RIP Blackhawk; repair job begins
‘Fired’ doctors returning; Madison back on team
Blackhawk Healthcare is technically dead but there weren’t any mourners at Monday’s Rockdale Hospital District board session.
The RHD formally closed out the Blackhawk era by rejecting the essentially defunct company’s still-on-thetable bid to purchase the Richards Memorial Hospital, then looked aggressively to the future. Full Story
Turning cows into cash
Milano clinic emphasizes bottom line, market sense
Dr. Jason Johnson, Agrilife extension economist and keynote speaker for the 2010 Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic, is a bottom line kind of guy.
“Don’t name your cows,” he told an audience of 130 gathered in the Milano Livestock Exchange Friday. “Gertrude may not ever ride that trailer (to the slaughterhouse) but I’ll bet No. 22 will.” Full Story
City appoints boards, calls 2011 city election
Rockdale City Council members, who for months have been talking about making appointments to several city boards and commissions, made some progress Monday.
Meeting in regular session at City Hall, council members made seven appointments to the Planing & Zoning Commission and two to the City Library Board. Full Story
Prayer & Patience
Morning Star Ranch brings new light to lives through faith
A ndy and Rita Kay Isaacs don’t consider t hemselves visionaries, just loyal stewards of God and his grace. The couple, who have been married 26 years, began their lives together in the Dallas area after survivng divorces and raising Rita’s four children. Through prayers and following the directions of their faith they have ended up in Milam County. Full Story
WORD FROM THE WIFE
‘Undecorating’ is a dirty word
Merr y Christmas to all and to all a good night! I say that because it’s still Christmas at our house. I cannot seem to get all this stuff packed in the appropriate boxes, bags and cabinets. It’s not because I’m not working hard (although I appreciate any phone call or visit to interrupt my lame attempts at undecorating). Full Story
Members of this family gathered for a photo to commemorate five generations. Full Story
Le’Raven holds his own against the nation’s best
Tiger star gains valuable experience at All-Star game
ST. PETERSBURG, FLA.— Normally the largest person on the field, Le’Raven Clark found out what its like to just be one of the guys at the Under A rmour A ll- A merica High School Game and he kind of liked it.
“I didn’t stand out anymore,” Clark said. “It was different.” Full Story
Parity in new league gives hope to everybody
The teams in District 23-3A are so evenly matched up, no one would even blink if four or five teams showed up with identical 5-5 records when all the dust is cleared.
While Navasota is the unanimous choice to pack up another district crown, the rest of the pack falls into much murkier waters. Full Story
Lady Tigers open district with a couple of losses
Cagers can’t overcome scoring woes
The Rockdale Lady Tigers had trouble finding the range in their district openers and found themselves in an 0-2 hole.
The L ady T iger s fel l to Smithville 57-22 Tuesday night on the road and 65-20 in the District 23-3A tip off Friday night.
In the loss Tuesday, Victoria Drake accounted for seven points and two rebounds, while Shalona Mitchell added five. Full Story
FAMILIAR FACE— Patrons of the Milam County Tax Collector’s office in Rockdale’s One- Stop Center are being waited on by a familiar face this week. Frank Summers (R) was Milam County Judge for 12 years until his term ended Dec. 31. Summers was defeated for re-electon in November. Last week he became a deputy tax collector in the Rockdale office. Full Story
Economic development summit Jan. 20
The City of Rockdale will hold an Economic Development Summit at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, in the Patterson Center, according to City Manager Kelvin Knauf.
“Purpose of the summit is for local organizations involved in economic development to discuss roles and responsibilities concerning economic development,” he said. Full Story
Potlines re-start in Washington, New York
Hydro-power pacts key factor as Alcoa calls back 260
Alcoa said Friday it would re-start potlines in three idled smelters, citing long-term, low- cost energy options at three locations with hydroelectric power.
Potlines are being re-started at Massena East, in Massena, New York; Wenatchee Works in Malaga, Washington; and Intalco, in Ferndale, Washington. Full Story