Friday, May 6, 2016
FATALITY WRECK IN ROGERS
(ROGERS) A teenager is dead and 5 others were hurt in a rollover accident Thursday near Rogers.
Department of Public Safety Troopers were called to the single-vehicle wreck just before 5PM Thursday on Shaw Road near Five Wells Road outside Rogers. Officials said 18-year-old Linda Cheyenne Little of Temple was pronounced dead at the scene. A total of 5 other people were seriously hurt and had to be rushed to the hospital for what is being described as major injuries. According to troopers, an SUV driven by 40-year-old Jewell Chrisner of Temple was going an unsafe speed when she lost control and struck a ditch, rolling the SUV several times. Investigators said all 6 people in the vehicle were ejected as no one was wearing a seatbelt. Troopers said the other people involved were aged 12 to 17. Their names have not been released. Rogers Police, Rogers Fire Department, Bell County Constables, and Little River-Academy Fire Department all assisted in working the accident.
WATER DEVELOPMENT BOARD APPROVES CAMERON LOANS
(AUSTIN) Financial assistance for a massive water and wastewater project in Cameron has been approved.
The Texas Water Development Board on Thursday approved nearly $24.7 million in financial assistance for the City of Cameron`s water and wastewater system improvements. Through these funds, Cameron will be able to finance the planning, design, and construction for necessary improvements to the water treatment plant, water line replacements, valve installations, a new wastewater treatment plant, and more. Agency officials said the assistance includes $9.3 million in loans and $2.6 million in loan forgiveness from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and a $12 million loan and $691,000 in loan forgiveness from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. Officials said the City could also save about $4 million over the life of the loans by using the clean water and drinking water state funds.
HEARNE ISD FINANCIAL AUDIT RESULTS REVEALED
(HEARNE) A financial audit of Hearne ISD revealed major issues within the district.
During a presentation to citizens on Thursday, Hearne ISD and dozens of Hearne citizens learned of several financial issues in the district. The independent forensic audit, approved by the School Board in March, turned up several issues that have occurred over the past 3 years. Superintendent Raul Nuques said the district was found to have untimely bank reconciliations and faulty business practices. Auditors found no bank reconciliations had been done over the past 3 years and that the district`s financial business was conducted and managed by hand rather than through an online accounting system approved by the Texas Education Agency. The audit also found that many manually prepared checks were not correctly recorded, employees exceeded per diem travel pay and unearned pay, deposits and receipts of cash were not recorded properly, and the lack of internal district controls. The School Board will take action on the results at a special meeting in the future in hopes of fixing the issues found in the audit.
SHOTS FIRED IN TEMPLE ROBBERY ATTEMPT
(TEMPLE) Temple Police are investigating after shots were fired during an early morning robbery attempt.
Police were called just after midnight Thursday to a home in the 800 block of Concord Dr. in reference to shots fired. Officers arrived and located a victim who told them he was sitting in his garage when 3 men approached him and demanded his property. The suspects struck the victim several times during the attempted holdup. The victim`s mother heard a scuffle and went to check on her son. After finding him confronted by 3 individuals, she grabbed the victim and the 2 took off running, at which time the suspects opened fire. No one was hurt and once shots were fired, the 3 suspects fled the scene. Anyone with information should call Temple PD.
TEMPLE WATER MAIN BREAK
(TEMPLE) Some residents in Temple were without water early Thursday after a main line break.
Temple city officials said a water main break on North 15th left some customers in the area without water early Thursday morning. Officials said crews spent much of the morning working to repair the line. It was unclear what caused the line break. That line has since been repaired.
POWERBALL JACKPOT SOARS PAST $400M
(US) The Powerball jackpot has risen past the $400 million mark after there were no winners this week.
Lottery officials said the jackpot is now at least $415 million for Saturday`s drawing. A total of 17 straight drawings have produced no winners. This latest jackpot would be among the 10 biggest in US lottery history. The odds of winning are 1 in 292 million.
FDA ANNOUNCES E-CIGARETTE RULES
(WASHINGTON) The federal government on Thursday announced sweeping legislation for the largely unregulated electronic cigarette industry.
The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced the new rules that will mandate protections for consumers in the multi-billion dollar e-cigarette industry. E-cigarettes, devices that turn liquid nicotine into an inhalable vapor, lack the chemicals and tars of burning tobacco, but have not been extensively studied. With the new rules, regulators will check the design, contents, and flavors of the devices. Companies will have 2 years to submit their information for federal review, so changes may not come right away for users. The rules also extend long-standing age restrictions on traditional cigarettes to e-cigarettes, hookah, pipe tobacco, and nicotine gels. According to government officials, over 15% of high schoolers report regular use of e-cigs, and the government is hoping to crack down on use by minors.
CITY OF CAMERON VOTING RESUMES
(CAMERON) Voting will resume this week in Cameron over Liquor-by-the-Drink sales.
Voting resumes Saturday from 7AM-7PM at Yoe High School.
(MILAM CO) Here are some events coming to Central Texas.
The Cameron American Legion Auxiliary Garage Sale will be today and Saturday at the American Legion Hut at Wilson Ledbetter Park. Today hours will be 8AM-5PM and Saturday hours will be 8AM-2PM. For info or donations, call 605-4001.
It is Children’s Mental Health Awareness week. Throughout the week there will be ongoing events nationwide to increase efforts to educate the nation about the importance of prevention and early identification of mental health challenges in children. Central Counties Services Child & Adolescent Services are proud to host a Children’s Mental Health Awareness 5K Fun Run/Walk at Pepper Creek Trail in Temple on Saturday from 9AM-noon. There will be booths set up with providers from within the community whom serve children with mental health issues. There will also be fun activities for kids. The fun run/walk and all activities are free for anyone that attends.
You`re invited to join Cameron ISD’s annual community Walk for Yoe Life on Saturday from 9-11AM at the Cameron ISD Track. Walk 2 miles to earn a chance to win prizes. There will be a Fun Run to win prizes for CES & CJH students. Face painting and an inflatable will be offered to the kids. The Milam County Health Department, Standards Home Health & WIC will offer blood pressure readings and more. Come walk with representatives from YHS National Honor Society, Cameron Yoemen football team, YHS Cheerleaders, Cameron Police Department, Milam County Sheriff’s Department and Cameron Volunteer Fire Department.
The Yoe High Class of 2018 will host a Mother`s Day Fundraiser on Sunday from 11AM-2PM at the Yoe High Home Ec Building. Plates of pork loin, sausage, beans, and potato salad will be $10. Plates are pre-sale and drive-through only. There will also be a bake sale on site.
YOE DAY NEXT WEEK
(CAMERON) There is no school in Cameron on May 12th, as the school district recognizes Yoe Day. Ceremonies will be held at 8:30 that morning, with the laying of the flowers in the cemetery. School and class representatives will participate, and everyone is invited.
(CAMERON) Yoe High School and Cameron Junior High will be doing Athletic Physicals for all student athletes today.
Cameron ISD requires all student athletes to get new physicals each year to participate in all sports related activities. The cost for each physical will be $20, and checks can be made out to Dr. Jamee Garner.
(TEXAS) The UIL softball playoffs are underway, with several area teams involved.
In Class 6A area round action, Belton will play Mesquite at 2PM Saturday in Glen Rose. In 4A, Caldwell now meets Bridge City in a best-of-3. The series begins today at 6:30PM in Livingston. Game 2 resumes Saturday. Salado moves on to face Sweeny in a 3-game-set. Game 1 is 7:30PM today in Weimar. Game 2 is Saturday. Top-ranked LaGrange draws Splendora in a 3-game-series. Game 1 is 7PM today in College Station. That series resumes Saturday in Bryan. In 3A, Franklin advances to take on White Oak. Game 1 is 7PM today in Malakoff. The series resumes Saturday. Academy gets Sabine in a 3-game-series. Game 1 is 7PM today in Corsicana, with Game 2 on Saturday. Rogers meets Malakoff in a best-of-3, with Game 1 at 7PM today in Hillsboro. The series resumes Saturday. Milano will draw Normangee in a best-of-3. Game 1 is 7PM today in Navasota. Game 2 will be Saturday. And Snook matches up with Thrall at 7PM today in Rockdale.
(CAMERON) The Cameron Yoe baseball team will open their playoff run this week with a home-and-home series.
As the 2 seed, Cameron will play Clifton. The series opens today at 7PM in Clifton, with games 2 and 3 on Saturday in Cameron. KMIL will have the call. Ticket prices for all games held at the Yards of Cameron will be $3 for Adults and $2 for Students.
AREA BASEBALL PLAYOFFS
(CENTRAL TX) The UIL Baseball playoffs kick off this week, with several area teams involved.
In 6A Bi-District action, Belton tackles Garland Lakeview Centennial. Game 1 is 7PM today in Centennial. The series continues Saturday in Belton. In 5A, Temple gets Rudder in a best-of-3 series that kicks off at 7:30PM today in Temple. The series resumes Saturday in Rudder. Hutto will draw Bryan in a best-of-3 that starts at 5PM today in Hutto in a double header. In 4A action, Caldwell will meet Houston Washington at Noon Saturday in Caldwell. And in 3A, it will be Franklin vs West in a best-of-3. Game 1 is 7PM today in Mumford, with the series to continue on Saturday. Rogers draws Bruceville-Eddy in a 3-game-set that begins at 6:30PM today at the Franklin Ranch. Game 2 would be Saturday. McGregor and Troy square off at UMHB, with Game 1 at 5PM today as part of a double header. In 2A action, Snook takes on Hull-Daisetta at 6PM today. Rosebud-Lott will meet Weimar at 7:30PM today in Smithville. And Burton matches up with Big Sandy in a series that begins at 7PM today in New Waverly and resumes on Saturday.
(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 2 EMS runs and a 2-vehicle wreck at 10:40AM at 6th and Lee. Drivers: David Mudd of Milano and Odilon Banda of Cameron.
(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 2 EMS runs and 4 arrests:
--60-year-old Rockdale man for Theft Under $2500 w/ Priors
--53-year-old Rockdale man for DWI-3rd or More
--31-year-old Round Rock man for DWLI
--22-year-old Taylor man for Possession of Marijuana and DWLI
There was also a minor wreck in the Walmart parking lot at 10:04AM. Drivers: Christy Sain of Rockdale and Dennis Norris of Temple.
(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 3 new bookings:
--James Darwin Johnson, 60 of Rockdale, for Theft of Property Under $2500 w/ Priors
--2 in from Coryell Co
There were no accidents reported in rural Milam County.
There are currently 123 inmates in the county jail, including 46 housed for Coryell County and 1 held for Cameron PD.