Today`s Local News2018-11-15
Thursday, November 15, 2018


(CAMERON) Three people are lucky after an early morning accident outside of Cameron today. 

Cameron Volunteer Fire Department responded just after 4AM today to a single-vehicle crash on FM1600, just south of Cameron. According to Cameron Fire Chief Henry Horelica, a pickup truck was off the road and laying on it`s side when crews arrived. Horelica said the truck had 3 occupants. The driver is thought to have fallen asleep, hit the guardrail on the bridge, and then went off the road into the creek. Early reports indicated that an extraction was needed, but Horelica said crews only had to cut the driver out of his seatbelt. The other 2 occupants of the truck were out and walking around when crews arrived. Minor injuries were reported, though it was unclear who exactly was hurt. No one required medical transport. The fire department was on scene for about 2 hours. No other details were available at this time. 


(CAMERON) Anyone called for Jury Service in Milam County Judge Dave Barkemeyer`s court for Monday, you need not appear. Again, you need not appear on Monday in Judge Barkemeyer`s County Court as that matter is resolved.


(MARLIN) After a day out of school, an area district will resume classes amid a boil water order. 

After canceling classes on Wednesday due to a citywide water outage, Marlin ISD said yesterday that classes will resume as normal today. The City of Marlin has dealt with multiple issues this week. On Tuesday, a 12-inch main line break forced the City to cut off several valves in order to make repairs. That move left many residents with little water pressure or simply no service at all. Repairs were made by late Tuesday, but crews discovered yet another leak Wednesday on the same 12-inch main near Park and Kennedy Streets. Again, the City had to shut off service for a portion of the city in order to make repairs. All repairs have been made as of late Wednesday. At this time, a boil order remains for Marlin residents until at least Friday. Residents should boil all water for consumption in order to destroy harmful bacteria and other microbes. Falls County Jail has also been without water service during this time, though Marlin Volunteer Fire Department sent a tanker truck to the jail so they would at least have some water available. 

Water issues weren`t the only thing plaguing Falls County on Wednesday. Marlin, Chilton, and Rosebud-Lott residents also experienced power issues overnight. According to Oncor Energy, over 2000 customers were affected by the outage in those 3 towns. Power was completely restored by about 1AM today. Officials believe an equipment failure is the root cause of the issues. 


(ROSEBUD-LOTT) After a failed water test 2 years ago, Rosebud-Lott ISD is officially back in compliance with the state. 

In 2016, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality fined Rosebud-Lott ISD $405 after they failed to comply with maximum containment levels of trihalomethanes in the water system. On Wednesday, Rosebud-Lott Superintendent Steve Brownlee said the district has now been notified by the TCEQ that they are considered compliant after that 2016 failed test. According to Brownlee, the district paid the fine and has passed every single test since failing compliance. Trihalomethanes are a byproduct of the water disinfection process and many water systems have tiny amounts of it in their water. 


(TEMPLE) The expansion of a Temple company is expected to bring hundreds of jobs to Central Texas. 

East Penn Manufacturing Company in Temple announced plans for a $106 million capital investment to their distribution center on Charter Oaks Drive. The expansion project is expected to create 266 new jobs in the area. Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that the company has also been extended a Texas Enterprise Grant worth over $1.3 million. The 70-year-old company is a leading US battery manufacturer and employs over 8000 people nationwide. 


(TEMPLE) A Temple man will spend time behind bars after sentencing this week on child pornography charges. 

Jon Mark Johnson was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in federal prison by US District Judge Alan Albright. In addition, Johnson must serve 5 years on supervised release and pay $100 in special assessments. Fines were waived by the judge. Back in April, Johnson pleaded guilty to a charge of Possession of Child Pornography. Temple Police arrested Johnson in October 2017 on charges of Possession of Visual Depictions of Sexual Activity by Minors. A female at the Johnson home told authorities she found a recording device in her bathroom. After getting a search warrant, police found Johnson reportedly destroying evidence and erasing his hard drive. Police were able to recover sexually explicit images, which were reportedly mailed, shipped, and/or transported across state lines. 


(CENTRAL TEXAS) Here`s a look at some area events headed to Central Texas this week:

November 15
Interested in getting your certification for administrative assistant or business management? Join Workforce Solutions of Central Texas and Temple College today at the Rockdale Workforce Solutions Office at 313 N. Main. There are 2 classes available: 2-4PM and 6-8PM. You must call to reserve your seat at 210-439-9390.

November 16
Blessings from God Food Pantry and the Cameron Thrift Store are holding the annual Food for Families food drive, sponsored by KWTX, HEB grocers, and the Boy Scouts of America, Friday from 9AM-4PM in front of Brookshire Brothers. The group is collecting canned goods and non-perishable items. All food will stay here in Milam County to help those in need. 

November 17
The City of Granger will hold a fall city-wide garage sale Saturday from 8AM-3PM. If you would like to hold a garage sale at your house and have it posted on the Granger Facebook Page, come by the Granger City Hall. The cost is $1 to get on the list. You do not have to be on the list to hold a garage sale. For more information, contact Granger City Hall.

November 18
Jerusalem Baptist Church in Cameron will host church homecoming Sunday starting at 3PM. U.C. Barnes is Guest Speaker.

November 18
Cameron Area Ministers Alliance will have a Community Thanksgiving Service and Fellowship at 6PM Sunday at the Assembly of God. Everyone is invited to attend. The Thrift Shop will be collecting canned good donations at the door. 

November 18
The Holland Community Thanksgiving Celebration Service will be held at 5PM Sunday in the auditorium of the First Baptist Church of Holland. First responders will be honored and an offering for Holland Fire Department will take place. Everyone is invited to bring side dishes and desserts to share. For info, call 254-657-2521.

Thru December 3
The Yoe Band Booster Club annual Poinsettia Sale runs through December 3rd. Poinsettias are $13 each. Pick up will be December 1st or December 8th from 8-10AM at Yoe High PAC. To order, contact any Band member or Band Booster. Proceeds benefit senior scholarships.


(MILAM CO) The deadline is fast approaching for producers impacted by hurricanes and wildfires last year. 

If you are a farmer or rancher impacted by a hurricane or wildfire in 2017, the deadline to apply for the US Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency 2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program is Friday. The program aims to assist producers in offsetting losses to crops, trees, bushes, or vines damaged by last year`s hurricanes, wildfires, or mudslides. To learn more, contact your local Farm Service Agency or visit


(MILAM COUNTY) The Milam County Health Department has announced an upcoming flu clinic.

The next clinic will be Friday at the Buckholts Community Center from 10AM-12PM. Ages 3 and up, no appointment necessary. The cost is $30 cash or check. If you are over 65 and have Medicare Part B bring your card and the flu shot will be at no cost to you.


(AUSTIN) Two area teams have advanced to the UIL state volleyball tourney this week. 

In Class 2A, Lindsay swept out Thorndale 3 sets to none in the state semifinal. The other 2A semifinal was also a sweep as Beckville moved past Amarillo Highland Park. The state final is today. 

Another Central Texas team will get their chance today as Troy meets Callisburg at 1PM in the Class 3A semifinal. The other game will feature Vandy Industrial and Boyd. The 3A title game is Friday. 


(CAMERON) The Cameron Yoe football team readies for the playoff slate this week. 

Cameron enters the playoffs as the top seed out of district 10-3A and will face 4th place Whitney this Friday in Mexia. Kickoff is 7:30PM and KMIL will have the call. Cameron is the visitors. Pre-sale tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for students. All tickets at the gate are $8. District and Coaches Association passes will be accepted. 

Our regular football programming will also continue. We kick off Friday morning at 9:05 with the Cameron Autoplex Coach Tommy Brashear Show, broadcast live from the dealership. You can also register there for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to their service department. The season finale of the Nutrien Ag Solutions Cougar Rundown with Rosebud-Lott football coach Brad Ballard will follow. Then after the Friday evening news, catch the United Ag & Turf Countdown to Kickoff with the Bleacher Bums. Then after the game, get all the scores on Friday Night Finals with Alan Wood.

Playoff shirts will be available at Main Printing and at the YHS Kiosk during regular school hours throughout the week. Short sleeve shirts are $15 and long sleeve shirts are $20. Other regular season merchandise will be available at Main Printing.

Once again, Kelvin Kelm and his group at sportpixUSA have agreed to provide a live video feed with our audio during the playoffs. Here`s the link to the Cameron-Whitney game:
He will also provide video for the Rockdale game on Saturday at the following link:

Playoff matches already set: 
Alto (7-3) vs Normangee (5-5) today 7:00 p.m. at Crockett’s Driskell Stadium
Snook (8-2) vs Bremond (5-5) today 7:00 p.m. at College Station’s Cougar Field
Seguin (7-3) vs Georgetown (7-3) today 7:00 p.m. at Seguin’s Matador Stadium
Hutto (9-0) vs Austin McCallum (6-4) today 7:00 p.m. at Hutto’s Memorial Stadium
Sealy (10-0) vs Taylor (4-6) today 7:00 p.m. at Bastrop’s Memorial Stadium
West (7-3) vs Little River-Academy (4-6) today 7:00 p.m. at Waco’s Waco ISD Stadium
Franklin (8-1) vs Hardin (7-3) today 7:00 p.m. at Waller’s Waller ISD Stadium
Lexington (7-2) vs Palmer (7-2) today 7:00 p.m. at McGregor’s Bulldog Stadium
Edgewood (8-1) vs Rogers (6-4) today 7:00 p.m. at Whitney’s Wildcat Stadium
Troy (8-2) vs Teague (5-5) today 7:30 p.m. at Mexia’s Blackcat Field

Holland (9-1) vs Junction (2-8) Friday 7:00 p.m. at Buda’s Shelton Stadium
Granger (9-1) vs Louise (3-7) Friday 7:00 p.m. at Sealy’s Mills Stadium
Mart (9-1) vs West Hardin (5-5) Friday 7:00 p.m. at Madisonville’s Mustang Stadium
Calvert vs Trinidad - Friday, 7 p.m. - Penelope
Rockwall (7-2) vs. Belton (7-3) Friday 7:30 p.m. at Rockwall’s Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium
Mesquite (5-4) vs. Waco Midway (8-1) Friday 7:30 p.m. at Hewitt’s Panther Stadium
Mesquite Horn (3-7) vs. Temple (8-2) Friday 7:30 p.m. at Temple’s Wildcat Stadium
Brackettville (6-4) vs Hearne (4-5) Friday 7:30 p.m. at San Antonio’s Edgewood Memorial Stadium
Thorndale (7-1) vs Center Point (5-5) Friday 7:30 p.m. at Marble Falls Mustang Stadium
Mason (10-0) vs Milano (4-5) Friday 7:30 p.m. at Burnet’s Bulldog Stadium

Grandview (8-2) vs Rockdale (7-3) Saturday 1:00 p.m. at Waco’s Waco ISD Stadium


(CAMERON) A standout Yoe golfer is set to continue his playing career in college. 

Yoe High athletic director Tommy Brashear said Nikolas Keratsopoulos will sign a letter of intent to play golf for the University of Mary Hardin Baylor at 12:40PM today in the lobby of the Yoe High PAC. 


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 3 EMS calls and 1 arrest: Anthony Stark for 2 Hamilton Co warrants and 1 local charge
There was also 1 fire call: 4AM today, Cameron FD out to 1-vehicle crash on FM1600. Driver had to be extracted.

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 3 EMS calls and 2 arrests:
--Richard Alan Cranford, 28 of Rockdale, for Assault by Contact or Threat
--Johnathon Ramey, 21 of San Marcos, for Milam County warrant for child support and possession of Marijuana
There was also 2 fire calls:
--11:19AM, Rockdale FD sent to a grass fire at CR448 and FM1786. Out on arrival.
--11:45PM, Rockdale FD sent to 1319 E. Cameron for water leak causing light fixture to smoke.

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 8 new bookings:
--Jonathan Laday Ramey, 21 of Rockdale, for Possession of Marijuana Under 2 Oz and Non Payment of Child Support
--Joel Alan Lehman, 52 of Thorndale, for DWI
--Anthony James Stark, 32 of Palestine, for Assault Causes Bodily Injury-Family Member and 2 Out of Co Failure to Appear
--5 in from Coryell Co

There was 1 accident reported in rural Milam County:
--4:13AM today, 1-vehicle rollover on FM1600, just south of Cameron. Injuries reported. Trooper McHale investigated.

There are currently 146 inmates in the county jail, including 55 housed for Coryell County.


(ROCKDALE) A new barbeque restaurant already making waves in Central Texas has been added to a major competition. 

Brett`s Backyard BBQ in Rockdale was named Monday to the Houston versus Austin 2018 BBQ Throwdown to be held December 9th in Austin. The event, put together by the Houston BBQ Festival and Friends & Allies Brewing, announced the 2nd annual festival lineup Monday, which will feature the top barbecue restaurants across the Houston and Austin areas. Brett`s Backyard BBQ has only been open a couple of weeks, but is already making a name for itself in Central Texas. A number of premier BBQ pitmasters have frequented the place, including Hall of Fame Pitmaster Tootsie Tamonetz of Snow`s in Lexington and defending champion of this event, John Brotherton of Brotherton`s Black Iron Eats. Tickets to the event are available at

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