School land sale: Round Two
Nursing home may get second chance for preferred site
It appears there may be a second chance for a proposed $6.5-million, 80-bed nursing home to be located in a tract of land between the intermediate school and US 79.
Rockdale ISD trustees, on a 4-2 split vote Monday, okayed putting the tract—now pared from eight acres to between six and seven—back on the market for a brief window. Full Story
Go ‘Gold Out’ Friday
Mayor John King (center) proclaims Sept. 23 as ‘Gold Out Rockdale Day’ in observance of childhood cancer month, flanked by two families who have been touched by the disease. From left, City Manager Chris Whittaker, Braden, Jeff, Collin and Kelly Pickel, Mayor King, Mayor Pro Tem Joyce Dalley, Aiden, Matthew, Deanna, Paul and Gabriel Montelongo. Full Story
Plea for depot: HELP!
Volunteers taking care of Rockdale’s 110-year-old International & Great Northern Depot Museum have a word to deliver to area residents:
“We don’t even know if we can keep it going through the end of the year,” Rockdale Historical Society vice-president Gerri Offield told The Reporter. Full Story
Fall Fest nets $10,000 for Knights
300 chicken plates sold at KC Hall
The second annual Fall Fest, sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 7014, raised a little over $10,000 Sunday at the KC Hall.
Tommy Grimes, council spokesman, said funds will be used for charity and for continuation of an ongoing program to upgrade the KC Hall bathrooms. Full Story
United Way Radiothon set for Thursday
Calling all businesses and individuals, please pledge your support to the upcoming Radiothon for United Way.
United Way of South Milam County is holding their annual Radiothon Funding Drive on Thursday, Sept. 22, from 8 a.m. until noon at Lee’s Landing.
This worthy organization provides needed funding for 14 area organizations. Full Story
‘STROKE’ WINNERS—Here’s the winning team from the Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department’s “Smoke and Stroke” golf tourney held Saturday at the Rockdale Country Club. The team is being greeted by Fire Chief Ward Roddam, who was not a member of the winning foursome. From left, John Magee, Joe Wayne Cleveland, Roddam, Gerald Morton and Homer Mowdy. Full Story
Rogers trying to right ship
Eagles out to prove 2015 mark was temporary
A quick look at the history of Rogers football will show that last season’s 1-9 record was a mirage.
No one is more aware of that than new coach Kent Walker.
Walker is the younger brother of Jeff Walker, who guided the Eagles to 58 wins from 2008-13. Full Story
Weather cancels West Texas TV appearance
For those of us that were desperately searching in vain for the West Texas A&MUT Permian Basin game Saturday night, there’s a good reason it could not be found.
For those of you who made it through the Texas California game, which ended at 1:30 in the morning, congratulations. Despite rumors to the contrary, it was not delayed by weather—just bad calls. Full Story
Grass still green for Gibbs
No one has coached in Rockdale longer than Bart Gibbs
In the tenuous profession that is coaching,
Bart Gibbs is an anomaly. Coaches rarely purchase houses, much less put down any substantial roots.
One 0-10 season can send you rifling through the want ads.
As the school bell chimed for the 2016 school year, Gibbs commenced his 20th year coaching and teaching in the Rockdale school district. Full Story
Thorndale business of the month
THORNDALE BUSINESS OF THE MONTH—Thorndale Area Chamber of Commerce has named Thorndale Branch Rockdale Credit Union as business of the month for September. Lynn Pounders is branch manager and tellers are Bethany Full Story
Unclaimed funds listed by state
The Texas Comptroller’s office returned a record $270 million in unclaimed property to rightful owners during the past fiscal year, Comptroller Glenn Hegar has announced.
This breaks the previous record of $248 million returned in fiscal 2015. Full Story
DONATION—Rockdale Rotary Club recently made a $250 donation to Milam County Child Protective Services. Pictured are (L-R) CPS board members Wrenie Wheeless, Monique Gebhart, Jeanie Weed and Rockdale Rotarians Adam Straznicky, Joan Ratliff and Gaye Bland. (Not pictured is Rotarian Michelle Morgan.) Full Story
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