Today`s Local News2022-12-03
Saturday, December 3, 2022



JURY SERVICE CANCELLED

(CAMERON)   Anyone who received a green jury summons for Judge John Youngblood`s  20th District Court for Monday, December 5th, it has been cancelled.  Again, you need not report.




JOINT NARCOTICS INVESTIGATION

(CAMERON) A joint narcotics raid operation involving multiple jurisdictions Thursday resulted in an arrest and several seizures. 

According to Milam County Sheriff Mike Clore, his deputies with assistance from Rockdale Police, Belton Police, and the Criminal Investigation Division of the Texas Department of Public Safety executed a search warrant about 11AM Thursday at a home in the 1300 block of CR457 south of Thorndale. During that raid, authorities found and seized controlled substances to include 28 grams of crystal methamphetamines and several items indicating fraudulent use or possession of identifying information. Authorities also arrested Tony Naputi at the time on outstanding warrants from Coryell County. He will also be charged with felony Manufacture/Delivery of Methamphetamines and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Clore said the investigation into the fraudulent use or possession of identifying information and narcotics activity continues against additional suspects. This case is ongoing. Anyone with information should call the Milam County Sheriff`s Office. 


ROCKDALE ENACTS WATER RESTRICTIONS

(ROCKDALE) Residents in Rockdale will soon be under certain water use restrictions. 

The City of Rockdale announced Wednesday that over the next 8 weeks, they will be taking the Mill Street ground storage tank, Mill Street elevated tower, and Mill Street water treatment plant offline for badly needed maintenance and repairs. During this time, the City is authorizing Stage 4 Water Use Restrictions per the drought contingency plan. Restrictions will be in place December 7th through 23rd for groundwater storage tank and water treatment plant repairs. Restrictions will be in place January 3rd through 31st for elevated tower maintenance, repairs, and painting. During those dates, Stage 4 restrictions will be in place for all non-essential water use. These restrictions include, but are not limited to: washing of boats, vehicles, RVs, and ATVs; no watering of lawns or other outdoor plants; no bulk water use for pools and spas; and no bulk water use for construction without prior written variance from the City Manager. For more information, call the City of Rockdale or visit their website. 

CAMERON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

(CAMERON)  The Cameron City Council will have a regular meeting on Monday.  During the meeting the Council will hold a public hearing to receive comments on the Demolition of a sub-standard structure at 702 West Hefley.  The council will then consider and possibly take action on the demolition as well as consider and possibly take action on a resolution to reschedule regular meetings due to holiday conflicts and consider and possibly take action on expiring terms of the Planning and Zoning Commission.  If the Council should go into Executive Session, any action taken would have to be happen in Open Session.  Monday`s meeting begins at 5:30 in Cameron City Hall.


ROCKDALE ISD FACILITIES MEETING

(ROCKDALE)  A Facilities Committee meeting for Rockdale ISD will be held Wednesday at 6PM in the Rockdale High School Cafeteria.  Members of the Rockdale ISD Board of Trustees may attend the meeting though no action will be taken by the Board during the meeting.


MEMORIAL RUCK AND RIDE SCHEDULED

(CAMERON) The annual Milam County Memorial Ruck and Ride has been scheduled by organizers. 

Milam County Memorial Ruck and Ride Founder Bobbie Wiesman announced that the annual event will take place December 17th this year and will honor Milam County fallen heroes Master Sgt. Charles Price, III, 2nd Lt. Darryn Andrews, and Texas State Game Warden Chris Wilson. Both Price and Andrews were killed in action while serving in the US military over in Afghanistan. The Combat Veteran Motorcycle Association in the Central Texas area will meet up at 10AM in the Brookshire Brothers parking lot and will depart at 10:30AM. The ruck portion of the event will step off at 9AM from the Cameron VFW at 1106 West 22nd. The Ruck will travel out to Denio`s and come back to the VFW for a Gold Star families lunch. Backpacks or rucks are not required for this event. Everyone is invited to take part in the 8-mile event. Look for more information on the Milam County Memorial Ruck and Ride Facebook page or reach out to Bobbie Wiesman at designingbobbie@gmail.com.


AREA EVENTS

(CENTRAL TEXAS) Here are other events happening this week in Central Texas:

December 1-16
The Cameron Thrift Shop will have a ticket sign up for its annual Christmas Food Distribution through December 16th. All members of the community are eligible for this event. Food sacks with groceries, eggs and a frozen fryer will be distributed on Tuesday, December 20th. The thrift shop is in need of donations for canned milk, fruit, pumpkin, vegetables and cranberry.  Also, cornbread mix, stuffing mix, cake mix and icing. For more information call the shop at 254 697-2283 or go by 300 South Houston in Cameron.

December 3
The St. Mary Catholic Church and School 2022 Holiday Bazaar will be today from 10AM-3PM in the St. Mary Catholic School at 6608 West Adams in Temple. This is an indoor event open to the public. Door prizes will be given away. Vendors are being sought. For more information, email craftbazaar100@gmail.com

December 3
Bring CASA to Milam County will have a bake sale/arts and crafts booth at the Rockdale Christmas Parade today. The group is in need of donated baked goods and arts and crafts as well as people to volunteer to work the booths. For more information, please see the sign up in the Facebook group, Bring CASA to Milam County, or call 512-635-7080.

December 3
The Rockdale Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade will be today. The Chamber will light up the holidays with A Nighttime Christmas Parade. The event starts at 6PM at Fair Park and will end at Wolf Park. The parade fee is a toy to benefit Christmas Roundup. For info, call 512-446-2030.

December 3
The Thorndale Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade is scheduled for 10AM today. 

December 3
The Chisholm Trail Christmas Ball date is set for today at the Bell County Expo Center in Belton. This year`s event will feature entertainment by 90`s Hit makers McBride & The Ride who reunited in 2021. It will be a fantastic fun filled night for an excellent cause. Multiple sponsorship levels as well as individual tickets will be available. To make your reservations or obtain more information regarding the benefit or the Scholarship program please contact the Bell County Youth Fair Office at 254-933-5309. This evening`s events include a Live & Silent Auction featuring multiple unique and one of a kind items, Dinner & Dance with many fun opportunities to support the scholarship fund. This event serves as a predominant Fundraiser for the Bell County Youth Fair Scholarship program. The scholarship program launched in 2007 and through this program, $725,500 in scholarship monies have been awarded in the last 15 years to 173 students in Bell County who participated in the Bell County Youth Fair. The program targets those exceptional students who may not be able to attend college without financial assistance. The Bell County Youth Fair is the largest County Fair in the State of Texas. All proceeds from this fundraiser are dispersed through this scholarship program go directly into the hands of a well deserving Bell County high school senior.

December 3
The 17th annual Buddy Oney Toy Run, brought to you by the Bad to the Bone Riders of Rockdale, will take place today. The annual ride benefits needy children of Milam County with proceeds going to the Milam County CPS Board, Milam County Sheriff`s Office Brown Santa Program, Thorndale Cares, and the Rockdale Christmas Roundup. The ride kicks off at the Ranch in Rockdale with registration at 9AM and 1st bike out at 11AM. The ride fee is $20 per rider or $25 with a passenger. You can also make a donation of a $25 toy to cover your ride fee. The fee includes food. Short-sleeve shirts will be available the day of the ride for $20. Last bike in is 4:30PM at the Ranch in Rockdale. After the meal will be a 50-50 drawing, door prizes, and more. For info, call 512-540-2561 or 512-299-7446. In the past, the ride has raised over $100,000. 

December 5
The Yoe Chapter of the National Honor Society will hold its Fall Induction Ceremony at the Yoe High Performing Arts Center on Monday, December 5th at 7PM. The special guest speaker is Dr. Danny R. Kelley. All are invited to attend. 

December 5
The Milam County Historical Commission will conduct its meeting on Monday, December 5th, at 10AM at the historic Kay Theatre in Rockdale. The purpose of this Commission is to preserve, protect, and promote history within the county. The meeting will include updates on El Camino Real de los Tejas Historic Trail, the 1895 Project, hundreds of historic cemeteries, and multiple individual restoration efforts. The Commission members are volunteers appointed by the County Commissioners Court to serve. The meetings are open to the public. Current members are from all across the county including Gause, Milano, Rockdale, Cameron, Thorndale, and San Gabriel. Joan Ratliff of Rockdale is the current Chairman of the Commission. Anyone interested in promoting and preserving Texas history, particularly involving Milam County, is invited to attend the meetings.

December 6
The Rogers ISD Band Winter Concert will be 7:30PM December 6th at the Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts Center at Temple College. 

December 8
The Granger Hometown Christmas, presented by the Granger Main Street Program, will be 6-9PM December 8th along Walton Street in Granger. The night includes a tree lighting ceremony, a visit from Santa, food and craft vendors, live music, and kids activities. 

December 12
The Holland High Band Holiday Concert will be 6:30PM December 12th in the Holland Gym. 

December 12-13
The Yoe High Band Holiday Concert will be 7PM December 12th in the Yoe High PAC. The Junior High Band Holiday Concert will be 7PM December 13th. 

December 17
The Buckholts Christmas Parade will be Dec 17th at 6PM in downtown Buckholts. Santa will be at the fire station after the parade.


COVID UPDATE

(CAMERON) Milam County Health Department Director Robert Kirkpatrick said there are 14 active COVID-19 cases in the county. No one is currently hospitalized. A total of 107 residents that have died from the virus since the pandemic began. That includes 15 this year. 

Next week, vaccination clinics will be Monday from 2:30-5:30PM at the Milam County Health Department, Tuesday from 9AM-Noon at the Rockdale One Stop, and Thursday from 9AM-Noon at the Thorndale Senior Center. All clinics are open to residents at least 5 years of age and shots are free. Walk-ins are welcome. To schedule an appointment or sign up for the homebound program, please call 254-697-7000. Free virus testing for Milam County residents will be Mondays from 9AM-2PM at the former Rockdale hospital and Thursdays from 9AM-2PM at the Cameron fire station. One person was tested yesterday and was negative.


BODY FOUND IN BELTON

(BELTON) Police have identified a victim of murder after a welfare check ended with a body being found Thursday. 

Belton Police responded about 1PM Thursday to a property in the 100 block of West 13th Avenue in reference to a welfare check. There, officers discovered the body of  47-year-old Jennifer James.  Authorities said an employer called in the welfare check after she did not show up for work.  Belton PD have arrested her 19-year-old son, Jasper L. James, and charged him with murder.








MILAM BROWN SANTA

(CAMERON) Milam County Sheriff Mike Clore said the Milam County Brown Santa Program is back this year, though it will be a little different than previous years. Clore said this year will be a drive-up pickup only. Drive-through pickup will be December 14th through the 21st. Anyone interested in donating new, unwrapped toys can do that at the Sheriff`s Office. Monetary donations can be made to an account at Classic Bank or mail them to Brown Santa, care of Wynema Adams, 512 North Jefferson, Suite A, Cameron. If you have questions, please call the Milam County Sheriff`s Office. 


MILAM CO TREE OF ANGELS

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

The 24th annual ceremony will take place Tuesday at 6:30PM in the Milam County Museum at 112 West First in 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 and law enforcement will also be honored. The public is invited to attend and support the victims and their families and the fallen and injured soldiers and law enforcement. 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. Donations can also be made to the Tree of Angels at Buckholts State Bank in Buckholts, Cameron, or Rogers. For information, call the DA`s office at 697-7013.




YOE HIGH BASKETBALL

(CAMERON) The Yoe boys basketball team picked up their 1st win of the year, 82-21, over Coolidge in the West Tourney on Thursday. The Yoemen followed that up with a 62-45 win over Grandview and a win over Troy. The Ladies lost their opener to Waco Connally but bounced back to defeat Coolidge 46-36. Play continues today.


FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS

(CAMERON) A handful of Central Texas teams remain alive in the UIL football playoffs.

Regional Finals:
Franklin slipped past Columbus 24-21
Mart pounded Lovelady 56-6
Granger fell to Burton 27-7 
Crawford beat Tolar  14-7




POLICE REPORT

(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 4  EMS calls and no other activity
 

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 2 EMS calls and one other call.
--5:47AM   A 2-vehicle accident at the Hwy77/79 overpass.  Drivers were Mason Crump, 25, of Rockdale and Michial Simmons, 64, of Cameron.  No injuries were reported.

(CAMERON) Milam County Sheriff`s Office has 14 new bookings:
--James Williams, 62 of Cameron, for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle/ District Committment
--Tony Ray Naputi, 63 of Thorndale, for Out of County Motion to Revoke
--Tiara Lynee Mulac, 26, of Rockdale for False Report to Police/County Commitment
--Ijanay Johnson, 20, for Possession of a Controlled Substance 1 to 4 grams
--Jordan Carey, 33 of Pearland, for DWI/Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon
--Victor Hugo Diaz III, 21 , of El Paso for Theft of Material- Alum/Copper/Brass <$20k
--8 in from Coryell County

There were no accidents reported in rural Milam County.

There are currently 148 inmates in the county jail, including 8 housed for Coryell county.



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