Today`s Local News2019-03-26
Tuesday, March 26, 2019


(ROCKDALE) Services will be today for a former Rockdale councilman who has died. 

Services for 88-year-old JT Talley will be 2PM today at Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale. Mr. Talley died Saturday in Rockdale. He was born in Williamson County and graduated from Rockdale High School. After school, he joined the US Navy and later worked for Alcoa as a sheet metal and layout man, retiring after 39 years. He served on Rockdale City Council from 1995-2010 and was also a member of the Steelworkers Union and the Rockdale Credit Union Board. Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 


(MILAM CO) Several Milam County fire departments were busy Monday with a large grass fire in Minerva.

Fire departments from Minerva, Milano, Cameron, and Rockdale all responded to CR384 in the Minerva area at 3:12PM for a controlled burn out of control. According to Cameron Fire Chief Henry Horelica, Minerva arrived first, called Rockdale to assist, who then called Cameron and Milano as well. Upon Cameron`s arrival and after fighting the fire, total acreage burned was about 25-30 acres. Chief Horelica said the fire started from the property owner burning old hay bales and the wind took the fire which jumped a fence and continued to burn. Crews were back at the station by 5:22PM.


(CAMERON) Milam County Commissioners met Monday in regular session.

The Court met and discussed a new business coming to the county called United Portable Buildings, with operation set to begin April 15th. Also an update on the Courthouse security was given with the planning of the installation of Mag door locks on all doors except the North door. At the North door will be installed a screener. Approved on the agenda was Utility Installations at CR446, CR430, and 3 miles east of the intersection at CR455 and Perry Lane. Approved and appointed to serve as the Committee for the Employee handbook were Commissioner Shuffield, Commissioner Muegge, Sheriff White, Janice Johnson, Kyle Nuttall, and Jodi Morgan. Permission was also granted for the advertising of bids for the building of a bridge at CR418 on Alligator Creek. A Proclamation to declare May 5th-11th as National Small Business week was approved as was the Resolution authorizing the agreement with the Rockdale Hospital District for the Collection of Taxes, the Commissioner Education Certificate of Completion, and all the contracts to be approved by the Commissioners Court to be signed in advance by the Vendors. A Resolution was also made to make Judge Dave Barkemeyer as the visiting judge for the years 2019-2022 at no pay in case Judge Steve Young were ever not available. A presentation of a van was also given to the Rockdale Senior Citizens in Rockdale. That van cost roughly $20,500. Carolyn Cooper was also recognized for 34 years of service to the Rockdale Senior Citizens. All members were present at this meeting.  


(CAMERON) The 12th Street Park and Planning Committee has a meeting scheduled today.

On the agenda is to approve the previous meeting minutes, discuss the safe route to school, grants for the sidewalks, grant opportunities, foundations, non-profit and public participation, discuss other regional parks, community programs and use of public lands, and discuss and set goals for 12th street park master plan. Today`s meeting is scheduled for 8:30AM in the City Council Board Room.


(CAMERON) Cameron ISD is set to begin interviewing candidates for superintendent of schools. 

In a series of meetings today-Thursday, Cameron ISD Board of Trustees will meet to interview their selected candidates for the position of superintendent. The Board is looking to replace the retiring Allan Sapp, who is leaving at the end of the summer. Last week, the Board announced they had pared down the list of applicants for interviews to 6 people.


(BUCKHOLTS) A Special Buckholts Town Council meeting has been scheduled for today.

On the agenda is to discuss, review, or approve the bids for tearing down the property located at the corner of 8th and main, the old Buckholts Tradition Bar. Today`s meeting is scheduled for 2:30PM in the Buckholts Town Hall.


(CAMERON) The Cameron Economic Development Corporation will meet Wednesday in regular session.

On the agenda is to discuss and take action on financials, the highway sign for Lafferty, the Windmill at the Cameron Business Park II, the Tax Increment Financing, and business retention strategies. The board will also convene into executive session in regards to economic development negotiations. If any action is taken on that matter the board will reconvene into open session and discuss. Wednesday`s meeting is scheduled for 4PM in the Cameron City Hall.


(CAMERON) Cameron citizens will soon have new job opportunities in town. 

United Portable Buildings is set to open in Cameron next month. The company is expected to hire about 15 people for production and office staff. The new manufacturing business will open in the old Walled Lake Door factory over in Cameron Industrial Park. 


(TEMPLE) Shoppers got a scare Monday at Temple Mall while police searched for a suspicious person. 

Temple Police responded about 4:45PM Monday to Temple Mall in reference to a man walking around the mall with a note attached to his shoulder. It is unclear what the note said. Officers temporarily closed the Mall to entering customers as they searched the building. The mall was not evacuated however. Authorities said the man was described as a slender African American man, about 5-foot-8, and wearing all black. The search for the man came up empty and no arrests were made. The mall was cleared and re-opened by 6:30PM. 


(TEXAS) There were no winners again this weekend as the Powerball jackpot keeps rising. 

Another drawing this weekend without a winner has the Powerball jackpot up to $750 million, the 4th largest prize in US lottery history. The odds of winning are 1 in 292 million. The next drawing is Wednesday. 


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

March 28
Hey, Handcrafters! Crafting Galore has some openings for people who love crafts.  This community group will meet Thursday from 9:30AM until around 12:30-1PM at the First Methodist Christian Family Center in Cameron. All that are interested are invited to attend. Bring your current project and enjoy the fellowship. Enter through the side door and bring a snack to share. Coffee and tea are available. 

March 30
The Bartlett Volunteer Fire Department Station 2 in Davilla will be having their annual Station Review and Fundraiser Saturday from 10AM-2PM. There will be sausage wraps, chips, and drinks for sale. There will also be a bounce house and cotton candy for the kids. 

March 30
Cook`n For A Cause, a Chili, Stew, and Bean Cook-Off benefiting the American Cancer Society of Milam County will be held Saturday at the Rockdale VFW. Set up starts at 7AM. Chili and Stew entry fees are $20 and Beans are $10. Turn-in starts at 1PM with awards handed out by 5:30PM. A washer tourney, raffle, and silent auction will also be held. Judges are also needed. For info, call 512-760-7194 or 512-429-5695.

March 30
A benefit motorcycle run and auction is being organized for Gause resident and Milano graduate Dendy Brown for Saturday at Nat`s in Milano. In 2018, he was critically injured when he was hit by a distracted driver while on the job.  Friends and family are coordinating this benefit to assist with necessary expenses. This fundraiser will include a motorcycle ride with bikes, trikes, cars, and trucks all welcome to participate. Ride fees are $20 per rider or $25 with a passenger. Registration begins at 9AM with 1st bike out at 11AM. Last bike in is at 4PM. BBQ plates will be provided to all riders. Plates are $10 for the public and will be available until sold out. A silent auction and 50-50 drawing will be held. Live music will be provided. Donations are being accepted. For info, call 979-571-5930.

March 30
San Gabriel Baptist Church will host an old-fashioned gospel singing on Saturday beginning at 6PM. The evening will feature congregational singing, solos, and instrumental specials and traditional hymns as well as conventional and contemporary gospel music. Refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall following the singing. Everyone is invited to participate

March 31
The St. Monica`s Ladies Festival will be Sunday at Simon-George Hall in Cameron. BBQ chicken and Green`s Sausage dinners will be available for $10 beginning at 11AM. There will also be a silent auction, raffle, cake wheel, and country store. Tickets are on sale at the church office.

Through April 12
The Westphalia KC Council #13902 will host a Shrimp and Fish Fry every Friday through April 12th at the Westphalia Parish Hall. Serving is from 3:30PM until sold out. Plates are $10 and include shrimp, fish, beans, slaw, and fries.

Through Easter
The Knights of Columbus Council #3444 in Temple will host a Fish Fry every Friday during Lent at the KC Hall on West Avenue D in Temple. Serving is from 5-7PM or sold out. Plates are $9 dine-in or take-out and include fish, slaw, beans, and potato salad or fries. 

Through Easter
Lights Chapel Baptist Church will host a Fish Fry every Sunday through Easter at their church on West Batte in Cameron. Serving is from 10AM until sold out. Plates are $8.50 and include fish, fries, slaw, and bread. Drinks are $1. Call-in, pick-up, walk-in, and orders accepted. For info, call 254-482-1336, 254-931-3158, 254-447-9972, or 254-447-9897.


(CAMERON) Cameron Police are set to offer a FREE course for a license to carry firearms. 

Cameron Police and Chief Lonnie Gosch will offer a free License to Carry firearms course to Cameron residents at 10AM April 13th at Cameron Police Department. The course is 4-6 hours long and will be taught by instructors Jeff Ellis and David Gutherie of Chaparral Protection Agency. Course requirements include a handgun of at least .22 caliber, 50 rounds of ammo, eye and ear protection, enclosed footwear, range appropriate attire, and knowledge about handling a handgun. If you are interested in this course, contact Senior Sgt. Kris Stringer at 697-6574. Limited space is available. 


(MILANO) The Milano One Act Play troupe is moving on again. 

Milano`s One Act Play has advanced to the 3rd round, or Area Round, of competition. Area Round is set for April 2nd. Individual awards went to Malinda Storey, Jeremyah Tofoa, Devonte Jones, and Chris Strange. 


(CAMERON) The UIL district academic competition continues Wednesday. 

A number of Yoe High students will compete. Wednesday will include accounting, calculator applications, computer applications, informative speaking, Lincoln-Douglas debate, mathematics, number sense, persuasive speaking, prose interpretation, science, social studies, and spelling and vocabulary. 


(CAMERON) The Yoe High golf teams had another great showing Monday as they tune up for district play next week. 

The Yoe boys shot a season-best 328 to take 1st place Monday at Squaw Valley in Glen Rose. Stockton Kruse paced the Cameron effort with a season low 79. That finish placed Kruse 4th individually. Jale Walzel also set a career low with an 84 for the day. Kobe Young shot 81, Luke Greene 84, Mason Vaculin 97, and Braden Brashear 109. 

For the Ladies, it was Jazmin Vaculin who starred, taking home 6th place individually with a 92 for the day. Presley Berry was the only other player to break 100. That said, the Ladies shot 391 as a team to finish in 2nd place overall. Other golfers included Emily Graham, Shawn Bernard, and Lexy Stroud. District play begins next Monday at Texas A&M.


(CAMERON) The Lady Yoe soccer team is off to the playoffs for the 2nd time in school history. 

Cameron will meet up with Bellville in bi-district action at 7:30PM Friday in Rockdale. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. 

The Rockdale boys soccer teams is slated to host Bellville at 7:30PM Thursday.


(CAMERON) Yoe baseball and Lady Yoe softball are back in action tonight. 

The Lady Yoe play host to Rockdale at Mark Humble Field tonight. KMIL will have the call. The Yoe baseball team is also at home against Rockdale tonight, with a road trip to Rockdale coming up Friday. KMIL will have the call for baseball Friday. 


(THORNDALE) The latest University Interscholastic League Lone Star Cup standings are out and feature some local flavor. 

In the latest UIL update to the Lone Star Cup standings, Thorndale High sits at #2 in the Class 2A standings. The latest update to the standings includes the sports swimming and diving, mariachi, film, basketball, and wrestling. Thorndale`s 44 points are just 6 back of top-ranked Sundown.


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 4 EMS calls and 1 fire:
--3:12PM Cameron FD responded to assist Minerva FD at CR384 for a control burn out of control. Rockdale FD, Milano FD, Cameron FD, and Minerva FD all responded. Still on scene as of 4:50PM

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 2 EMS calls and 1 arrest:
--Damion Duran, 25 of Rockdale, for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
There was also 1 fire call:
--3:12PM Rockdale FD responded to assist Minerva FD at CR384 for a control burn out of control. Rockdale FD, Milano FD, Cameron FD, and Minerva FD all responded. Still on scene as of 4:50PM

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 4 new bookings:
--Patrick Vega, 40 of Rockdale, for Bond Forfeiture
--Latasha Lee Eldridge, 41 of Cameron, for Credit Card or Debit Card Abuse-Elderly
--Jakob Patrick Garner, 19 of Milano, for Sexual Assault of a Child
--Clement David, Sr., 52 of Rockdale, for Motion to Revoke

There were no accidents reported in Milam County.

There are currently 145 inmates in the county jail, including 64 housed for Coryell County.

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