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
‘Holy Half Week’ Services begin Monday
The Rockdale Ministerial Alliance’s traditional noon luncheon Holy Week services start Monday but will only last through Wednesday this year.
Rev. Rita Sims, pastor of St. John’s United Methodist Church, which will host the 12:05 to 12:50 services in its fellowship hall, explained the change. Full Story
‘Out of the Darkness’ suicide prevention walk set Saturday
Milam County’s second annual “Out of the Darkness” suicide prevention Campus Walk gets under way at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Tiger Field.
Spokesperson Pam Kaufmann said registration will begin at 9 a.m. and the event will take place “rain or shine.”
The first 100 persons to register will receive a special walk gift, she said. Full Story