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
Ex-city councilman, wife improving after accident
Former Rockdale City Councilman J. T. Talley and wife Mary Ann are improving this week in a Round Rock hospital after a major highway accident Saturday on the loop around Taylor.
According to Taylor Police, Mrs. Talley, 81, was driving the couple’s 2006 Lincoln southbound on Carlos Parker Blvd. (US 79 Loop) at 11:40 a.m. when the crash occurred at the FM 112 intersection. Full Story
Big-time talent booked for Fair Park concerts
3-day garage sale, antique fair ahead
One of the stars of the hit 1990s television series “Northern Exposure” will be getting some “southern exposure” next month at Rockdale’s Fair Park.
John Corbett, who began a successful singing career after acting in a number of popular television shows and movies, will appear in a Sept. 14 concert at Fair Park. Full Story
Blood drive slated Sunday in Thorndale
A Scott & White Bloodmobile will be at St. Paul Lutheran Church and school in Thorndale on Sunday.
Hours are 8 a.m. to 12-noon, according to Teresa Ging, coordinator.
“Those donating a pint of blood will receive a blood donor T-shirt, a coupon for a free meal and an opportunity to win two tickets to a University of Texas football game,” Ging said. Full Story