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City of Heath 2016-17 Fiscal Budget Process Underway

City of Heath 2016-17 Fiscal Budget Process Underway

Proposed Budget includes Reduction in Tax Rate (HEATH, TX – Aug. 29, 2016) The City of Heath Council and staff have been working hard to prepare a budget for…

Local candidates debate issues at forum

Local candidates debate issues at forum

(ROCKWALL, TX – Aug. 29, 2016) Local candidates for state and county offices were invited to respond to questions from the audience of about 60 people at a…

Rowlett Chamber welcomes Innovate Fast with ribbon cutting

Rowlett Chamber welcomes Innovate Fast with ribbon cutting

(ROWLETT, TX — Aug. 26, 2016) The Rowlett Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting to welcome its newest member, Innovate Fast, a digital marketing company that focuses…

Rockwall County Commissioners Court agrees to fund trail

Rockwall County Commissioners Court agrees to fund trail

(ROCKWALL, TX – Aug. 25, 2016) Rockwall will soon have a new fitness trail – centrally located in a well-trafficked area and operated by the county. Proposed by…

Rowlett Chamber holds ribbon cutting for First Choice Emergency Room

Rowlett Chamber holds ribbon cutting for First Choice Emergency Room

(ROWLETT, TX — Aug. 24, 2016) The Rowlett Chamber of Commerce welcomed new member First Choice Emergency Room with a ribbon cutting on Friday, Aug. 19. First Choice…

Congressman Ratcliffe welcomes residents at Open House event

Congressman Ratcliffe welcomes residents at Open House event

(ROCKWALL, TX – Aug. 23, 2016) A sizeable crowd of residents packed the Rockwall District Office of John Ratcliffe during an Open House event hosted by the Congressman…

American National Bank to sponsor upcoming Rockwall Helping Hands fundraising events

American National Bank to sponsor upcoming Rockwall Helping Hands fundraising events

(ROCKWALL, TX — Aug. 19, 2016) Rockwall County Helping Hands recently received sponsorships from American National Bank for their Ambassadors Golf Tournament and Festival of Trees fundraising events.…

Residents voice concerns over fire department budget, staffing issues at public meeting

Residents voice concerns over fire department budget, staffing issues at public meeting

(ROCKWALL, TX – Aug. 18, 2016) The City of Rockwall welcomed an open dialogue between residents and the county’s first responders during a public meeting held at The…

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Duck sales underway for Rubber Duck Regatta

Duck sales underway for Rubber Duck Regatta

Take the plunge! Buy your Baby Ducks ($5 each) or your Corporate Mama Duck HERE ($100) (ROCKWALL,…

Rockwall Community Playhouse presents ‘A Grand Night for Singing’

Rockwall Community Playhouse presents ‘A Grand Night for Singing’

(ROCKWALL, TX — Aug. 26, 2016) Rockwall Community Playhouse presents A Grand Night for Singing,…

Coaches Webb, Moss provide season outlook at Rockwall Rotary meeting

Coaches Webb, Moss provide season outlook at Rockwall Rotary meeting

(ROCKWALL, TX — Aug. 25, 2016) The road to becoming 2016-17 state champions may seem…

Rockwall Art League to present 16th Annual Fine Art Show this Fall

Rockwall Art League to present 16th Annual Fine Art Show this Fall

Call for Entries (ROCKWALL, TX – Aug. 8, 2016) Save the date, as the Rockwall…

Toddlers enjoy a splashin’ good time at Early Childhood PTA Round Up

Toddlers enjoy a splashin’ good time at Early Childhood PTA Round Up

(ROCKWALL, TX — Aug. 24, 2016) Parents of the Rockwall-Heath Early Childhood PTA treated their…

Free BMX stunt show, safety ride at Bike Safety event Sept. 24

Free BMX stunt show, safety ride at Bike Safety event Sept. 24

(ROCKWALL, TX — Aug. 23, 2016) Local youth are invited to witness a free BMX…

Rockwall Newcomers Club installs new officers

Rockwall Newcomers Club installs new officers

(ROCKWALL, TX — Aug. 19, 2016) The Rockwall County Newcomers & Friends Club recently elected…

Beach Style Bingo event to benefit Rockwall Rubber Duck Regatta

Beach Style Bingo event to benefit Rockwall Rubber Duck Regatta

(ROCKWALL, TX — Aug. 19, 2016) Hors d’ oeuvres, mocktails, local celebrity entertainers… and BINGO!…

Cyclists enjoy new and improved features at 30th Annual Hot Rocks Bike Ride

Cyclists enjoy new and improved features at 30th Annual Hot Rocks Bike Ride

(ROCKWALL, TX—Aug. 15, 2016) Hot Rocks Bike Ride returned this year for its 30th anniversary…

AMICA to host Denim & Diamonds Gala Oct 1

AMICA to host Denim & Diamonds Gala Oct 1

(ROCKWALL, TX – Aug. 17, 2016) Casino gaming, live music, dancing and a red carpet…

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Rockwall ISD receives highest accountability rating in latest STAAR results

Rockwall ISD receives highest accountability rating in latest STAAR results

(ROCKWALL, TX – Aug. 29, 2016) Rockwall Independent School District is pleased to announce that every campus in the district has met the highest accountability rating of “met standard.”…

First Baptist Rockwall’s Adult ESL Classes begin Sept. 6

First Baptist Rockwall’s Adult ESL Classes begin Sept. 6

(ROCKWALL, TX — Aug. 26, 2016) As children begin to return to school, so do their parents!  First Baptist Rockwall offers Adult ESL Classes for parents who need…

Garland ISD Board meeting: iPads, Wi-Fi, AP, Pre-AP and budget approval

Garland ISD Board meeting: iPads, Wi-Fi, AP, Pre-AP and budget approval

(GARLAND ISD, TX – Aug. 25, 2016) Preparing to roll out nearly 18,000 iPads to high schoolers in September and October, Garland ISD is enlisting community help to ensure…

Art’s A Blast announces expansion

Art’s A Blast announces expansion

(ROCKWALL, TX – Aug. 22, 2016) Art’s A Blast proudly announces the expansion of its after-school art program.  In addition to its continued association with the Rockwall Independent School…

Garland ISD Board approves salary increase for full-time district staff

Garland ISD Board approves salary increase for full-time district staff

(GARLAND, TX — Aug. 19, 2016) When Garland ISD’s new fiscal year starts Sept. 1, district employees will see an increase on their paychecks. The GISD Board of…

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Back-to-School print edition hits mailboxes throughout Rockwall and Heath

Back-to-School print edition hits mailboxes throughout Rockwall and Heath

ROCKWALL/HEATH/FATE, TX (Aug 12, 2016) Here’s a digital look at our latest print edition which has been delivered to more than…

Beach time, magical adventures will make upcoming birthday trip the best ever

Beach time, magical adventures will make upcoming birthday trip the best ever

This good news just in: I will be celebrating my 28th birthday by planting myself on the white sand beach in…

Letter from Editor-in-Chief

Letter from Editor-in-Chief

(ROCKWALL, TX – May 5, 2016) Over the years my family has celebrated Mother’s Day with breakfast in bed, a special dinner,…

Front Porch Ramblings by Scott Gill

Balancing the back-to-school blitz

(ROCKWALL, TX – Aug. 19, 2016) At the moment of writing this, we are planning a blitzkrieg end-of-summer family trip to the hill country. Our plan is…

Senior Moments by Karen Straughan

Senior Moments: From generation to generation

(ROCKWALL, TX – Dec. 22, 2015) Hang up the stockings, decorate the tree and pour yourself a cup of cheer, for Christmas time is here! Our family…

Economic Development Insight, Rockwall EDC

Rockwall EDC: Growing Our Own Workforce

(ROCKWALL, TX – Aug. 12, 2016) Internships and job shadowing offer an up-close look at the real world workplace and provide learning opportunities with real work experience.…

Rockwall Chamber, President's Pen

Bringing business and community together

The President’s Pen (ROCKWALL, TX – May 3, 2016) Rockwall County is home to six cities, small to large, each with its own unique flavor and outstanding…

Patti Richter: On Faith

Marriage—Something to Celebrate

(ROCKWALL/HEATH, TX – June 24, 2016) How should we celebrate? I’ve been chewing on this thought in view of our 40th wedding anniversary, which seems to call…

Inspirations by John Adams

Big storm, big blessing

(ROCKWALL, TX – Dec. 31, 2015) As the terrible tornado began to develop just a few days ago, it became evident that my family was in its…

Good Health

New app helps bridge communication gap for deaf Rockwall resident

(ROCKWALL, TX – Aug. 16, 2016) Every day, the deaf and hard-of-hearing struggle to break the barrier denying them total access to a full social and professional…

Making Math Make Sense by Mathnasium

Finger Counters and Dot Counters and Foot Tappers, Oh My!

(ROCKWALL, TX – May 5, 2016) Picture this scenario. A teacher asks a classroom of students: “If you spend 70 cents, 80 cents, and 90 cents, how…