And, indeed, Chad Patzke (L) threw in the towel— picked up a towel would be more accurate—in the rib eating contest of the Milam County Festival’s Barbecue Cookoff Friday at Fair Park. Patzke’s efforts paid off. He won the contest, which drew seven hungry hopefuls under the park’s shady oak trees. Patzke ate two pounds of ribs in five minutes. Full Story
Future brighter in health industry
250 jobs, $750,000 payroll in Rockdale
A hospital which came close to closing its doors less than two years ago now lies at the center of an industry which can ma ke a leg it imate claim to being the largest in the Rockdale area.
Little River Healthcare (LRH) now prov ides 250 jobs and has a $750,000 payroll in the Rockdale area, according to Jeff Madison, hospital administrator. Full Story
Ex-principal, coach to retire
12 employees taking advantage of ‘early-out’ offer in RISD
The man with the most unique resume in the history of the Rockdale ISD is retiring at the end of the school year.
Allen Sanders has been principal at three RISD campuses, assistant principal at two and even head football coach for a season during his 26-year career in Rockdale. His was one of 16 resignations accepted Monday by school trustees. Full Story
Art by Benito Costello
Art by Benito Costilla, a junior at Rockdale High School. Full Story
Art by Shauncey Cloer
Art by Shaunacey Cloer, a third-grader at Rockdale Intermediate School. Full Story
‘Mini-Fair’ draws 74 BBQ cookers
Milam County Festival gets ideal weather
Most common bit of conversation at the first Milam County Festival Friday and Saturday at Rockdale’s Fair Park: “This feels just like the Fair.”
Second most common: “How about this weather.”
The festival, highlighted by 74 barbecue teams, unreeled on green grass, in sunshine and 65- degree temperatures both days. Full Story
Tiger’s Loewe to retire after 34-year run
Veteran led Rockdale back to playoffs
Vowing to return Rockdale back to the playoff promised land, Dusty Loewe accomplished the feat and is now calling it a day.
Loewe is retiring after 34 years on the sideline and leading the Tigers to their first winning season and playoff appearance since 1997 this past season.
“It’s been hard,” Loewe said. “I’m leaving on an up note.” Full Story
Brooks’ recovery time is a long distance affair
Oklahoma signee Daniel Brooks is recovering nicely after tearing his knee up at the Rockdale Relays March 1.
Brooks had his surgery March 13 in Norman performed by The Oklahoma medical staff which will also handle his rehab, which could force him to miss part or all of the 2012 season. Full Story
Slugger’s paradise: Lady Tigers outlast Giddings, 14-10
Bang out seasonhigh 17 hits to keep pace in district play
Let’s just say that strikeouts were at a premium.
L ike a br ush f ire ga ining momentum as its crosses a dried out field, the Rockdale Lady Tigers banged out a season-high 17 hits to outpace Giddings 14- 10 in a district slugfest Tuesday night at the Rockdale Softball Complex. Full Story
Exemption deadline ahead for some
Non-profit organizations may be totally exempt from property taxes, but to qualify, they must apply to t he Milam Count y Appraisal District no later than April 30. Full Story
YOUTH SUPPORTERS—The Rockdale Rotary Club recently donated $300 each to the Rockdale Youth Baseball Association and Rockdale Girls Softball League. Full Story
FOR DARKNESS WALK
FOR DARKNESS WALK—Heart of Texas Electric Cooperative donated $500 to the Out of the Darkness Campus Walk for Suicide Prevention to be held at Tiger Field in Rockdale on Saturday, March 31. Full Story