Murder charged in 2-year-old’s death
Foster mother admits slamming child onto floor, claims it was ‘accident’
A two-year- old Round Rock girl died last Wednesday night in a Temple hospital and a 54-year-old Rockdale woman was arrested the next day and charged with murder.
Rockdale police said Sherill Small admitted slamming Alexandria “Alex” Hill to the floor of the San Jacinto Street home where she and her husband, Clemons Small III, made their living by keeping foster children. Full Story
‘Dustin’ benefit Sunday
BBQ, sports items to raise funds for cancer patient
What promises to be one of the largest fund raisers ever in Rockdale is set Sunday at the KC Hall for 3-year-old Dustin Pickel.
It features a barbecue lunch beginning at 11 a.m. and a massive auction at 1 p. m., offering everything from vacations to handmade furniture to sports memorabilia autographed by Texas icons. Full Story
City tax rate set to jump 5.3 cents
7-percent increase likely for water and sewer customers
Rockdale City Council members tried to get into a budget-cutting mood this week and, as a result, a potential 6.7-cent tax hike looks like it will be reduced to 5.3 cents. Full Story
Those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Slower pace for Milam life with triple digit days
It’s actually been a mild summer, so far, by Central Texas standards but we have one word for you.
With the transition to 2013’s eighth month, traditionally the hottest in the Rockdale area, the pace of life seems to slow down considerably. Full Story
The talk was bikes, and there were quite a few military stories repeated, Saturday during the Wounded Warriors barbecue fund raiser Saturday at Tonkawa Cycles in downtown Rockdale. Full Story
Baylor student send-off picnic set for August 15 in Belton
BELTON—The annual Baylor Student Send-off Picnic will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15 at Cathedral Oaks Event Center, 1312 Waco Road in Belton. This event is sponsored each year by the Central Texas Baylor Alumni and the Parents League of Baylor University, according to league president Pam Dial Taylor. Full Story
Lady Tigers eager to start up season
Six experienced seniors return for Blue spikers
While entering his fifth year as head coach, Jason Williams has never had this much experience coming back.
Conversely, expectations have never been this high with the added bonus of four teams now earning playoff bids in Class 3A.
In 2013, the Rockdale Lady Tigers hope to record their first winning season since 1999 and first playoff appearance since 2006. Full Story
Big Easy factory worker’s worries gone in a puff of smoke
NEW ORLEANS CIGAR FACTORY—Sitting here in paradise trying to scratch out a column and searching for some inspiration in the neighborhood that inspired Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Eugene O’Neill, Walt Whitman, Mark Twain and William Faulkner to greatness. Full Story
89 Tigers open workouts to prepare for 2013
Jeff Miller welcomed 89 players as he oversaw his eighth two- a- days that got underway bright- and- early Monday morning with cool breezes taking the edge off the stifling heat.
This year’s version of summer workouts are more important than usual as the Tigers break in a new quarterback with a new offensive scheme while also introducing a new defensive coordinator. Full Story
City building permits $335,800 for month
City building permits issued for the month of July put permits over the $2 million mark for fiscal year 2013.
Permits issued in July totaled $335,800, according to Rockdale city hall officials. A large amount was due to the remodeling of St. Joseph Catholic Church, 234 San Gabriel. Full Story
TACC Lending Library to open Sept. 1
Thorndale Area Chamber of Commerce held their monthly meeting on July 24 at the TACC Building in downtown Thorndale. The minutes of the previous meeting were accepted as presented. The financial report was given by Treasurer Peggy Weise and included an updated final report on the Car Show and the Louis Run. Full Story
The Rockdale Rotary Club has donated $500 each to a pair of mid-summer efforts, Meadowbrook Baptist Church’s shoe drive for needy children and the VFW/Auxiliary school supply drive. Full Story