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For a few days last week, Brady Vaughn and Lacy Witt thought they might have a “pre-Rockdale” cemetery in their back yard at 125 Burleson. Vaughn uncovered this old and weathered grave marker while landscaping. A cemetery would have been plausible. The property has a tree (behind the couple) that’s believed to be the town’s oldest, a remnant of pre- 1874 days when the area was called Rock Prairie. Pioneers recalled camp-outs under the tree before the town’s founding. But Wallace Jones (above), owner of Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home, identified the stone as a temporary marker, possibly from the 1930s or earlier. “I don’t believe anyone’s buried here,” he said. “This is a temporary grave stone. I believe someone replaced it with a permanent marker, in a cemetery somewhere, then brought this one home.” 
Reporter/Mike Brown For a few days last week, Brady Vaughn and Lacy Witt thought they might have a “pre-Rockdale” cemetery in their back yard at 125 Burleson. Vaughn uncovered this old and weathered grave marker while landscaping. A cemetery would have been plausible. The property has a tree (behind the couple) that’s believed to be the town’s oldest, a remnant of pre- 1874 days when the area was called Rock Prairie. Pioneers recalled camp-outs under the tree before the town’s founding. But Wallace Jones (above), owner of Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home, identified the stone as a temporary marker, possibly from the 1930s or earlier. “I don’t believe anyone’s buried here,” he said. “This is a temporary grave stone. I believe someone replaced it with a permanent marker, in a cemetery somewhere, then brought this one home.” Reporter/Mike Brown

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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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