Today`s Local News2014-08-30
Saturday, August 30, 2014      


(CAMERON) Legendary Texas Polka DJ and Bandleader Alfred Vrazel has been elected to the International Polka Association Polka Music Hall of Fame. This is a great honor for Alfred, who is being recognized for his long-standing service as a Polka DJ. Alfred has hosted his Sunday Polka Show every Sunday since 1955, heard right here on KMIL 105.1 the Ranch, from 12:15PM until 2:30PM. The show is also streamed online at His show is believed to be the longest running weekly Polka Show in America. 

Alfred will be the first Texan elected to the Polka Music Hall of Fame by the International Polka Association, headquartered in Chicago, IL. Alfred will be the guest of honor in Independence, OH where he will receive the Pioneer Award, given to those who have made outstanding contributions over the years for the advancement and promotion of polka music. The award presentation will be held at the International Polka Association Polka Music Hall of Fame Music Awards Banquet as part of the 46th Annual Festival and Convention today at the Embassy Suites in Independence, OH. 


(DAVILLA) A large fire in Davilla destroyed a home on Friday afternoon. 

Fire Departments from Bartlett, Buckholts, Rogers, and Holland all responded to the house fire about 3:30PM. Officials said while crews were fighting the structure fire, a nearby pasture also caught fire. The house, a trailer, and a vehicle were all destroyed. No other details were available. 


(CAMERON) Milam County Commissioners will meet next week to host a tax rate hearing. 

The Court will host the public hearing Wednesday at 9AM to hear citizen comments in regard to a tax increase and the 2015 Milam County budget. Again, that hearing is 9AM Wednesday, in the Milam County Courthouse. 


(BURLESON CO) One person is dead after a fatal motorcycle accident in Burleson County overnight.

Burleson County Sheriff`s Office responded about 9PM Friday to the intersection of Park Road 4 near Big Creek Marina outside Lyons. The driver of the bike was found unresponsive at the crash site and was pronounced dead at the scene. The name of the victim has not been released. 

Investigators believe the 66-year-old man lost control of his bike, causing the crash. 


(HEARNE) A longtime area council woman did not show up to a hearing on her future Friday. 

A hearing Friday night to discuss a recall petition against Councilwoman Maxine Vaughn had to be canceled when she did not show up, citing a doctor`s appointment. Over 300 residents, led by the Hearne Oversight Committee have signed a petition to have Vaughn recalled. Residents say she does not listen to their concerns. It is believed that Vaughn had originally requested Friday`s meeting in order to defend herself before the public. Hearne Mayor Ruben Gomez refused to let citizens speak at the meeting, creating tension between the Council and the several hundred residents in attendance. The Council will meet Tuesday and vote on whether to put Vaughn on the November ballot for a recall election.


(ROGERS) A man hunt for multiple burglary suspects led to the lockdown of an area school. 

Bell County Sheriff`s deputies were called to a burglary report on Possum Creek Rd. just outside Rogers. Deputies arrived to find multiple suspects inside the home, though only 1 person was captured and arrested. The other suspects were able to elude officers and headed to Rogers, where investigators say they hitched a ride to Temple. During the search for the suspects, Rogers ISD was placed on lockdown. Authorities continue to investigate at this time. 


(TEMPLE) A Bell County Constable and his neighbors caught a car burglar early Friday. 

Constable Thomas Prado was alerted by his neighbors that a man was trying to break into his vehicle. The neighbor gave Prado a description of the man, 32-year-old David Welch of Lampasas, who Prado later found hiding in the bushes of a nearby retirement home. Officials said a handgun was also located at the scene. Welch is charged with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon. 


(TEMPLE) Funding for a Central Texas airport has been approved by the state. 

Texas Transportation Commission has approved $200,000 for improvements to Draughton-Miller Central Texas Regional Airport. A project consultant is expected to be chosen later this fall. 


(CAMERON) Milam Community Theater is set to host auditions for their latest production.

Auditions for Virgil`s Wedding, will be September 10th and 11th from 7-9PM. Auditions will include reading from the script. The production requires 8 men, 12 women, and plenty of extras.

Virgil`s Wedding hits the stage November 1st and 2nd, with encore performances the following weekend. 


(ROCKDALE) The 1st annual "Rise Up" music festival will be held today and Sunday at Fair Park in Rockdale.  The event will be headlined by Christian music group Mike`s Chair and Citizens Way.  The festival will also feature many local artists and is free to the public. Today runs from 10AM-9PM and Sunday from 1-9PM. Vendors are encouraged to sign-up for the festival. Get your applications from the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce or here at KMIL. 


(ROCKDALE) The Lady Yoe Varsity Volleyball team is competing in the Rockdale Tournament and on Thursday won their pool to qualify for the championship bracket today.  

The Lady Yoe never lost a set as they defeated all their opponents in two straight sets.  They defeated Thorndale 25-20, 25-7; Georgetown Gateway 25-18, 25-20; Lampasas 25-18, 25-19; and Rogers 25-21, 25-13.  


(CAMERON) The Yoe Booster Club has reserved two buses for the September 26th football game in Refugio. Seats are $40.  Sign up at the Yoe High Kiosk by Noon on September 15th.

The Yoe Booster Club also invites the public to visit the new Yoe Field on September 3rd from 6-7PM. This is a chance for the public to come out and actually get on the turf at Yoe Field.  No pets, food, or drinks on the field. 


(CAMERON) The Cameron Yoemen opened the 2014 season on the road, falling in a shootout. 

The Connally Cadets gashed the Yoe defense with 3 runners each nabbing 100 yards to lead Connally to a 63-49 win. Cameron fell despite a standout performance from QB Reid Nickerson, who kept the Yoe hopes alive with over 300 yards passing and 4 TDs. 


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 2 EMS run and 1 fire call:
--3:25PM, house on fire in Davilla; pasture also caught fire. House, trailer, vehicle destroyed. Bartlett, Buckholts, Rogers, and Holland all responded. 

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 3 EMS calls and 3 fire calls/accidents:
--3:45PM, 1-vehicle rollover on US77 north of town. 
--4:03PM, wreck in Milano involving a school bus at US79/TX36 intersection. No injuries.
--6:25PM, Rockdale Fire Dept called to a tree fire on CR234. 
(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 7 booked in:
--Samantha Lynn Allen, 21 of Rockdale for Abandoning/Endangering a Child
--Richard Baird Barlow, 66 of Cameron for Accident Involving Damage Under $200
--David Frank Anderson, 26 of McGregor for Probation Violations
--Robert William Jett, Jr., 40 of Round Rock for DWLI w/ Previous Convictions
--3 in from Coryell Co

There were 2 accidents in rural Milam County:
--3:48PM, 2-vehicle wreck on US77 south of Rockdale. Injuries unknown. 
--4:02PM, accident on US79/TX36 intersection. 

There are 122 prisoners in the Milam County Jail this morning, including 17 housed for Coryell County and 1 held for Cameron PD.

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