Santa banned (briefly) as ‘too Christian’
A t least we’ve got something to thank the Political Correctness crowd for. They sure keep columnists in business.
For a couple of days last week a hospital in Charleston, South Carolina, banned Santa Claus from visiting its patients because someone apparently thinks Santa is mentioned in the second chapter of Luke. Full Story
Thank sg iv ing-eh?
Two Canadian celebrations preceded those famous Pilgrims
We think of Thanksgiving as a uniquely American observance, and indeed it is, but the impulse to give thanks to a power greater than ourselves is a universal one.
In fact, there were two observances of holidays very similar to our Thanksgiving in North America before the famous feast by the Pilgrims in 1621. Full Story
10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO
100 YEARS AGO....
The Rockdale City Council accepted a petition presented by Mrs. E. H. Scarbrough in which neighbors complained about the Rockdale Horse & Mule Company. It was referred to the city health officer for possible action. Full Story
Art by Erin Daniels, a senior at Rockdale High School. Full Story
Lawman-turned-outlaw came from fine family
This is the first in a series on the saga of a lawman turned outlaw Ben Wheeler. T he fugitive known as Ben
Wheeler was born William
Sherod Robinson. He served as a lawman in Milam County in the 1870’s and gained the trust of people in this area while serving as deputy sheriff. Full Story
Minimum wage responsibility in tipping situations
INK IN THE BLOOD
Having never worked in a job that relied on tipping to make decent pay or to reach the minimum wage requirement, it’s hard to identify with someone complaining about a shortfall in that situation. Full Story
Thanks for all these things, and so much more
The late Reporter Publisher W.H. Cooke, who died in July of 1991, wrote the following Thanksgiving column in 1989. It is reprinted here as a tribute to his memory.—B.C. T hanksgiving Day brings hope that your day will be fulfilling as well as full-feeling. Every day should be a day of Thanksgiving. Full Story
Thanksgiving (or any time) thoughts from Andy
SPOILIN’ THE BROTH
Neighbor Grover sez eagles may soar, but weasels don’t get sucked into jet engines. T he late and great writer, Full Story
Art by Jennifer Garza, a fifth-grader at Rockdale Intermediate School. Full Story
Holidays prime time for scams
MILAM COUNTY T.R.I.A.D.
Major scam alert. There are an increasing number of scam artists operating at Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
They’re posing as police officers collecting money for feeding the less fortunate. Full Story
Money a constant consideration
A s I was campaigning for this job, I heard someone say, “It’s all about money,” like everything a politician does is motivated by money. Full Story