No trial; life without parole
Cotton accepts plea bargain, waives any appeals
Death penalty murder trial proceedings came to a quick and final end in a busy few hours last Wednesday afternoon when 21-year-old Brandon Charles Cotton accepted a life-without-parole sentence in the 2011 murder of 50-year-old Sandra Phillips.
Cotton, who immediately began serving his life sentence, also waived his right to an appeal, according to Prosecutor Bill Torrey. Full Story
The flying bridge!
For a few minutes anyway. The 102-year-old Worley Bridge over the San Gabriel River on CR 428 got airborne as part of a $1.27-million restoration project last Wednesday. Ellis-McGinnis Construction Co. used a 350-ton crane to move the historic, 34,000-pound bridge off its supports and place it on a north bank field. Full Story
‘Hot water’ night for city council on Monday
Customers irate about meters, bills
The “social media” unrest percolating about water rates boiled over into Rockdale’s city council meeting Monday evening. Full Story
LOOK 50 BACK
ROCKDALE ON RECORD: Everyone remembers where they were and what they were doing the day Kennedy was shot.
Compiled by Marie Bakken and Bill Martin Full Story
One arrested, three identified in rash of counterfeit money
A 23-year-old Bastrop woman was arrested Friday and Rockdale police believe they’ve identified the other three members of a counterfeiting gang that hit Rockdale, and other towns, earlier this month.
Ernessia Yvonne Caro was arrested by Ofc. Jody Tillery on three local warrants for forgery of a government or national instrument and engaging in organized criminal activity. Full Story
Law enforcement was well represented at the open house held at Standards Hospice Thursday in Cameron. Full Story
Ducks, dour atmosphere took its toll on Rockdale
Rivals played on in the face of country’s shock and tragedy
I f you were alive and of a certain age on November 22, 1963, you probably know where you were and what you were doing on that tragic date when President John F. Kennedy was stopped by an assassin’s bullet in Dallas. It is the timepost of a generation.
While shots ricocheted in Dallas, the echoes were heard around the world. Full Story
PVIL exhibit features Aycock
Preserving one’s history can take work, but the advantages of doing so can reap many benefits.
This is the sentiment that Edward Roby, former athletic director for Austin Independent School District, likes to convey when he discusses the historical exhibit housed at the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement‘s (DDCE) Community Engagement Center in east Austin. Full Story
Bi-District Beat Down
This time, no deja vu all over again
BELTON—There was a strong sense of deja vu floating around plush Crusader Stadium Friday night.
Like it had in last season’s matchup with Lorena, Rockdale dominated the first half and took a halftime lead into the locker room. We all know how that turned out. Full Story