There was plenty of unexpected excitement at Rockdale Walmart during the noon hour Tuesday as a fire in this large surge protector filled the discount center with smoke and forced the building’s evacuation. Volunteer firefighters Tra Muston (L) and Justin Betak extinguish the unit after it was dragged into the parking lot. Full Story
Split council seeks harmony for meetings
Agenda rules changed after long discussion; lien waiver fails again
A fractured—and sometimes fractious—Rockdale City Council, changed the way it does business at council meetings Monday, seeking a way to make its public deliberations more efficient.
On a 4-2 split vote, following a lively and emotional discussion of almost an hour, the council voted to return to its pre-2009 way of placing items on its agenda. Full Story
Milam schools join state in AYP ‘miss-ery’
RISD falls short for fifth consecutive year
Rockdale Independent School District (RISD) fell short of federal “no child left behind” standards for the fifth straight year in 2012, and had plenty of company, county and statewide. Full Story
Tigers take on first tuneup hosting Marlin
Big Blue faces live opposition on Friday
While opening kickoff is 15 days away, the Rockdale Tiger football team will get its first taste of real live competition Friday.
The Tigers host Marlin Aug. 17 at 7 p.m. at Tigerland Field for their first scrimmage of summer two-a-days.
Marlin finished 5-6 in 2012 and is led by wide receiver Ladarian Hopwood under new coach Tim Hensley. Full Story
Lady Tigers get defensive about 2012 season
Six veterans give spikers a gritty presence this year
Every team has one area that a coach would like to see improvement in.
For Jason Williams, it’s doing a better job of stopping people from scoring.
“We are working extra hard on having a smarter, more aggressive defense this year,” said Rockdale’s head coach. Full Story
Rule changes ‘o plenty as the school year nears
While the University Interscholastic League has pretty much put and end to the Texas football tradition of two-a-days set in motion by last summer’s record setting heat.
In case you haven’t heard, you can no longer hold twoa days for two days in a row. Coaches across the state have given the new ruling mixed reviews, concerned about conditioning. Full Story
Tax rebates continue to rise
Texas has increased sales tax revenue for 28th straight month
AUSTIN—Texas Comptroller Susan Combs sent out $632.1 million in August local sales tax allocations last week to cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts. That is up 4.2 percent compared to the same time in 2011.
Combs said that state sales tax revenue in July was $2.05 billion, up 10.1 percent compared to July 2011. Full Story
Texas sales tax holiday to cash in this weekend
State’s consumers to save $64.8 million according to comptroller estimates
The state’s annual sales tax free-weekend is set Friday through Sunday.
This year, shoppers will save an estimated $64.8 million in state and local sales taxes during the holiday, according to Comptroller Susan Combs.
The tax holiday weekend has been an annual event since 1999. Full Story
VROOM, VROOM—Tonkawa Cycles, 115 West Cameron (US 79) held its grand opening ribbon cutting Saturday and is now open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Full Story