Today`s Local News2017-12-12
Tuesday, December 12, 2017


(ROCKDALE) One person was hurt in an auto-pedestrian accident in Rockdale on Monday afternoon. 

Rockdale Police responded about 4:30PM Monday to the intersection of Murray and Bushdale after a 2017 Ford pickup truck struck a 58-year-old woman walking in the crosswalk. The victim, who has not been identified, was rushed to the hospital with undisclosed injuries. Police identified the driver as 65-year-old Wesley Surginer of Rockdale. 


(TEMPLE) A man found dead in his home early Sunday in Temple has been identified. 

Temple Police say 49-year-old Archie Geiger was found dead on the floor of his home early Sunday morning. Officers had been called about 2:20AM that day to a home in the 1300 block of N. 2nd after a man called and told them he had gone to visit his friend and found him dead. Preliminary autopsy reports on Geiger show he died of gunshot wounds. Police are now working the investigation as a homicide case. 


(CALVERT) A recreational vehicle in Calvert burned up on Monday. 

Calvert Fire Department responded about 8:30PM Monday to an RV on fire in the 1400 block of Beech Street on the east side. Officials said an RV located in the backyard of a home was ablaze on arrival. The RV was being rented by 1 person, who was not home at the time. There were no injuries reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Fire crews from Bremond and Hearne also responded for mutual aid. 


(TEXAS) Several area school districts are looking good after recent report cards from the Texas Education Agency. 

The TEA recently released the 2016-17 school report cards, which show test result data gathered in 4 categories: student achievement, student progress, closing performance gaps, and postsecondary readiness. Schools can earn 1 of 3 designations: Met Standard, Improvement Required, or Not Rated. Schools can also receive distinguished designations for exceptionally high performance. 

All Cameron ISD campuses met standards according to the report. Rockdale ISD also had all campuses meet standard. However, several of their schools also earned distinction. Rockdale High earned distinguished in Reading/English Language Arts and Science. The Intermediate School was distinguished in Math. Buckholts ISD saw an Improvement Required status. Gause ISD met standard and was distinguished in Social Studies, Postsecondary Readiness, Science, and Closing Performance Gaps. Milano ISD met the standards, with each of their campuses earning distinction. The Elementary was stood out in ELA/Reading, Science, Postsecondary Readiness, Math, and Closing Performance Gaps. The Jr. High was distinguished in ELA/Reading and the High School was honored for Postsecondary Readiness. Thorndale ISD also met standard and the high school excelled in ELA/Reading, Math, and Science. You can get a complete rundown of other area schools on the TEA website at 


(BELTON) A new speed limit is coming to portions of 2 roads in rural Bell County soon. 

Bell County Commissioners on Monday unanimously approved a 50MPH speed zone on portions of South Pea Ridge Road and Old Waco Road in unincorporated areas. There had not been a posted speed limit on those roads prior. State law says that when there is no posted limit on county roads, the speed limit is understood to be 60MPH. Both roads, which extend into Temple, have city speed limits set at 45MPH. 


(BUCKHOLTS) Buckholts Town Council will meet Thursday in regular session. 

During their meeting, the Council will consider new water rates and swear in the new city secretary and court clerk. In other business, the Town will discuss and review previous meeting minutes, 2018 holiday schedules, and a contract renewal with Reliant Energy. Staff reports are also scheduled. Thursday`s meeting begins at 5:30PM in Buckholts Town Hall. 


(TEMPLE) A local high school choir will offer a free performance this week. 

Temple High School choir`s Holiday Gift concert will be at 7PM today at the high school. The concert will feature a variety of songs for the season. This year, the group is partnering with Foster Love, and while the concert is free, they will be taking donations to benefit that organization which supports children in foster care. 


(CENTRAL TX) Here`s a look at some events coming to Central Texas this week:

December 13
On Wednesday evening at 7PM, All Saints Episcopal Church will host their annual Longest Night Service.  This special Christmas service recognizes that for some individuals, the holiday season may not be a time of happiness and joy, due to loss of loved ones, or other personal challenges.  The church is located at 200 North Travis in Cameron.

December 14
The next meeting of the ALCOA Retirees in Rockdale will be Thursday at the Alcoa Lake Training Center. Set up starts at 3PM and volunteers are needed. Doors open at 5PM and the meal is at 6PM. This meeting is the annual Christmas Meeting. There is no gift exchange, but you are encouraged to bring canned good donations. 


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

The 8th 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. Pick up and delivery will be December 21st. 

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.


(MILANO) The annual central Texas cow/calf clinic will be held January 5th at the Milam County Youth Expo Building in Cameron. This program is provided by Texas A&M Argrilife Extension in Milam, Robertson, Bell, Burleson, Williamson and Falls Counties. Registration is from 7:30-8:30AM with the Presentations starting at 8:30AM and concluding at 3PM. Three CEUs will be given for Pesticide applicators license holders. The cost of the Program is $20 payable at the door. You are asked to RSVP to the Milam County Extension Office for a meal county by January 3rd.

The educational program will help producers solve issues facing cattle producers, including the market outlook, forage production and protection, parasite control and technologies, weather forecasting, and Vet demonstrations.


(CAMERON) Several area teams remain alive in the Texas High School Football playoffs.

In the state Semifinals this week, Midway will take on Longview at 6PM Saturday in Allen, College Station draws Austin McCallum at 7PM Saturday at Houston`s NRG Stadium, LaVega meets Carthage at 7:30PM Friday at the Star in Frisco, Rockdale tackles Yoakum at 7PM Friday at the Berry Center in Cypress, and Mart gets Stratford at 7PM Thursday in Snyder. 


(TEXAS) The Texas High School basketball rankings are out this week with some local flavor. 

The Texas Association of Basketball Coaches poll shows a handful of area teams making the rankings. Jarrell comes in as the top team in Class 3A. In 2A, Thorndale is #2, Snook is #15, and Mumford is #24. And down in 1A, Calvert placed 14th. The top teams in each class are Denton Guyer in 6A, Waxahachie in 5A, Silsbee in 4A, Tenaha in 2A, and Lipan in 1A. 


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 3 EMS calls and 1 arrest: Joe Lewis Rangel for Milam County warrants

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 2 EMS call and 2 fire calls:
--4:29PM, auto-pedestrian accident at Murray and Bushdale. 58-year-old female in crosswalk struck, taken to hospital. driver: Wesley Surginer, 65 of Rockdale, in 2017 Ford truck. 
--4:47PM, Rockdale FD sent to pasture fire at 2676 CR340
There was also 1 arrest:
--24-year-old Georgetown man for Manufacture/Deliver Controlled Substance 4-200 Grams and Unlawful Carrying a Weapon

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 4 new bookings:
--Joe Lewis Rangel, 36 of Cameron, for Bond Surrender and Bail Jumping/Failure to Appear
--Michael Louis Krumnow, 56 of Temple, for Non Payment of Child Support
--Carlos Alberto Euceda, 43 of Temple, for Bond Forfeiture
--Becky Salazar, 44 of Hearne, for DWLI w/ Prior Conviction and Failure to ID-Giving False Info

There was 1 accident reported in rural Milam County:
--6:41PM, vehicle hit a deer on US79 east of Milano. No injuries.

There are currently 130 inmates in the county jail, including 52 housed for Coryell County.