America panicked because it tuned out a dummy
I n just under five months we will observe the 75th anniversary of one of the most bizarre incidents in American history.
On Oct. 31, 1938, a 22-yearold— and slim— Orson Welles and a brash young cast of radio actors who called themselves the Mercury Theater, managed to convince a significant number of Americans that this country was being invaded by Martians. Full Story
Art by Samanth Trent
Art by Samantha Trent, a junior at Rockdale High School. Full Story
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New Justice of the Peace Ed Gunn had performed 24 weddings in his first four months in office. “The preachers will accuse him of cutting the price if he doesn’t watch out,” Reporter Publisher John E. Cooke commented. Full Story
Milam churches date back to pre-Civil War era
Milam County was served by circuit riding preachers and elders beginning about 1837, having received their appointments at the Mississippi Conference before coming to Texas.
These dedicated preachers endured many trials. They traveled days between appointments in all types of weather and sometimes without accommodations. Families usually provided a room with meals. Full Story
Amazing number of ideas come from a B&W movie
I t’s rewarding and enjoyable to be somewhat retired. I say somewhat, because I still pen this piece every week and do a certain amount of emailing and phoning seeking more opportunities for readers to see this missive. Full Story
Lawsuit: something you enter as a pig, exit as a sausage
Neighbor Grover sez his podiatrist told him “Time wounds all heels.” C ongratulations to the Rockdale Ministerial Alliance for once again sponsoring the Holy Week noon hour luncheons, and to the good folks at First Baptist Church for hosting the event at their spacious Family Life Center. Full Story
Art by Angelina Lankford
Art by Angelina Lankford, a second-grader at Rockdale Elementary School. Full Story
Call elected officials about sequestration effects
Sequestration is a mixed bag of good and bad. The good news is social security, Medicare, and Medicaid will not have deep, damaging cuts to the system. Full Story
What to do with Milam habitual offenders?
Rockdale Police Chief Thomas Harris recently called me to discuss a problem that all communities deal with, and that is what to do with our problem people, or what we refer to in the legal system as repeat or habitual offenders. Full Story