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
Thanksgiving Outreach meal ahead Saturday
Rockdale’s annual Community Thanksgiving Outreach luncheon is set for 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Family Life Center of First Baptist Church. Full Story
$100-per-day fines assessed on Cameo
Retroactive to missed deadline 28 days ago
Yet another chapter in the so-far endless saga of downtown Rockdale’s Cameo Building was written Monday when the city council unanimously okayed first-reading approval of continuing $100-per-day fines against its owner. Full Story
Thanksgiving service set Tuesday at Forest Grove
Rev. Adam Straznicky, pastor of St. John’s Uni ted Methodist Church, will deliver the sermon during Rockdale’s annual Communit y Thanksgiving Service at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Forest Grove Christian Church. Full Story
Commissioners interviewing water hopefuls
Milam County commissioners began interviewing 10 candidates for three positions on the Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation (POSGCD) District board of directors Monday.
Nine interviews were completed by Tuesday with the 10th set for Monday morning, Nov. 25. Full Story
Place of Hope’s first 5K Run for Life (Diaper Dash) was a resounding success in downtown Rockdale Saturday morning. The 5K run and walk, plus kids fun run, netted $6,000 for Place of Hope’s activities. Spokesperson Ginger Full Story