A Broad View by Jerry Hogan: A view from the past

A Broad View by Jerry Hogan: A view from the past

Rockwall, TX (Jan. 15, 2023) During the Gulf War of 1991, a large coalition force from 30 nations, led by the United States and mandated by the United Nations, attacked through Kuwait and into Iraq with the task of liberating Kuwait from the Iraqi invasion of August 2, 1990. As this force prepared to attack, one […]

Open Letter to City of Fate residents by Mayor David Billings

Open Letter to City of Fate residents by Mayor David Billings

FATE, TX (Dec. 31, 2022) Happy New Year! We live in an extraordinary city in extraordinary times.  We continued our rapid growth and the implementation of our unique economic development strategy. We have been recognized throughout the State of Texas for our innovative approach to creating a wonderful place to live, work, and play. My […]

A Broad View by Jerry Hogan: It’s simply time to quit talking and start doing

A Broad View by Jerry Hogan: It’s simply time to quit talking and start doing

ROCKWALL, TX (Nov. 28, 2022) Several weeks ago, Heath former Mayor, Lorne Liechty, wrote an article entitled “Rockwall County Open Space: ‘We Must Not Delay any Longer’, which was published in the local newspaper, “Blue Ribbon News”. In his article Mr. Liechty argued pervasively that Open Spaces in the county was a subject that had […]

A Broad View by Jerry Hogan: A major problem still not fixed

A Broad View by Jerry Hogan: A major problem still not fixed

ROCKWALL COUNTY, TX (Nov. 22, 2022) A year ago last February, we here in the North Dallas area experienced almost a day and a half without electrical power. No electricity for lights, heat, entertainment, running of essential equipment, or power to run our ever-present battery chargers for our cell phones! Not only we in North […]

Rockwall County Open Spaces: ‘We must not delay any longer’

Rockwall County Open Spaces: ‘We must not delay any longer’

ROCKWALL COUNTY, TX (Nov. 21, 2022) In 1986 my wife and I fled the City of Garland and Dallas County. After church one sunny Mother’s Day morning, we visited our future home in Heath. Our three little children jumped out of the car and ran toward the lake without bothering to look inside the house. […]

Open letter from Rowlett Chamber president: The time to secure Texas’ future is now

Open letter from Rowlett Chamber president: The time to secure Texas’ future is now

ROWLETT, TX (Oct. 10, 2022) From the global pandemic to the ongoing war in Ukraine to Chinese threats to Taiwan, the United States is dealing with an unprecedented supply chain crisis that continues to hurt our economy, imperil our national security, and create shortages of everyday products for Americans. Semiconductors used to power our most […]

A Broad View by Jerry Hogan: Rockwall County construction…and some history

A Broad View by Jerry Hogan: Rockwall County construction…and some history

ROCKWALL, TX (Oct. 4, 2022) Several citizens have recently asked if I would provide an update on the various construction projects on-going and planned for Rockwall County. When the “new” courthouse was in the planning stages, way back when, the objective was for that building in the future to contain nothing but judicial type activities. […]

Hot off the press: Rockwall County’s Blue Ribbon News October print edition

Hot off the press: Rockwall County’s Blue Ribbon News October print edition

ROCKWALL COUNTY, TX (Sept. 26, 2022) — Below is a digital version of our October 2022 print edition, hot off the press. Our print publication is being delivered this week to about 17,000 homes and businesses throughout Rockwall County. (CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR FACEBOOK POST OF THE PAPER COMING OFF THE PRESS! It’s fun […]

A Broad View by Jerry Hogan: What is truth?

A Broad View by Jerry Hogan: What is truth?

ROCKWALL, TX (Sept. 8, 2022) We are constantly being bombarded with conflicting stories. What do we believe and what do we attribute to the sensationalism of the media in their desire to increase their sphere of influence? The debate in Washington is never ending, and depending on whom you listen too, you may get a […]

A Broad View by Jerry Hogan: Update on Rockwall County budget process

A Broad View by Jerry Hogan: Update on Rockwall County budget process

ROCKWALL COUNTY, TX (Aug. 31, 2022) It’s that time of year again when all the taxing units in the county start the process of preparing their annual budget for the upcoming year. Rockwall County, itself, has a well-defined process that is used each year. Two draft budgets are prepared by the County Judge; analyzed by […]

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