Today`s Local News2016-02-11
Thursday, February 11, 2016


(TROY) A Troy man burned in an explosion and fire in Troy on Tuesday has been taken to a Dallas burn unit. 

The man, whose name has not been released at this time, suffered burns to the face and hands after an explosion rocked his home in the 300 block of 3rd St. in Troy just after midnight Tuesday. Troy Fire Department responded to the incident as the explosion also caused a fire, burning down the home. Bell County Fire Marshal Steve Casey said the victim in the incident was first taken to Scott & White Hospital in Temple before later being transferred to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. At this time, it is believed the man`s injuries are not life threatening. Authorities say though 4 people were living in the house, only the 1 person suffered injuries. Investigators determined the man was trying to connect a generator to a propane tank, causing the explosion and fire. 


(COPPERAS COVE) A Temple man is now in custody after a bank robbery in Copperas Cove. 

Temple Police arrested 28-year-old Randy John Vargas this week in connection to the Saturday robbery of First National Bank of Texas on Business 190 in Copperas Cove. Authorities said the robber entered the bank just after 4PM that day and escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash. Investigators have not said if a weapon was used in the crime. No one was hurt. 


(AUSTIN) The Texas Attorney General will be investigated over his ethics after a court ruling.

The Texas Supreme Court decided this week to reinstate a complaint that had been previously dismissed by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel of the State Bar of Texas. The complaint alleged that Paxton told local and state officials to refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses on religious grounds. The US Supreme Court just last June had ruled that same-sex couples could legally wed. The complaint against Paxton has been signed by more than 200 attorneys. The complaint is the latest in a tumultuous term for Paxton, who is also facing felony securities fraud charges. 


(BUCKHOLTS) Buckholts City Council will meet today in regular session. 

During their meeting, the City will consider an ordinance pertaining to fees and amendments on warrants and fines. The City will also look at purchasing an aerator for the wastewater treatment plant and will hear various staff reports. 

Today`s meeting is at 5:30PM in Buckholts Town Hall. 


(CENTRAL TX) Here`s a look at some upcoming event for the Central Texas area. 

The Yoe Senior Class of 2016 will be hosting a Mother/Son dance today at Yoe High School cafeteria from 6-8PM. Tickets are $20 per couple at the door & $5 for each additional kid. The ticket price includes a free 4X6 photo that will be taken at the cafeteria. The dance is for Pre-K thru 5th grade. DJ Fernando “Nacho” Ramirez is playing the music. Refreshments will be served. Carnations will also be available at the door for $1. Come support your little ones, and the 2016 Senior Class. 


(CAMERON) Milam County is seeking foster parents. 

There is an informational meeting February 15th at 6PM at Bea`s Kitchen in Cameron. If you were thinking about becoming a licensed foster parent, the informational meeting is your first step. If you need more information, visit  


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

MCT will host auditions for Agatha Christie`s The Unexpected Guest on February 15th and 16th from 6:30-8:30PM each night at the Williams Event Center in Cameron. The cast will consist of 3 women and 7 men. Those that audition will need to read from the script. The Unexpected Guest will hit the stage this April. For info, send an email to Randy Leo at


(CAMERON) The Cameron Chamber of Commerce has announced their plans for the next Chamber Banquet.

The 82nd Annual Chamber Banquet will take place March 8th at the Cameron VFW. The Cameron Chamber of Commerce is seeking community input on candidates for several of the annual awards presented at the Banquet, including: Organization of the Year; Citizen of the Year; and Business of the Year. Citizens will need to describe how the nominee meets the criteria for each award. 

Please send your ideas to the Chamber of Commerce either by email to or mail to P.O. Box 432, Cameron, TX 76520. Be sure to mark your calendars for the annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet, March 8th at the VFW. For banquet tickets please contact the Chamber of Commerce office.


(CAMERON) A Yoe High Band member has been named All-State for his musical work. 

Yoe High sophomore William Wallace will perform with the Texas Music Educators Association All State Band this week. The TMEA is one of the largest music educators associations and conventions in the world. Wallace and the Band will be performing in San Antonio. William plays trombone for the Yoe High Marching and Concert bands. 


(CAMERON) On the heels of a run to their 4th straight state title game, multiple Yoe football players have been named to the Texas Sportswriters Association All State Team this week. 

Cameron stalwart running back Traion Smith was tabbed as the 3A Offensive Player of the Year. Smith ran for over 3000 yards and scored 49 touchdowns. Yoemen named as 1st team all-state selections were Smith, defensive linemen D`Andre Adams and Jesse Valdez, and wide receiver Sicory Smith. Cameron had a lone 2nd teamer in linebacker Eddie Luna. Honorable Mention selections included quarterback Jacob Smitherman, defensive back Iverson Westbrook, and kick returner Sicory Smith. 

Other area players earning honors included Franklin defensive back Thomas Box being named to the 1st team. Rockdale wide receiver Christian Lara and Academy defensive lineman Ethan Brown were both 2nd teamers. Franklin offensive lineman Casey Phillips, tight end Ian Knight, running back Rodrick Green, linebacker Will Phillips, and punter Box were all 3rd team selections. Named honorable mention were Jarrell quarterback and defensive back Tony Brown, Franklin offensive lineman Tim Lockhart, and Lexington linebacker Chase Allert. 


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

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 2 EMS runs and 3 arrests:
--30-year-old Rockdale man for No DL
--37-year-old Thorndale man for DWLI
--26-year-old Rockdale woman for Assault of the Elderly/Disabled

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 7 new bookings:
--James William Phillips, 18 of Milano, for Theft $50-500
--Darren Eugene Chapin, 50 of Hewitt, for Possession of Marijuana Under 2 Oz, DWLI w/ Priors, Out of County False Report to Law Enforcement, and Out of County Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
--Amanda Dawn Dusek, 34 of Rockdale, for DWLI w/ Previous Convictions 
--4 in from Coryell Co

There were no accidents reported in rural Milam County. 

There are currently 122 inmates in the county jail, including 50 housed for Coryell County, 8 held for Lampasas County, 1 held for Cameron PD, 4 housed in Robertson County, and 21 housed in Lee County.

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