Garbage changeover will take plenty during adjustment period
Pretty much everyone in Rockdale will be talking trash, or at least thinking trash, during the next week.
The most far-reaching change in Rockdale’s garbage collection in at least a half-century gets under way Monday, Jan 2. That’s the switchover day from the traditional twice-a-week to once-a-week trash pickup service. Full Story
200 years ago, something was going on
When I started to write the “100 years ago” column for the editorial page this week, I told one of my colleagues I was going to write two, in an attempt to get one ahead going into the new year.
I said “two, hundred years ago,” but it came out “200 years ago” and that’s what everybody heard. Full Story
10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO
100 YEARS AGO....
Rockdale, who won the first football game one month previously, traveled to Cameron and defeated what Reporter Publisher John E. Cooke referred to as “their mumblepeg team” 13-0. Full Story
Gang leaves Milam but continues robberies
This column continues a series on the 19th Century William Robinson gang. R obbery methods changed for the gang after the revival horse heist. They decided to rob stores in isolated areas, where few witnesses were around.
On Oct. 4, 1879, about 5 p.m. two men on horseback rode up to Rancho Grande in Wharton County. Full Story
Rural political campaigns always different
“H e d id n’t sh a ke my hand and ask for my vote, so I’m not going to vote for him.” — For decades, an oft-heard remark by voters in rural areas.
Political campaigns and races in rural counties have often been decided by just such seemingly whimsical reasoning. Full Story
‘Now don’t get technical with me, buddy. I’m not Bill Gates’
Neighbor Grover sez his mechanic told him he couldn’t fix his brakes so he made his horn louder. A piano- play ing buddy of mine since high school, Tommy Griffith, shared the following with me about computer tech support. Maybe you’ve had a conversation with the tech folks. Full Story
He found a trunk with $8 million in it, right!
May I introduce you to Mr. Roberts Russell, who claims to be the director of an inspection unit in Atlanta who discovered an unclaimed trunk “belonging to a diplomat from the United Kingdom.’ Full Story
Art by Fernando Luna, a fourth-grader at Rockdale Intermediate School. Full Story
‘Major financial crunch’ coming for county in 2012
The ringing in of a new year is traditionally a time of resolutions for the new as well as reflections on what was accomplished in the year gone by.
As far as the year gone by, I’ll try to summarize the county’s performance in the first couple of articles in January. But what are we going to do about 2012? Full Story