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January 10, 2010

2009: Rockwall's Year in Review

By David Wilfong

Herald-Banner Staff

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...



January

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.

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