Monthly Archives: May 2011

Rockwall Council votes to banish Ridge Rd. banners

The Rockwall City Council voted last week to banish all the banners and signs from Ridge Rd. @ I-30 – and perhaps other locations throughout the city – beginning in August.

According to initial reports, many area residents have complained that the banners look too tacky and trashy and Council members agreed.

Certainly most of these signs are too small for drivers to read anyway. I’ve never understood why organizations put up banners that are too small to read.

There is some talk that the City will continue to post banners and signs about City events. There’s some question about how appropriate that is, according to at least one Council member I spoke to,  if all the other banners are being banished.

We’ll find more and report details soon at

Rowlett to hold special mayoral election July 16

ROWLETT – The City of Rowlett has announced it will hold a special election July 16 to replace former Mayor John Harper, who resigned April 19, plus elect a City Council Member in Place 4.

Current Place 4 City Council Member and Mayor Pro Tem Todd Gottel has announced his candidacy for the mayoral spot and will give up his seat to campaign for it.

The filing period for candidates will run through 5 pm, Monday, May 16.

Early voting will begin June 29 and run through July 12. There will be no voting on July 4 due to the holiday.

All voting will be consolidated into one polling place at the City Hall Annex to save the City $15,000 on the special election.

Contact Rowlett City Secretary Susie Quinn to file for office.

Only 303 early voters at Rowlett annex thus far

Just read that only 303 early voters had cast ballots through last Sunday at the Rowlett Annex for Rowlett City Council positions on Mayor Pro Tem Todd Gottel’s Facebook site.

He says over 30,000 voters are registered in Rowlett!

You’ll enjoy 2-for-1 steak nights at Southern Junction

ROYSE CITY – Wednesday nights are 2-for-1 steak nights at the huge Southern Junction Nightclub & Steakhouse. My wife and I took a house guest there recently and had a great time! It’s located just 10 minutes east of Rockwall on Hwy. 276 near Blackland. Families are welcome on weeknights so you can eat and dance there with your kids. They even have a mechanical bull you can ride and have your picture taken on!

We enjoyed eating delicious $20 T-bone and New York Strip steaks – which you either season and grill yourself over an open flame or pay an extra $2 to have someone cook it for you – plus huge Idaho baked potatoes covered with all the fixins’, a large house salad and all the buttery Texas Toast you can eat.

Then we danced some of it off to the live music of the excellent Marcus Lindsey C & W House Band, which recently signed its first recording contract. The night ended at about 10 pm, when most everyone went home.

On weekends, however, you can still enjoy eating the 2-for-1 charbroiled steak dinners – if you get there before 7 pm! – plus dance into the night until 2 am or so. It’s  great entertainment for quite reasonable prices, considering all you get! Get there after 7 pm and dinners are still just $20 each.

For info, see