Tip of community hat to our Sweepstakes musicians
Bill Cooke

Neighbor Grover sez in Oklahoma, people who carry the caskets are no longer called pallbearers. They’re called Karaokes. W ow! Sweepstakes.

Congratulations to the Rockdale High School Big Blue Band for earning the coveted UIL Sweepstakes award, and to band director Adrian Acevedo who appears to be rebuilding the school band program to its former glory that was such a source of pride for this town decades ago.

The UIL’s Sweepstakes award goes only to bands that are judged Division I (superior) in all three areas of competition—marching contest held in the fall and concert and sight-reading contests held in the spring.

It was the Big Blue Band’s first Sweepstakes in 10 years and only its second in 20 years, the two most recent ones earned in 2003 and 1993.

If you missed the Sweepstakes story in last week’s Reporter, here’s Director Acevedo’s quote:

Art by Alexandria Ferguson, a junior at Rockdale High School. Art by Alexandria Ferguson, a junior at Rockdale High School. “ What our students accomplished on Tuesday (at UIL contest) was truly amazing. They had outstanding performances in concert and sight-reading and the judges rewarded their efforts.

“ They represented Rockdale with pride and showcased the great things that are happening in our program.”

Our hats are off to the entire program.


There’s a (mostly) fresh batch of goofy newspaper headlines circulating. Some you’ve seen before, some not. The following were sent to me by Tommy Griffith of Austin, who wondered how many of them appeared in The Reporter. Well, I’ll never tell.

• Bridges help people cross rivers

• Man with 8 DUIs blames drinking problem

• Miracle cure ki l ls f if th patient

• Bugs f lying around with wings are flying bugs

• Republicans turned off by size of Obama’s package

• Illiteracy an obstable, study finds

• Federal agents raid gun shop, find weapons

• Statistics show teen pregnancy drops significantly after age 25

• Marijuana issue sent to joint committee

• Homicide victims rarely talk to police

• Worker suffers leg pain after crane drops 800-pound ball on his head

• 17 remain dead in morgue shooting spree

• City unsure why the sewer smells

• Study: frequent sex enhances pregnancy chances

• Meeting on open meetings is closed

• Man accused of killing lawyer receives new attorney

• Caskets found as workers demolish mausoleum

• Puerto Rican teen named mistress of the universe

• Barbershop singers bring joy to school for deaf

• Hospitals resort to hiring doctors; physician shortage prompting move, administrators say

• New sick policy requires 2-day notice

• Parents keep kids home to protest school closure

• Rally against apathy draws small crowd

• Starvation can lead to health hazards

• Bra celebrates pair of historic milestones; after 100 years of innovation, device still holds up

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