Monthly Archives: January 2010

Many vote early in elections

For all of you politicals out there, there were 40,898 registered voters in the 2008 election in Rockwall County.

Among Republicans who voted, 2,960 (7.24%) voted early and 4,785 (11.7%) voted on election day (about 19%).

Among Democrats who voted, 2,638 (6.45%) voted early and 4,078 (10%) voted on election day (about 16%).

Despite the label Rockwall County is Republican territory, it’s interesting to note that almost as many Democrats as Republicans voted. Of course, Pres. Obama had something to do with that.

Advertising sales representatives needed by TheRockwallNews.com

Full and part-time advertising sales representatives are needed immediately by TheRockwallNews.com to sell eye-catching, animated website ads, feature stories, plus additional advertising and public relations projects and services across Rockwall and neighboring Counties.

These are commission-sales only positions – meaning there is no base salary nor insurance benefits – but good sales people can expect to earn at least $500-$1,000 a week or more to start, depending upon ability and number of hours they work. We pay high commmissions, plus pay checks can be issued within 1-3 days after collecting payments from clients.

Positions are extremely flexible and representatives can work from home or wherever they want. All that’s needed is an up-to-date computer for emailing and a cell phone for calls.

TheRockwallNews.com now attracts over 25,000 readers per month and is growing fast. It is Rockwall County’s leading online news and information source and we expect to double our readership by year’s end.

Publisher and sales manager J.J. Smith has successfully negotiated, sold and purchased nearly $15 million worth of TV, radio and print advertising during his sales and marketing career, working with thousands of small businesses and dozens of leading brands, including Exxon, KVIL-FM Radio, Macy’s, Southwest Airlines, The Dallas Cowboys and Time Warner Cable TV.

He will be glad to train the right people to succeed.

Personable, attractive and persistent sales people with experience are preferred, especially with a media sales background, but others may also apply – especially those who are acquainted with Rockwall County and neighboring area business owners and mangers.

Please email letters and resumes to jj@therockwallnews.com. Interviews will be arranged as quickly as possible, depending upon the number of emails and resumes received.

Wife of Rockwall Council member Farris is Democrat precinct chair

Just noticed while researching Rockwall County candidates online that Julie Farris, the wife of Rockwall City Council member Glen Farris, is a Rockwall County Democrat Party Precinct 1c Chair.

She is listed on the County Democrat website candidate filings page as a non-incumbent.

All of you Rockwall County Republicans might like to remember this next year if City council member Glen Farris campaigns for re-election, although I think I’ve read or heard Glen say that he is basically non-partisan.

Rowlett girl in coma in hospital after barrel racing accident

Just learned that young lady Baylee Neal from Rowlett suffered a serious head injury and was knocked unconscious in a barrel racing competition Jan. 14 near Terrell.

She was rushed by ambulance to Children’s Hospital, where X-rays and CT scans that evening revealed Baylee had a fractured skull and bleeding within and outside of her brain.

According to family sources, the good news is that the bleeding was isolated and her vital signs are good.  She was in critical condition but a stable state last week.

Sources said doctors decided to place her in a medically-induced coma to reduce pressure on her brain to avoid or at least reduce swelling.

We just spoke to Baylee’s mother at Children’s Hospital but she could not speak to us at the time.

Look for a full report within a few days in TheRockwallNews.com.

New Burger House franchise opens successfully in Rockwall

A new family-oriented Burger House location opened last Monday in Rockwall in the shopping center on the south side of I-30 next to Friday’s, where Double Dave’s Pizza used to be.

According to the corporate and franchise owners, business was great and beyond expectations for their first week. They had standing room only during three weeknights!

Burger House first opened in Dallas in 1951 and this is their seventh location. Owners attribute their success to fresh and healthy high-quality products, great service and lots of their secret seasoning salt that they put on everything from burgers to fries.

Watch for a more complete feature news article this week in TheRockwallNews.com.

For more info, visit: www.burgerhouse.com

Congrats to teenage ventriloquist Laryssa Bonacquisti for winning $1,000 talent show prize

Congratulations to teenage ventriloquist Laryssa Bonacquisti who won the $1,000 first prize at the “Rockwall’s Got Talent” show last Saturday night at Utley Middle School, sponsored by the Rockwall Community Playhouse .

Laryssa won the prize, donated by Rockwall Coldwell Banker realtor Vicky Chesna, for the performance with her two puppets, Lucky and Lucy.

Congratulations, as well, to second place winner Cole Ragsdale, who won $500 donated by Heath Hair Day Spa owner Juana French for singing “Bring Him Home,” accompanied by Josh Miller.

One more kudo for the third place winner Dennis Guillon for his song, “This is the Moment.” He won $250 donated by Community National Bank.

“Rockwall’s Got Talent” show semi-finals, finals tonight, tomorrow

The Rockwall Community Playhouse will present over 30 talented singers, musicians and more at their production of “Rockwall’s Got Talent,” tonight and tomorrow night at 7 pm at Utley Middle School, next to the RISD football stadium.

The grand prize winner will receive $1,000. Second place will receive $500 and third, $250.

Tickets are just $10 each and everyone admitted will be able to vote for their favorite entertainer, according to a spokeman for the Playhouse.

The event is a fundraiser to help RCP build a larger theatre to accommodate more people out near the Rockwall airport.