into the future of college football. Full Story
Tigers second at Allen
Tripped up by Cedar Ridge Tuesday night
The Rockdale Tigers narrowly missed out on tournament championship and settled for second at Allen Academy.
In a round-robin style tournament, the Tigers fell to eventual tournament champion Houston Cypress Christian 50-49 in their first game.
After Tueday night’s 57-55 loss to Round Rock Cedar Ridge, the Tigers are even on the season at 7-7. Full Story
Once-popular trends losing favor among homeowners
Housing trends come and go. Just think of those avocadocolored stoves from the 1970s or the formica bedroom sets of the 1980s. The woodburning fireplace was a must-have home accessory in the early 1990s, but now it is losing ground to pellet stoves and greener options.
Here are a few other housing trends that are going out of style and making room for newer designs. Full Story
No new houses built for second straight year
City building projects lowest since 2003
A new baseball field and one new business facility were the only major projects for Rockdale construction for 2010, as the industry is still struggling in the nation’s sluggish economy.
There were no new homes built in the city limits in 2010, nor was there in 2009.
Permits totaled $1,891,935, down from 2009’s $2.5 million. The 2010 total is the lowest since 2003. Full Story
What will you bring to the New Year
The start of 2011...as we take down the Christmas decorations and put them away for another year we can look forward to a new year. As with anything new we look with anticipation to see what is in store for Rockdale in this new year. I know good things are coming. But it will take us all to have a positive attitude about our town and its people. Full Story