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Rockwall County’s population continues to grow

Rockwall County’s population increased by another 1,950 people and 2.5 percent in 2008, according to a new report by the North Central Texas Council of Governments.

The county population increased from an estimated 76,000 at the beginning of 2008 to 77,950 at the beginning of 2009 – an increase of 2.57 percent.

The City of Fate increased by 850 people to 5,650, an increase of 17.71 percent.

The population of Rockwall increased by an estimated 700 people to 32,100, an increase of 2.23 percent.

The population of Royse City increased by 50 people to 10,150, an increase of 0.5 percent.

Can’t find a breakdown of the estimates in Rowlett or McClendon-Chisholm, but after subtracting the three cities from the County total, 350 people either moved into those cities or just into the County.

Royse City Council selects nine-person City Manager search committee

The Royse City City Council selected a nine-person search committe for a new City Manager at the Council’s meeting Nov. 18.

Members will include two current Council members, Clay Ellis and Gary Gregory; Interim City Manager Larry Lott and City Secretary Brenda Craft; RISD Superintendent Randy Hancock and local insurance agent Kari Hargrove; plus city residents Charles Hauk, Linda Pattison and Mellody East.

To select the three residents, the Council agreed to draw names and select the first three chosen.


More volunteers still needed for Royse City work project this Saturday

More citizen volunteers are still needed to help repair the pavestone wall at Royse City’s City Lake Park this Saturday, from 10 am to Noon.

Due to Royse City’s sudden and unexpected cash shortfall of nearly $2 million, nearly half of the City’s employees were laid off two months ago, including Public Works staff.

As a result, numerous citizens have pitched in and volunteered their time to work on those projects which those employees would have completed.

According to volunteer coordinator and human resources clerk Tauna Ratliff, the volunteer program is working very well. She said she still receives several applications each week, after the initial sign-ups.

She added that the Library, for example, is largely being run by volunteers, working with just one full-time paid employee.

To volunteer to help this Saturday, or for future service projects, contact Tauna at 972-524-4826 or email her at: tauna.ratliff@roysecity.com.

Royse City City Hall is located at 305 N. Arch St, and is open from 8 am to 5 pm.

Royse City scores 25 straight points in second half to defeat Greenville, 35-10

Royse City came alive and scored 25 straight points in the second half to spoil Greenville’s Homecoming with a 35-10 win Friday night at Class 4A action at Cotton Ford Stadium in Greenville.

Richard Morrison completed 20-of-34 passes for 310 yards, rushed for one score, and threw for two more, all in the second half for the 11th-ranked Bulldogs.

J.T. Thompson caught seven passes on the night for 110 yards, Justin Jacobs caught four for 80 yards and Devon Bryant caught three passes for 66 yards.

Kollin Padon also kicked two field goals, of 33 and 34 yards, plus three of four extra points.

Greenville (1-5, 0-3) scored first on a 28-yard pass from Alton Dennis to Arron Johnson as the two teams played to a 10-10 first half tie.

Royse City (5-1, 3-0) held Greenville to three first downs and forced four turnovers in the second half.

They limited the Lions passing attack to just one completion in seven tries for 28 yards and two interceptions, plus recovered two Lions’ fumbles.
Greenville also was guilty of 13 penalties for 100 yards, while the Bulldogs had six penalties for 33 yards.

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Royse City’s singing sensation Britnee Lee releases fourth CD, wows concert crowd

Britnee Lee

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Royse City’s up-and-coming teenage country and western singing sensation Brittnee Lee celebrated the release of her fourth CD last Saturday night, with a two-hour musical concert for about 400 enthusiastic fans at Garland’s Granville Art Center.

My wife and I were two of them, really enjoying her music and singing, which reminded us of Patsy Cline (“Crazy”) and LeAnn Rimes, two of her favorite entertainers.

This girl can really sing and belt it out!

Dozens of fans were whistling, clapping, shouting out and even screaming for her, as the five-foot tall entertainer moved back and forth across the stage.

Playing backup behind her was the Paul Eason Band from Austin, composed of five very talented, experienced musicians, whose playing blended with well with Lee’s charming vocals.

The five-foot-tall, 17-year-old singer/songwriter sang numerous original songs from her new CD entitled “Purpose,” as well as other favorites and originals from her three previous CDS, including “Don’t Drink & Drive,” “He Said, She Said” and “Stand Back Up.”

She said she gave the new CD that name because she believes that she now knows her purpose in life is to entertain and uplift people through her music, which she both writes and sings.

“Thank you God, You and Your angels have always been there to guide me my entire life. You have shown me what my purpose is in life,” she wrote in her program. Thanks for the blessings you’ve given me.

In between songs, Lee explained how excited she now is to have the same managers who managed LeAnn Rimes during the first eight years of her career, which also started in downtown Garland at the Old Opry Hall. They are Dallasites Max Archer and Lyle Walker, who also currently manage country artist Steve Holy, from Dallas, whose hit song about a year ago was “Brand New Girlfriend.”

Like many entertainers, Lee sometimes uses her talent to help her deal with challenges she faces in the real world.

“The song (on the new CD) that is closest to me is a song that I wrote called ‘Breakdown’,” Lee said. “My mom has been battling cancer for over a year, and was recently given a short prognosis. The song is about going through such a trying time in my life, and how God ‘saved me from my breakdown’.”

She had despite receiving bad news from doctors several times, her mother continues to stay by her side through it all.

Britnee said that she hopes that she can someday sing with country star Brad Paisley.

“I would love to perform with Brad Paisley,” Lee said. “I wrote a song called ‘The Perfect Catch’ that is going to be on my new album. It is about a guy that likes fishing more than a girl. I think it would be great if Brad and I could do a medley with his hit, ‘I’m Gonna Miss Her’ and my song, ‘The Perfect Catch’.”

For more info about Britnee Lee, vist her website at www.britneelee.com or her MySpace profile here

To see and hear her sing her new song “The Perfect Catch,” check out her homemade MySpace video here.

See more Britnee Lee photos and info on our www.rockwallrocks.com Entertainment page

Royse City residents to help clean up city after cash shortfall cuts services

Over 200 Royse City citizens are expected to show up this morning to help clean up Royse City, now that the million-dollar cash shortfall has caused the once fast-growing town to cut its services.

According to Mayor Jim Mellody, citizens are expected to meet for a free breakfast at the First United Methodist Church at about 8-8:30 am.

The citizens will then be organized into cleaning crews and start cleaning streets and yards until about 10:30 am or later if they wish to continue.

Mayor Mellody said he was really proud of Royse City citizens, who are turning a sudden and unexpected problem into a great community service project.

“We have great people here in Royse City and we’re going to prove it Saturday morning. This is the way people used to solve problems in the old days and we’re going to do it here again by all joining together,” he said.

He added that he expects to see many more community service projects during the next year and that anyone who would like to volunteer today or in the future should just contact City Hall for information.

Royse City pastor arrested in child porn investigation

First United Methodist Church

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Federal authorities arrested a Royse City pastor Wednesday after executing a search warrant in connection with a child porn investigation.

The Rev. Steve Richardson, pastor of First United Methodist Church of Royse City, was taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents at the church. Agents had searched his home and the church, where they seized his computer and other items.

For more details, read the Dallas Morning News story here.

We’ll do a further investigation, as well, soon.

Royse City celebrates opening of new stadium by beating Atlanta, 35-7

Frank Dave rushed for two touchdowns and Richard Morrison threw for two more as Royse City celebrated the opening of the new Royse City ISD Stadium with a 35-7 win over Atlanta Friday night.

The game was the first for Royse City (1-0) in Class 4-A and marked the debut of Head Coach Greg Strahm.

Dave scored on a three-yard run on the opening possession and added another three-yard run in the second quarter.

The Bulldogs held a 21-0 lead at halftime.

Morrison completed 17 of 30 passes for 198 yards to eight different receivers, including a 33-yard scoring pass to Kris Smith and another for 29 yards to Justin Jacobs.

Atlanta (0-1) scored on a 78-yard run by Devin Lockhart.

The only real downside was that Royse City did have 12 penalties for 110 yards.

The Bulldogs will travel to play Wakeland Sept. 12, at 7:30 pm.

Royse City residents face first tax increase since 1993

Royse City residents now face their first tax rate increase since 1993, now that growth in the community has suddenly slowed to a trickle of new homeowners.

The City Council has proposed a 17 cent increase to 66 cents per $100 valuation of each home.

A public hearing to discuss the proposal has been scheduled by the Royse City City Council for Sept. 10 at 7 pm at city hall.

Twenty-seven Royse City employees laid off during past week

Twenty seven employees at the City of Royse City were laid off during the past week as a result of the City’s sudden and unexpected financial crisis.

The layoffs were the first round of budget cuts required to deal with the City’s $1.9 million cash shortfall discovered last month, according to Larry Lott, who was appointed by the City Council as an interim co-city manager with city attorney Jason Day.

The first employee to be let go was City Manager Karen Philippi last month, when the financial problems were first discovered. She is not accused of stealing any money and has appealed her suspension.

Other changes are also beginning to take place at the City.

Last week, city hall calls were being answered by an telephone answering machine. The staff at the library in city hall has been reduced to volunteers, except for the director.

On the other hand, apparently the Public Works and Animal Services departments will continue to be funded without disruption.

A special meeting has been scheduled for tonight by the City Council to consider additional cuts, including reducing or suspending pay for the Mayor and Council members.

A public hearing regarding the proposed new tax rate of 17 cents, to 66 cents per $100 of taxable value,has been scheduled at city hall for Sept. 10 at 7 pm.

Another public hearing to discuss the revised 2008-09 city budget will be Sept. 17 at 7 pm.