By Kay Maxwell.Â A year ago, in November of 2008, Rockwall resident Marilyn MockÂ (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.Â In an extraordinary act of kindness, Mock bought the strangerâ€™s home, and later made financial arrangements at her […]
By Jerry Hogan, US Army Lt. Colonel (retired).Â 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 […]
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.
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 recentlyÂ raise rates. Farmers Insurance recently announced an average statewide increase in its rates of 10 percent to 12.6 […]
By J.J. Smith. The Oncor electricity delivery company wants its residential customers to pay $93 million forÂ obsolete “smart meters” the company ordered but customers will now never use because they’reÂ not up toÂ state regulations.Â The issue is part of a pending Oncor rate increaseÂ which, if approved by the Public Utilities Commission later this year, will increase […]
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 […]
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 UniversityÂ discovered after studying profanity in G, […]
The number of homes sold in the Rockwall area and their median priceÂ slipped below the Dallas-Ft. Worth average during the fourth quarter of 2008, compared to the same time period in 2007.Â AccordingÂ 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, […]