BBQ, bulls on tap this week
Concerts, car show, food, fun on tap at park
On the grill and on the hoof.
There will be plenty of both on hand Friday and Saturday when the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce hosts its first annual “Buckin’ Bulls and Barbecue” event at Fair Park.
It’s just what it sounds like. There’s a two-day barbecue cookoff and a Saturday evening of bull riding. Full Story
That’s just what Richard Collinson (L) and Jonathan Stephens are doing on the century-old-plus building that until July 3 housed Western Divas Boutique at the corner of Cameron and Main (US 79 and FM 908.) On that morning hundreds of bricks crashed from the upper story to the sidewalk below. There were no injuries. Full Story
STAAR testing scores mulled
‘Phasing-in’ era arrives in Rockdale ISD
Rockdale ISD school trustees got a report on the most recent standardized test scores Monday evening and heard the scores have gotten even more complex than usual.
Meeting in regular session in the Central Administration Building. trustees also heard that, as expected, RISD revenue is lagging well behind as the result of the Luminant lawsuit. Full Story
Havin’ a hot time in Milam
Midsummer settles in for sultry run
Oh, you noticed? The ancient Egyptians—who lived about the same latitude we do—christened these the “dog days” of summer, naming them after a “dog star” in the sky.
Whatever you call them they seem to stretch out forever with one day being just the same as another, hot, dry and drowsy. Full Story
Generational differences exposed in film
This is a story about generations. This is a story about women’s fashion and I am nothing if not an expert on what women like to wear.
Just ask my wife. On second thought, don’t do that.
I am an old film buff and one of my favorites is Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park,” starring a very young Robert Redford and Jane Fonda. Full Story
MCT play near
CAMERON—With less than two weeks until opening, actors, stage crew and volunteers hustle to construct the set for Milam Community Theater’s summer show, “Greater Fatty Bottoms.” Full Story
TOWING THE LINE
As the offensive line goes, so goes the offense
Kirk Palmer had a stark realization while the Tigers were taking their playoff picture before facing Comanche last season.
Players were lined up according to size and he noticed three of his five linemen were at the wrong end of the line—at the beginning. Full Story
Thorndale players named TSWA all-state
Four Thorndale players were named to the Texas Sports Writers Association Class 2A All- State team.
Freshman second baseman Scott Guzman, senior pitcher Michael Turman, sophomore-shortstop Ashton Albert and senior outfielder Tyler Richter were all named honorable mention on the team.
Turman was 10-3, allowed 13 runs with a 1.28 earned run average for the 22-8 quarter-finalists. Full Story
Taking one for the team on outlandish predictions
One of the things I find appalling about our current 24-hour sports cycle is the ever-expanding number of “experts” and the fact they can make any outrageous prediction and never be held accountable.
I read in some daily Texas newspaper once that Billy Clyde Gillespie was going to become the next basketball coach at Arkansas. The next day, he signed up with Kentucky. Full Story
TOP BUSINESS—July Business of the Month for the Thorndale Area Chamber of Commerce is Sassy Up Salon and Boutique. The award was presented recently to owner Tami Kovar as employees, Chamber officials and well wishers attended. Full Story
Sales tax: Still good for city, county
The July state sales tax reimbursement checks continue to have good news for the City of Rockdale and Milam County.
Rockdale’s total was $58,333. That’s up 1.88 percent from the July, 2015 check, $57,252.
For the year, Rockdale is now up 3.85 percent, from $441,436 to $458,474. Full Story
Free groundwater summit set Aug. 11 at Caldwell center
CALDWELL—Speakers have been announced for the third Annual Milam and Burleson County Groundwater Summit set for Aug. 11 at the Caldwell Civic Center.
The summit, free and open to the public, will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. with lunch provided. Full Story
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