Today`s Local News2017-10-23
Monday, October 23, 2017


(MAYSFIELD) A man killed in a Thursday night crash in Maysfield has been identified by authorities. 

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers said 24-year-old Jacob Michael Cahoon of Salado was killed about 11:35PM Thursday on FM485, about a mile west of Maysfield in rural Milam County. Investigators determined Cahoon was driving east when his 2008 Hyundai left the road, struck a guardrail, went airborne, then struck an embankment and rolled onto its roof. Cahoon was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of the crash is under investigation. 


(CAMERON) The Cameron Planning & Zoning Ordinance and Review Committee will meet today. 

During their meeting, the Committee will hold a workshop to discuss residential districts and receive visitor comments. The group could also take action to alter, add, delete, or craft sections of proposed ordinances. Their meeting begins at 3PM today in City Hall.


(CAMERON) Cameron City Council will have a special meeting on Tuesday.

Subjects to be discussed include approving previous meeting minutes, discussing the distribution phase for the water line project, and reject all bids for the water line project. Tuesday`s meeting is scheduled for 5:30PM in the council chambers. 


(ROCKDALE) There will be a special meeting for Rockdale City Council on Tuesday.

Subjects to be discussed include considering and taking any necessary action on the grant for the disaster recovery program. Also on the agenda will be to conduct a public hearing to receive comments regarding the recovery program. Tuesday`s meeting is scheduled for 5:30PM in the City Council Chambers.


(HUTTO) New details are out in the 2nd burglary of a Hutto-area gun store. 

The Williamson County Sheriff`s Office says surveillance footage from the store shows 6 people broke into Blackland Gun Works along US79 near CR101 about 4:30AM October 17th. The 6 people are seen wearing masks and gloves and breaking a window to enter the building. The group took roughly a dozen rifles and shotguns and was in and out in under 60 seconds. Exterior shots show the group leaving in a stolen 2016 red Chevy pickup. Investigators later located the truck about a half mile away, still running and abandoned along FM3349. At this time, deputies believe the group to be very well organized due to the fact they used a stolen vehicle and the speed with which they struck. It is the 2nd break-in at the store in 3 weeks. During the prior burglary, 2 suspects entered the store and took a stash of Glock handguns and nothing else. It is unclear if the incidents are connected. Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody also said deputies are investigating an attempted break-in at a Georgetown gun store the same morning as the 2nd Blackland burglary. Anyone with information should call the authorities. 


(WILLIAMSON CO) At least 1 person died in a Friday night Williamson County wreck. 

Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody said Friday 1 person died in a crash between an 18-wheeler and another vehicle about 9:30PM Friday along TX29 between Jonah and Taylor. The name of the victim has not been released. No other details were made available. 


(WILLIAMSON CO) The Williamson County Sheriff`s Office is asking for help in solving a cold case murder. 

Investigators are asking for any tips related to the 1988 murder and robbery of 77-year-old SE Ritchey. Deputies and EMS personnel had responded after 10PM March 5th to the Ritchey home in Shiloh in east Williamson County after he and his wife had been attacked and robbed. The pair were knocked unconscious with what is described as a blunt object. Mr. Ritchey was hit so hard in the head that his skull was fractured. He was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Ritcheys had just arrived home after closing their Taylor laundromat and buying groceries when they were attacked. Deputies believe the pair were targets of a robbery because the attackers stole Mr. Ritchey`s wallet and took money from Mrs. Ritchey`s purse. The wallet, inscribed with the initials SER, has never been found. Anyone who might have information should call the authorities. 


(CENTRAL TX) Here`s a look at some events coming to Central Texas this week:

October 25
Cameron Baseball Association will be meeting 6PM Wednesday at the Cameron Fire Department. They will be holding officer elections at this meeting. Anyone interested in running for a position on the board or helping in any way is encouraged to attend. 

October 27
Trinity New Life Worship Center will be having a BBQ sale Friday at the Detail Shop starting at 11AM. For $9 you can get a one meat plate, for $11 you can get a two meat plate, and for $13 you can get a three meat plate. Choose from brisket, sausage, and ribs. Sides are beans, cake, and potato salad. Drinks are $1.

October 28
Milam Regional Farmers Market will be closed this Saturday. 

October 28
Cameron Fiesta Grounds will have a Halloween Dance on Saturday from 8PM-Midnight. Admission is free with full costume and only $5 without costume. Children 12 and under are free. Come BOO-gie the night away with DJ Luisís mixes of rap, hip hop, country and regional Mexican music. Spooktacular Prizes will be given away for the Most Original, Cutest, Scariest, and Best Couple Costumes. 

October 28
The 19th annual Milam County Crimestoppers First Street Warehouse of Horrors in Cameron returns Saturday starting at 8PM. Entry is $10 per person, or grab a $100 speed pass for 6 people and go straight to the front of the line. 

October 28
Haunted Taylor ghost tours return Saturday at 7:30PM and 8:30PM. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased at The hour and a half long walking tour begins in the Louie Mueller BBQ parking lot and winds through downtown. There is no age limit. The Taylor Conservation and Heritage Society will conduct the tours. 

October 29
You`re invited to join Relay for Life Milam County for their Survivors Dinner on Sunday at the Fellowship Hall of Peace Lutheran Church in Rockdale. Registration starts at 5:30PM and dinner is served at 6PM. There will also be a Halloween costume contest. Register as a survivor at or RSVP before October 21st to 512-760-7194.

October 29
Abiding Savior Lutheran Church in Cameron will celebrate Reformation Sunday. This day marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation movement started by Martin Luther, a German monk whose controversial teachings and preaching sparked a conflict that led to changes in Christianity throughout Europe and eventually the formation of the Protestant Church. Services begin at 9AM with guest pastor Al Hoerig. Sunday School follows at 10:15AM. Everyone is invited.

October 31
Buckholts Fire Department will be hosting Trunk or Treat at the Buckholts Fire Station on October 31st starting at 5:30PM. Costumes are welcome and the community is invited to participate. Hot dogs and drinks will be served.

October 31
The final Spooktacular on the current Heritage Square in Taylor will be October 31st from 6-9PM. Kids can trick or treat and various organizations will have food booths. Vendors will also be set up. Michael Craig will provide music during the evening. A costume contest will also be held. For info, call 512-352-3463.


(CAMERON) Here`s a look at some news and notes from Cameron ISD. 

The award winning Yoe High Band once again took center stage this weekend and dominated the competition. Cameron earned straight 1st Division ratings on Saturday in Groesbeck at the Regional Marching Contest. The results punched their ticket to the Area Marching Contest. The Band had previously qualified for regionals by also earning straight 1st Division ratings earlier in the week. 

The district is still seeking a bus driver at this time. You are invited to apply at, call Transportation Director Kenneth Driska at 254-697-6737, or stop by the Transportation Office at 404 W. 3rd in Cameron. 

Yoe High School will be offering TSI testing on campus for Yoe High students on November 15th. Please contact the counseling department to sign up your student. The TSI Assessment (TSIA) is part of the Texas Success Initiative program designed to help your college or university determine if you are ready for college-level course work in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. If you are an incoming college student in Texas, you are required to take the TSI Assessment unless you are already exempt.


(CAMERON) The Cameron Yoe football team continued to struggle this season on Friday night in a district loss to cross-river rival Rockdale.

Despite a solid 240+ yards passing and 4 touchdowns by Yoe quarterback Zack Andress, the Rockdale Tigers managed to hold onto the Bell, beating Cameron 63 to 34 in the 63rd annual Battle of the Bell. Friday night`s loss brings the Yoemen to 1-3 in District and 2-6 for the season.


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 3 EMS calls and no other activity.

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 3 EMS calls and 1 fire call:
--8:44AM, Milano FD to smoke in the area of CR328 off TX36. Turned out to be unreported controlled burn. 

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 4 new bookings:
--Nathan Andrew Willingham, 31 of Bryan, for Out of Co Bond Surrender
--Christopher Lee Young, 35 of Lexington, for Possession of Marijuana Under 2 Oz in a Drug Free Zone and Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon
--Jordan Lorenze Wilson, 20 of College Station, for Possession of Marijuana Under 2 Oz
--James Aaron Pullen, 24 of College Station, for Possession of Marijuana Under 2 Oz

There were no accidents reported in rural Milam County:

There are currently 118 inmates in the county jail, including 53 housed for Coryell County.