Luminant gets reprieve from judges
East Texas units still open while court mulls ‘cross state’ rule
In a surprise move Friday, two days before a new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule targeting burning of lignite coal was to go into effect, a threejudge federal panel issued a “stay,” and will decide on the rule’s legality later this year. Full Story
2011 leaks away with big water line break
Crews work overnight to restore service
The new year started with a bang, literally, in Rockdale as a three-foot section of a major water distribution line blew out Saturday afternoon, leaving much of the city without water service for several hours. Full Story
Milano to host annual cow-calf clinic on Friday
Milano Livestock E xchange will host the annual Texas Agrilife Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic on Friday.
Cattle raisers from six counties and beyond are expected to attend. Full Story
2011 IN REVIEW
Some of our favorite Reporter images from the past year
Remember? A year that was unspeakably hot and dry was neither the morning of Feb. 4 as makeshift ‘snowplow’ frees US 79 from grip of two-to-three-inch snow. Full Story
And just like that, she was gone again
Just talked to Savannahbound daughter, Kennedy. She was in the middle of the Florida panhandle on I-10. Besides getting out of Texas, it’s by far the longest and most boring part of the drive.
She left at 5:30 a.m., New Year’s Day. We both figured all the drunks from New Year’s Eve would be sleeping it off so it would be a good day to drive. Full Story
Wilson honored on 91st
GAUSE—Dorsie M. Wilson of Gause celebrated her 91st birthday Friday, Dec. 30, with a phone call from her oldest grandson, Derrick Ferguson of Houston, singing “Happy Birthday.”
She was treated to lunch by the following: Full Story
One event synonymous with the holidays is a good ol’ basketball tournament and there were plenty in the area for cage fans to enjoy. Full Story
Bridging The Gap
As Sam Houston prepares to play for a national championship, no one is prouder than Rockdale legend Jack Kyle
HUNTSVILLE—Dressed sharply in a navy blazer and a beige Stetson cowboy hat, Sam Houston State football legendary tailback Jack Kyle sits in the Bearkat lounge at the Ron Mafrige Field House with his grandson on a sunny, but chilly afternoon. Full Story
Lady Tigers tip off league slate with new attitude
The Rockdale Lady Tigers have bolted out to their best start in years with a 13-7 mark.
But come Friday, when they step on the floor at Navasota to tip off District 23-3A play, veteran Rockdale coach Liz Galloway-McQuitter knows that shining mark means nothing. Full Story
Lowest amount of permits issued since 1996
City building projects totaled just $956,168 in calendar 2011
One new house and one new business building were about all the new growth Rockdale saw in 2011, as the area is as is the nation, still struggling from a sluggish economy. There were lots of remodel and add-on permits issued for home construction.
There were no new homes built in the city limits in 2010, nor were there in 2009. Full Story
Volunteers, sponsors made event successful
What a great start to 2012 we had Saturday night at the KC Hall. Everyone enjoyed themselves and the “Texas Unlimited Band” put on a great show. I would like to thank them for coming and performing. Full Story
DANCIN’ IN THE NEW YEAR—Around 200 people rang in 2012 at the KC Hall on Saturday night during a New Year’s Eve event sponsored by the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce. Full Story