Today`s Local News2016-05-31
Tuesday May 31, 2016


(LITTLE RIVER-ACADEMY) The Capital Murder trial of a man accused of shooting and killing a local police chief begins today. 

The Bell County District Attorney`s Office said the trial of 59-year-old David Risner begins today in 27th District Court. Authorities said Risner remains jailed in connection to the 2014 shotgun slaying of Little River-Academy Police Chief Lee Dixon. The DA`s Office says they will seek the death penalty in the case against Risner. Testimony is expected to take about 2 weeks. Jury selection wrapped up last month. 

Chief Dixon was shot and killed in June of 2014 after responding to reports of a man with a gun at Main and Allison in Little River-Academy. When backup deputies arrived, they found Dixon dead on the porch of the home, having suffered 2 shotgun blasts. Risner allegedly called 911 after the shooting and told dispatchers he had shot Dixon. 

According to officials, Risner spent 19-years in law enforcement with Van Zandt County, Wills Point Police, Edgewood Police, Grand Saline Police, and Gun Barrel City Police. Court records also indicate Risner has had recent run-ins with the law, including his arrest in 2013 for Failing to Identify and Resisting Arrest. He was also arrested in 2008 for Deadly Conduct-Discharging a Firearm.


(TEXAS) As the death toll continues to rise from recent massive rain and flooding, more storms appear imminent.

The National Weather Service is predicting the Brazos River to crest at an all-time record high of nearly 54-feet today in Fort Bend County. That mark would be 3-feet higher than any previous record and could threaten to smash the extensive damage recorded during a flood there in 1994. The Brazos River runs all the way from New Mexico into the Gulf of Mexico, winding through parts of Central Texas. The heavy rains that have inundated the area since last Thursday have caused widespread flooding that has now left 6 people dead across Texas. Four of the 6 bodies recovered from the flooded areas were located in Washington County. Burleson County officials said Lake Somerville is still flowing uncontrollably over the spillway and continues to threaten several towns and areas nearby. The Burleson County towns of Clay and Deer Forest were re-supplied on Monday after floodwaters cut the towns off from the outside world. Down in Fort Bend County and Harris County in South Texas, rising flood waters have submerged homes, streets, and businesses. 

Considering all the flooding already going on, much of the state is set to expect even more rain and flooding this week. NWS officials are calling for 30% rain chances today here in the Ranch listening area, with chances increasing each day this week up to 70% on Thursday and Friday. The already saturated grounds and high rivers could lead to additional flooding in some areas. Officials want to remind motorists to beware of their surroundings, keep up to date on road closures, and as always, turn around, don`t drown. 


(WACO) Baylor University has named an interim football coach, though their athletic director has now stepped down. 

Just days after making sweeping leadership changes on the heels of a report on the University`s handling of allegations of sexual assaults by football players and others, Baylor has tabbed former Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe to take over the football program. Just hours after making the announcement, Athletic Director Ian McCaw tendered his resignation, severing yet another link to the sexual assault scandal that has rocked the school. Former Baylor Head Coach Art Briles was fired, AD McCaw was placed on probation, and Baylor President Ken Starr was demoted to Chancellor last week after an independent report by the law firm Pepper Hamilton. That report, ordered by the school itself, found that University leadership failed to respond or responded inadequately to multiple alleged sexual assaults, many by football players.  

Grobe has not coached in 2 years, but previously spent 13 seasons at the helm of Wake Forest. He is highly respected in coaching circles for his integrity. For McCaw, his tenure at Baylor ends after 13 years, over which he oversaw 4 national championships and 56 conference championships.


(CAMERON) Applications are now being accepted for the Christine Holcombe Memorial Scholarship. 

The scholarship, which memorializes former County Extension Agent Christine Holcombe, will be awarded to applicants who have completed 1 year of college and are former Milam County residents and graduates from Milam County high schools. The deadline to apply is June 18th. For info, call 201-403-8185. To get an application, send an email to:


(CAMERON) Milam Community Theater is set to host auditions for their latest production.

Auditions for Greater Fatty Bottoms will be today and Wednesday from 6-8PM at the Williams Event Center in Cameron. Auditions will include reading from the script. The production requires a cast of 7 women, 6 men, and extras of all ages.

Greater Fatty Bottoms hits the stage July 30th and 31st, with encore performances the following weekend. 


(MILAM CO) Here are some events coming to Central Texas.

May 31-June 5
Join Sparky Thomason and the Community in Concert Band for the 2nd Annual Community Band Camp. Even if you haven`t played in years, you are invited to dust off your instruments and head to the Kay Theater. Rehearsal schedule is today through Thursday from 6:30-8:30PM each night. A concert will wrap up the series at 3PM Sunday at the Kay. For questions or info, call 512-446-3884.

June 1-30
Cameron ISD will begin the annual Summer Food Program, starting Wednesday and ending on June 30th. All children age 18 years and younger will be able to eat free from 11AM until 12:30PM in the Cameron Elementary Cafeteria.

June 3-4
The 29th Annual Buckholts Cotton Festival will be held Friday and Saturday. On Friday, the BBQ cookoff kicks off with 2 jackpot categories of Exotics and Margaritas. A DJ will provide entertainment. On Saturday, events start with a parade at 9:30AM. A live DJ will provide entertainment during the day. The BBQ cookoff will continue with judging of brisket, ribs, chicken, and beans. There will also be a volleyball tourney, washer tourney, bounce house, arts and crafts, souvenirs, baked goods, and food booths.  

June 4
The annual Buckholts School Reunion and Homecoming will be 10AM Saturday at the Buckholts SPJST Hall. This event is for everyone, not just past and present residents of Buckholts. BBQ plates from Circle S BBQ will be available for $9 per plate. 

June 4-5
Hillsboro`s Historic Bond`s Alley Art Festival is returning on Saturday and Sunday to showcase some of the best Artists from across the state. George Boutwell, Official State Artist of Texas in 2006, will be the Featured Artist. The show kicks off at 10AM Saturday and at Noon on Sunday. In addition to Boutwell, various artists and vendors will be set up inside of Bond`s Alley and Gould Street. New this year is the Hillsboro Star Talent Competition, beginning at 6PM Saturday on the music sage behind the Public Library. The competition is open to anyone. For information, questions, or vendor/artist/food booth forms, visit

June 4
Kristi`s Krusaders will be holding their Pre-Ride Run Benefiting The National Multiple Sclerosis Society on Saturday at Nat`s in Milano. They will have a Fish Fry and plates will be sold from Noon until sold out for $10. There is NO RIDE FEE but donations will be accepted. First Bike out will be at 12:30PM with Last Bike in at 5:30PM. Following the ride will be a 50/50 drawing and a LIVE AUCTION. All Bikes, Trikes, Cars and Trucks welcome. For info, call 512-760-0143 or 512-540-2561  

June 4
Cameron Area Thrift Shop is having a "Clean Up" Day on Saturday. Volunteers are needed to help move shelves and clean. Groups and individuals are to show up at 8:30AM at the Thrift Shop at 300 South Houston in Cameron. For more info go by the Thrift Shop or call 254-482-0307. 


(CAMERON) Cameron athletes will soon have a chance to participate in various sports camps. 

Yoe Baseball Camp will be today through Wednesday at the Yards of Cameron from 9AM-Noon each day. The camp, for all incoming 3rd-9th graders, is $30 per player. Campers will need a glove, cleats, and bat. Early registrants will also get a camp t-shirt. Make checks payable to John Broussard. 

Lady Yoe Softball Camp will be today through Wednesday at Mark Humble Softball Field from 1:30-4:30PM each day. The camp, for all incoming 3rd-9th graders, is $30 per player. Early registrants will also get a camp t-shirt. Make checks payable to Abraham Vargas. 

Yoe Boys Basketball Camp will be today through Thursday at Yoe High Gym from 1-4PM each day. The camp, for all incoming 3rd-9th graders, is $30 per player. Campers that register early will get a t-shirt. Make checks payable to Lance Hause. 

Lady Yoe Basketball Camp will be today through Thursday at Yoe High Gym from 9AM-Noon. The camp, for all incoming 3rd-9th graders, is $30 per player. Campers that register early will get a t-shirt. Make checks payable to Stephanie Hause. 

Yoe High School Cheerleader Camp will be July 23rd from 9AM-5PM at the Yoe High Gym. The camp, for kids aged 4 to 5th Grade, is $30 per person. Campers will have a chance to cheer during a Yoe High School football game. Make checks payable to Yoe High Cheerleaders. 

The 8th annual Yoeman Football Camp is set for July 25th through 28th at the Lester & Beatrice Williams Strength and Conditioning Center. Grades 3rd through 6th will meet from 8-10AM and 7th-9th graders will meet from 10:30AM-12:30PM. You can register the first day of camp. The cost is $45. There are scholarship opportunities available for athletes. Campers will need to provide their own towel, wear shorts, a t-shirt, and cleats, and must leave all jewelry at home. Make checks payable to Yoe Football Camp. 


(TEXAS) The UIL softball playoffs are underway, with just 1 area team left. 

Top seed La Grange moves on to the state semifinals this week. The Lady Leopards will play Brownwood at 9:30AM Thursday in Austin.


(CENTRAL TX) The UIL Baseball playoffs are underway, with just 1 area team left.

Salado advance to meet #3 Sweeney in the regional final. Game 1 of their best-of-3 series in Mumford begins at 7PM Wednesday. That series resumes at 5PM Friday. A 3rd game would follow if needed.


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 2 EMS runs and 1 arrest: Jimmy Hill for Assault-Impeding Breath or Circulation

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 1 EMS runs and no other activity.
(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 3 new bookings:
--Cary Lavon Braziel, 45 of Cameron, for PI
--Jimmy Dale Gibbs, 48 of Thorndale, for Terroristic Threat
--Jimmy Hill, 53 of Cameron, for Assault of a Family Member-Impede Breath/Circulation

There were no accidents reported in rural Milam County.

There are currently 132 inmates in the county jail, including 49 housed for Coryell County. 

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