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. Rockdale’s festivities had been postponed for a week due to even colder temperatures, and the fear of an ice storm on Dec. 7. See more coverage pages 4A, 5A, 7A and 1B.

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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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