Today`s Local News2021-10-27
Wednesday, October 27, 2021



EARLY VOTING UNDERWAY

(MILAM COUNTY) The last week of Early Voting wraps up this Friday.

There were 68 more ballots cast on Tuesday in Milam County as the voting turnout overall is now up to 374. Early voting runs through this Friday and Election Day is November 2nd. The ballot will include state and local issues. Cameron voters will decide on a $14.5 million school bond election. Other area elections include a liquor option in Bell County Precinct 3, bond elections for Temple and Bartlett ISDs, and a tax ratification election in Troy. 

Here in Milam County, voters can cast their ballot at Bea`s Kitchen in Cameron, the Buckholts Community Center, the former Rockdale medical clinic, and Thorndale VFW. Voting runs from 8AM-5PM at Bea`s Kitchen Thursday, and Friday; and from 7AM-7PM today. In Buckholts, Rockdale, and Thorndale voting will take place from 9AM-4PM Thursday, and Friday; and from 9AM-6PM today. On Election Day, voting will run from 7AM-7PM at Bea`s Kitchen, the Patterson Center in Rockdale, Buckholts Community Center, and Thorndale VFW. 


WATER LEAK REPAIRED

(CAMERON) A water leak in Cameron has been repaired. 

The City of Cameron said Tuesday night that crews had repaired a water leak on Wallace Boulevard. Residents may have experienced low water pressure prior to the repairs being made. Again, repairs are complete. No boil water notice has been issued. 


CAMERON P&Z COMMISSION

(CAMERON) The Cameron Planning and Zoning Commission have a regular meeting today. 

During their meeting, the Commission will host public hearings to get citizen comments on applications for special use permits to place an HUD code manufactured home at 300 South Austin and to operate a business in a residential zoned district at 1504 West 6th. Following the public hearings, the Commission could decide on those special use permits. Today`s meeting begins at Noon at Cameron City Hall. 


ROCKDALE MDD BOARD

(ROCKDALE) The Rockdale Municipal Development District Board of Directors have a regular meeting Thursday. 

During their meeting, the Board will consider an engineering firm for the Industrial Park documentation project. They will also consider a resolution in support of renovations to the 1895 City Hall building. In other business, the Board will take up building maintenance and authorize the release of requests for qualifications for design at Bridge Park. Thursday`s meeting begins at 6PM in the Rockdale MDD Building. 


MILANO ISD BOARD

(MILANO) Milano ISD Board of Trustees have a special meeting Thursday. 

During their meeting, the Board will consider approving members to the School Health Advisory Council. A review of accountability ratings and campus and district improvement plans are also scheduled. The Board could also meet in executive session to discuss personnel matters. Any action would have to be taken in open session. Thursday`s meeting begins at 7PM in the High School Library. 


AREA FIRE FIGHTER DIES

(MINERVA) A local fire fighter has died and services are now scheduled. 

Services for 72-year-old Charles Michael "Mike" Jones of Minerva will be Noon Thursday at Milam County Cowboy Church in Rockdale, with burial to follow in Minerva Cemetery. Visitation is 1 hour prior to the service. Mr. Jones, who died Saturday, was born in Victoria and graduated from South Houston High School. He served in the US Army and earned the Sharpshooter Badge. He worked as a supervisor with Texas Department of Transportation until retiring in 2009 after 39 years. He lived in Minerva the past 12 years and was a member of Milam County Cowboy Church and the Minerva Volunteer Fire Department. Survivors include his wife, children, and extended family and friends. Make memorials to Minerva Volunteer Fire Department, 358 County Road 232 Loop, Rockdale, Texas 76567. Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 


MILAM ACTIVE CASES UP

(CAMERON) The Milam County active COVID-19 case count is up slightly yet again. 

Milam County Judge Steve Young announced 2 new cases of the virus here locally as the active case count went up to 24. The countywide death toll remains unchanged at 82, though there have been 9 deaths this month. Eight people remain hospitalized and 3 of those are on ventilators in serious condition. Nationally, the United States moved another step closer to allowing vaccinations for young children. The Food and Drug Administration voted unanimously with 1 abstention to approve a smaller dose of the Pfizer vaccine in children aged 5 to 11. The FDA judged that the vaccine benefits far outweigh the potential risks. 

The Health Department here is still urging residents to get vaccinated. Shots may not keep you from getting the virus but are highly effective at keeping you from hospitalization and death. Residents that are immune deficient are eligible for additional vaccines. If you or someone you know is immune compromised, please call to set up an appointment for that additional shot at 254-697-7000. This is not a 3rd booster, but is only for those that are immunocompromised and got fully vaccinated at least 28 days ago. Those interested in the 3rd booster shot should contact the health department for an appointment. 

The Milam County nurses administered just 1 vaccine Tuesday. The next public vaccination clinics will be held 10AM-Noon Thursday at Rockdale Senior Center, 1-3PM Thursday at the former Rockdale medical clinic, and 9AM-3PM Friday at Gause United Methodist Church. These clinics are open to residents at least 12 years of age and shots are free to the public. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are always welcome. To schedule an appointment, please call 254-697-7000. If you would like to sign up for the homebound program, please call 254-627-0311 or 254-627-9436. Free virus testing takes place Mondays from 9AM-2PM at the former Rockdale clinic and Thursdays from 9AM-2PM at Cameron Fire Station. 


AREA EVENTS

(CAMERON) Here`s a look at events around Central Texas this week: 

October 27
The Lady Yoe volleyball team and Mayfield Dairy Queen in Cameron are teaming up for Spirit Night today from 5-9PM. Just say Spirit Night when you order during that time and 20% of all sales will go back to the Lady Yoe Dig Pink fundraiser. The Dig Pink funds go to breast cancer research. 

October 27
The Yoe High School Flame Pep Rally will be held at 7PM today at Yoe Field. They will name the Flame King and Queen during the ceremony. 

October 30
St. Monica`s Catholic Church Religious Education will host their Fall Festival at 6PM Saturday at Simon George Hall in Cameron. There will be a scarecrow and saint costume contest. Kids 2 years and up can enter at no cost. A prize will be awarded to the winner. There will also be food, games, treats, and more. 

October 30
Falls County 4-H Livestock Judging Stampede 5K and Kid 1K Halloween Run/Walk Fundraiser is Saturday at Westphalia Celebration Park in Westphalia. The 5K starts at 8AM and the Kids 1K starts at 9AM. Costumes Welcome! Prizes will be awarded for best dressed! All proceeds benefit the Falls County 4-H livestock judging teams. Register at:  https://runsignup.com/Race/TX/Lott/FallsCounty4HLivestockJudgingStampede

October 30
The Milam County Crime Stoppers Warehouse of Horrors will be open Saturday from 7PM-Midnight at 301 E. 1st in downtown Cameron. Admission is $10. 

October 30
The Gause Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary is hosting a Fall Festival and trick or treat hayride on Saturday at the fire department. There will be games, food, and fun. A costume contest will be held. Events begin at 3:30PM to load up for the hayride. Afterward will be games, concessions, and fun for the whole family. For info, call 979-777-3960.

October 30
The Cameron Chamber of Commerce Trunk or Treat event will be 4-6PM Saturday on the downtown square in Cameron. There will be candy, a costume contest, best decorated trunk, a residential and commercial decorating contest, and food vendors. All food trucks and food vendors can set up free. Businesses and residents that decorated for Halloween can sign up for the decorating contest by contacting the chamber of going online to cameron-tx.com. For more info, contact the Chamber. 

October 30
The First Baptist Church of Cameron will host a Trunk or Treat from 5-6:30PM Saturday in the church parking lot. 

October 30
Buckholts Volunteer Fire Department will host a costume contest at 5PM Saturday at the department. Gift cards will be given to the best dressed. There will also be hot dogs and drinks provided. 

October 30
Come Trunk or Treat at FLLC at 6PM October 30th. The location is 710 N. Travis Avenue in Cameron. 

October 31
There will be a Halloween BBQ Chicken Dinner from 11AM until sold out on Sunday at the SPJST Lodge 24 Flag Hall in Cyclone. Plates are $12 each and include chicken, beans, noodles, slaw, and dessert. This event is drive through only. 

October 31
Seaton Brethren Church at 12561 TX53 in the Seaton Community is having a Fall Fest on Sunday from 4-6PM. Come out for fun, food, games and Trunk or Treat. It is for the entire family.

October 31
The Knights of Columbus Council 4457 in Granger will host a Fried Chicken Dinner on Sunday from 11AM until sold out at SS. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Granger. Plates are dine in or drive through and will be $12 each. All plates are premade. Proceeds benefit Granger Volunteer Fire Department and the American Legion Post 282. 

October 31
The Residents of the Legacy Nursing Facility will be handing out Halloween bags in the drive thru front entrance from 6-7PM Sunday. Candy is first come first serve.  


FLU CLINICS SET

(MILAM COUNYT) Flu clinics are coming to Milam County. 

The Milam County Health Department announced their flu clinics will be held Thursday at Rockdale Senior Center, Friday at Gause United Methodist Church, November 3rd at Buckholts Community Center, and November 5th at Bea`s Kitchen. All clinics will run from 10AM-Noon, though the clinics in Gause and Cameron will start 1 hour earlier. Shots will be no cost to those with Medicare Part B as long as you bring your card. All others are $30. 


CALDWELL HOUSE FIRE

(CALDWELL) A home under renovation suffered major damage after an early morning fire. 

Caldwell Fire Department responded about 6AM Tuesday to a structure fire at North Stone and West Alligator Streets. Crews arrived to find heavy smoke and flames shooting from the home. Officials said the homeowners were in Austin at the time and the home was being renovated. There were no injuries and no damage estimate was provided. The cause of hte fire is under investigation. 


2 TAYLOR RESIDENTS HURT IN WEEKEND DRAG RACING CRASH

(KERRVILLE) Two Taylor residents were hurt and 2 children died after a drag racing crash last weekend. 

Texas Department of Public Safety and Kerr County deputies said a 6-year-old boy and 8-year-old boy both died in the Saturday accident at Kerrville-Kerr County Airport. Officials said a sanctioned drag-racing event, Airport Race Wars 2, was taking place on the airport runway when a driver, 34-year-old Michael Gonzales of Fort Worth, lost control and went off the track. There were no barriers along the runway to stop the driver, who hit multiple people and then a trailer before coming to rest. Gonzales, another man, 26-year-old Chance Dean Jones of Taylor, and 27-year-old Mary Kat Walls of Taylor were all airlifted to the hospital. Jones is listed in stable condition and Walls is in critical condition. A 6-year-old boy died at the scene and an 8-year-old boy was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Two other people were treated for minor injuries and 2 other children went to the hospital by ground ambulance. The cause of the accident is under investigation. 


SOMERVILLE RESTAURANT OPENS AFTER CRASH

(SOMERVILLE) An area restaurant closed since a tragic accident earlier this year is set to re-open. 

Mama`s Kitchen in Somerville officially re-opened to the public today for breakfast. It has been 3 months since the restaurant closed following a major accident. Back on June 29th, a customer vehicle smashed through the kitchen wall of the restaurant on TX36. Authorities said the car pulled up to the restaurant when the driver hit the gas instead of the brakes. Two employees, Amber and Fidi, were seriously burned by hot cooking oils from fryers that spilled in the crash. Both were airlifted to the hospital. The community held fundraisers for the victims. Only 1 of the victims is expected back at work today. 


TRIAL DATE SET FOR CEDRIC MARKS

(TEMPLE) A man accused of a Temple double homicide now knows his trial date. 

District Judge Steve Duskie on Tuesday set a capital murder trial date for 47-year-old Cedric Marks in the 2019 slayings of 28-year-old Jenna Scott and 32-year-old Michael Swearingen. The trial is scheduled for April 4th of next year. Marks and 29-year-old Maya Maxwell remain charged in the deaths of Scott and Swearingen. The District Attorney`s Office said they will seek the death penalty against Marks, who also faces additional charges of Tampering with Evidence, Burglary of a Habitation with Intent to Commit Another Felony, and multiple misdemeanors. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges. Judge Duskie has previously approved an order allowing Marks to represent himself during the trial. Prior motions to reduce his bond were denied. 

Swearingen and Scott went missing in January 2019 and were later found dead, buried in clandestine graves in rural Oklahoma. Maxwell is thought to have told investigators Marks killed the pair and where the bodies were buried. Authorities say the connection in the case is that Marks and Scott previously dated. Scott had also sought a protective order against Marks. Both Marks and Maxwell remain held in Bell County Jail. A trial for Maxwell was scheduled for November, though a new date is expected to be named at a pre-trial hearing in February. 


BELTON WATER CHANGES

(BELTON) The water for Belton residents will undergo a chlorine burn out this month. 

Beginning this week, the City of Belton noted that Bell County Water Control and Improvement District #1 will be using a chlorine only solution to disinfect the water system. Normally, the City said they use a combination of chlorine and ammonia to treat the water. Using chlorine only means the smell, taste, and color of the water may be affected. However, City officials say the water is safe for consumption. The regular combined chlorine-ammonia solution will resume before the end of the month. Anyone with questions should call City Hall.  


TICKETS ON SALE FOR NEXT MCT PRODUCTION

(CAMERON) The next major production from Milam Community Theater will hit the stage next month. 

The Box Office is now open for Neil Simon`s The Odd Couple. Stage dates are November 6th and 7th, with encore performances the ensuing weekend. Show times are 7PM Saturdays and 2PM Sundays. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students. Get tickets online at MilamCommunityTheater.com. Seating will be limited. 


LADY YOE VOLLEYBALL

(CAMERON) The Lady Yoe volleyball team wrapped up their regular season with a victory. 

Cameron took down archrival Rockdale on Tuesday in 4 sets, winning 25-21, 25-17, 22-25, and 25-22. With the win, Cameron ends the year tied for 2nd place in the district standings. They will have a seeding game against Rogers at 4:30PM Friday in Rockdale. The Ladies have already clinched a playoff spot, but will be playing for seeding. The Lady Yoe JV won in 3 sets. 


YOE HIGH GIRLS BASKETBALL MEETING

(CAMERON) Parents of Cameron girls basketball players have a meeting soon. 

There will be a Yoe High girls basketball parent meeting at 6PM Wednesday at the Yoe High cafeteria. Parents of high school players are encouraged to attend. 


YOE BASKETBALL ALUMNI SCRIMMAGE

(CAMERON) Yoe High graduates can scrimmage the basketball team next month. 

Cameron head basketball coach Chris Reid announced the 2nd annual Yoemen Basketball Alumni Scrimmage will take place November 20th at Noon in the Yoe Gym. Alumni must register and pay a $20 entry fee to take part. Participants will receive a jersey. The last day to register is November 5th. Get registration forms by emailing Coach Reid at creid@cameronisd.net or at the Yoe High front desk. 


POLICE REPORT

(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 4 EMS calls and no other activity.

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 4 EMS calls and 3 other calls:
--12:16PM, Rockdale VFD to US79 at CR306 for reported pasture fire, turned out to be controlled burn
--6PM, Milano VFD to 2-vehicle crash on US79 at CR344 Loop. 
--6:42PM, Rockdale VFD to Cameron Avenue at Carquest for traffic control. A boat fell off a trailer, blocking westbound traffic.

(CAMERON) Milam County Sheriff`s Office has 3 new bookings:
--LeQuinn NeQuiece Davis, 25 of Rockdale, for Parole Violation and Bond Surrender
--Bobby Ray Burton, 61 of Cameron, for Parole Violation
--Christopher Michael Garcia, 44 of Rockdale, for Parole Violation, Out of County Possession of Device to Defeat Drug Test, Evading Arrest w/ Priors, Resisting Arrest, Failure to ID as Fugitive-Give False Info, Evading Arrest w/ Priors, and Evading Arrest in a Vehicle

There was 1 accident reported in rural Milam County:
--5:55PM, 2-vehicle crash on TX36 at CR344 Loop. Injuries reported but unknown. Trooper Dunstan investigated.

There are currently 136 inmates in the county jail, including 21 housed for Coryell County.




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