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Veterans receive help from Rockwall’s Foreclosure Angel

By Kay Maxwell. A year ago, in November of 2008, Rockwall resident Marilyn Mock (right, next to daughter Alyssa) reached out at a foreclosure auction in Dallas to help a sobbing, heart-broken stranger whose home was being auctioned off.  In an extraordinary act of kindness, Mock bought the stranger’s home, and later made financial arrangements at her […]

The Military View Column: The Afghanistan National Argument

By Jerry Hogan, US Army Lt. Colonel (retired). And the argument goes on! Sitting on one side of the table are the President and his civilian advisors trying to understand military operations so they can make a decision on what the US should do about Afghanistan going forward. On the other side sit the military Generals […]

When 400 jobs aren’t enough

Rockwall County unemployment still at highest rate this century. Rockwall County set some more dubious records last month, as it recorded its highest unemployment rate and the most people unemployed for any month this century. Click here to read this Royse City Herald Banner story.

State Farm to raise Dallas area homeowners insurance rates up to 14%

By J.J. Smith. State Farm Insurance, the state’s largest insurer of homes, has filed for a rate increase of up to 14.4 percent for Dallas area homeowners, making it the third of the state’s largest insurers to recently raise rates. Farmers Insurance recently announced an average statewide increase in its rates of 10 percent to 12.6 […]

Oncor wants electricity customers to pay $93 million for smart meters they’ll never use

By J.J. Smith. The Oncor electricity delivery company wants its residential customers to pay $93 million for obsolete “smart meters” the company ordered but customers will now never use because they’re not up to state regulations.  The issue is part of a pending Oncor rate increase which, if approved by the Public Utilities Commission later this year, will increase […]

Legally Speaking column: “But he loves me”…

By John G. Browning. For “Susan” (not her real name) it is a relationship that could superficially be reduced to stark numbers. Seven – the number of months she and her boyfriend “Rick” have been together. Four – the number of visits she’s made to emergency rooms following beatings at the hands of this same […]

Some chain restaurants making Americans fatter, sicker, says consumer watchdog

Applebee’s Quesadilla Burger. By J.J. Smith. Xtreme appetizers, entrées, and desserts at some of America’s chain restaurants are making Americans fatter and sicker, and the trendy thing for chains to do is to make already bad foods even worse, claims a consumer watchdog group in a new report. According to the Center for Science in the Public […]

College study: swear words in teen flicks going down

By J.J. Smith. This may come as a real surprise, but teenagers catching a teen movie this summer can expect to hear half as many swear words as their parents did 25 years ago at the theater. That was the unexpected finding three communications professors at conservative Brigham Young University discovered after studying profanity in G, […]

Rockwall area home sales, prices, slip below Metro average

The number of homes sold in the Rockwall area and their median price slipped below the Dallas-Ft. Worth average during the fourth quarter of 2008, compared to the same time period in 2007.  According to the latest Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller Home Price Index released yesterday, only 219 homes sold in the Rockwall area during that time period, […]

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