Building owners plan renovation
City commission orders demolition of Cameo Insurance
Rockdale’s Building Standards Commission says the Cameo Insurance Building is dangerous and has to come down but its owners want to renovate and preserve the historic structure.
On a 3-0 vote, with two abstentions, the commission gave owner Gloria Thrasher 14 days to “secure” the former Cameo Insurance Building, then 60 days to demolish it. Full Story
SMILE, LI’L DARLIN’S
This is the “public” part of Texas Public Schools Week. Full Story
Council seeking ‘nuisance’ opinions
Vote delayed on far-reaching law
Rockdale’s city council went to the brink of voting on the first reading of a measure which would represent the greatest exercise of city power ever over the everyday lives of city residents, then backed off for a month to gauge public input. Full Story
WORD FROM THE WIFE
Boys, boys, dogs, dogs and more boys and dogs
I t is usually so quiet around this house—Bill and I don’t even say “good morning” until we’ve had our morning cup of tea or coffee—and that doesn’t require much further conversation. Full Story
Public Schools Week draws visitors to RISD
Activities held for public bring parents, families to campuses
Texas Public Schools Week, a tradition on the week before spring break, brought large turnouts of visitor to all four Rockdale ISD campuses.
Largest single crowd was Thursday afternoon when the elementary gym bleachers were packed to the first grades annual Texas play, with a script that featured several musical numbers. Full Story
Branson group bringing show to Lexington
LEXINGTON—All the way from Branson, Missouri, the Plummer Family Country Music Show is coming to Lexington once again.
The Lexington EMS will present the Plummer Family on Friday, March 15 at the Lexington Elementary School. Show time is set for 7 p.m. with advance tickets available for $10 (adults) and $5 (under 12). Tickets will be slightly higher at the door. Full Story
Mumford was robbed: TEA, UIL were co-conspirators
A USTIN—In this, my 40th consecutive appearance at the Texas state high school basketball tournament, me and 9,722 people were witness to a crime, perpetuated by the Texas Education Agency and the University Interscholastic League.
The crime? Mumford was robbed of the opportunity to play a legitimate team for a chance to win the Class A state championship. Full Story
Lady Tigers burn Burnet with 18-hit, 19-run attack
Talley just misses the cycle in runruled romp
BURNET—With district play on the horizon, the Rockdale Lady Tigers couldn’t have picked a better time to strike up the hit parade.
The Lady Tigers banged out 18 hits in scoring 19 runs and every player that stepped to the plate registered at least one hit to brush off Burnet 19-1 Friday night on the road. Full Story
Streaking Tigers, Crouching opponents
Front (left to right)—Nic Vreeland, Dylan McCartney, Nick Pelzel, William Dean, Michael Turman, Derek Whitsel, Kacey Waxler. Full Story
In-laws and out of debt Dear Dave, Full Story
Rockdale sales allocation check up for month
MDD check still seeing decline for month, year; County rebate check well ahead of March 2012
AUSTIN—Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said that state sales tax revenue in February was $2.08 billion, up 3.7 percent compared to February 2012.
Combs sent out $531.1 million in February local sales tax allocations last week to cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts. That is up 12.2 percent compared to the same time in 2012. Full Story
Milam County, area rates jump for January
County jobless numbers increase seven-tenths
AUSTIN—Milam County’s unemployment rate jumped seven-tenths of a point for the month, with its seasonally adjusted jobless rate at 8.5 percent for January, according to numbers released by the Texas Workforce (TWC) on Friday.
Milam County’s unemployment rate was 7.8 percent in December. Full Story