R. D. Jenkins (L) and Rockdale City Manager Chris Whittaker led a Thursday expedition to ‘re-discover’ the rock for which Rockdale was named. It’s believed to be this one, an outcropping adjacent to Jenkins’ land north of town off FM 1712. It’s believed the town was named in 1874 when Mrs. B. F. Full Story
$6.5M nursing home planned for Rockdale
80 beds, 110 full-time jobs, 2017 opening
A new, $6.5-million nursing home facility, with 80 beds and 110 full-time jobs, is coming to Rockdale.
Michael Bumpass of Waco told The Reporter he and business partner Laurie Kunka had closed on the deal to replace Renaissance Villa on Monday. Full Story
Jury takes half an hour, lauds ‘exemplary’ work
WACO—It took twoand one half years for a hand-written lawsuit against a former Rockdale policeman to reach a jury and only half-an-hour for that jury to find him “not guilty.”
A Western District of Texas (federal) jury quickly ruled in favor of Adam Assaker last Wednesday. Full Story
Las Vegas comes to town
Rotary’s 3rd Casino Night nets $15K for students
There were lots of winners Saturday when the Rockdale rotary Cub held its third annual Casino Night at The Ranch.
Desserie Pulley won the $1,000 first prize, while Terri Noack and Deana Zinn went home with the $500 second prizes.
One hundred dollar winners were Rachel Gerren, Amanda Jones, Helen Parish, Matt Lehmkuhl and Emily Niemtschk. Full Story
Lions pancake & bacon supper on Fat Tuesday
Even if you can’t make it to New Orleans this Fat Tuesday, the Rockdale Noon Lions can fix you up for sure!
Come on down to the New Salem Club on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 9, from 5-7 p.m. and we will fix you up with some pancakes and bacon fo’ sho’ at the 16th annual Rockdale Noon Lions Pancake and Bacon Supper fundraiser. Full Story
Hard work, education and church
ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS, SERIES 8, PART 1
Editor’s note: This is the first article in the ninth series of “On the Other Side of the Tracks,” a Black History Month series by former Rockdale resident, and longtime teacher, Susie Sansom-Piper. Full Story
Franklin, Jarrell, McGregor join 10-3A
District gains two additional district champions
When Rockdale was housed with the Liberty Hills, the Navasotas, the Giddings, those groupings were routinely named the toughest football district in the state by Texas Football and other media outlets. Full Story
Tigers keep hope alive
Win over Rogers first in line of must-win games
The Rockdale Tigers have reached the point in their season where taking one game at a time translates into one win at a time.
The Tigers posted an important win against a team beneath them in the standings with a 36-33 victory over Rogers Tuesday night at Tiger Gymnasium. Full Story
Lady Tigers take a big hit
Loss to Rogers leaves girls tied with Cameron for final spot
Coming off one of its biggest offensive evenings of the season in a victory over Lexington, the Rockdale Lady Tigers struggled to maintain the offensive magic Tuesday night.
The Lady Tigers misfired in a 48-28 loss to Rogers Tuesday night at Tiger Gymnasium. Full Story
Fighting domestic violence
FIGHTING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE—Charlotte Pipe Company recently donated $500 to th newly-formed Milam County Domestic Violence Outreach Team. From left, John Redington, assistant DA; Matt Feggestad, plant manager; Jim Foster, team president; Becky Michalka, plant administrator. Next meeting of the team is 6 p.m. Tuesday at the county courthouse. Full Story
Thorndale Area Chamber of Commerce has added two events to their calendar
The Thorndale Area Chamber of Commerce has added two new events to their monthly calendar. The Chamber will select a Business of the Month and a Yard of the Month.
The first recipient for Business of the Month is Schroeder’s Place, located one mile west of downtown on Hwy 79. The Chamber surprised them on January 27 with a sign in front of their business. Full Story
Building permits start year at $73,563
Rockdale building permits totaled $73,563 for January, starting off 2016 well behind the 2015 pace.
The January, 2015, total was $189,788, more than twice as much.
Actually, the largest part of this January’s total wasn’t actually building, but it still represents some positive momentum for the Rockdale economy. Full Story
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