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
District judge plans to retire on June 30
A fter 10-1/2 years on the bench, 20th District Judge Ed Magre has announced he will retire June 30.
Gov. Rick Perry will appoint a successor to serve the final 2- 1/ 2 years of Magre’s term, which expires Dec. 31, 2012.
Only prac t icing attorneys in Milam County may apply to the governor to be considered for the appointment. Full Story
Granger, Oklahoma football star drowns in Little River on Friday
A standout athlete who led Granger High School to a state football title, and was an All American defensive back at Ok la homa , drowned Friday in the Little River near Buckholts.
Sheriff David Greene said the body of 30- year- old Brandon Everage of Granger was pulled from the river at 10:50 a.m. Saturday near the Bryant Station bridge. Full Story
Reporter has been ‘Cooke-ing’ for 100 years
Four generations of publishers
John Esten Cooke began his first issue as publisher of The Rockdale Reporter on June 1, 1911, with an apology of sorts.
There wasn’t room for the “Tom Thumb Wedding,” a fund-raising entertainment benefitting St. Thomas Episcopal Church. Full Story
Outdoor burn ban now back
Once again, it’s illegal to burn outdoors in rural Milam County.
The county’s outdoor burning was reimposed at 12-noon Wednesday, June 1.
County Judge Dave Barkemeyer issued a brief reprieve from the rural burn ban on Monday, May 23.
That reprieve expired at noon Wednesday. Full Story