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Today`s Local News2018-01-19
Friday, January 19, 2018


AMAZON PASSES ON MILAM CO FOR HQ2

(SEATTLE) In a blow for Milam County, online retail giant Amazon has elected to pass on moving a new headquarters to the county. 

Amazon announced Thursday that they have trimmed their list of potential locations for a 2nd major headquarters down to 20 locales. On the list are Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Montgomery County in Maryland, Nashville, Newark, New York, Northern Virginia, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Toronto, and Washington DC. While that list does include a couple of Texas cities, including 1 very near Milam County, the county itself missed the finalist cut. Milam County was among 238 applications submitted for the hope of luring Amazon`s 2nd headquarters here, along with the expected 50,000-plus jobs and other economic benefits it would bring with it. 

The announcement comes on the heels of Lumiant officially shuttering its power plant operations and associated Three Oaks Mine here in Milam County last week. The closure was spurred on by an October 2017 announcement by Luminant that they would be closing not only the Sandow Plant, but also the Big Brown Power Plant in Freestone County. In that announcement, the company noted that both coal-fired plants would cease operations this month and that the viability of the plants made keeping them impossible. The loss of the Sandow Plant means roughly 450 employees were laid off here in the county. That said, Milam County aimed big and elected late last year to throw their hat in the ring to host the Amazon headquarters on that land. With today`s announcement, that goes out the window, though it does show that county officials are thinking outside the box to try to get business to come to Central Texas. 

Now, Amazon will shift to a new phase in the process to select a headquarters location, working directly with each of the finalists as they prepare to choose the ultimate winner among those 20 competitive bidders. It remains unclear what timeline Amazon will be following. 


CAMERON COUNCIL CANDIDATE

(CAMERON) Another incumbent has filed for re-election in the City of Cameron. 

A day after incumbent Mayor Connie Anderle filed to run again, Ward 4 incumbent councilmember Rose Mondrik also filed to run for re-election to her post on City Council. Mondrik is co-host of the Breakfast Club here on KMIL and hosts Country Classics on Fridays, in addition to various odd jobs around town. Filing for the May City Council elections opened this week and the deadline to file is February 16th. Early voting begins in April. 


2 DEAD IN TAYLOR HOUSE FIRE

(TAYLOR) A mother and daughter are dead after a Thursday afternoon house fire in Taylor. 

Emergency responders in route to another call noticed smoke coming from a home in the 2000 block of Brewers Place in Taylor on Thursday afternoon. Firefighters forced their way into the home and found 30-year-old Amy Baylor and her 8-month-old daughter, Aleigha Sealey, both dead in a bedroom. Crews were able to put out the fire. At this time, Taylor Police are not saying how the 2 died, though they did call the incident suspicious. No arrests have been made and authorities said there is no danger to the public. Texas Rangers, Williamson County Sheriff`s Office, and the State Fire Marshal are all assisting in the investigation.  


THORNDALE ROLLOVER

(THORNDALE) One person had to be airlifted after a single-vehicle rollover near Thorndale on Thursday. 

Thorndale Fire Department, Milam County deputies, and EMS crews responded about 2:20PM Thursday to a rollover wreck on FM1331. Officials said 1 person had to be airlifted from the scene. The name and condition of the victim were not released. No other information was available. 


TEMPLE HIRES NEW CITY MANAGER, MAYOR WON`T SEEK RE-ELECTION

(TEMPLE) It was an historic night during the Temple City Council meeting on Thursday. 

During their meeting, the City Council unanimously voted to approve current interim City Manager Brynn Myers as the full-time City Manager. The 33-year-old Myers becomes the 1st ever woman to hold the top job in the city. Myers has been with the City of Temple since 2008 and was bumped up to assistant city manager in 2014. She has been serving as interim city manager since the retirement of Jonathan Graham just 9 months ago. Following the meeting, Temple City Mayor Danny Dunn also announced that he will not seek re-election this year. Dunn was elected Mayor in 2013 on the heels of a single term as Mayor Pro Tem. In his announcement, Dunn cited a desire to go back to school, write a book, and teach. 


TEMPLE HOME INVASION

(TEMPLE) Authorities are investigating a Temple home invasion and assault. 

Temple Police responded about 4AM Thursday to a home in the 900 block of South 13th Street in reference to a break-in and assault. Police arrived within minutes to find a 69-year-old woman who had been beaten and had her cell phone taken. Officials indicated that 2 men broke through a side door into the home, struck the woman in the face, took her phone, and then left. The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries to her mouth. The victim`s grandson and his girlfriend were home at the time but were not injured. According to the police report, the investigating officer indicated the incident may have happened some time before officers arrived. It was unclear if the suspects had weapons during the incident. 


COPPER THIEVES AMONG BELL CO INDICTMENTS

(BELL CO) Two men accused of stealing copper from a business have been indicted by a Bell County Grand Jury this month. 

According to the Bell County District Attorney`s Office, a Bell County Grand Jury handed 36-year-old Johnathan Lara of Temple and 26-year-old Theodis Darcel Holmes of Heidenheimer each an indictment for Theft of Metals-Aluminum/Bronze/Copper/Brass Under $20,000. The indictments stem from the November theft of copper and motors from Rubac H&C. Employees at the business found items slated for recycle missing, and a check of surveillance video showed 2 men taking those items. The employees recognized Lara as a man who had rented a trailer from next door and a white Nissan car as belonging to Lara`s friend. Authorities searched around at recycling business and found that Lara and Holmes had arrived in a white Nissan and sold various copper and motors. Both men were arrested and remain held in lieu of bond. Holmes is also held on unrelated charges. The Grand Jury also handed down another 26 other true bills, in addition to 2 juvenile matters. 


KMIL LISTENER SURVEY CONTINUES

(CAMERON) The KMIL listener survey is still going on this week. 

Once again, we want to say Thank You to those of you that have filled out our survey. We are getting a great response and changes will be coming based on your answers. If you have not yet filled out the survey, you can do so by going to kmil.com to give your response. It should only take minutes to do and is a quick 15 questions that will help us determine where this radio station is headed. You have until January 31st to take the survey. Once the survey closes, we will share the results with you and start making some changes to best accommodate this area. If you want your voice heard, go online to kmil.com and take the survey. Thanks again and keep listening. 


LAKE BELTON NATURE CENTER TO RE-OPEN

(TEMPLE) A Lake Belton-area nature center that closed last year will re-open soon. 

The City of Temple said Thursday they are partnering with the City of Belton in order to re-open the shuttered Miller Springs Nature Center along the Leon River below Lake Belton. Last August, the group that operated the center surrendered their lease on the 260-acre Nature Center, citing a decline in membership and funding. By surrendering the license, the center moved into custody of the US Army Corps of Engineers, who closed the property. With the 2 cities taking on the project, officials estimate it will cost about $30,000 to operate the facility for the fiscal year. The agreement between the cities is only for a year, though it does include 4 single-year renewals after that. 


MILAM APPRAISAL DISTRICT SEEKING AG INFO

(CAMERON) The Milam Appraisal District is currently seeking information from agricultural producers in the county. 

In a news release, the District is asking all producers to go online at milamad.org and fill out a questionnaire regarding agricultural leases, crop income, and expenses. The District will use this information to establish accurate information to develop local values. Without it, the District will have to rely on statewide information. Hard copy surveys are available at the Appraisal District in Cameron. 


TAX OFFICE ROCKDALE SUBSTATION CLOSING TEMPORARILY

(ROCKDALE) The Milam County Tax Office Rockdale substation is closing temporarily. 

According to the Tax Assessor-Collector`s Office, the Rockdale substation of the tax office is closed. To accommodate tax payers looking to make payments, the Cameron tax office will have extended hours on Wednesdays only from 8AM-6:30PM. The Tax Office also reminds residents that the last day to pay your 2017 taxes is January 31st. 


SALADO ISD SURVEY

(SALADO) Salado schools are looking for voter input to assist with long-term planning. 

Salado ISD announced they are seeking input from voters through an online survey. Officials want information to assist the district in long-term planning, to include bond issues, new classroom space, and much more. The district has grown by nearly 40% in the past 5 years. The survey ends Sunday. To take the survey, go to www.research.net/r/SaladoISD_2


AREA EVENTS

(MILAM CO) Here`s a look at some events headed to Central Texas this week:

January 19
EBCO General Contractor will be supporting the Scott & White Blood Center by hosting a blood drive today from 10AM–2PM at the main office at 804 East 1st Street in Cameron.  If you would like to donate please email ebcogcblooddrive@gmail.com to schedule a donation time.

January 21
True Love Family Worship Center will have their 5th annual pastor and wife appreciation for Pastor Maurice Bennett and wife Monika on Sunday starting at 1:30PM. Special guest pastor Samuel Buhl of Odessa.


HOLCOMBE MEMORIAL MARDI GRAS BASH

(CAMERON) Tickets are now on sale for the 6th annual "Mardi Gras" bash to raise funds for the Christine Holcombe Memorial Scholarship Fund.  

The event will be held on Friday, February 2nd at Simon George Hall in Cameron. The event starts at 6:30PM and will include a Cajun food dinner, gun raffle, auctions and games for the kids. Adult tickets are $10 and children under 18 are $5. Tickets may be purchased at the Rockdale Reporter, the Milam County Extension Office, and Rodenbeck Farm & Ranch in Thorndale.

Donations for the auction can be dropped off at Ideal Poultry in Cameron. Over the past 5 years $65,000 in scholarships have been given to current college students from Milam County as a result of the Mardi Gras event. More information can be found on the Facebook page, Christine Holcombe Memorial Scholarship Fund. 


NWS SEVERE WEATHER PROGRAMS

(CAMERON) Severe weather is inevitable in Texas. Can you recognize the clues that suggest large hail, flash flooding, or a tornado?  As part of its area-wide weather preparedness campaign, the National Weather Service Office in Fort Worth will answer these and many other questions at free SKYWARN severe weather programs across Central Texas. The event returns to Milam County January 22nd from 6-8PM at Cameron Fire Department. The program hits Robertson County February 5th from 7-9PM at Franklin Fire Department #2. And there will be 2 sessions in Bell County on February 10th at the Belton New Tech High School cafeteria. The basic course runs from 9AM-Noon and the advanced course runs from 1-4:30PM. 

The 2018 program will discuss thunderstorm formation, ingredients, and features associated with severe storms, plus review tornado formation and behavior. The presentation is free and open to the public. No advanced registration is necessary.


POLICE REPORT

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

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 2 EMS call and 1 fire:
--10:52AM Thorndale FD responded to 105 W. Gwen in Thorndale for a fire alarm pulled. Turned out to be just a test.
There was 1 arrest: 35-year-old San Antonio man for DWLI
There was also 1 accident:
--2:20PM Thorndale FD, EMS, Milam County, and a Helicopter responded to FM1331 N. of Thorndale for a rollover accident.

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported no new bookings:

There were no accidents reported in rural Milam County.

There are currently 132 inmates in the county jail, including 55 housed for Coryell County.