Today`s Local News2018-02-23
Friday, February 23, 2018


(ROCKDALE) One person is dead after a single-vehicle wreck near Rockdale on Thursday. 

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers, Thorndale EMS, and Thorndale Fire Department all responded about 3:34PM Thursday to FM3061 at CR413 for a major 1-vehicle rollover crash between San Gabriel and Lilac. The name of the victim has not been released at this time. No other information is available. 


(CAMERON) Services are now set for a young girl killed in a wreck in Cameron last week. 

According to Cameron Police, 10-year-old Jayla Rider of Cameron died Monday in a Temple hospital due to injuries sustained in last Friday`s crash at the intersection of 6th and Travis in Cameron. Services for Rider are 2PM Saturday at Marek Burns Laywell Funeral Home in Cameron. Visitation will be today from 6-8PM at the funeral home. Rider and another child were passengers in a car driven by Penny Taylor of Cameron which collided with another vehicle driven by Oran Ray Roberts of Oklahoma. The wreck blocked the northbound lanes of US77 and backed up traffic. Both children sustained injuries and were rushed to the hospital, though neither driver was hurt. The condition of the other child was not available today. It is unclear if there will be any charges filed. 


(MILAM CO) Early voting for the March 6th primary elections in Milam County and across the state continue today. 

Early voting will run through March 2nd in the primary elections. Winners in the March primary would go to the general election in November. Here in Milam County, voters can cast an early ballot at 1 of 4 locations: The Rockdale Juvenile Justice Center, the Milam County Clerk`s Office in Cameron, Thorndale VFW Hall, or Buckholts Community Center. 

It was another light turn out in Milam County for Day 3 of early voting. A total of 707 ballots have now been cast. The GOP has seen the most action so far, with 581 casting votes in that primary. In addition to several local, contested Republican races, voters will also be out to elect various other statewide races. You can get more detailed information at 


(CAMERON) The 84th Annual Cameron Chamber of Commerce Banquet was held Thursday, as the Chamber honored several organizations and businesses.

The Bling Box and owners Jeremy and Courtney Renaud were recognized as business of the year. Outstanding chamber member of the year went to both Lyndi Sanders and Micah Holcombe. Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Country Bob Yates. Citizen of the Year recognized the Feeders of the Lambs group, while Milam Community Theater was tabbed Organization of the Year. The guest speaker at the event was Daytripper TV host Chet Garner. 


(CAMERON) It is time for reveal #15 here today.  

Last but not least, time for our final reveal today. This question dealt with how often you contact us and how you go about that. The large majority of you have never contacted us, nearly half of respondents in fact. That`s fine, perhaps that means we are doing something right. About a quarter of you contact us via phone and just over 10% by email. Less than 5% come see us in person. As to frequency, about 10% of you reach out to us once or twice a week, by far the most other than not at all. 

Most of you reach out by phone, and we plan to be sure to be available to answer while we are live or during business hours from 6AM until 6PM. Please realize that there are certain times that phone lines will be overloaded. These include Schlitterbahn giveaways, the Rural Party Line, and trivia. Just because we don`t answer during that time doesn`t mean we are refusing to take your call, the lines are simply overwhelmed. You are not being ignored. Part of our lack of answered calls will also be addressed by simply having people in the building for normal business hours again from 6 until 6. All in all, you can expect a faster response to your questions, concerns, or comments. It also won`t matter how you contact us either, be it phone, social media, email, or whatever. While that may be all the survey answers revealed, we are not done here. Coming up next week, we will make public the dates these plans will officially be put in place and enacted. 

I also once again want to take the time to say thank you to each and every one of you who took the time to fill out our survey and give us some feedback. This has been a long time coming and something that I don`t feel has been addressed ever before. Thank you for your patience, and I ask that you keep the faith as we begin to make changes and work toward the same goals, providing you with the news and information you can trust. This is your radio station, too. Help us to keep it that way. If you ever have questions or suggestions, we are open to hearing them. Without your opinions, we can`t change to better serve you. Thanks for participating and tune in next week so we can tell you when the ball gets rolling on all these exciting new changes. 


(CENTRAL TX) On the heels of a school shooting in Florida, threats at area schools are increasing this week. 

Somerville ISD notified parents of a threat made in reference to Somerville High School on Thursday. Burleson County authorities said they have arrested 18-year-old Amanda Salinas, a Somerville High student, in connection to the threat. In a statement, Somerville ISD said officials were notified Wednesday of a threat made by a student, leading staff to contact the authorities. Somerville Police executed an arrest warrant this morning and took Salinas into custody. The administration and staff are expected to address students today to discuss the matter and seriousness of such threats. Somerville ISD also noted that no students were harmed today and that all threats will be taken seriously. 

Multiple other rumors of threats have been denounced Thursday as well. Both Rogers ISD and Temple ISD confirmed that alleged threats to their high schools are unfounded and that all campuses are safe. Many rumors are flying due to a heightened fear of threats in the wake of the Florida school shooting. Officials indicated that student and staff safety remains their priority, but no students are threatened at either campus and operations remain on a normal schedule. 

On Wednesday, Temple High School was placed on a hard lock down after a suspicious package was located at the campus at about 10:30AM. Temple Police responded and collected the package, which is now being termed as not dangerous. The hard lock down was lifted to a soft lock down about 15 minutes later, and the campus was cleared and all lock downs lifted by Noon. According to Temple ISD Communications Director Matthew LeBlanc, no students or staff were unsafe at any point and the lock down was simply a precaution. Temple Police say they are investigating where the package came from, who left it, and what their intentions were. 

In Belton, authorities have now identified the source of a social media post in which threats were made to shoot up North Belton Middle School on Tuesday. Additional Temple Police were on campus all day Tuesday as a precaution. Investigators determined the social media post was made by a 14-year-old girl, who told them she made the post as a joke. Temple Police say the case has been forwarded to the County Attorney`s Office for review. Belton ISD Superintendent Dr. Susan Kincannon said in a statement that safety and security of students is a priority and all threats will be taken seriously. She added that the district will also aggressively pursue discipline through the code of conduct and law enforcement avenues. Authorities also indicated that their investigation revealed the threat posed no danger to the students at North Belton Middle School. 

In addition, Taylor Police dealt with multiple threats early this week as well. On Monday, Police were alerted to a social media threat to Taylor Middle School, though investigators learned the post was made last year and no direct threat was made against the school. Taylor PD said they identified the student who made the threat, conducted interviews, and elected not to press charges as no direct threat was made. Less than 24 hours later, Taylor Police responded to a 9-1-1 call from a young girl threatening to shoot up Legacy Early College High School and kill herself. Responders determined the girl had no weapons on her person and took her into custody. She now faces charges, though her name will not be released because she is a juvenile. Taylor ISD Superintendent Keith Brown noted that there were no injuries in either event and no students were in danger. Brown added that in the wake of the Florida shootings, the district takes every precaution and every hint of a threat seriously. 

Brazos County Sheriff`s Deputies are adding to the tally as well. Deputies arrested 17-year-old Alexandria Rivera on Thursday afternoon in connection to a threat at A&M Consolidated High School in College Station. According to deputies, following up on a tip, a school resource officer uncovered a threat made against the school on social media prior to the Florida shooting. Rivera was booked into jail on terroristic threat charges. 


(BELL CO) An Academy man in trouble with the law again could soon have probation revoked. 

The Bell County District Attorney`s Office filed a motion this week to have probation revoked for 37-year-old Wesley Alan Kordes. An arrest warrant for Kordes has been issued, though it is unclear if he has been located at this time. Court records show that Kordes has been on probation for a 2014 wreck that left a Temple man dead. However, he was also arrested just 2 weeks ago in connection to a domestic violence incident, which violates his probation conditions. Deputies were called February 10th to a home in the 500 block of N. 1st in Little River-Academy where they found a woman who told them that Kordes had tried to strangle her after an argument. Kordes, who had left the scene by the time deputies arrived, was tracked down and arrested at a relative`s home in Holland. 

As for what put him on probation, he was arrested and sentenced to probation in connection to a 3-vehicle crash on TX95 outside Little River-Academy back in April 2014 that left 47-year-old Robert Serna dead. Investigators said Serna was driving a 1996 Thunderbird when his vehicle was struck by a pickup driven by Kordes. That collision sent the Thunderbird spinning into the path of a northbound 2008 Honda. Authorities said Serna was ejected from the vehicle, which then caught fire. Two other people suffered non-life threatening injuries. Troopers say they encountered Kordes at the scene, but that he left the accident scene and had to be told to return. Upon his return, Troopers allege that Kordes smelled strongly of alcohol. Court records indicate that Kordes also had 2 prior DWI arrests and was supposed to have a breathalyzer on his vehicle. When the crash occurred, troopers say there was no such device on his truck. 


(TEMPLE) A Temple man deemed a person of interest last year in a 2016 murder case has now been charged. 

Temple Police said 31-year-old Quentorius Tramaine Simmons is now charged with Murder in connection to the December 2016 home invasion and slaying for 31-year-old Maurice Smith, Jr. Police say Simmons was taken into custody last year on outstanding warrants and had been wanted for questioning in connection to the murder. After review by the Criminal Investigation Division and the Bell County District Attorney`s Office, a complaint of Murder was issued Thursday against Simmons, who currently remains in Bell County Jail on unrelated charges. Police originally responded just before midnight December 12th to a home in the 1200 block of S. 10th in reference to a home invasion and shooting. Investigators learned 2 suspects broke into a home and shot Smith, who was taken to the hospital and later died. Currently, police have released no information in relation to that possible 2nd suspect. 


(BELL CO) A former inmate is bringing a comedy program to the Bell County Jail, and your television. 

Last September, former inmate Ali Siddiq came to Bell County Jail to film a Comedy Central special. The TV network has now announced that the 1-hour special, Ali Siddiq: It`s Bigger Than These Bars, will air 10PM today. The Bell County Jail partnered with Siddiq, who was incarcerated at the age of 19 for dealing drugs. The jail time changed Siddiq, who turned his life around through the use of comedy and mentorship. During the program, Siddiq meets with inmates and jailers and does a stand-up routine. Comedy Central took care of all expenses and no taxpayer money was used. 


(CENTRAL TEXAS) Here`s a look at some area events headed to Central Texas this week:

February 16-March 23
The Westphalia Knights of Columbus Council #13902 will host a shrimp and fish fry every Friday through March 23rd. Plates are available from 3:30-7:15PM each cooking day or until sold out. All plates are $10 and will be available at the Westphalia Parish Hall Pit. 

February 24
Final registration for Cameron Boys Baseball Association will be Saturday from 9AM-1PM at Cameron Volunteer Fire Department. Cost to play is $70, there is a discount if you purchase a ticket to the CBA giveaway dinner. Opening Day is April 7th. 

February 24
There will be a benefit BBQ for Tracy Chambers on Saturday at the Ranch in Rockdale from 11AM until sold out. Plates are $12 and include chicken and sausage, green beans, mashed potatoes, dessert, and tea. A silent and live auction will also be held. Live music will feature the Rockdale-based Treble Soul. Proceeds will go toward medical expenses as Tracy fights cervical cancer. 

February 24
Crossroads Bible Church in Rockdale is sponsoring another mission trip to Guatemala this summer to provide food, clothing, and medical support to people living in very primitive communities. The group this year includes 20 volunteers from Rockdale, Thorndale, and Gause.  In order to raise funds for the projects planned, they will hold a Rummage Sale on Saturday from 9AM-3PM at the church at 193 FM 487 in Rockdale.  Items will include adult and children’s clothes and shoes, household items, tools, décor, and lots more. We will also serve a sausage wrap meal for a $5 donation to the trip. To donate items for the sale, email the church at to arrange delivery or pick-up.

February 24-25
Rising Star Baptist Church is having an appreciation for Pastor Royal Johnson and wife Margaret on Saturday and Sunday.  There will be a musical at 7PM Saturday and services at 11AM and 3PM Sunday. 

February 25
Buckholts Volunteer Fire Department will be having a Washpot Stew Dinner Sunday from 11AM until Sold Out. For $9 you get Stew, Cornbread, Crackers, Dessert, & Drink. Carry Out Will Be Available.

February 25
Lights Chapel Baptist Church will host a Fish Fry on Sunday from 9AM until sold out at the church in Cameron. Plates are $8 and include catfish, fries, slaw, and bread. Drinks are $1 extra. Call in or walk in only. For info, call 254-482-1336 or 254-447-9972.


(CAMERON) The Milam County Tax Office is set to close this month for a training session.

The Milam County Tax Office will be closed all day today for software training. The office will also not be taking phone calls on that day. Currently, the Rockdale Tax Office Substation remains closed, though they anticipate re-opening by April 17th. For questions, call 697-7017.


(CENTRAL TX) Several area boys basketball teams remain alive in the playoffs this week. 

Coming up in the area round: Caldwell gets Hillsboro today in Bremond, Hearne meets Teague today at McLennan Community College, Snook plays Weimar today in Brenham, Mumford will play Center Point today in Bastrop, Calvert takes on Milford today in Buffalo, Jarrell plays Malakoff today, Holland draws Yorktown today, Thorndale plays Flatonia today, Bartlett gets Laneville today, and Rosebud-Lott will meet Larue LaPoynor today.


(CENTRAL TX) Just 2 area girls basketball teams remain alive in the high school playoffs this week.  

In Regional Semifinal action, Marlin meets Hitchcock at 6PM today at Waco Midway and Temple plays Barbers Hill at 7PM today at Delmar Field House in Houston.


(CAMERON) The Lady Yoe softball team has made a change to their schedule over the next couple of weeks. 

The softball team has rescheduled their game against Academy next Tuesday for a Monday game instead. KMIL will have the call for that game. In addition, the team has also bumped up their game on March 6th in Jarrell for a Monday, March 5th, start as well.


(TEXAS) Area students participated in the Central Texas Science and Engineering Fair this week. 

On Tuesday and Wednesday, more than 100 students from Milam, Bell, Falls, Robertson, and other surrounding counties all participated in the regional science and engineering fair at Texas State Technical College. The following Yoe High School students advance to the State Science Fair in March: Sydney Vaculin - 1st in Animal Sciences, Yesica Merino - 1st in behavioral and social sciences, Colby Green - 1st in Earth and Environmental Sciences, Kincaid Callahan - 3rd in Plant Sciences, Neeraj Bhatka - 2nd in Plant Sciences, and Chandler Barton - 1st in Plant Sciences. Colby Barton won $100 from the City of Waco for his Stormwater research and also has the opportunity to compete in a national water research competition later this year. 


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 4 EMS calls and 1 fire call: 
--3:58AM today, Buckholts FD responded to a jackknifed 18-wheeler in Buckholts. 

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 3 EMS calls and 1 accident:
--3:34PM, DPS, Thorndale FD, Thorndale EMS responded to FM3061 at CR413 for a fatal 1-vehicle rollover. 

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 10 new bookings:
--Lamarcus Demond Moore, 32 of Cameron, for Motion to Proceed
--Jaden Lee Cook, 17 of Cameron, for Motion to Proceed
--Victorio Bentura, 47 of Thorndale, for Assault of Family Member-Impede Breath/Circulation
--Ashley Nicole Vidal, 24 of Rockdale, for Assault Causes Bodily Injury-Family Member
--6 in from Coryell Co

There was 1 accident reported in rural Milam County:
--3:30PM, fatal 1-vehicle crash on FM3061. No other information. 

There are currently 142 inmates in the county jail, including 65 housed for Coryell County.