Today`s Local News2016-12-05
Monday, December 5, 2016


(CAMERON) The Cameron City Council has scheduled a regular meeting for today.

During their regular meeting, the Council will consider re-appointment of Planning and Zoning Board members and hear the second and final reading of an ordinance closing and abandoning a designated street located in the Rendor addition.

Today`s meeting is scheduled to immediately follow a council workshop at 5:30PM.


(BELTON) An elderly woman is safe today after her home burned down Sunday evening. 

Belton, Salado, Stillhouse Hollow, Central Bell County, and Sparta Fire Departments all responded about 5PM Sunday to the house fire in the 3600 block of Setter Dr. in Belton. Crews arrived to find the home fully engulfed and the home is being termed a total loss. A truck and trailer parked in the driveway were also destroyed. Bell County Fire Marshal Steve Casey said the 80-year-old woman living in the home was able to escape unharmed. Investigators believe the woman dropped a cigarette in the home, igniting the fire. The woman`s medical oxygen tank also exploded in the fire. No one was hurt. 


(TROY) A man who jumped out of a moving vehicle on the interstate was hit by another on Saturday afternoon. 

Troy Police were called about 12:40PM Saturday after a 31-year-old Dallas man jumped out of a moving vehicle along Interstate 35 near the exit for Big Elm Road. The man, who was a passenger, is thought to have jumped out after getting into an argument with another person in the vehicle. Upon jumping out, the man was struck by another vehicle on the interstate. The victim was taken to the hospital and his condition is unknown today. No other details have been released. 


(WASHINGTON) A soldier accused of desertion and misbehavior is pushing for a White House pardon. 

The White House and Justice Department this weekend confirmed that US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has submitted a request to President Barack Obama for clemency. If granted, it would mean Bergdahl would not have to face trial on the charges leveled against him. Currently, the trial against Bergdahl on the desertion and misbehavior charges is scheduled to take place in April of next year. Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban in 2009 after walking off his post in Afghanistan. He was freed 5 years later in a controversial exchange of Guantanamo Bay prisoners. 

The Bergdahl trial also holds some local intrigue. Cameron native and Yoe High graduate Lt. Darryn Andrews was killed in action in 2009 during a mission to rescue the missing man. Andrews family has testified to Congress about the role their son played in the search, noting that Bergdahl is a deserter and not a hero. 


(MILAM CO) Here are some events coming to Central Texas.

Through December 5
The Yoe Band Booster Club annual Poinsettia Sale runs through today. Poinsettias are $13 each. Pick up will be Saturday from 8-10AM at Yoe High Band Hall. To order, contact any Band member or Band Booster. Proceeds benefit senior scholarships.

December 5
The SPJST Home Office in Downtown Temple invites all to its Christmas Open House today. Activities kick off immediately following the Temple Christmas Parade which begins at 6:30PM. Holiday treats and beverages will be served. Activities will include performances by Temple High School Encore and the Alfred Vrazel and Marek Family Christmas Band. Santa and Mrs. Claus will make their appearance to accept all Christmas wish lists. Other activities planned for the evening include Christmas stories and children’s activities. Jerry Hicks and Dottie the Dalmatian will also meet and greet guests. Representatives of the Texas Czech Genealogical Society will be displaying the Czech Veterans’ Wall of Honor and the Czech Pioneer Room. The Czech gift shop will also be open. For more information, call 254-773-1575. 

December 7-10
Grace Church is hosting the Christmas Wonderland Trail of Lights from Wednesday-Saturday. The Grace Church Wonderland Trail of Lights is a walking trail with designated parking areas and it will be available for everyone’s enjoyment. The excitement and lights run from 7:30-9:30PM with special events Friday night beginning at 6:30PM. On that special night will be free events such as  Horse & Buggy rides through the Trail of Lights, Christmas Cookies and Cocoa to keep you warm,  Christmas Carol Karaoke with local country musician Bob Yates,  Santa’s Workshop where children can create & decorate their own Christmas Ornaments and Christmas Cookies, Standing Christmas Yard Art Photos, and a Movie under the Stars at 7:30PM. Families should bring a blanket and chairs for the movie. These events are free.

December 8
The annual Christmas Meeting of the ALCOA Retirees of Rockdale will be Thursday at the Alcoa Lake Training Center. Volunteers are needed for decorating at 3PM. Doors open at 5PM, with a short meeting and meal to follow at 6PM. Everyone is invited to bring a dessert and canned goods for donations. 

December 8
The Rosebud Volunteer Fire Department is having their Annual Chili Supper in conjunction with the Rosebud Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture Christmas Parade on Thursday.  Serving starts at 5PM at The First Methodist Fellowship Hall located on Main Street in Rosebud. The Christmas Parade starts at 6PM.

December 10
The next meeting of the Milam County Bluegrass Association will be Saturday from 6-9PM at Cameron Public Library. Everyone is invited. 

December 10
Cameron Chamber of Commerce Annual Christmas Parade will be held Saturday. This year`s theme is Polar Express. Line-up is at 3:30PM at Orchard Street. Entries will be judged at the corner of Houston and First Street. For more information call the Cameron Chamber of Commerce at 254 697-4979. 

Postponed Events
The Rockdale Christmas Parade, Milano Christmas Parade, and Thorndale Christmas Parade have each been rescheduled for this Saturday. 

December 11
Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church will observe their Annual Men`s Day Celebration on Sunday at 2PM. Guest Speaker will be Minister Stafford Thompson of Progressive Missionary Baptist Church.

December 11
Get your tickets now for a chance to win a 2016 John Deere XUV560 Gator 4X4. The drawing will be held at Simon & George Hall on Sunday as St. Monica Catholic Church holds its Annual Fall Fundraiser. Tickets are $20 or 6 for $100. Other prizes include various Gift Cards. Winners need not be present to win and are responsible for applicable taxes. Gator purchased through Coufal-Prater Equipment in Cameron. For tickets, call 697-4735 or 482-1407, or come by the church office weekdays from 9AM-2PM.

December 11
St. Monica Catholic Church Youth Chicken Spaghetti Supper will be Sunday from 11AM-2PM at Simon George Hall. Plates of spaghetti, corn, salad, garlic bread, cookie, and tea are $9 each. Get food dine in or to go. For info or to order in advance, call 254-295-6092.


(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office and the Brown Santa Program will be taking applications this month. 

The 7th annual Brown Santa Program will accept applications from residents beginning this month. Those interested should bring a Medicaid or WIC card with the child(s) name on it, child(s) report card, a current utility bill, and a valid Texas ID. Applications can be picked up at the Milam County Sheriff`s Office. 

If you are interested in donating new, unwrapped toys, please drop them off at the Milam County Sheriff`s Office in Cameron or call 697-7033. Monetary donations can be made to an account at Classic Bank.


(CAMERON) The Milam County District Attorney`s Office is set to sponsor the Tree of Angels. 

The Tree of Angels Ceremony will take place at 6PM Tuesday at 112 W. 1st in downtown Cameron. The ceremony is observed every year in programs across Texas and enables survivors of violent crimes and victim’s families to place an angel ornament on a special tree in support of or in memory of a loved one. Members of the armed services will also be honored. The public is invited to attend and support the victims and their families and the fallen and injured soldiers. Participants are asked to bring an angel ornament tagged with the first and last name of the person to be remembered. Refreshments will be available. 

For information, call the DA`s office at 697-7013.


(CAMERON) It was a tough night in Waco last Friday as the Yoemen bowed out of the playoffs. 

In a back-and-forth slugfest between Cameron and Malakoff, 4 quarters were not enough to decide a Region 3 champion. Both teams ended regulation tied at 34. During the overtime period, Cameron went 3-and-out before Malakoff kicked a field goal to advance, 37-34. The Yoemen end the season 11-3. Coming up Friday, we will have our season recap edition of the Cameron Autoplex Coach Tommy Brashear Show. 


(TEXAS) Several area teams continue play this week in the UIL Football Playoffs.

In the regional finals this week: College Station beat Fort Bend Marshall 31-27 at Prairie View A&M; Temple squeezed past Manvel 24-23 at AT&T Stadium; China Spring beat defending champ Waco La Vega 21-10 at Waco ISD; Bremond bested Tenaha 31-7 at College Station High School; Giddings lost to West Orange-Stark 48-5 at Texan Drive Stadium in New Caney; Lexington fell to Boling 34-29 in Navasota; and Burton routed Flatonia 41-20 in Giddings.


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 1 EMS runs and 4 calls:
--4:24PM, 2-vehicle crash in front of Milam Plaza. Cameron FD responded. No injuries. Drivers: Wendell Jones of Cameron and Connor Hoffman of Cameron. 
--6:25PM, Cameron FD sent to a 1-vehicle wreck at FM485 at CR142. 
--2:40PM, Cameron FD toned for a heater fire at a home in 300 block of E. 7th. 
--9:46PM, Cameron FD responded to report of sparks coming from the wall at a home in 1500 block of N. Fannin, Apt. B

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported no EMS runs and no other activity.

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 2 new bookings:
--Jose Leon Torres-Badillo, 41 of Thorndale, PI
--Robert James Anderson Ohde, 36 of Rockdale, for Theft of Material-Aluminum/Copper/Brass Under $20k
There were 2 accidents reported in rural Milam County.
--7:46AM, vehicle hit a deer on TX36 west of Buckholts. No injuries.
--6:29PM, 1-vehicle crash on FM485 west of US77. No injuries.
There are currently 132 inmates in the county jail, including 51 housed for Coryell County, and 12 held in Lee County.

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