2009-09-12
Notice of death of Don Whitmore
Messages from Valma Fischer,
Robert Downtain , and Mrs Don Whitmore
Jenny Perry Kubiak email corrected
address corrected: Leroy Lorenz
July, 2009
2009-06-27
address updated:
Stephen Tucker
Coach Birchfield - email
January, 2009
Rockdale Reporter
December 18, 2008
Carbon plant closes; 85 jobs remain at Alcoa
Low global demand ends need for keeping carbon capacity; last layoffs set for February
By MIKE BROWN
Reporter Editor
Alcoa won’t be keeping its carbon plant open and the number of longterm jobs remaining at Rockdale  Operations has now slipped to an estimated 85.  Company spokesman Jim Hodson said on Friday company officials made the decision to shut down that facility, which had stayed open even as Alcoa systematically shut down the smelter’s six potlines.  Hodson blamed the downturn in the national economy and the aluminum industry’s specific economic woes.
“We had been baking blocks (carbon anodes) for other Alcoa plants,” Hodson said. “But the demand just isn’t there anymore. As those pots go down, in other plants, they’re just leaving them down, so they don’t need more  blocks.”
In the Sept. 30 announcement that Alcoa was shutting down the Rockdale Operations smelter, company  officials said the carbon plant and atomizer would remain open, providing an estimated 140 jobs.  That number has steadily been revised downward since September.

95 more layoffs
Ninety-five additional salaried personnel were laid off on Monday, as planned.  Hodson said the actual  breakdown of place of residence for the 95 was not yet available. “But I assume it will follow
closely how the rest of the layoffs have broken down,” he said.  In previous layoffs about 35 percent
have listed addresses in Rockdale’s 76567 zip code.

Layoff end seen
There’s a scheduled layoff of about 63 hourly workers around Jan. 17, then another layoff of 40 hourly and  salaried, around Feb. 15.  And that could be it, substantially.
“There could be more layoffs throughout 2009 but they’re going to come in very small numbers,” Hodson said.  “The Feb. 15 layoff is going to be the last big one.”
2008-12-23
Courthouse Sidewalk
Index
updated
April, 2008
September, 2008
October, 2008
Rockdale,TX Class of 1965
Updates & News
NEWS
Earl G. Roberson Jr
(father of Connie Roberson) passed away May 26, 2008
June, 2008
2008-06-27
Ronnie Caywood updated

2008-06-26
Joe Walter updated
Jerry Caywood picture added
Addresses file updated

2008–06–24
Dennis Hirt update
Bonnie Armstrong update
2008-06-20
Linda Lewis pictures added

2008-06-19
Joe Walter info & email added

2008–06–18
Wenda Dyer Hero Award
Note from Roy Lee Muston
Jerry Caywood picture added
Addresses file updated
May, 2008
2008–05–31
Revised pages:
Camelia Tyus
David Baca

Joe Moraga
Bonnie Moehnke

2008–05–28
Connie Roberson
new address
2008-05-25
Don Hillis
Pictures added
new email address

2008-05-02
1962 Football Playoffs
Programs
added

2008-05-02
Jerry Caywood
Pictures added
2008-04-28
Tiger Tales  added
Oct 8, 1964
May 25, 1965

2008-04-27
1963 Pep Rally  added
2008-04-15
printable address list

2008-04-11
Susie Kamman Pictures added

2008-04-04
Susie Kamman updated
2008-04-16
Classmates added:
Clark Holsenbeck
Mary Mireles

Wallace Auchmoody
Francis Benedict
Joy Corgill
Anna Williams

Lyndell Popham
Bonnie Moehnke
2008-03-27
Paula Pope email updated

2008-03-25
Shirley McIrvin email added
2008-03-20
emails returned: Irvin Muston

2008-03-19
Site Search added

2008-03-17  
changed Class Roster
Tommy Grubbs Update
2008-06-06
2008 Scholarship
Wenda Dyer Retirement


2008-06-05
Don Hillis
Retirement article
July, 2008
July 4, 2008
Cub Scouts picture added
Ronnie Caywood video added
 
July 7, 2008
Comments added to Friends
July 9, 2008
Sue Jean Bennett health update
Walter Guillaume updated
emails returned:
Linda Smith
Walter Guillaume
Addresses updated
July 11, 2008
1955 Football Program
Sue Jean Bennett address added
Addresses file updated
July 12, 2008
Darwin Avrett email added
2008-07-17
I just received word of the 2001 death of Clark Holsonback
2008-07-18
David Baca update
2008-07-24
Sports Hall of Honor added
2008-07-25
Friends comments added
Sandra Kay McFarland update
Addresses updated
2008-07-14
Composite photo added
2008-07-21
Nancy Camp update
Addresses updated
2008-07-28
More Lair pages added
Address updated for
Lester Quinney & Judy Holmes
Addresses updated
Comments added to Friends 
2008-07-27
First 3 pages of photos from the
1965 Lair  (many more to come)
2008–07–29
More pics added to Lair

Jerry Caywood pics added
2008–08–02
More pics added to Lair
2008-07-31
More pics added to Lair
Mail returned from
  Rodney West
  Paul Cruz
2008–08–05
Pics added to Misc
2008–08–04
8th grade photos added to many classmates pages
August, 2008
2008–08–09
1963–64 Lair added
2008–08–16
Have added obits from Classes of 1963, 1964, 1966,
           1967, & 1968
Photo added to Misc

Update on Rod West
2008–08–11
More pages added to
1963–64 Lair
2008–08–12
1963–64 Lair now complete
2008–08–21
1960–1961 Lair added
2008–08–17
1962–63 Lair added
2008–08–19
1962–63 Lair  Complete
2008-08-22
pics added to Misc
2008-08-23
1961?62 Lair Added

powered by FreeFind
2008-08-26
Sandra Kay McFarland update

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2008-08-28
Added Link to interesting and funny sites of no importance
2008–09–03
1961 Lair Sports pics added
2008–09–24
Names added to Friends Obits
2008–09–26
Linda Galbreath update
2008–09–27
Reworked Navigation Menus
Please advise if you notice any errors
2008–09–29
Interesting LINKS revised
Obits added to Friends
March, 2008
2008–10–05
Linda Lewis Yates email updated
2008–09–30
Vashti Smith Reporter article
2008–10–08
2004 Rockdale Reporter article re Junior High building demolition
Breaking News – September 30, 2008
Alcoa shutdown looms here
Alcoa today announced it will curtail the remaining production at its Rockdale aluminum smelter beginning immediately. In June, the company idled three of the plant’s six operating potlines as a result of ongoing local power supply issues.

As a result, approximately 660 employees will be laid-off in addition to the approximately 160 employees who were impacted earlier, the company said.  The company will continue to operate its aluminum atomizer in Rockdale as well as its anode operations there, employing a combined 140 people. Lay-offs at the facility will be implemented in a phased process, with the majority of the reductions occurring toward the end of November and in early December.
2008–10–09
Milam Cy Historical Commission
Memorial Brick sale added
2008–10–08
Rockdale Reporter articles on Sports Hall of Honor added
2008–10–07
Alcoa Update
2008–10–11
Added Class Rosters 1886–1955
2008–10–13
Friends Obits updated  
NEWS:
Nolan J. Bland
(father of James Jim Bland)
passed away October 12, 2008
2008–10–15
2008 Sports Hall of Honor (part 2)
2008–10–15
Added Class Rosters 1956–1964
2008–10–22
2008 Sports Hall of Honor (part 3)
Mike Rek added to Friends Obits
NEWS:
Pauline Mehaffey
(mother of Nancy Mehaffey)
passed away October 9, 2008
NEWS:
Wilbur Lee Yakesch
(husband of Linda Baxter and brother of Anna Lois Yakesch
passed away October 17, 2008
Mike Rek's daughter notified us of his death.  She is seeking pictures and/or info concerning his RHS days.
If you have access to the 1966 or 1967 Lairs, please contact
Melissa Rek Edwards at
2008–10–24
Obits added: Keen Greenwood
Maline Caraway, Charlie Martin,
Ida Jo Marshall, Alleida Moorman, J.E. White and many classmates
2008–10–29
2008 Sports Hall of Honor (Part 4)
2008–11–12
2008 Sports Hall of Honor (Part 6)
November, 2008
2008–11–28
"Remember when..." added
2008–11–05
2008 Sports Hall of Honor (Part 5)
2008–11–25
Courthouse Sidewalk Index updated
2008–12–01
U.S. Surname Rank added to
      Classmates pages
2008-12-05
Friend's Obit updated
Wayne Solomon - Class of 1966
December, 2008

Alcoa Update: 
MOST ALCOA WORKERS NOW WITHOUT JOBS  
2008-12-05    KMIL Radio - Cameron, TX

(ROCKDALE)  Sunday marked the biggest lay-off day in the shut down process at Rockdale`s Alcoa Operations.
The company laid off 380 employees, both salaried and hourly, in the single biggest layoff connected with the smelter being shut down after 56 years of producing aluminum.
An additional 95 salaried Alcoans will get their layoff notices on Dec. 15.
When those 95 additional Alcoans are laid off, that will bring the number laid off since the announcement the plant is closing to somewhere around 600.
On Sept. 30, Alcoa announced it was shutting down the remaining three potlines at Rockdale Operations and laying off an additional 660 employees.
That’s in addition to the 151 already laid off as a result of the June 19 announcement the Rockdale smelter was being reduced from six potlines to three.
More rounds of layoffs, perhaps several more, will be made in 2009.
Jim Hodson, Alcoa spokesman said he was unsure of the dates, but there will definitely be more layoffs after December 15th.
David Edmonds, president of United Steelworkers Local 4895 says the union has been advised there will be another round of layoffs around Jan. 17.  Possibly another 60 or so employees will be affected in that round.
The number of jobs which will remain in the Rockdale Operations atomizer and carbon plant, and who will be getting those jobs, remains uncertain.
In the original Sept. 30 plant shutdown announcement, Alcoa estimated 140 jobs, would remain in those two facilities.
That number is now about 115, hourly and salaried, according to Hodson.
Edmonds said the union has been advised 58 Local 4895 members will remain employed in the atomizer and carbon plant.
As of June, 2008, before the layoff began, there were 1,084 employees, hourly and salaried, employed at Rockdale Operations.
Thirty-six percent (364) of those employees reside in Rockdale’s 76567 zip code.
The other 657 lived in 60 towns and communities ranging from Milano to San Antonio to out of state.
2008-12-10
Picture added to Jerry Caywood
2008-12-18
pictures added to Jerry Caywood

Alcoa announces more layoffs
(see below)
2008-12-19
Christmas Greetings to everyone
from Joe Walter
2008-12-19
Rockdale article in Dec 27, 1952
Saturday Evening Post
2008-12-25
Comment left for
Judy Moseley
2008-12-28
Names added to
Teachers Obits
2008-12-31
Picture added to
Linda Lewis Yates
2009-01-04
Henrietta Burkes added
to Teacher Obits
2009-01-16
Added Today In History
to Home Page
2009-01-24
Obit added
Robert Simank
Gary White 
2009-01-25
Added Rosters
1966-1970
2009-01-29
Friend's note added from Christina Strobo
(Pam Martin's daughter)
NEWS:
2009-01-30
Toni Bland (wife of James Jim Bland) passed away on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009
February, 2009
2009-02-03
Updated 45th Reunion
2009-02-04
Ronnie Caywood
Retirement photo
2009-02-05
Obits added:
Gordon Parker
Deliah McCoy
Wardia Goble
Jewel Williams
Sidney Schaaf
Georgia Dyer
Norman Malechek
2009-02-06
Obits added
Gladys Maxwell
Pearl Rinn
Carmen Yeager
Clarice Kyle
Bertha McLeod
Edith Stiles

Grace Eiland
Louise Sessions

H. D. Farmer Maxwell
2009-02-08
Friends Obits
Felix Flores - Class of 1967
2009-02-27
If you wish to donate to the annual Scholarship fund, please send your check to Dale Henry,
P.O.Box 38,
Carmine, TX 78932-0038     
2009-02-19
Obit added:
Viola Oder
2009-02-27
1955 Lair added
1957 Lair added
March, 2009
2009-03-01
1958 Lair added
2009-03-03
1956-1960
Rosters
added
2009-03-05
1959 Lair added
.
2009-03-06
1960 Lair added
2009-03-25
Tommy Grubbs'
pic added
2009-04-22
New addresses added:
Rod West  
James Jim Bland
                                                                   April. 2009
NEWS
J.C. Moore - father of Jimmie Moore - passed away on April 23, 2009.
2009-04-29
40th Reunion Program added
   May, 2009
2009-05-06
Joe Grubbs - brother to Tommy Grubbs - passed away on Monday, May 4, 2009.

Alice Pearson - Mother of David Killen - passed away on
April 29, 2009
2009-05-06
Jan Parmelee email added

2009-05-09
Earlene Morton - Mother of Johnny Morton
passed away on
May 7, 2009
2009-05-17
45th Reunion info added
2009-05-27
Mrs Joyce Bayless
email updated
2009-05-20
Irvin Muston
pics added
2009-05-19
Corrected emails Wenda Dyer
Irvin Muston
2009-05-28
Jerry Guillotte
email corrected
June, 2009
2009-06-02
address updated:
Mike Scarbrough
2009-06-10
2009 Clark Scholarship Winner: Matthew Smith
2009-06-12
1963-64 Football DVD available for purchase
2009-06-22
address updated:
Ed Gentry Bowman
2009-06-23
address updated:
Tim Curtis

Marilyn Bower
Reunion Attendees are changing frequently
Address updated:
Lester Quinney
Judy Holmes Quinney
James Woolverton
Linda McCoy Thompson

Addresses missing:
Judy Moseley Kilgore
Jo Voskamp
Valma Fischer
2009-07-25
Corrected address:
Dale Henry
John Pruett
2009-07-26
Art Copie Perry update
2009-07-06
Email updated:
Wayne Voskamp
2009-07-29 NEWS
Frederick Bayless (husband of Mrs. Joyce Bayless)
died Monday, July 27.
August, 2009
2009-08-07
Comments from
Jerrianne Fuller Evans 
and a tribute to Petie Clark
2009-09-01
address added:
Joe Ann Voskamp

comments from Linda Williams
Class of 1962
2009-09-10
Art Copie Perry
& Sue Jean Bennett
named to
Rockdale Sports Hall of Honor
Update from
Ms Melonie Simpson Stringer
September, 2009
2009-09-14
Notice of death of Marjorie Gilbert
2009-09-20
Classmates addresses needed!
2009-09-17
45th Reunion menus added
Greg Weiss comments added
Judy Moseley address added
2009-09-19
Don Whitmore obituary added
2009-09-23
Comments from
Mary Helen Garza Ortega

2009-09-24
Sports Hall of Honor updated

2009-09-26
Verna Marvin obit added

2009-09-27
Diane Wilcox unconfirmed address
Pics added to 1965 Lair

2009-09-28
Comments from Diane Weems Fishero
and Linda Keen Platt
Info on the Class of 1964 Reunion
Info on the Class of 1969 Reunion
October, 2009
2009-10-01
Sports Hall of Honor updated
2009-10-07
Sports Hall of Honor updated
2009-10-03
Paul Cruz info/video updated
2009-10-08
Class of 1927 40th Reunion photo

Coming Soon:
1927 Lair
2009-10-10
1936 Lair - partial
2009-10-15
Just rec'd news of the death of Nina Faye Bankston Avrett,  wife of Darwin 
2009-10-14
Sports Hall of Fame updated
Art Copie Perry &
Sue Jean Bennett 2009 inductees
2009-10-18
Robert Carter email added
2009-10-20
Robert Carter pic added
2009-10-21
Just rec'd news of the death of James Jim Bland's mother
2009-10-21
Class of 1969 Reunion photo added
Sports Hall of Honor updated
For Sale: Rockdale Athletics
100th Anniversary Commemorative shirts
2009-10-26
Reunion photos are being added
Just rec'd word of the death of Rudolph Flores' mother - Rafaela Flores
2009-10-27
Doug Young & Pam Haupt Prom picture

2009-10-28
Paul Cruz article/photo  added
Sports Hall of Honor updated
2009-10-31
Lester & Judy Holmes Quinney pic/email added
November, 2009
2009-11-11
Class of 1964 Reunion pic
2009-11-03
1927 Lair partial

2009-11-04
Letter rec'd from
Burk McGreevy

2009-11-06
Carolyn Ireland Holmes
address confirmed
2009-11-11
Class of 1964 Reunion pic

2009-11-17
Judy Summers email added
2009-11-27
Class of 1974 donation to RHS