Rcokwall City Newsletter

2024 Newsletters

JANUARY 2024

"On Monday, February 5, the City of Rockwall will call an election to be held on May 4, 2024 for the purpose of electing three City Councilmembers – one each for Places 2, 4 and 6."
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2023 Newsletters

DECEMBER 2023

"This Rockwall veteran of World War II and Korea has been around the world and seen a lot in his nearly 97 ½ years… but soon he’ll get to do something he’s never done before—lead a parade, which brings a smile to his face. A.J. Dailey has been named the Grand Marshal of the Rockwall Kiwanis Christmas Parade coming up on Saturday, December 2."
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NOVEMBER 2023

"Get ready to ring in the holidays with a hometown celebration to remember. Saturday, December 2 will be a day-long event filled with Christmas cheer with festivities from 9 a.m.-8 p.m."
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OCTOBER 2023

"The Rockwall City Council voted to adopt a rate below the no new revenue tax rate (formerly known as the effective rate), which continues a decade-long trend to decrease the tax rate for Rockwall residents. The approved tax rate is once again the lowest rate ever adopted in Rockwall’s recorded history—and is 2.22 cents less than the rate last year."
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SEPTEMBER 2023

"Mayor Trace Johannesen and the Rockwall City Council recognized a large group of employees recently – with a “Life-Saving Award” for working together to save the life of a Farmers Market vendor."
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AUGUST 2023

"The City of Rockwall, including the Rockwall Police and Fire Departments, Streets, and Communications, along with several other departments, participated in a countywide emergency services active threat training exercise at Celia Hays Elementary School recently."
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JULY 2023

"At the City Council meeting on Monday, June 5, Sedric Thomas was sworn-in to serve the remaining term in Place 4. The seat became vacant in May, when Trace Johannesen was elected as Mayor."
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JUNE 2023

"The Rockwall City Council held a swearing-in ceremony for a new Mayor, two incumbent City Councilmembers and one new Councilmember for their two-year terms."
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MAY 2023

"Crowds gathered recently to celebrate the unveiling of the new Discovery Statue in Downtown Rockwall."
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APRIL 2023

"Fans are already excited about this year’s lineup at the Rockwall Founder’s Day Festival. Headliner, Easton Corbin (8 p.m.), and opening act, The Bellamy Brothers (6 p.m.) will take the main stage for the big event."
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MARCH 2023

"Rockwall City Manager Mary Smith has officially named Edward Fowler as Chief of the Rockwall Police Department. Fowler has been serving as Interim Chief since last August, after former Chief Max Geron retired from the role. The U.S. Marines veteran returned to his hometown after serving in the Gulf War, and has spent 33 years with the Rockwall Police Department, working his way up the ranks."
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FEBRUARY 2023

"Every year, the City of Rockwall works to bring the best of the best for the annual Founders Day Festival. This year is no different. Drum roll please… Announcing this year’s main music lineup: the legendary Bellamy Brothers, who are opening for the headliner, modern country artist, Easton Corbin!"
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JANUARY 2023

"The Rockwall City Council has selected Dennis Lewis to serve the remaining term in Place 5. The seat became vacant on December 31, when Councilmember Dana Macalik stepped down to become County Commissioner."
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2022 Newsletters

DECEMBER 2022

"It’s time once again for the premiere event that starts the New Year off right. Every year, Rockwall families look forward to the annual Daddy Daughter Dance."
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NOVEMBER 2022

"Get ready to ring in the holidays with a hometown celebration to remember. Saturday, December 3 will be a day-long event filled with Christmas cheer with festivities from 9 a.m.-8 p.m."
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OCTOBER 2022

"The Rockwall City Council voted to adopt a rate below the no new revenue tax rate (formerly known as the effective rate), which continues a nine-year trend to decrease the tax rate for Rockwall residents. The approved tax rate is the lowest rate ever adopted in Rockwall’s recorded history—and is 5.75 cents less than the rate last year. The Council also adopted the budget for fiscal year 2022-2023."
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SEPTEMBER 2022

"Once again, the best of the best in BBQ are firing up their grills and getting ready for the hottest competition around. The highly anticipated results determine who gets to claim the title of the Best in BBQ for the next year in the Outlaw BBQ Association sanctioned competition."
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AUGUST 2022

"The City of Rockwall’s water tower on Boydstun Avenue (next to Fire Station One), nicknamed “Old Rusty” by some on social media, is being dismantled. The water storage tank was constructed in 1978, and served its purpose for 30 years, when it was taken offline in 2008."
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JULY 2022

"For the 13th year in a row, the City of Rockwall has been designated as an Accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards in the Historic Downtown Rockwall District. Rockwall has received accreditation every year since Main Street Manager Bethany Browning was hired in 2009. Each year, Main Street America and its partners announce the list of accredited programs to recognize their exceptional commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization."
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JUNE 2022

"Every year, residents in Rockwall turn out for a patriotic Fourth of July celebration. It’s a fun-filled day with activities for the whole family. And in true Rockwall form, this year’s event is shaping up to be one of the best."
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MAY 2022

"We know there will be a lot going on at Harry Myers Park for the Annual Founders Day Festival, but did you know there is a partner event happening in conjunction in Downtown Rockwall? There will be a full day of festivities celebrating the arts on the square."
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APRIL 2022

"Drum roll please… the Rockwall Parks and Recreation Department has announced their opening and headlining acts for this year’s Founders Day Festival."
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MARCH 2022

"Once again, Rockwall has been recognized for excellence on the world stage! The disc golf course at Harry Myers Park has been named one of the top courses… in the world. The ranking comes from Udisc.com, which is the leading app utilized by disc golfers. The Rockwall disc golf course ranked 94th—out of 13,000 courses reviewed. This honor comes as no surprise to the Rockwall Parks and Recreation Department, which regularly maintains the course to ensure its superiority."
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FEBRUARY 2022

"Help your kids ROCK Spring Break this year! Just enroll them in ROCK Camp, and they won’t miss a single day of organized fun. They’ll be occupied and entertained during their entire week of school vacation."
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JANUARY 2022

"In addition to keeping the City safe, Rockwall firefighters have raised $10,000 for a fellow resident battling breast cancer! At an official ceremony, the Rockwall Professional Firefighters Association presented Jennifer Lett Cordts with a check. The Rockwall mom is currently battling stage 4 inflammatory breast cancer."
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2021 Newsletters

DECEMBER 2021

"It’s time once again for the premiere event that starts the New Year off right. Every year, Rockwall families look forward to the annual Daddy Daughter Dance."
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NOVEMBER 2021

"Get ready to ring in the holidays with a hometown celebration to remember. Saturday, December 4 will be a day-long event filled with Christmas cheer with festivities in Downtown Rockwall from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. "
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OCTOBER 2021

"The Rockwall City Council voted to adopt a rate below the no new revenue tax rate (formerly known as the effective rate), which continues an eight-year trend to decrease the tax rate for Rockwall residents."
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SEPTEMBER 2021

"The Rockwall City Council has named Mary Smith as the new City Manager. Mrs. Smith has been serving as the Interim City Manager since January when Rick Crowley retired from the position. Mary Smith, who has been with the City of Rockwall for 23 years, has served in the dual role of Assistant City Manager and Director of Finance since 2012. Upon the announcement, Mayor Kevin Fowler said, “Mary is a natural fit for the job.”"
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AUGUST 2021

"The Rockwall City Council honored three local teens for saving the life of a drowning child. Thanks to the teens’ swift action, the child is alive and well today."
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JULY 2021

"Rockwall Mayor Kevin Fowler delivered the State of the City address at a recent Rockwall Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon. In his speech, the Mayor highlighted the many successes of the past year. "
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JUNE 2021

"Every year, residents in Rockwall turn out for a patriotic Fourth of July celebration. This year, though, the celebration will take place on Saturday, July 3. It’s a fun-filled day with activities for the whole family. This year’s event is shaping up to be one of the best."
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MAY 2021

"The arrival of spring is a wonderful sight, and more welcome this year than most. The transition from cold weather to warmer sunny days typically means fun in the sunshine—and baseball season has begun once again. For more than 20 years, the Angel League baseball program has been a beacon of hope for special needs players and their families"
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APRIL 2021

"Fans are already excited about this year’s lineup at the Rockwall Founder’s Day Festival. Headliner, Texas Country singer/songwriter Wade Bowen, and opening act, Jack Ingram will take the Southwest Kia of Rockwall Main Stage for the big event."
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MARCH 2021

"After a two year hiatus, the Founder’s Day Festival is back in Rockwall! Last year’s event had to be cancelled because of COVID-19, as it was scheduled to take place right when everything was shutting down. Concertgoers this year are in for a treat. "
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FEBRUARY 2021

"After 42 years in municipal government, City Manager Rick Crowley has retired. A lot has changed here since his arrival, and throughout his tenure, Mr. Crowley has undeniably had a huge impact on the growth and success of the City of Rockwall."
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JANUARY 2021

"Rockwall residents know there is a lot of progress happening here—in various stages of completion. "
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2020 Newsletters

DECEMBER 2020

"The spirit of the season is alive and well in Rockwall—all year long. Whenever there is a need, volunteers step up to help in any and every way possible."
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NOVEMBER 2020

"Get ready to ring in the holidays with a hometown celebration to remember. Saturday, December 5 will be a day-long event filled with Christmas cheer with festivities from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. "
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OCTOBER 2020

"The Rockwall City Council voted to adopt a rate below the no new revenue rate (formerly known as the effective rate), which continues a seven-year trend to decrease the tax rate for Rockwall residents."
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SEPTEMBER 2020

"The best of the best are firing up their grills and getting ready for the hottest BBQ competition around..."
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AUGUST 2020

"Tucked away in a quiet corner on the north side of the City of Rockwall, lies the newly unveiled Pettinger Nature Preserve. The land was generously donated by Wesley and Hedwig Pettinger, to only be used in its natural state."
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JULY 2020

"The City of Rockwall wants residents to know that many amenities are back open and ready for use. The City Council voted to officially reopen the majority of public facilities and reinstate outdoor events and programs. "
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JUNE 2020

"It may be an understatement to say that Rockwall residents were elated to finally step out of quarantine. As soon as Texas Governor Greg Abbott began the phased reopening of the state, and lifted restrictions on retail, restaurants and all forms of business, people were happy to get outside again and back to life as (somewhat) normal. "
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MAY 2020

"Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, residents in Rockwall have been determined to find a silver lining."
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APRIL 2020

"With schools and businesses temporarily shutting down amid the coronavirus threat, and more people staying at home, Rockwall residents have begun to generate more garbage to be picked up each week. "
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MARCH 2020

"Fans are already excited about this year’s lineup at the Rockwall Founder’s Day Festival."
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FEBRUARY 2020

"Did you know, you can help your kids ROCK Spring Break this year?! All you have to do is enroll them in ROCK Camp..."
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JANUARY 2020

"Prom season is starting early in the City of Rockwall."
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2019 Newsletters

DECEMBER 2019

"It’s time once again for the premiere event that starts the New Year off right. Every year, Rockwall families look forward to the annual Daddy Daughter Dance."
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NOVEMBER 2019

"Get ready to ring in the holidays with a hometown celebration to remember. Saturday, December 7 will be a day-long event filled with Christmas cheer with festivities from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. "
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OCTOBER 2019

"The Rockwall City Council adopted a rate below the effective tax rate, which continues a six-year trend to decrease taxes for Rockwall residents. The approved tax rate of 38.79 cents is 1.42 cents less than the rate."
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SEPTEMBER 2019

"Get Ready for the Rib Rub Run and Roll - The best of the best are firing up their grills and getting ready for the hottest BBQ competition around!"
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AUGUST 2019

"The Rockwall Fire Department’s inaugural Junior Fire Academy is officially a success with students."
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JULY 2019

"Once again, the Rockwall Police Department has reached out to educate, inform and inspire students in the community. The PD recently hosted the third annual Summer Safety Camp for local students going into grades 5-6. "
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JUNE 2019

"Every year, residents in Rockwall turn out for a patriotic Fourth of July celebration. It's a fun-filled day with activities for the whole family. This year's event is shaping up to be one of the best. "
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MAY 2019

"Starting June 1, City of Rockwall residents will be able to call and schedule a porch pickup pf hazardous materials - at their own home."
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APRIL 2019

"Every year, the City of Rockwall brings the big names to the Annual Founders Day Festival. Fans look forward to seeing just who will grace the Southwest Kia Rockwall Main Stage. "
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MARCH 2019

"Every year, fans flock to the Rockwall Founders Day Festival, especially since it is one of the most highly anticipated events in the Free Live Music Capital of North Texas."
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FEBRUARY 2019

"Want to help your kiddos ROCK Spring Break this year? Enroll them in ROCK Camp so they won’t miss a single day of fun. They’ll be occupied and entertained during their entire week of vacation. "
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JANUARY 2019

"Prom season is always a fun time in Rockwall, and the Parks and Recreation Department offers a way for residents of all abilities to shine on the dance floor. The third annual Special Needs and Adaptive Programming (or SNAP) Prom is coming up on Saturday, February 9th. "
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2018 Newsletters

DECEMBER 2018

"Every year it’s a packed house for families across Rockwall. The annual Daddy Daughter Dance draws hundreds of smiling faces for a sellout event. The evening is filled with princess dresses, flowers and loads of laughter. "
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NOVEMBER 2018

"Get ready to ring in the holidays with a hometown celebration to remember. Saturday, December 1 will be a day-long event filled with Christmas cheer with festivities from 9 a.m.-8 p.m."
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OCTOBER 2018

"The Rockwall Fire Department has welcomed two new important additions to the firefighting team. Marcus “Sam” Stephenson and his partner, Kenna, have joined the Fire Marshal’s office as the City’s first accelerant detection K-9 unit."
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SEPTEMBER 2018

"Every year in October, the Rockwall Fire Department reaches out to the community in an effort to raise awareness about fire safety and prevention. Historically, large crowds of children and families turn out to share in the fun."
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AUGUST 2018

"Once again, the Rockwall Police Department has reached out to students in the community to educate, inform and inspire. The PD recently hosted the second annual Summer Safety Camp for local students going into grades 5-6."
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JULY 2018

"The Concert by the Lake Series comes to a close at the end of July, but have no fear, there is still plenty to experience in the Free Live Music Capital of North Texas. "
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JUNE 2018

"Every year, residents in Rockwall turn out for a patriotic Fourth of July celebration. It’s a fun-filled day with activities for the whole family. This year’s event is shaping up to be one of the best."
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MAY 2018

"Every spring and fall Rockwall employees and their families lace up their baseball shoes and get ready to lend a hand with the Angel League baseball program. Sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Rockwall County, Angel League is a special needs baseball program for boys and girls ages 4-15. There’s also an adult league for ages 16-60. "
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APRIL 2018

"Rockwall’s Founders Day Festival is a premier event that helped the City cement the honored title of Free Live Music Capital of North Texas . This year’s celebration takes place on Saturday, May 19 at Harry Myers Park, and it definitely won’t disappoint."
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MARCH 2018

"Every year, the Rockwall Founders Day Festival is one of the most highly anticipated events in the Free Live Music Capital of North Texas. Although we can’t announce this year’s headliner on the Southwest Kia Rockwall Stage just yet—rest assured you will love it! "
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FEBRUARY 2018

"Consider ROCK Camp this year for your kiddos at Spring Break. It’s a fun alternative to keep students occupied and entertained during their week off from school."
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JANUARY 2018

"Prom season is just around the corner in Rockwall. But this one is more special than most—and some eager residents are waiting for their time to shine on the dance floor!"
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