A barking family dog is credited with awakening the five members of the Ira White family, who fled their burning home at 2001 O’Kelley just before 5 a.m. Sunday. Rockdale VFD Fire Chief Herbie Vaughan said the blaze was traced to an electric pencil sharpener which was plugged in behind a couch and had been used the previous night during work on a student art project. The home was gutted. Full Story
New firm mulls ‘light plant’ for Rockdale
A Dallas-area firm, which plans to manufacture a device allowing military personnel to avoid spine and shoulder injuries, is looking at Rockdale as a possible site for a “light manufacturing” plant. Full Story
Momentum builds for biggest ‘Tejas Fest’
Momentum is building toward Rockdale’s sixth annual Tejas Festival, which will turn much of downtown into a bookart culture fair Saturday, March 3. Full Story
City council race now contested
Two file in Rockdale, more candidates in Milano, Thorndale
Rockdale got its first contested race for the May 12 ballot Tuesday afternoon when Colby Fisher filed to oppose former city councilman Tom Fisher for the west ward council position being vacated by Allan Miller.
Incumbent Willie Phillips is seeking a new term from the east ward. Full Story
Administrators re-hired by trustees on Thursday
Rockdale ISD school board members, meeting in regular session Thursday due to the Monday President’s Day holiday, re-hired eight administrators.
Offered new two-year term contracts were the following:
• Pam Kaufmann, assistant superintendent for instruction.
• Joey Geletka, Rockdale High School principal. Full Story
It was Fat Tuesday in Rockdale Saturday night as the Kay Theater Foundation presented a Mardi Gras celebration, featuring the Second Line Dixieland Band and Louisiana style beignets. Full Story