‘POP’ CULTURE—Tom Britton, the inspirational speaker who spoke to the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet Thursday in the RJH Commons, doubles as a magician. He spiced his talk with several magic tricks and ended with this one, poking a giant needle all the way through a balloon. Britton then ended his talk by tossing the same balloon into the air and popping it with the same needle. Britton urged his audience to write down their goals and prioritize their lives. See Chamber award winners and more banquet coverage on page 1B.