Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Rockdale was cut off “ from the world” by flood waters. Even a train was trapped in the I&GN yard to wait out the situation.

The Hedley Improvement District levee on the Little River failed and a bridge between Cameron and Milano was lost.

More than 12 inches of rain was reported in less than two days and The Reporter delayed its printing date by two days.

It was worse to the east. The I&GN dispatched a special train to Gause to aid with flood relief.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

For the second time in a year, the city tabled bids on a street paving project for Rockdale.

A standing-room-only crowd of 550 applauded the Christmas concert of Rockdale’s Regeneration Singers teen choir.

Construction on Rockdale’s new Richards Memorial Hospital was 30 percent complete.

A break-in and subsequent fire at an east Rockdale washateria resulted in charges against a Houston man.

TWENTY YEARS AGO...

A wreck on the ice-slick Brushy Creek Bridge on US 79 claimed the life of a Holland man.

Congressman Chet Edwards (D-Waco) told a Rockdale audience he gave Congress a “C” in its debt-reduction efforts.

Further cutbacks were being eyed as a cost-reduction program was implemented at Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations.

A blown rule call—someone inbounding a ball can move their feet after a time out—with 2 seconds left and Rockdale ahead led to a head-shaking 59-57 overtime basketball loss for Big Blue.

TEN YEARS AGO....

Clint Perkins of Athens was named new Milam County Extension Agent.

Thorndale Police Chief Cecil Hamm abruptly retired after physicians discovered a wound sustained in Vietnam combat was threatening his heart.

Bevo, the UT mascot, made a brief stop in Rockdale on the way to the Texas-Texas A&M game in College Station.

Dwayne David was named RVFD Firefighter of the Year.


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The burn ban for Milam County has been lifted. Burning is always prohibited in the county's municipalities.


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