Today`s Local News2014-10-31
Friday, October 31, 2014      


(TEMPLE) A suspicious package in Temple left several streets closed Thursday. 

Temple Police said the package was reported about 7:30PM in the area of S. 1st and Ave. H. Police said the package was located near a propane tank. Authorities closed down the area for about an hour until crews could determine the package was not a threat. 


(MILAM CO) San Antonio City Council approved a deal Thursday to have area water pumped to their city. 

The deal between San Antonio and Blue Water Systems would mean over 16 billion gallons of water from the Simsboro Aquifer would be sent annually to the city. A 140-mile pipeline would be built from Burleson County to San Antonio. The Simsboro provides water to over a dozen Central Texas Counties, including Burleson, Milam, and Brazos. 

Because property owners can lease water rights under their land, Blue Water Systems has been buying up many of those leases, over 3,000 of them in fact. Meanwhile, Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District said they will continue to monitor the aquifer in order to check water levels and quality. The District would have the right to limit any water San Antonio would get in case of drought or other such conditions. 


(CAMERON) Services have been set for a longtime local paramedic, deputy sheriff, and minister. 

Funeral services for James Terry "Jim" Wheeless, Jr., 58 of Cameron, will be 10AM Saturday at Marek Burns Laywell Funeral Home in Cameron, with burial to follow in Minerva Cemetery. Visitation will be today from 5-7PM at the funeral home. 

Mr. Wheeless died Monday in a Temple hospital. He was born in Port Sullivan Community and was an ordained minister. He served in the National Guard and was a Lt. Deputy Sheriff in Milam County. He also worked in Milam County as a surgical nurse and paramedic.

He is survived by his wife, children, and parents. 


(CAMERON) Cameron City officials said this week that the city of Cameron is engaging in a process, which, temporarily, may affect the taste or color of it`s drinking water.  Cameron currently treats it`s drinking water with a solution of combined chlorine.

For a 30-day period that starts Monday, Cameron will be using a solution of chlorine only to treat water.  This may affect the taste and color.  

Officials said the City is performing the treatment with the permission of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.


(CAMERON) The trial of a Rockdale foster mom accused of killing a child under her care continues today.

After multiple delays, jury selection and testimony began this week in the trial of Sherill Small, who is charged with murder in the 2013 death of 2-year-old Alexandria Hill. Milam County District Attorney Bill Torrey has said he will not seek the death penalty in the case. If convicted, Small could serve a life sentence. 

The prosecution wrapped up their case during proceedings on Thursday. The defense is expected to present their side beginning today. Closing arguments are scheduled for next week. 


(CAMERON) Milam Community Theater is set to debut their latest production at the Williams Event Center in Cameron.

Virgil`s Wedding hits the stage Saturday and Sunday, with encore performances the following weekend. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students. Curtain rises at 7:30PM for Saturday showings and 2PM for Sunday showings. 


(TEXAS) Early voting for the November election continues in the Lone Star State.  Early voting ends today.  People are reminded to bring in photo IDs so they can get a ballot.  Locally, voters can head to the Milam County Clerk`s Office, Rockdale Juvenile Justice Center, Buckholts Community Center, and Thorndale Rec Center.

Voters locally will choose between Republican Richard "Opey" Watkins and Democrat Doug Kunkel for Pct. 1 Commissioner; Republican Sam Berry and Democrat Don Schuerman for Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace; and Republican Wanda Hobbs and Democrat Gary Northcott for Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace. There were no other contested races locally. 


(CAMERON) The Cameron Area Ministers Association will have a Clean Up Cameron Day this Saturday. 

Area Church people will be gathering at the Cameron Park Pavilion at 8:45AM for assignment and then pick up selected areas of the City for clean up. Anyone that would like to help is encouraged to meet Saturday morning at the Park.  


(CAMERON) The Cameron Yoe football team continues their district schedule this week. 

Cameron will head to Florence to meet the Buffaloes today. Cameron remains in a 4-way tie for 1st place in district. KMIL will air today`s game. Get the latest on the game at 9:05 this morning on the Coach Rick Rhoades Show. After the evening report, catch the Coufal Prater Countdown to Kickoff, and after the game, stay tuned for Friday Night Finals. 


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

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 2 EMS runs and 1 arrest: for DWLI
There was 1 accident and 1 fire call:
--5:12PM, 2-vehicle wreck in front of post office. Drivers: Donald Cooper of Rockdale and Jane Katz of Rockdale. 
--8:10PM, Milano Fire Dept called for traffic control due to 18-wheeler blocking intersection in Milano
(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported none booked in:

There were 2 accidents reported in rural Milam County:
--7:01PM, vehicle struck a deer on US77 north of Rockdale. No injuries.
--8:46PM, vehicle struck a deer on US79 west of the Brazos River. No injuries.

There are 109 prisoners in the Milam County Jail this morning, including 12 housed for Coryell County, 10 housed for Lampasas County, and 1 for Cameron PD.

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