Today`s Local News2017-11-23
Thursday, November 23, 2017


(HALLSBURG) A Cameron man killed in a Tuesday morning rollover wreck in McLennan County has now been identified. 

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers said Wednesday that 60-year-old Robert Davis died Tuesday morning along TX6 in McLennan County, just north of Waco near Hallsburg. Troopers said Davis was driving a 1996 Chevy Silverado westbound on TX6 when the truck left the road, went into a ditch, struck a culvert, and then rolled several times. Davis was pronounced dead at the scene. No other details are available. 


(CENTRAL TX) With the high traffic volume as expected on the eve of Thanksgiving, authorities were busy with multiple wrecks. 

Here in Milam County, authorities worked a major 2-vehicle crash on TX36 near the Burleson County line just south of Milano around Noon on Wednesday. Milano Fire Department, Milam County Sheriff`s deputies, and EMS all responded. Rockdale Police said at least 1 person had to be extracted from the wreckage using the Jaws of Life. Crews also had to shut down the road in order to land a helicopter so that 1 person could be airlifted to the hospital. The condition of the victim was not available. No names have been released at this time. 

One person was seriously hurt in a single-vehicle crash in Williamson County on Wednesday afternoon. The Williamson County Sheriff`s Office said a person was ejected from a vehicle on TX29 in the small town of Jonah. That accident happened about 4PM and shut down the highway in all directions. The injured person sustained serious injury and was rushed to the hospital. The accident scene was cleared by 5:30PM. 

A major rollover crash backed up traffic along the interstate in Bell County yesterday afternoon. All southbound lanes were shut down near mile marker 308 on Interstate 35. Northbound traffic was said to be slowed as well. Officials said traffic was backed up by as much as 9 miles. Crews cleared the scene by 1PM, but traffic was very heavy for some time afterward. 

There were also several wrecks along TX6 in Robertson County on Wednesday afternoon. Authorities reported at least 2 accidents each on the northbound and southbound sides of TX6 south of Hearne. No lanes ended up closed, but traffic did move slowly at the time. No other details were available. 


(SALADO) A local elementary school student ended up as a finalist in a recent statewide essay contest. 

According to Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, Salado Elementary 4th grader Grace Tipping was named 1 of 5 finalists in the 2017 Save Texas History Essay Contest. The contest, sponsored by Bush`s office, also named Allison Wade of Canyon and Jalynn Bristow of Wichita Falls as the 2 grand prize winners. For Tipping, she will get a Save Texas History backpack and commemorative plaque featuring reproductions of artifacts from the Texas Revolution. Grand Prize winners earned a cash prize. As part of their essay, students were tasked with answering the question, what history in your community is worth saving. Tipping wrote an essay titled The Secret Tunnels of Fort Hood. 


(CAMERON) There will be a regular meeting for the Cameron Planning and Zoning Ordinance Review Committee on November 29th.

Subjects to be discussed include visitor`s comments, approving previous meeting minutes, and to plan the next meeting. Also on the agenda will be to have a workshop to review and discuss the residential districts as well as taking action to alter, add, or delete sections of the Planning and Zoning proposed ordinance. November 29th`s meeting is scheduled for 8AM in the City Council Board Room. 


(ROGERS) A portion of a major highway through a small Bell County town is being considered for relocation. 

Texas Department of Transportation is set to host a town hall public meeting November 30th to get input on possibly moving a portion of US190/TX36 in Rogers. Officials say they are looking at moving the section of highway between FM1670 and the Rogers Relief Route. That town hall meeting is set for November 30th from 5-7:30PM at the Bell County Expo Center Assembly Hall. TxDOT officials are seeking community input on proposed improvements to US190 in Bell County, which could include moving the highway location and other upgrades. The meeting is come and go as you please and questions will be taken from the audience. 


(CENTRAL TX) Here`s a look at some events coming to Central Texas this week:

November 28
Time to get your poinsettias! Friends for FFA is selling poinsettias to support the Rockdale FFA Chapter. Orders are due by November 28th. Contact a Rockdale FFA member, Friends for FFA member, or Rockdale High Ag Dept. to get yours. You can also call (512) 430-6130

November 30
The Milam County Extension Office, in cooperation with the Milam County Extension Horticulture Committee, will be holding the annual Pecan Show on Wednesday, November 30th at the Extension Office. Entries are due by 9AM November 29th to the Milam County Extension Office. Judging of the pecans will be at 10AM on November 30th. The public is invited. Results will be announced at 11:30AM. For entry forms or information, stop by the Extension Office at 100 East 1st Street in Cameron or call 254-697-7045. 

November 30
The Milam County Museum, in conjunction with their 40th anniversary, will celebrate a Holiday Open House from 9:30-11AM Thursday, November 30th. Stop in for coffee and snacks, all while checking out the museum and the decorations! The Milam County Museum is located at 112 W. 1st in Cameron. 

December 1
The Cameron Chamber of Commerce will have their Christmas Parade on Thursday, December 7th, starting at Orchard Street. The theme this year is Candy Land. Arts and Crafts booths and Food Vendors will be set up around the square from 6-8PM. Parade line up starts at 5:30PM. The entry deadline is Friday, December 1st at 4PM. As a safety precaution no candy, gum, or treats will be thrown during the parade. However, candy and treats can be given out by walkers in the parade. Entries will be judged on the corner of Houston and First Street. For more information call 254-697-4979. 

December 2
The City of Rockdale Christmas celebration, Jingle Bell Rockin`, will be held December 2nd at Wolf Park. Breakfast with Santa kicks off at 7:30AM at the Patterson Center. Other events include story time at the Depot, cookies & coffee in the Dining Car, pictures with Santa, arts/crafts/food vendors at Wolf Park starting at 4PM, and the wrap up with the parade at 6PM. Caroling and a Christmas Tree lighting will be held at the end of the parade. 


(CAMERON) A free distracted driving training course is headed to Cameron next month. 

The Cameron Police Department will host the free course for adult drivers at Cameron Police Department at 605 W. 4th. The 2 hour course will be available from 1-3PM on 2 different days. Participants can attend December 5th or 6th. Officials ask that you call to RSVP and reserve a spot at 254-697-6574. 


(CAMERON) An active shooter response class is headed to Cameron next week.

The Cameron Police Department will host the class at the Cameron Police Station located at 605 W. 4th St. in Cameron. Topics covered will include responding to an active shooter as well as immediate first aid, saving yourself and others with quick decisive steps anyone can do. Participants can attend November 29th starting at 6PM. 


(TEXAS) A major hit television show is making their rounds here in Texas over the next couple months. 

In a press release, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz of the hit show American Pickers announced they would be filming episodes of their History Channel series here in Texas this December and January. American Pickers is a documentary-styled show that explores antique picking. The pair and their show are looking for unique collections and the stories that go with them. If you have a lead on a hidden treasure or know of an accumulation or collection of unseen, extraordinary items and antiques, send you name, number, location, description, and photos to or call 1-855-OLD-RUST.


(CAMERON) The Cameron Lady Yoe basketball team earned an up and down showing in their 1st tourney action. 

The Ladies took part in their 1st tournament this week and came out with a .500 record at 2-2 for the tourney. On Day 1, Cameron took down Milano easily, 51-21, before being tripped up by 4A Taylor, 44-21. The Ladies returned on Day 2 and fell to rival Rockdale, 39-18, before rebounding to close out their tourney with a win over Sealy, 32-21. 


(CAMERON) Several area teams remain alive in the Texas High School Football playoffs.

Midway will take on Byron Nelson at 8PM Friday at AT&T Stadium, Temple draws Magnolia West at 6PM Friday at McLane Stadium, College Station meets Georgetown at 2PM Saturday at Waco ISD, A&M Consolidated tackles Hutto at 7:30PM Friday at Waller ISD, Lorena gets Madisonville at 6:30PM Friday in Bryan, Waco LaVega will play King at 2PM Friday in San Antonio, China Spring meets up with Somerset at 7PM Friday in Buda, Salado will take on Liberty at 7PM Saturday in Bryan, Rockdale matches up with Woodville at 7PM Friday at Pridgeon Stadium, Franklin tackles La Marque at 1PM Saturday at Waller ISD, Hearne draws Waskom at 2PM Friday in Forney, Lexington will play Odem at 7:30PM Friday in El Campo, Bremond meets Timpson at 7PM Friday in Palestine-Westwood, Burton tackles Louise at 7PM Friday in Missouri City, Milano gets Woodsboro at 7PM Friday in Marion, and Mart meets up with Windthorst at 2PM Friday in Bedford. 

Coming up Friday, tune in for our season finale editions of the Cameron Autoplex Coach Tommy Brashear Show, broadcast live from Cameron Autoplex at 9:05AM, the Coufal Prater Countdown to Kickoff at 5:30PM, and Friday Night Finals around 10PM. 


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 1 EMS calls and 2 arrests:
--Miguel Angel Silva of Dallas for Possession of Controlled Substance
--Antonio Vargas, Jr., for 5 local warrants

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 2 EMS calls and 3 other calls:
--11:48AM EMS, County, and Milano FD responded to HWY36 for a 2 vehicle wreck. 1 person extracted and 1 airlifted.
--10:14AM, FD sent to CR235C for rekindle from fire earlier this week.
--5:57PM, 2-vehicle crash in Brookshire Bros parking lot. Minor damage and no injuries. Drivers: Elias Greene and Maria Tovar, both of Rockdale. 

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 2 new bookings:
--Thomas Lopez, 23 of Rockdale, for Burglary of Habitation and Assault of Family/House Member-Impede Breath/Circulation
--Maria Elena Castillo, 45 of Rockdale, for Fail to ID as Fugitive-Intent to Give False Info, Possession of Controlled Substance Under 28 Grams, and Out of County Motion to Revoke

There was 1 accident reported in rural Milam County:
--11AM, 2-vehicle crash on TX36 near the Burleson County line. Injuries reported but undisclosed.

There are currently 135 inmates in the county jail, including 60 housed for Coryell County.