Rockdale ISD exults over judge’s ruling
Texas school finance ‘unconstitutional;’ appeal expected
AUSTIN—Austin District Judge John Dietz on Monday ruled the state’s school finance law is “unconstitutional,” setting up a virtually sure appeal to the Texas Supreme Court and touching off a cautious celebration among the plaintiffs. Full Story
HIS LAST CALL—Volunteer firefighters from all over Milam County gathered Friday at Oak Lawn Cemetery to pay their respects to a longtime Rockdale VFD volunteer. Frank Dymke died Jan. 29 at age 92. During his long career in the RVFD he was injured twice fighting fires, including the landmark 1943 fire at the H. H. Coffield warehouse. See column page 4A and obituary page 6D. Full Story
Two injured in wreck at Brazos River bridge
Two persons were treated at an area hospital last Wednesday (Jan. 30) after a two-vehicle crash on US 79 at the Brazos River bridge, which separates Milam and Robertson counties.
State Trooper Donald Delukie of Milam County said vehicles involved were operated by William
Withers, 36, of Lampasas, and David Costello, 44, of Dallas, Colorado. Full Story
IT GOES RIGHT HERE—El Camino Real National Historic Trail signs are going up soon in Milam County. How do they know where to place them? Like this. Full Story
Balch newest commissioner
Judge’s appointment fills Precinct 1 vacancy following resignation
Longtime Cameron resident, and Rockdale High School graduate Chuck (Tank) Balch was appointed Precinct 1 Milam County commissioner last Wednesday by County Judge Dave Barkemeyer.
The vacancy was created by the sudden resignation of Commissioner George Tomek two days previously. Full Story
City talks tourism, lodging promotion
The Rockdale City Council, in a Monday workshop, gathered information from two firms who want to contract with the city to promote tourism and lodging in the city.
Council members can’t take any action in workshops. A decision on which of the firms, if any, might be hired would have to be an agenda item at a subsequent council meeting. Full Story
Chamber seeks 2013 awards nominees
The Rockdale Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for awards to be presented at the 2013 banquet which has yet to be scheduled.
Deadline to submit an award is March 15
The top four awards are Outstanding Citizen, Citizen-of-theyear, Organization-of-the-year, and Business-of-the -year.
Previous winners: Full Story
Fraternal organizations played big role
Editor’s note: This is the first article in the sixth series of “On the Other Side of the Tracks, a Black History Month series by former Rockdale resident, and longtime teacher, Susie Sansom Piper
Fraternal organizations played a big role in the community life in Rockdale’s “other side of the tracks.” Full Story
Milano VFD chili supper, fund-raiser set Saturday
The annual MVFD chi l i supper is set for Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Milano Civic Center/Fire Station. Serving will begin at 4:30 p.m. until around 6 p.m. Costs are $7 for adults and $3 for children 11 and under. Meal will include chili, crackers, dessert and drink. Full Story
ACTION IN THE FIELDS—The not-very-long winter season dormant season is quickly ending in South Central Texas and there’s already some activity in Rockdale area fields, including this action in the blackland around San Gabriel. Full Story
CHILI TIME—Manor Oaks Nursing Home held a chili supper from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday in its south side dining room. Organizer Lisa Debault prepared four chili dishes. Russell Fischer and The Ranch also helped prepare the chili and John Elbert and Peggy Fischer assisted with the effort. According to Manor Oaks, more than $300 was raised for the nursing home’s activities department. Full Story
TURNING 100—Robert Sides (center), flanked by Bruce and Marcia Holliman, celebrated his 100th birthday Jan. 30 in Leon Springs. Rockdale native Bruce Holliman is Sides’ second cousin. Full Story
‘Craft day’ set for Saturday at Gause FBC Family Life Center
A ll youngsters from age 3 years through fifth grade are invited to a fun-filled Craft Day at the Gause Family Life Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. Lots of fun, hands-on activities for the kids and lunch will be served. For more info you may call Patti Kornegay at 979-204-3219 or Coats Grocery at 979-279-3153. Full Story
Traditional textbooks may be replaced by e-readers
E-readers are palm-sized electronic devices that can offer newspapers, magazines and books as digital content. While they can be convenient for the recreational reader, e-books may be a boon to students as well.
The e-reader market exploded when Amazon introduced its Kindle. Sony, Barnes & Noble and other companies have also introduced their own e-reader devices. Full Story