Nine cases heard in 20th District Court
Nine cases were disposed of last week in 20th District Court, according to Prosecutors Bill Torrey and John Paschall, who listed case dispositions as follows:
• Maximiliano Naranjo, 39, Thorndale, pleaded guilty to burglary of building, eightmonth state jail term, $125 in restitution to victim. Full Story
Even though the 2012-13 school year is over, both the 110-member strong Rockdale Junior-High Band (shown above at promotion exercises Friday) are still competing and winning. Directors Adrian Acevedo (RHS) and Les Huff (RJH) said the RJH Symphonic Band and RHS Big Blue Band submitted recordings to the UIL for competition. Full Story
No laughing matter for merchants
Businesses in the Rockdale area, and all of Central Texas, are asked to be on the alert after seven counterfeit bills were passed last week.
“ There were a total of two 10o-dollar bills, three 20s and two 10s,” Lt. J. D. Newlin of the Rockdale Police Department said.
Newlin said the bills were reported at three businesses, two in Rockdale and one in Milano. Full Story
Summer Reading Club starting at city library
Elementary and intermediate school-aged children are invited to “Dig Into Reading” and be a part of the Texas Reading Club’s summer program at the Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library, according to Librarian Melanie Todd.
The program is offered during June on Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m., Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., or Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. Full Story
Lots of visiting, family time during graduation
Enjoyed lots of visiting over the weekend with family and friends in town for graduation ceremonies. Granddaughter Hayleigh graduated from Milano High School on Friday night. Full Story
Gause ISD promotes 15 in 8th grade graduation ceremony
A wards ceremony last Thursday for Gause ISD students Pre-K through eighth grades was well attended. It was a very nice program and well attended with family and friends, as was the 8th grade graduat ion Thursday evening. Full Story
Annual Round Top music festival to open Saturday
BRENHAM—The 43rd Round Top Music Festival, set to run June 8-July 23, is one of the most prestigious events in the world. The Festival will present more than 35 public events, including orchestral and chamber music concerts, master classes and a children’s concert. Full Story
TreeFolks, Bastrop County receive $50,000 Alcoa grant
Private landowners will receive more than 1 million trees this year
BASTROP—TreeFolks received a $50,000 grant from Alcoa Foundation and American Forests Global ReLeaf Partnership for Trees to continue operating the Bastrop County Community Reforestation Program. Funds will be used to assist approximately 230 private landowners in reforesting more than 2,000 acres of land devastated by the 2011 Bastrop County Complex Fire. Full Story
There are now 106 new freshmen at Rockdale High School. Promotion exercises for the Rockdale Junior-High eighth grade were held Friday morning in the RJH gym and included speeches by (bottom row, valedictorian Brian Blanchard and salutatorian Annie Hasselbach. Full Story
Keep car running smoothly
In these trying economic times, every dollar that can be stretched becomes more valuable. While many industries have taken a hit as the economy has suffered through its darkest period in decades, the auto industry, particularly American auto manufacturers, has suffered greatly. Full Story
VALEDICTORIAN: ‘No’ just means ‘new opportunity’
Editor’s note: Following is the valedictory address delivered during commencement exercises by Caroline Wilde: G ood evening family and friends, teachers, administrators, staff, and school board members. Thank you for being here to recognize our special occasion. Your presence means a lot. Full Story
SALUTATORIAN: Don’t look in the rear-view mirror
Editor’s note: Following is the salutatory address delivered during commencement exercises by Breann Breithaupt:
Graduation: The best known cure to senioritis and similar diseases. Side effects include long gowns, flat square-shaped hats, diplomas, responsibility, college, and/or a career. Full Story
THS hands out 54 diplomas during commencement
Students receive $74,250 in scholarships at annual awards night
THORNDALE—The 54-member Thorndale High School class of 2013 received diplomas during commencement ceremonies held Friday at Bulldog Stadium.
Speeches by class valedictorian Davis Denny and salutatorian Lizzie Marr highlighted the event.
On May 29, graduates were awarded scholarships at the annual awards night. Students received $74,250 in scholarships and awards. Full Story
Milano scholarships total over $149,000
Guthrie, Willingham give commencement speeches
MILANO–Graduates had their week a little spread out in Milano with scholarships awarded on Monday night and diplomas handed out on Friday.
For the first time the two were completely split with graduates receiving awards and scholarship money at an academic banquet held prior to commencement ceremonies. Some, if not all scholarships used to be handed out during graduation. Full Story
Q: Does the weather service still use weather balloons?
A: Yes it does, said Brent McRoberts of Texas A&M University. Many of the uses of weather balloons can now be carried out by weather satellites that orbit hundreds of miles above the Earth. Full Story
SMILE FOR ME!
SMILE FOR ME!—Not only are end-of-year ceremonies a big milestone for the students involved, they’re huge moments for mom, dad, siblings, family members and friends. Full Story
Voice-to-text apps offer no safety benefit
As with manual texting, reaction times double
The study was sponsored by the Southwest Region University Transportation Center and conducted by the Texas A& M Transportation Institute (TTI). SWUTC is a part of the University Transportation Centers Program, which is a federally-funded program administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration. Full Story