By David Wilfong
Nationally speaking, 2009 will go down as one of those years to recover from. The economy tanked, more troops were needed for Afghanistan and the year would end with yet another attempted attack on an American airplane.
In Rockwall, the local economy suffered a bit like the rest of America. There were, however, some high points in the goings-on of our local community. The following is a run-down of what made headlines at home...
Rockwall County resident Justice Carolyn Wright is honored with the MLK award
Rockwall County Comissioner Bruce Beaty announces that he is going to retire after 11 years in office.
The new year in Royse City began with the municipal government initiating a recruitment search for a new city manager to replace Karen Philippi, gone after the city’s financial crisis which left local coffers more than $1 million short in needed funds.
Margie Hooper becomes the sixth recipient of the MusicFest Roast.
We also found out that the Trans-Texas Corridor project had come to a screeching halt. Informational presentations held locally on the matter had met with fierce opposition from local residents in the past.
The Democrats of Rockwall County were celebrating the inauguration of Barack Obama. Democrats, who have been flying somewhat under the radar in local politics for the past few years, had come out in droves for the 2008 face-off between Obama and Hillary Clinton. With the Obama victory, Democrats say they are galvanized to start making more of an impact in local politics.
Leon Weiss, avid local sailor and a former eight-year member of the Heath City Council passes away.
The Rockwall Independent School District releases the tentative middle school rezoning map in preparation for the opening of Utley Middle School, the campus which originally served as Rockwall High School.
By David Wilfong
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Local water supplies hit by trifecta of issues
The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) has provided water to more than 1.6 million in its 13 member cities for quite some time. However, three main factors – denied access, drought and growth – have recently put a serious stranglehold on its water supplies.
- YMCA officials 'happy with progress' of construction project
- Heath board terms reach expiration
- Walked planned to raise awareness for Chiari
- Kindermusik opening soon in Rockwall
- Local water supplies hit by trifecta of issues
Local athletes shine at Junior Olympics event
Rockwall-area thinclads racked up seven All-American honors during the 48th USATF Junior Olympic Championships at Turner Stadium in Humble last week.
- Hot Rocks returns Aug. 9 for 25th annual race
- Jacket Backers introduce new Victory Club
- More than 30 qualify for TAAF state championship meet
- Club Vaultitude kicks off Junior Olympics with honors
- Local athletes shine at Junior Olympics event
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