Luminant lawsuit settlement ok’d
MilamAD accepts $410 million offer for 2011, down from $544 million appraisal
A long-standing lawsuit over 2011 taxable values by Milam County’s largest taxpayer appears to be on the way to resolution.
Milam Appraisal District (MilamAD) directors on Thursday okayed Luminant’s offer of $410 million as an agreed-upon figure after emerging from an executive session with their attorney. Full Story
Etching toward eternity
Family memorial business leaves mark in hearts, history
They put the “rock” in Rockdale. For 66 years the Luckey family has been grinding out gravestones, and other granite monuments, at a landmark location downtown. Full Story
City demo project set to resume
Extra appeal step clears path to raze eyesores
Rockdale city council members are ready to get the city back into the business of demolishing “unsafe or dilapidated” structures.
Meeting in regular session Monday at City Hall, the council gave first-reading approval to an ordinance designed to start the wrecking ball rolling on as many as 40 old structures throughout the city. Full Story
Art by Alyssa Wallace
Art by Alyssa Wallace, a sophomore at Rockdale High School. Full Story
Art by Emily Pepine
Art by Emily Pepine, a fourth-grader at Rockdale Intermediate School. Full Story
Homecoming draws 150 to Patterson Center
Family letters dating to 1874 were gift Sunday
A ll 150 in attendance at Sunday’s 78th annual Rockdale Homecoming made some “re-connections” but for one family it was even more special.
Bill Dessens was presented original letters, dating back to 1877.
Local historian Vickie Pounders Everhart had purchased the letters online and had been corresponding with the family for some time. Full Story
Third session of iTigers camps begins Monday
Despite the fact that it is already underway, it’s not too late to get in on the fun of the RISD summer sports camps.
The second session concluded June 14 and included baseball and softball instruction.
The third camp sessions kicks off June 18 and lasts through the 21st and is strictly basketball.
All camps are for second through seventh graders. Full Story
PITCH & CATCH
It’s June. It’s 100 degrees. That can only mean one thing—football, right? While waiting for the 7-on-7 state tournament next month, area schools including Rockdale, Cameron, Thorndale Full Story
Finals matchup features Lone Star deja vu
I remember the first time I saw Kendrick Perkins play basketball.
It was in the semifinals of 2001 Class 4A state tournament against Hereford.
So impressive was he, that I remember turning to my friend Scott Kaiser of the Houston Chronicle and saying, “We are watching the first pick of the NBA draft in three years.” Full Story
June rebate checks up for most of area
Most area entities also saw postive increase from a year ago
AUSTIN—Texas Comptroller Susan Combs sent out $514.1 million in June local sales tax allocations last week to cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose tasking districts. That is up 9.7 percent compared to a year ago.
Combs said that state sales tax revenue in May was $2.09 billion, up 7.3 percent compared to May 2011. Full Story
SECOND SIGN—Completion of the second planned Rockdale Municipal Development District’s ‘Gateway Monuments’ at the entrances is almost done. Full Story
Residents must own, drive new vision for town
“G ood business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision and relentlessly drive it to completion.”— Jack Welch Full Story