Today`s Local News2022-05-27
Friday, May 27, 2022


(MILAM COUNTY) Residents in Buckholts and the surrounding areas no longer need to boil their water. 

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on Tuesday required a boil water order for the Bell-Milam-Falls Water Supply due to a water outage. The notice impacted residents from south of Buckholts to north of Buckholts, from FM2184 north of Rogers to the Wilson Community, from Wilson to Rosebud, Westphalia, and Lott. Officials said the system has taken the necessary corrective actions to restore adequate pressure, disinfectant, and quality and testing results show the water is again safe for consumption. It is no longer necessary to boil the water. For questions, call 800-826-4322.


(CAMERON) Road crews will be working on a couple of Milam County roads next week. 

Milam County Precinct 1 Commissioner Henry Hubnik said crews will begin treating subgrade on CR215 and CR202A beginning Monday. Work should last through Thursday. Hubnik said CR215 will be closed at CR206 and at CR214 as well as CR202A. Drivers are urged to find alternate routes. 


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

May 27-30
The Kay Theater is showing movies throughout Memorial Day weekend to kick off the Summer Movie Series at the Kay. The film schedule includes Midway at 7PM today and 4PM Saturday; Battleship at 7PM Saturday and 4PM Sunday; and Wonder Woman at 7PM Sunday and 4PM Monday. Additional movie dates and times can be found at or through Facebook. Admission is $5 and popcorn will be free. Drinks and candy will also be sold. 

May 28
The San Andres Lodge 28 Fish Fry will be 10:30AM-1PM Saturday at the First Baptist Church Hall in Cameron. Tickets are $10 and plates will include catfish, beans, hush puppies, slaw, tea, and dessert. All plates are dine in or to go. Get tickets in advance at CamTex Hardware or through any Mason. There will also be a silent auction and multi-gun raffle. Raffle tickets are $20 per chance. Proceeds go to the Lodge for scholarships. For info, call 254-605-0380.

May 29
Powers Chapel Memorial Day Celebration will be 10AM Sunday. For meal tickets or info, call 254-740-9494.

May 29
Everyone is invited to attend the 7th Annual Friends and Family Day at Trinity New Life Worship Center in Cameron at 3PM Sunday. Guest speaker will be Michael Thomas from Progressive Missionary Baptist Church along with the church family.  


(CAMERON) The COVID-19 pandemic continues to see minimal cases locally. 

Milam County Judge Steve Young said there are 6 active cases of the virus here. There have been 102 deaths since the pandemic began, including 10 this year. No one is currently hospitalized. 

Milam County nurses administered 10 shots yesterday. Vaccination clinics will be held today from Noon-4PM at Buckholts Community Center. Next week, clinics will be held Wednesday and Thursday from 9AM-Noon and 1-3PM at the Rockdale One Stop and Friday from Noon-4PM at Milano Fire Station. All clinics are open to residents at least 5 years of age and shots are free. Walk-ins are 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 for Milam County residents will be Mondays from 9AM-2PM at the former Rockdale hospital and Thursdays from 9AM-2PM at the Cameron fire station. One person was tested yesterday and came back negative.


(TEMPLE) A former Bell County jailer is now being held in the same jail he worked at following his arrest. 

The Bell County Sheriff`s Office said 28-year-old Tommie Rodall was arrested Thursday on a charge of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity and Money Laundering. On February 5th, investigators discovered during a cell search several contraband items that included a cell phone, chargers, tobacco, and other illicit substances. The Criminal Investigation Division, with help from the District Attorney`s Office and the Organized Crime Unit, delved into the source of that contraband and discovered several individuals involved in a criminal enterprise concerning contraband being delivered and sold within the jail. Authorities said Rodall, who had been a jailer for 4 years, is believed to have smuggled the items into the correctional facility. He was terminated from employment upon his arrest. The DA`s Office delivered his case to the Grand Jury on Wednesday and they returned a true bill against him. 


(TAYLOR) A Taylor ISD student ended up being removed from campus after a threatening comment. 

Taylor ISD said this week they removed the student in question from Taylor Middle School after the student made a threatening comment to the rest of class on Wednesday. School officials quickly removed the student from class and that person will not be in class the rest of the year. Officials also urge parents to talk to their children about the serious consequences of making such threats in person or on social media. Taylor ISD Superintendent Devin Padavil said the move to remove the student from campus was standard procedure. He said the district takes all threats seriously. 


(ROGERS) A Rogers man who fled police in January has now been indicted. 

A Bell County Grand Jury this week handed down an indictment for Evading Arrest in a Vehicle against 24-year-old Antony Dunlap. The indictment stems from an incident January 27th in which Dunlap fled police. Rogers Police Chief Lou Lourcey said he observed a motorcycle that day matching the description of an erratic driver residents had complained about earlier in the day. Lourcey began to follow the bike, which had no license plate and failed to use turn signals when turning, leading to a traffic stop attempt. However, Dunlap continued on at speeds up to 120MPH and blowing through a stop sign before finally coming to a stop a couple miles from where the stop was initiated. The driver was identified as Dunlap, who had no driver license. He was arrested and booked into jail before being released on bond. 


(CENTRAL TEXAS) Yoe High graduation ceremonies will be 8PM today on Yoe Field. Rockdale High graduation will be 8PM today at Tiger Stadium. Taylor High hosts graduation at 7:30PM today at Taylor Stadium. Thrall will graduate at 8PM today at Tiger Stadium. Granger has graduation 10AM Saturday at the Taylor ISD Event Center. Temple High will graduate at 10AM Saturday at the Bell County Expo Center.


(CENTRAL TEXAS) Buckholts ISD will serve free lunch to children 18 and under this summer from June 1st through June 30th on a first come first serve basis. Lunch will be served from 11AM to Noon. For more information, please call the Buckholts ISD office at 254-593-2744. 

Cameron ISD will serve free breakfast and lunch to children 18 and under this summer from June 1st to June 30th on a 1st come, 1st served basis. Breakfast will be from 7:30-8AM and lunch will be from 11:30AM-Noon, all at Ben Milam Cafeteria. Meals will be dine-in only. 


(CAMERON) The Milam County Row Crops Tour will be held next month in Milam County. 

The 2022 Milam County Row Crop Tour will be June 17th at multiple outdoor locations. Cost of the tour is $15, with lunch provided by Thorndale Meat Market. Registration will begin at 7:30AM at the Johnson Corn Plot on CR427 in Thorndale. Demonstrations for corn variety, integrated weed management, grain sorghum, replicated agronomic cotton, market updates, laws and regulations, and other evaluations will be held. With commodity markets up, input costs at an all-time high, and inflation continuing to rise, this extension program will hopefully answer questions while providing insights to area farmers. A trio of CEUs will be offered. For info or to RSVP, call 254-605-0226.


(CENTRAL TEXAS) Several area teams are taking part in the UIL softball playoffs. 


Franklin vs Lorena
Game 1: Franklin 8, Lorena 0
Game 2: Lorena 4, Franklin 3
Game 3: 7PM Saturday at Getterman Stadium, Waco (If necessary)

Lake Belton vs Liberty
Game 1: 5PM Friday in Navasota
Game 2: 2PM Saturday in Navasota
Game 3: 30 minutes after Game 2 (if necessary)

Thorndale vs Weimar
Game 1: Weimar 2, Thorndale 0
Game 2: Weimar 2, Thorndale 1


(CAMERON) The Yoe baseball team dropped their 1st playoff game of the year Thursday in Cypress. 

The Cameron baseball team found themselves playing catchup from the get go during their regional final opener at Cy Ranch, falling 7-5 to the Diboll Lumberjacks. Diboll opened the scoring with 3 runs to kick off the game and eventually took a 5-3 lead through 2 innings as Cameron worked to get back into it. The Yoemen tied it up with a pair of runs in the 5th but coughed the lead right back up in the 6th before faltering in the 7th and ending with a loss. A trio of baserunning mistakes and a pair of fielding errors helped doom the Yoemen in game 1. Brannon McCall went 6 innings and gave up all 7 runs, only 5 of those earned. He also walked 2 and hit 3 batters. Tracer Lopez wrapped things up in the 7th with a scoreless frame. Gabe Smith started for Diboll and did a little of everything, tossing 6 innings and allowing 3 runs while picking up 3 RBI on a couple of hits to lead the Lumberjacks. The Yoemen will now need to sweep a pair of games Saturday to advance. Game 2 is set for 4PM in Cy Ranch and KMIL will bring you all the action. 


(CENTRAL TEXAS) Several area teams are taking part in the UIL baseball playoffs. 


Franklin vs Central Heights
Game 1: Franklin 2, Central Heights 0
Game 2: Noon Saturday at Madisonville High School
Game 3: 30 min following Game 2 (if necessary)

Mumford vs Refugio
7:30PM Saturday at La Grange (one-game playoff)


(CALVERT) The Calvert Trojan football team will have a new man roaming the sidelines. 

In a social media post, Josh Hayes announced he has been named head football coach for Calvert High. Hayes comes over from Waco Parkview Christian Academy. He coached the Pacers for 3 years and compiled an 11-20 record while taking the team to the 6-man state semifinals in 2020. Former Calvert head coach Michael Thomas announced in April that he was leaving to become Class 5A Denton High head basketball coach. Thomas took the Trojans to a 78-8 record during his tenure. 


(CAMERON) Student athletes will have a chance to better themselves this summer. 

Yoe High Athletic Director Rick Rhoades and the Yoe Athletics Department announced their 2022 Summer Athletics Strength and Conditioning Camps. This is a special break where student athletes get to focus on improving as an athlete. The Coaching Staff will host the camp from June 6th to July 28th, Monday through Thursday. High school boys appear from 8-10AM and all females and junior high boys go from 9-11AM. There will be a built in rest week from July 4th to 8th. This camp is highly recommended for all incoming 7-12th grade student athletes. For questions, contact the Yoe High athletic department. 


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 8 EMS calls and no other activity.

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 2 EMS calls and 3 arrests:
--Davin Odell Shriver, 17 of Rockdale, for Possession of Controlled Substance in Drug Free Zone
--Robert Salias, 34 of Austin, for Interfering with Public Duties
--Kevin Rubio, 34 of Rockdale, for Criminal Trespass
There were also 3 fire calls:
--1:58PM, Thorndale VFD to 498 Laughlin Drive for controlled burn out of control. Bartlett VFD toned for mutual aid. 
--5:53PM, Rockdale VFD to 472 CR307 for fire alarm. No fire located.
--7:21PM, Rockdale VFD to smoke behind house on Oak Lawn. Nothing located.

(CAMERON) Milam County Sheriff`s Office has 7 new bookings:
--Charles Avery Dykes, 74 of Milano, for Possession of Controlled Substance 1-4 Grams
--Gilbert Ray Lerma, 51 of Thrall, for Bond Forfeiture
--Bryan Eric Page, 53 of Lexington, for Bail Jumping and Bond Forfeiture
--Tony Wayne Stone, 44 of Cameron, for Class C Assault
--Robert Salias, 34 of Austin, for Interfering with Public Duty
--Kevin Leo Rubio, 34 of Rockdale, for Criminal Trespass
--Davin Odell Shriver, 17 of Rockdale, for Possession of Controlled Substance in a Drug Free Zone

There were no accidents reported in rural Milam County:

There are currently 138 inmates in the county jail, including 6 housed for Coryell County.

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