Drug chase crash
Constable unhurt as ‘sting’ suspect escapes
A suspect from a methamphetamine drug sting escaped a multiagency pursuit Monday night in a chase that involved two vehicle crashes by the wanted man and Precinct 3 Constable Herbie Vaughan.
Lt. J. D. Newlin said law enforcement agencies continue to search for 30-year-old John D. “John-John” Johnson of Rockdale. Full Story
‘Everything’ now on the table for RISD fund crisis
Trustees okay early resignation offer, eye hiring freeze, cutbacks
“We’re putting everything on the table.”
Well, almost everything. As the Rockdale ISD grapples with an anticipated annual loss of between $600,000 and $1.7 million in state support, its plan is to protect teachers’ jobs as much as possible. Full Story
80-unit housing project eyed
Councilman ‘frustrated’ over lack of cleanup progress
A well-regarded company which provides housing units for senior citizens wants to build an 80-unit complex in Rockdale.
City council members, meeting Monday in regular session at City Hall, also heard councilman Allan Miller lament the state of ongoing cleanup efforts in the city. Full Story
Lots of places had Valentine King and Queen contests Monday, but not too many had a monarch like 97-year-old Eddie Braun. Full Story
They still remember ‘the man upstairs’
E. A. Camp law office building gets new business
This is a place where it’s hard not to think about “the man upstairs.”
The man upstairs in this case hasn’t been around in 50 years but the memory of Emory A. Camp is still strong at 217 North Main.
A new business, 217@Main, is opening this spring downstairs from Judge Camp’s old law office where he practiced law for 58 years. Full Story
‘Bieber fever’ is just funny to watch
I t seems that my hubby Buck and I have spent more Valentine’s Days apart rather than together since meeting 10 years ago. That’s partly because he was in the Army and was out on field exercises and such in February. Full Story
The Summer of ‘62
Rockdale’s American Legion baseball team almost stole a state title from the big boys
A lmost 49 years ago, there was an aggregation of baseball talent the likes that has probably never been seen since in these parts. Full Story
Without a proven star, Lady Tigers enter 2011 embracing the team concept
For the first time in a long time, the Rockdale softball team possesses no featured star—not to say that one won’t emerge.
The Lady Tiger All-State lineage flows evenly from Kassie Roddam to Kaitlyn Schnerr to Toni Ellis to Rainey Eanes.
With the graduation of Roddam last year, Rockdale finds itself rudderless and with a new coach at the helm. Full Story
Tigers go down fighting
Season finale ends in overtime loss to upstart Smithville
With no playoff appearance on the horizon, the Rockdale Tigers at least wanted to make it difficult for Smithville to get out of the regular season.
Leaping out to a 14-point halftime lead, the Tigers watched that bulge evaporate and finally succumbed in overtime 62-59 Tuesday night at Tiger Gym in the season finale. Full Story
Rebates down from year ago
Three area towns, neighboring counties show gain in 2011
AUSTIN—Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announced last week that the state sales tax revenue in January was $1.83 billion, up 10.4 percent compared to January 2010. Those numbers meant mainly an increase in funds compared to a year ago across most of Milam County.
However, the City of Rockdale and Milam County itself received less than the amounts received in February 2010. Full Story
Property tax exemptions may reduce disabled veterans’ taxes
Veterans with a service-connected disability may reduce their property taxes in 2011 by filing exemption forms at the Milam County Appraisal District office. Some veterans may qualify for a Disabled Veteran Residence Homestead Exemption. Full Story
EXPENSIVE DESSERTS–Auctioneer Donny White of Milano (right) and Milano Volunteer Fire Department Miss Flame 2010-11 Stephanie Philpott auction off a yummy cake at the MVFD fund-raiser Saturday. Full Story