Go Big Blue (buttons)
Seen the new blue reflective buttons in the middle of streets all over town? Know what they are? Just look to the curb because they’re always near a fire plug. Full Story
Hog processing request stinks, council deems
Vote 3-1 against slaughter plant with 14 jobs at south city limits
Faced with balancing economic gain against a quality of life issue, Rockdale’s city council voted with their noses Thursday, rejecting a feral hog slaughter plant on a 3-1 vote. Full Story
Luminant bankruptcy feared
‘No plans to shut down power plants, mines’
Some energy financial analysts are predicting Luminant could face bankruptcy, or other financial restructuring, by year’s end.
But the company—Milam County’s number one employer and taxpayer—has no plans to shut down either of the Sandow Power Plants or the Three Oaks Mine. Full Story
RISD employees get 2.5-percent raises
Trustees hope to add additional pay later if state returns funds
After grappling for four months with a plan to set the Rockdale ISD on a long-term “competitive” employee pay schedule, school trustees have passed it up, for now.
Board members, meeting Monday in regular session, instead opted for an across-the-board 2.5-percent increase this year. Full Story
Garage sales, antique fair in two weeks
Rockdale is only two weeks away from a big late-summer weekend featuring two days of garage sales, plus a two-day antique fair.
The antique fair is Friday and Saturday, Sept. 6-7 at Wolf Park, downtown on the corner of Main and Milam.
Scores of homes, businesses and organizations will host garage sales all over town Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7-8. Full Story
Labor Day holiday for two schools
Monday is Labor Day and while two South Milam County schools will be out for the holiday, two won’t.
The Rockdale and Thorndale ISDs won’t have classes, but there will be regular class days in the Milano and Gause ISDs.
There will be regularly scheduled garbage pickup in Rockdale on Monday and throughout next week. Full Story
Kay Theatre eyes final push to become performing venue
AC, wiring, sound, seats still pending
Volunteer workers who have spent most of the last decade restoring the Kay Theatre can just about glimpse an opening night.
There would be excitement and electricity in the air not felt in the historic old venue since the Eisenhower Administration.
But first, they’ve got to get “over the hump” and finish a project that has some major hurdles to clear. Full Story