2013 Nocturnal Fest canceled
Loss $200,000-plus to Rockdale economy
A giant outdoor music festival which has drawn the largest crowds in the history of Milam County—and provided a major economic boost in the post-Alcoa era—won’t return in 2013. Full Story
‘Newcomers’ seek city council terms
Incumbent trustee files during first week
The 2013 political year got off to a quick start during the week as two first-time candidates filed for positions on the Rockdale City Council in the May 11 election.
Trent Wages filed for the west ward council seat currently held by Toby Johnson.
Robert B. Lawhon signed up for the east ward position now held by Joyce Dalley. Full Story
WORTH 2,000 WORDS
If one picture is worth 1,000 words, here are a couple of thousand, maybe more, showing how serious the drought has been in the Rockdale area. Photo below shows Sheckles Lane (CR 429), just north of the San Gabriel bridge in December, 2010. The top photo shows the same view this week, a little over two years later. Full Story
Pasta-n-music grosses $7,500 for bands
Boosters sell 716 plates on Monday
Rockdale ISD Band Boosters’ annual spaghetti supper packed the junior-high commons for three hours Monday as the group’s major fund raiser surpassed the 2012 event in all phases. Full Story
Booster club’s sixth annual Father-Daughter Dance Feb. 15
Rockdale Athletic Booster Club will hold the sixth annual Father-Daughter Dance benefiting its scholarship fund from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 at the Patterson Civic Center. Full Story
MANOR OAKS NEWS
There are lots of important dates and exciting events coming up for our staff and residents at Manor Oaks.
Thank you in advance for any participation at any of these events.
Feb. 7—February Birthday Celebration at 10 a.m.
Family Services Committee Meeting at 11 a.m. Full Story
Goodbye Joe, me gotta go, eat some gumbo me-o, my-o
A ccording to Websters, gumbo is a dish that originated in southern Louisiana during the 18th century.
According to yours truly, it’s the backbone (or neck bone, if you will) of Cajun cuisine.
Having lived in Lafayette, La. for 10 years of my life, I am well tasted in what makes gumbo good. Full Story
Messer joins Brinkley in Buffalo signing stampede
Despite prowess at linebacker, Eagle will try receiver full time
West Texas A&M is certainly swimming in the talent pool of Central Texas.
After putting the arm on Rockdale gunslinger Ethan Brinkley, the Buffaloes scooped up Milano athlete Dominique Messer as well on National Signing Day Wednesday. Full Story
Lady Tigers join in the playoff party
Enter post-season for the first time since 2005
While the game itself was no cause for celebration, the outcome and what it meant was undeniably joyous.
In a physical, sloppy performance from both teams, the Rockdale Lady Tigers slugged out a 34-22 victory over Caldwell in Hornet Gym to earn their first playoff berth since 2005. Full Story
Rockdale permits down for month
City building permits issued for the month of January totaled $47,306, according to Rockdale city hall officials.
Permits are down for the month, where $867,638 in permits were handed out in December, due in large part to the new $690,000 new McDonald’s building being constructed.
Permit totals for the fiscal year, which just started in October, now sit at $1,114,620. Full Story
INAUGURATION—T’Keyah Sandles, freshman at Rockdale High School, took a trip to Washington, DC, recently during the 2013 Presidential Inauguration. She was accompanied on the trip by her aunt, Nicole Davis of Atlanta, Georgia. Sandles is pictured in front of the U.S. Capitol. She is the daughter of Kefa and Timothy Mitchell of Rockdale and Evelyn and Larry Sandles of Houston. Full Story
TACC, Farm Bureau set estate planning workshop
The Thorndale Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) and the Milam County Farm Bureau will host an estate planning workshop at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 at the TACC building, 120 South Main Street in downtown Thorndale. Full Story