Today`s Local News2014-07-22
Tuesday, July 22, 2014      


(CAMERON) A notoriously dangerous intersection in Milam County will soon see changes. 

Texas Department of Transportation announced Monday that the FM485/US77 intersection just north of Cameron will become a 4-way stop effective July 28th. TxDOT will be installing red beacons on US77 with blinking stop signs. Signage will also include All-Way Stop and Stop Ahead. Officials said message boards will be out warning motorists of the upcoming change. 

The $10,000 project came about after a traffic improvement study. The intersection has been one of the County`s deadliest over the past few years. 


(BEN ARNOLD) A Ben Arnold man had to be hospitalized after a bee attack Monday evening. 

Burlington Fire Department and AMR were both called about 6:40PM to the reported attack in Ben Arnold. The man was transported to the hospital, though an update on his condition was not available. His name was not released. No other details were available. 


(CAMERON) Cameron City Council approved computer purchases during their regular meeting Monday. 

The City approved a $7250 deal to install 6 desktop computers at the Cameron Public Library for youth use. In other business, the Council requested more information regarding the possible use of Ledbetter Park on May 1st and 2nd. After discussing drought contingency plans in a workshop, the City moved to approve the plans. During citizens comments, the Council heard from Linda Layne regarding her and Maurina Corley`s dismissal from the library. 


(CAMERON) Milam County and Luminant have reached a deal over the value of their operations. 

On Monday, Milam County Chief Appraiser Dyann White announced they had reached a deal with Luminant regarding the declining value of that company`s power plant and mining operations. White said Sandow 4 increased by $5 million but Sandow 5 saw a decrease of roughly $70 million. 

According to the news release, White said the costs of coal-fired energy production and the ever changing economy helped determine those values. It is the 4th straight year that Luminant has disputed their appraised value. The company settled on their 2013 values earlier this year. 

County Judge Dave Barkemeyer said the county will survive because of the increase in oil and gas activity, helping to lessen the impact of the Luminant devaluation. Barkemeyer said the oil and gas additions will offset about half of the value lost in the deal. 


(TYLER) The former lead administrator of a local hospital will stand trial this week. 

Jury selection began Monday in the case against Dr. Tariq Mahmood, the embattled doctor and former owner of Central Texas Hospital in Cameron. Court records indicate Mahmood was indicted last year on 8 counts of Medicare and Medicaid fraud and earlier this year was indicted on additional charges of federal identity theft. A federal judge in May allowed Mahmood to withdraw a previously agreed upon plea deal in order to fight the charges in court. 

Mahmood was ousted as leader of CTH after the charges were leveled against him. Central Texas Hospital officials have since reached a new deal with Little River Healthcare of Rockdale to keep the hospital from permanently closing.

The scandal involving Mahmood and CTH has also reached Cameron City Council where councilman and former CTH Chief Financial Officer Joe White has also been indicted. A federal judge arraigned White in February on charges of Aggravated Identity Theft and Making False Statements to Federal Authorities. White did not enter a plea. In a statement for the City of Cameron, City Manager Rhett Parker said the City regrets the circumstances surrounding this and will allow the legal process to take its course.


(BUCKHOLTS) Residents in Buckholts no longer have to boil their water. 

City officials made the announcement that it is no longer necessary to boil water prior to consumption. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality had required the boil order after a reduction in chlorine residual in the system. With all necessary steps taken to fix the issue, the boil order has been rescinded. For questions, call City Hall at (254) 593-3111.


(CAMERON) Milam County AgriLife Extension Service will soon say goodbye to a departing agent.

A farewell reception for Jon Gersbach, the local county extension agent for the past 9 years, will be Friday, August 1st, from 2-5PM at the extension office in Cameron. Gersbach is leaving to take another job in agriculture. Everyone is invited. 


(Washington, DC) Presidential spokesman Josh Earnest says numbers of unaccompanied minors coming across the southwest border are dropping.  In his daily briefing, Earnest cited a daily average this month of about 150.  The average in June was more than 350.  Late this week, President Obama will host a White House meeting with the presidents of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.  Obama will press them to take steps to curb the surge of migrants from their nations to the U.S., including tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors.  

Meantime, Earnest was pressed about plans by Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry to deploy one thousand National Guard troops to the border region.  Earnest said Perry should instead urge Republicans in the House to pass the comprehensive immigration reform bill that the Senate approved last year.  He noted that the Senate bill would significantly bolster border security. 


(AUSTIN) The Texas Sports Writers Association has announced the Class 2A All-State baseball team, with plenty of local selections this year. 

Just a single Yoeman made the list, as senior outfielder Michael Evan garnered 2nd team status. Named to the 1st team were Troy junior pitcher Zach Epperson and senior 2nd baseman Kyle Whitley. Rogers senior Gavin Fritz was a 2nd team utility player, while teammate and outfielder Carson Skala, a senior, was a 3rd team selection. Also making the 3rd team was senior Salado pitcher Casey Frazier. 


(Cameron) Cameron Yoeman Football camp will be held this month for incoming 3rd-9th graders.

The 6th annual Yoeman Football Camp is set for July 28-31 at Yoe Field. Grades 3rd through 6th will meet from 8-10am and 7th-9th graders will meet from 10:30am-12:30pm. To register, stop by the Fieldhouse this week, or register the first day of camp. The cost is $45. There are scholarships opportunities available for athletes. If you are interested contact Coach Rhoades at 254-697-2675.


(CAMERON) Lady Yoe volleyball camp for incoming 7th-12th graders will be held this month. 

Camp will be at the High School gyms on July 28-30 from 1:30-4:30PM. The cost of the camp is $50 and the instructors are Waco Junior Club coaches as well as some Baylor assistant coaches. You may register on the first day of camp. For more info or to register, call Coach Richter at 254-697-5099.


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 3 EMS runs and 1 fire call:
--6:40PM, Burlington Fire Dept and AMR called to a bee attack in Ben Arnold. 1 person transported. No other details were available. 
(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 4 EMS runs and no other activity.

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported no arrests:

There were 3 accidents reported in rural Milam County.
--7:58AM, 1-vehicle wreck on CR140 north of FM485. No injuries.
--5:48PM, 2-vehicle wreck at US77/FM485 intersection. No injuries. 
--12:42AM, 1-vehicle wreck on FM486 at CR455. No injuries. 

There are 115 prisoners in the Milam County Jail this morning, including 23 housed for Coryell County and 1 held for Cameron PD.

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