Rockwall’s American Idol: Catching up with Graham DeFranco

Rockwall’s American Idol: Catching up with Graham DeFranco

ROCKWALL, TX (June 22, 2021) Rockwall native Graham DeFranco captured the hearts of people across the country during the most recent season of American Idol, with his fun personality and a voice that Idol Judge Luke Bryan called “the most listenable.” Graham finished in the Top 16 on the show, and now looks ahead to […]

Good Neighbor: Zora Wesley, owner of Z’s Catfish

Good Neighbor: Zora Wesley, owner of Z’s Catfish

Meet Zora Wesley, owner of Z’s Catfish at 127 Kenway St. in Rockwall. Zora is a single mother of three grown children (Akilah 38, Brandon 29, and Corey 27) and grandmother to Laila (12), Amina (10) and Zuri (7). She says her children and grandchildren are her whole world! Zora is not only a fantastic […]

Rockwall County COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic: ‘I Volunteered And So Should You!’

Rockwall County COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic: ‘I Volunteered And So Should You!’

Editor’s Note: Thank you to Rockwall resident Bill Watts for sharing this Letter to the Editor about volunteering to help at COVID-19 vaccination clinics.  ROCKWALL, TX – February 8, 2021 – I’m Bill Watts and I volunteered to help at a vaccination center in Rockwall, TX. I support Helping Hands Rockwall, a local charity, and read […]

The Whole Package: Young cancer survivor finds way to lift others up through Rockwall Meals on Wheels deliveries

The Whole Package: Young cancer survivor finds way to lift others up through Rockwall Meals on Wheels deliveries

ROCKWALL, TX – Jan. 28, 2021 – Evan was a normal 12-year-old who liked running, computers, and friends. One weekend, a visit to a walk-in clinic for stomach pain turned into a diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia. We knew from the beginning that treatment would last 3 – 3 1/2 years, but we didn’t anticipate […]

Good Neighbor: Meet Cate Baxter, Heritage Christian Academy Alumna and Spanish Teacher

Good Neighbor: Meet Cate Baxter, Heritage Christian Academy Alumna and Spanish Teacher

ROCKWALL, TX – September 2, 2020 — Meet Cate Baxter, an alumna of Heritage Christian Academy (HCA) whose grandfather, Dr. Ron Taylor, was Head of School during her tenure there. And now Cate has returned to become a Spanish teacher at the very same school from which she graduated! Cate moved to Rockwall in 1999 […]

Heath City Council honors Dr. Bonacquisti for his service to Rockwall County

Heath City Council honors Dr. Bonacquisti for his service to Rockwall County

HEATH, TX – July 28, 2020 – Heath Mayor Kelson Elam and City Council honored Dr. Gary Bonacquisti with a proclamation this evening, in recognition of his extraordinary service to Rockwall County, including his position as Rockwall County Medical Director from 2006 and into the midst of a global pandemic, where his leadership and knowledge […]

Rockwall resident’s neighborhood prayer box offers much-needed hope during COVID-19 pandemic

Rockwall resident’s neighborhood prayer box offers much-needed hope during COVID-19 pandemic

(ROCKWALL, TX — July 13, 2020) Back in April when the COVID-19 pandemic started forcing many to quarantine in their homes, Rockwall resident Rhonda Moore was called by her faith to create a flyer box offering those in her neighborhood the gift of prayer during the hardship and uncertainty surrounding the virus. The box encourages […]

Good Neighbor: Sylvia Morton, Lone Star CASA Volunteer of the Year

Good Neighbor: Sylvia Morton, Lone Star CASA Volunteer of the Year

(ROCKWALL, TX — April 24, 2020) Meet Sylvia Morton, Lone Star CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Volunteer of the Year. For the past five years Sylvia has served as a volunteer for Lone Star CASA, a local non-profit dedicated to helping abused and neglected children in Rockwall and Kaufman Counties. Sylvia lives in Forney and […]

Rockwall resident Cindy Lindley named Woman of the Year by Soroptimist International

Rockwall resident Cindy Lindley named Woman of the Year by Soroptimist International

(ROCKWALL, TX- April 18, 2020) Congratulations to Rockwall resident Cindy Lindley who was recently named the 2020 Lou Kirby Woman of the Year for the South Central Region by Soroptimist International. Cindy was nominated for this prestigious honor by fellow members of Soroptimist International of Rockwall. The South Central Region includes that states of Texas, […]

Up with People: Rockwall teen to embark on tour inspiring positive change in the world

Up with People: Rockwall teen to embark on tour inspiring positive change in the world

As many look forward to getting back to life post-coronavirus quarantine, Rockwall High School senior Rachael Van Vleck has plans to pursue a truly inspiring family legacy. Drawing on her musical talents, Rachael will represent Rockwall, TX as she tours the world in the fall 2020 with the global philanthropy organization called Up with People […]

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