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Fireworks extravanza, country rockers Exile, highlight Rowlett’s Fireworks on Main

Fireworks extravanza, country rockers Exile, highlight Rowlett’s Fireworks on Main

ROWLETT – A free fireworks extravaganza and live entertainment by one of the nation’s all-time most popular country rock bands, Exile, will highlight the City of Rowlett’s “Fireworks on Main” event, Monday, July 4, from 6-10 pm at Pecan Grove Park (behind Wet Zone Waterpark), located at 5300 Main St. Fireworks begin at 9:45 pm. Exile […]

Lakeside Elgin B. Robertson Park purchased by Rowlett, will no longer remain a park

Lakeside Elgin B. Robertson Park purchased by Rowlett, will no longer remain a park

ROWLETT – In the not too distant future, the 257-acre lakeside green space known as Elgin B. Robertson Park at I-30 and Dalrock Rd. will no longer be just a park. The Rowlett City Council approved the purchase of Elgin B. Robertson Park from the City of Dallas Tuesday night for $31.8 million, plus tax […]

Rowlett mayor John Harper suddenly resigns; new mayor to be elected soon

ROWLETT – Embattled second-term Rowlett Mayor John Harper suddenly resigned from his position last Tuesday, stating in his resignation letter that it had “sadly become very certain” that neither Mayor Pro Tem Todd Gottel nor the majority of the City Council will “let me govern.” Just one month ago Harper had stated that he intended […]

Rowlett citizens pack Council chambers to show anger, support for Mayor

ROWLETT – Nearly 100 citizens packed the Rowlett City Council chambers Tuesday night to show their anger with and support for embattled second-term Mayor John Harper. The standing-room-only crowd was responding to an item which Mayor Pro Tem Todd Gottel had placed on the regularly-scheduled meeting agenda calling for “consideration and action regarding communications and […]

Rowlett mayor ‘troubled’ by city manager’s job cuts

(WFAA-TV News) ROWLETT — Rowlett’s mayor says he is “deeply troubled” by the city’s decision to cut positions that will put four people out of work. Mayor John Harper said it was a decision made not by the City Council, but by the city manager alone. Rowlett City Council members were supposed to talk about […]

Rowlett celebrating being named top 25 “Best Places to Live” tonight with free event

By J.J. Smith. The City of Rowlett will celebrate being named one of the top 100 “Best Places to Live” in the U.S. by Money Magazine in their August, 2010, edition at an old-fashioned picnic this evening, 6-9 pm, in front of the library on Main St. There will be free hot dogs, chips and […]

Rowlett #24 on Money Magazine’s Top 100 “Best Places to Live”

The city of Rowlett has been named number 24 on Money Magazine’s Top 100 “Best Places to Live.” Find out some of the details as Mayor John Harper announces this exciting honor. Go to for a link to the article or pick up the Money Magazine August 2010 edition.

Police confirm Rowlett judge killed by husband in murder-suicide

By J.J. Smith. Rowlett police confirmed yesterday that Rowlett juvenile court judge and attorney Belinda Loveland was shot and killed Sunday evening by her husband, Richard, who then killed himself. They were the third and fourth domestic violence deaths in Rowlett this year. There was also a murder-suicide in April across Lake Ray Hubbard in […]

Rowlett Mayor says he has kept promises, asks to be re-elected

By J.J. Smith. When first-term City of Rowlett Mayor John Harper initially ran for the part-time position in 2007, he promised no more unnecessary taxes, smaller government, no city borrowing without voter approval and to bring City spending under control. He was overwhelmingly elected. Now he says he has kept his promises and is asking […]

Rowlett voters approve non-smoking ordinance

City of Rowlett voters overwhelmingly supported the City Council’s ban on smoking in most public places in Rowlett in the May 9 election. The final vote was 1,207 to 668, or 64 to 36 percent. The ordinance had been enacted by the Rowlett City Council last February, but residents opposed to the smoking ban gathered more than […]

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