Alcoa closing atomizer by March
37 to lose jobs at last Rockdale Operations facility
Alcoa has announced it is “curtailing” production of powdered aluminum at its Rockdale atomizer.
When the facility is closed—not later than the first of March, 2014, according to Jim Hodson, company spokesman— there will no longer be any aluminum products being produced at a site which once boasted the largest aluminum smelter in the United States. Full Story
WHALE OF A CHRISTMAS
Temple of Praise’s “Jonah and the Whale” won the best overall prize in Rockdale’s Christmas Parade, which drew a large crowd downtown Saturday night. The City of Thrall’s igloo, snowman and penguins perfectly captured the spirit of the day which saw near freezing temperatures and cold north winds of more than 20 miles per hour. Full Story
New water meter installation start eyed during week
‘Accurate, fast, detect leaks’, city says
While most of Rockdale’s new “smart” water meters won’t be installed until next year, the city’s contractor will install some this week if the weather cooperates.
The “e-meters,” which can be read by computer and are touted as more accurate than the meters they will replace, are expected to usher in a new era for city customers. Full Story
Merry (Brrrrr) Christmas Rockdale!
Rockdale’s annual Christm a s parade and par ty, delayed by a week to Saturday due to winter weather, didn’t quite escape it all.
Near-freezing temperatures and winds of up to 20 miles an hour failed to chill the enthusiasm of those who did attend, though, and it was all capped off (and ear muffed off) by a crowd of several hundred for the night lighted parade. Full Story
Christmas at the Kay
“C hristmas at the Kay,” envisioned as an annual event, was held Sunday afternoon and cheered by a turnout of some 100 persons who heard three church choirs perform and music from the Communities in Concert Band. Full Story
SCENES FROM ‘CHRISTMAS IN THE CITY,’ ROCKDALE’S CHRISTMAS PARADE
Who needs a sleigh? Snazzy red convertible for Mr. and Mrs. Claus (Tony and Barbara Walko).
‘He saw us! Santa saw us! Full Story
Yoeman aiming for second consecutive gold crown
Victory would give Cameron third title in school history
Playing in their third state championship game in four years, Cameron’s opponent Wall might have a case for claiming home field advantage favors the Yoemen just a little too much.
The Yoeman (14-1) battle unbeaten Wall (15-0) at 5 p.m. at AT& T Cowboys Stadium in Arlington Thiursday for the Class 2A, Division I state championship. Full Story
Read this tome for a taste at the original Duck Dynasty
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house,
Half our creatures were stirring, half were sleeping on my spouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that our cat Max would not rip, shred and tear;
The Girl was nestled all snug in her bed,
While visions of the Renaissance Festival and You Tube danced in her head; Full Story
Tigers take down Dawgs in county cage clash
Mitchell, Vazquez engage in entertaining scoring battle
THORNDALE–For a couple of teams that are trying to get their basketball legs under them after a prolonged football season, they put on a pretty good hoops show. Full Story
Rockdale rebates rise slightly
County check 20% less than last December
AUSTIN—Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said that state sales tax revenue in November was $2.41 billion, up 2.8 percent compared to November 2012.
Combs sent out $579.6 million in December local sales tax allocations last week to cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts. That is up 5.0 percent compared to the same time in 2012. Full Story
RDA DECORATION WINNERS—
The Rockdale Downtown Association recently announced winners of its Christmas decorations contest. First place $100 prize went to Antique Queens. Second place $50 went to Talk of the Town Salon Hair Salon and the third place $25 went to Western Divas Boutique Salon and Spa. Full Story
Thorndale Chamber welcomes new business
The Christmas Open House for Thorndale’s newest business was up and running for the holiday season. Thorndale Floral hosted an Open House on Saturday, with beautiful decorations for the holidays in every area of their new location in downtown Thorndale, 101 South Main Street. Full Story