Today`s Local News2015-10-09
Friday, October 8, 2015      


(MILAM CO) A Central Texas congressman is weighing running for the vacant Speaker of the House seat. 

Representative Bill Flores, whose 17th District includes Milam County, has been asked by fellow lawmakers to consider running for the top post in the House. Outgoing Speaker John Boehner unexpectedly stepped down last month. In the wake of Boehner`s announcement, a pair of top lawmakers have already declined to run, including House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Dallas Rep. Jeb Hensarling. Also considering running is Texas Rep. Mike Conaway of Midland. 


(AUSTIN) Texas has issued several grants to a handful of area towns this week. 

Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller said this week that his department is awarding over $43 million to go toward critically needed infrastructure improvements. Rosebud and Lott are each slated to get $300,000 while Rockdale and Rogers are set to get $275,000 each. The funds are expected to be used for water system projects. 


(BUCKHOLTS) Residents in Buckholts will have to boil their water for now. 

Due to leak repairs and low water pressure, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is requiring the water system for the town of Buckholts to notify customers of the need to boil their water prior to consumption. To ensure destruction of harmful bacteria and other microbes, water should be brought to a boil and boiled 2 minutes. City officials will notify you when it is no longer necessary to boil your water. For info, call 254-593-3111 


(LOTT) Residents in Lott will have to boil their water for now. 

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required the water system for the City of Lott to notify customers that they need to boil their water prior to consumption due to a line break. To ensure destruction of harmful bacteria and other microbes, water should be brought to a boil and boiled 2 minutes. City officials will notify you when it is no longer necessary to boil your water. 


(TAYLOR) A bat found at a Taylor ISD campus this week has been found to have rabies. 

Taylor school officials said the bat was found at the Taylor Opportunity Center on Dellinger St. At this time, officials do not believe the bat came into contact with anyone, though the situation is still being looked into. Parents were alerted to the situation via robo-calls. 


(CAMERON) A former Cameron 4H and Milam County Extension agent will be inducted into the National 4H Hall of Fame. 

The 4H Development Program said this week that Christine Holcombe will be posthumously inducted into the National 4H Hall of Fame today in Maryland. Her son, William Holcombe will accept the honor on behalf of the family. Holcombe is 1 of 16 people to be recognized for her career achievements and contributions to the 4H program. Honorees will get a Hall of Fame medallion, plaque, and memory book. 

Holcombe spent 35 years as Milam County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences through the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service. Through her leadership, Milam County 4H`ers received more than $4 million in scholarships. Since her death, a pair of scholarship programs have also been created to carry on that legacy. 


(CENTRAL TX) Here`s a look at upcoming area events:

October 8-10
The Milano Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will have their annual fall garage sale today-Saturday at the Milano Fire Department/Shelter on Ave. C in Milano. Hours are today from 8AM-5PM, and Saturday from 8AM-2PM. For info, call 512-455-7915 or 979-224-0227. 

October 10
The multi-media exhibition Texas Czechs: Rooted in Tradition is now on display at the Czech Heritage Museum and Genealogy Center. In honor of Czech Heritage Month in Texas, the exhibition’s opening event will be Big Czechs, Little Czechs on Saturday from 1-4PM. The event promises to be a day of family activities focused on food, language, music, and dance. This event is free and open to the public. Texas Czechs: Rooted in Tradition will be at the Czech Heritage Museum in Temple through January 9.

October 10
Little River Basin Master Gardner Association will sponsor a Fall Rose Sale on Saturday from 9AM-1PM at Rockdale Chamber of Commerce. Fall is a great time to plant roses for spring color. Earthkind and antique roses from the Antique Rose Emporium will be available.  At 10AM, Henry Flowers from the Antique Rose Emporium will speak on planting and caring for roses.

October 10
On Saturday, the St.Monica`s Catholic Church youth group will have a car wash from 8:30AM-1PM at the Pizza Hut parking lot.

October 10
The annual meeting of the Rice Cemetery Association and Rice Cemetery Foundation will be Saturday at 11AM at the Cemetery. Bring a covered dish for lunch and chairs for seating. For info, call 697-1095

October 10
The Harmony Quartet (, a gospel quartet from Plano will be giving a concert on Saturday at 6PM at First Baptist Church, 111 West Main St. in Rosebud. A love offering will be taken. 

October 11
Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate it`s 107th Anniversary & Homecoming Service on Sunday at 3PM. Pastor Earnest Taylor, Sr. will bring the message. Everyone is invited.

October 11
The 109th annual Westphalia Picnic and Homecoming at the Church of the Visitation will be Sunday from 11AM-6PM. Plates of homemade sausage and fried chicken will be available for $9 per plate. Fritz Hodde and the Fabulous 6 will perform from 11:30AM-2:30PM. A live auction will follow the band. There will also be bingo, a teddy bear stand, ring toss, a fish pond, and more. 


(CAMERON) The Yoe Marching Band has a major performance coming soon. 

The Band will march at UMHB at 2:30PM Tuesday in the Region 8 Marching Contest. 


(CAMERON) Cameron 9th and 10th graders will have a chance to take the pre-SAT test this month. 

According to Principal Driska, 10th graders will be able to take the test on Wednesday from 8:30-11:30AM. Students wishing to participate must sign up by Monday. The cost to take the test is $15. Driska said 9th graders will also have a chance to take the pre-SAT this month. That test will be held October 28th from 8:30-11:30AM. Sign up will be October 26th. Cost of the 9th grade test is $10. Students can sign up for either test in the Counselor`s office.


(CAMERON) National Night Out 2015 is coming to Cameron this month.

The Cameron Police Department, in conjunction with the Milam County Sheriff’s Department, will be hosting National Night Out for Cameron on October 20th from 5-8PM at the Milam County Sheriff`s Department on N. Jefferson.  Participants so far will be the Texas Parks and Wildlife display trailer, Cameron Police and Fire departments, Texas Department of Public Safety, EMS, McGruff the Crime Dog, and other agencies.  Standard’s Home Health Care will be providing hotdogs and drinks. Any companies, businesses, or civic/health organizations wishing to take part in this year’s event should contact Chief Randy Dixon at 254 697-6574 or Daniel Willie of Standard’s Home Health Care.   


(CAMERON) The Lady Yoe Volleyball team will be hosting the 6th Annual Dig Pink Fundraiser. All proceeds from the event are donated to Breast Cancer research.

On October 20th, join the Lady Yoe as they host the Dig Pink game at Yoe Gym against Academy. During the game, there will be a silent auction, a raffle, pink treats, and more. Those that attend are also asked to wear pink. In the past 5 years, the Ladies have raised over $34,000 for Breast Cancer Research. 


(CAMERON) The state 7-on-7 Tournament will once again have a local home next year. 

The Texas State 7-On-7 Association announced Thursday that they will return the state tourney to Bryan-College Station again next year. The 19th tournament is slated for July 7-9 at Veterans Park. Officials say 128 teams from around the state will be invited to participate if they qualify. The tourney has been held in BCS every year but one since 1998. 


(CAMERON) The Cameron Yoe football team continues preparations for the annual Battle of the Bell this week. 

The Yoemen will travel to Rockdale in the annual rivalry game today. Get the latest on the Coach Rick Rhoades Show at 9:05AM this morning as we broadcast live from Cameron Autoplex. After today`s evening report, catch the Coufal Prater Countdown to Kickoff for your football fix. Then after the game, stay tuned to the Ranch for Friday Night Finals to get caught up on all the area scores. 


(CAMERON) Cameron Police reported 3 EMS calls and 2 wrecks:
--3:57PM, at 4th and Jefferson. Drivers: Flora Aragonez and Jessica Hernandez. No injuries.
--5:25PM, at 6th and Houston. Drivers: Catherine Tremor and Mary Ann Ruelas. Injuries reported, but extent unknown.

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 1 EMS runs and 1 arrest: 23-year-old Rockdale woman for False Report to Police

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 1 new bookings:
--Jadavian Daquan Cash, 19 of Cameron, on a Bond Surrender

There were no accidents reported in rural Milam County.

There are currently 131 inmates in the county jail, including 48 housed for Coryell County, 10 housed for Lampasas County, and 15 housed for Lee County.

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