No tax hike, teacher cuts in RISD
District’s cost-savings tactics paying off, so far, with legislature still in session
It worked, at least so far.
Cost-cutting measures put in place earlier this year by the Rockdale ISD, in anticipation of a massive reduction in state funding, appear to have prevented both a tax increase for district taxpayers and saved the jobs of RISD teachers who wish to continue in the district.
School board members met in a budget workshop Tuesday. Full Story
Presentation of scholarships is usually routine at the annual Awards Night ceremony, held the week before graduation in the RHS Auditorium. Full Story
Homecoming for graduation speaker Friday
“I need to come home,” Jason Brown laughed. “I guess that’s what I’ll be doing on Friday night.”
Br ow n , one of Ro c kd a le’s favorite sons and a musical prod ig y wel lr emembered by several generations, will be guest speaker at 7:30 p.m. Friday in commencement exercises for the 134-candidate RHS Class of 2011. Full Story
New generations Cooke up a winner
Alcoa arrives (and leaves); family eyes second century
POSTMASTER—John Esten Cooke was appointed Rockdale Postmaster in 1936 and he oversaw construction of Rockdale’s new post office in 1939. He died the next year.
W. H. Cooke became publisher editor in 1936 when his father became postmaster. It was a particularly hard time in Rockdale, as it was elsewhere in Depression-Era America. Full Story
SFC Evans due back from Afghanistan
AFGHANISTAN– Sergeant First Class (SFC) Ernest L. Evans Sr., son of Peggy A. Evans and Earnest W. Russell and grandson of Rose Marie Russell, all of Rockdale, is set to return home t h is week f rom a 12- mont h deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His new duty station will be Fort Bliss. Full Story
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June 2—Debbie Todd, Keely Lagrone, Hunter Hux, Marquise Jones, Celina Galbreath, Tammy Cass.
June 3— Gracie Rasco, Mike Staacke, Braylen Pierce, Payden Bell, Sherri Brantley, Scarlett Young.
June 4—Mark Russell, Jr, Eddie Braun, Vicky Weaks, Caitlyn Daniels. Full Story
RHS seniors leave playoff legacy
Four straight post season trips is school record
A s the suns sets on the 2010-11 school year, this RHS senior class can take pride in the footprints they have left to fill, especially on the football field.
Despite an underwhelming 5-6 overall mark, Le’Raven Clark and the boys participated in the state playoffs in all four years for the first time in school history. Full Story
2011: THE year in Milano sports history
Led by unprecedented ventures from the football and baseball teams, Milano enjoyed its greatest athletic success
MILANO—It’s inception began in the sweltering heat of August during two-a-days in football and did not conclude until just days ago on the b baseball diamond in—well—the sweltering heat of May (this is Texas after all). Full Story
THE CASE FOR GREATNESS
FOOTBALL—Record: 8-4. District: 2nd in 12A. Playoffs: lost to Falls City in area, but not before recording only second playoff victory in school history over High Island in bi-district. VOLLEYBALL—Record: 33-11. District: 2nd in 25A. Playoffs: lost to state power Round Top-Carmine in regional quarterfinals in the ladies 10th straight playoff journey. Full Story
Thorndale chamber rewards cream of the crop
Well known for his volunteerism, Buddy Johnson is citizen of the year
The Thorndale Area Chamber of Commerce Awards Open House was held May 24 at the TACC Building, honoring their outstanding citizens for 2010. Full Story
Memorial Day service heartfelt and emotional
On this Memorial Week we should take notice of so many brave men and women who served our country, fought and died. The Memorial Day service held on Monday at Wolf Park was a great remembrance of those who have gone on before us. The students did a wonderful job and the Boy Scouts were impressive. Full Story