Today`s Local News2017-02-22
Wednesday, February 22, 2017


(CAMERON) The City of Cameron took no action on hiring a police chief during a special meeting Tuesday. 

The City went into executive session during their meeting to discuss matters regarding the search for a police chief. After returning, the City took no action though they formed a committee of Mayor Anderle, Councilman Davis, and City Manager Parker to study all applications and submit finalists to the council. 

In other business, after receiving comments on a proposed reinvestment zone and tax abatement for Livestock Nutrition Centers, the City heard 1st readings of ordinances that would establish such zones and abatement programs. The Council also approved payments of bills and an interagency cost reimbursement agreement for a tourism retail director. 


(TEMPLE) Two people remain on the run and 1 suspect is in the hospital after a woman opened fire on 3 car burglary suspects. 

Temple Police were called about 7PM Monday to an area near 11th and French in reference to a suspicious person. As officers converged on the area, they heard gunfire and arrived to find a 15-year-old boy suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg. The boy was rushed to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Police learned a woman had parked her car in the driveway of her parents` home and left her purse inside the car when she went inside. The woman told police that their dogs started barking and she and her father went to investigate and found 3 males breaking into her car. When confronted, the suspects took off. According to investigators, the woman and her father gave chase, and the woman eventually opened fire on the suspects, striking the juvenile in the leg. The incident remains under investigation. 


(HEARNE) Tensions were high once again Tuesday during a Hearne City Council meeting. 

Multiple arguments broke out Tuesday as the Council voted on a pair of hot button issues. The City voted to a 3-3 tie in attempting to fire interim City Manager John Narron. Several members of the Council have tried numerous times now to attempt to fire Narron, who took over on an interim basis after former City Manager Pee Wee Drake retired. Also at issue Tuesday was the ability of the Mayor, Ruben Gomez, to vote on issues during council meetings. That vote also ended in a 3-3 tie. Several citizens in attendance even caused delays during much of the debate Tuesday, interrupting to ask questions and shout at the council. With the tie votes, no action ended up being taken on either matter. 


(CENTRAL TX) Damage estimates and new information has come light in the wake of early-week severe storms in the area. 

The National Weather Service has now confirmed that 2 more tornadoes likely touched down in Central Texas, bringing the total to 4. Forecasters said Tuesday that an EF-1 tornado touched down late Sunday night less than 7 miles from San Marcos in Hays County. That 300-yard-wide funnel traveled 10 miles with wind speeds of up to 100MPH. An EF-0 tornado is also thought to have touched down between Niederwald and Mustang Ridge just before midnight. These 2 new tornadoes add to the 2 that have already been confirmed to have touched down in the Williamson County towns of Thrall and Noack. 

In addition, the Insurance Council of Texas is starting to report the mounting damage estimates done by the storms. Officials say the estimate is already well over $100 million and climbing. Much of the damage appears to be in San Antonio at this time, where tornadoes were also confirmed to have touched down during the storms. Travis, Hays, and Williamson Counties have also begun reporting damage to the Insurance Council, though their claims so far appear to be less than those of San Antonio. While the Red Cross is assisting residents affected by the storms, now several U-Haul companies in Austin and San Antonio are offering free storage to those impacted. The companies, with roughly 20 locations in the Austin area, are offering storage space while residents work to rebuild their homes. Customers can get self-storage or U-box container storage. Storm recovery supplies are also available. 


(ROCKDALE) Services have now been set for a Rockdale woman believed to have been murdered. 

Services for 34-year-old Emily Hacker will be 2PM Sunday at Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale, with a dinner to follow the service at Rockdale VFW. Miss Hacker was born in Houston and graduated from high school in England. She worked at various local businesses after moving to Rockdale. She is survived by 2 sons, her parents, a brother, and several other family members and friends. Memorials may be made at Rockdale Federal Credit Union.

Rockdale Police have 5 people in custody, including 4 charged with Capital Murder. Officials say 29-year-old Candice Nicole Jones, 29-year-old Edward Brannon Barry, 36-year-old John Wayne Stewart, and 23-year-old Ashley Wesson-Zawadzke each remain in Milam County Jail on the Capital Murder charges in relation to the death. A 5th person, 31-year-old Kevin Cormier was arrested earlier this month on charges of Tampering with Evidence. Police believe Cormier helped to move Hacker`s body after she was killed. Preliminary autopsy results released this month show Hacker died of blunt force trauma. Hacker originally was reported missing January 20th and Rockdale Police, Texas Rangers, and Burleson County Sheriff`s Deputies found her body 8 days later, buried in a shallow grave near Lyons in rural Burleson County.  


(MILANO) Milano ISD Board of Trustees will meet Thursday in regular session. 

During their meeting, the Board will move into executive session to consider contracts for various administrative personnel, including athletic director, director of student services, principals, and technology director, among others. The Board will also consider and take action on the use of electronic devices during the school day and various school board policies. Reports on campuses and from the superintendent are also scheduled. 

Thursday`s meeting begins at 6:30PM in the Milano High School Library. 


(CAMERON) The City of Cameron has closed a portion of street here in town. 

The Cameron street department has closed Tyson Street between Gillis and Houston Streets until further notice. According to City Manager Rhett Parker, the crossing is closed for storm water drainage repair. Once repairs are complete, the road will reopen. 


(CAMERON) There will be a ribbon cutting for a new business in Cameron this week. 

The Cameron Chamber of Commerce will host ribbon cutting ceremonies for Old School Coffee and Creamery in downtown Cameron this Friday at 2PM. An open house will follow the ribbon cutting. Everyone is invited. 


(CAMERON) The Cameron Police Department, in conjunction with over 300 other law enforcement agencies across the State of Texas, will be conducting and participating in a Statewide Warrant Round-Up this month.  

If an individual has an active warrant, no matter how old the warrant may be, he or she will be tracked down and arrested. This Friday is the last day to avoid being arrested. If any individual knows or believes they have warrants out for their arrest from old traffic citations or complaints filed against them, they can come to the Municipal Court Office, located at 605 W. 4th and pay their citations or make arrangements to do so. The Court Office will be open weekdays through Thursday from 8AM-4PM and Friday from 9:30AM-5:30PM. The roundup is designed to target thousands of defendants with traffic, parking, city ordinance, penal code and higher charge warrants from participating jurisdictions. It is believed to be the largest joint operation of its kind with arrests expected to continue for several days. Cameron PD urges citizens to call the Court at 697-2372 or pay online at


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

February 22
Blinn College, Community Alcohol Substance Awareness Partnership, and the Prevention Resource Center will host a student forum to address alcohol and substance abuse risks at Noon today in the Blinn College Student Center in Bryan. Guest speaker is Micki Baudoin, who will provide her experiences with addiction and its consequences. 

February 25
The Relay for Life golf tournament fundraiser will be held Saturday at Sammon`s Golf Course in Temple. Tee times start at 8:30AM. Cost to play is $85 per person and includes lunch, green fees, and cart. Mulligans cost extra. Players will compete in teams of 4. Additional contests will include longest drive, closest to the pin, reverse drive, putting, and highest and lowest score. Hole sponsorships are also available. For info, call 254-534-3025, 254-316-9754, or 254-563-0181.

February 26
Buckholts Volunteer Fire Department Washpot Stew Dinner will be Sunday from 11AM until sold out. An $8 Plate includes stew, cornbread, crackers, dessert and drink. Proceeds go to the fire department. 

February 26
St. Monica Catholic Church in Cameron is conducting an Altar Restoration Fundraiser. This Sunday, a 22HP Snapper with 42" cutting deck will be raffled at noon. Tickets are $10 each or 6 for $50. Tickets will also include chances to win $100 Gift Cards. A potluck meal will be served in conjunction with the raffle. The meal and raffle will be at Simon & George Hall. Contact any church member for tickets or call the church office between 9am-2pm through Friday.


(CAMERON) Tickets are now on sale for the 5th annual "Mardi Gras" bash to raise funds for the Christine Holcombe Memorial Scholarship Fund.  

The event will be held this Saturday at Simon George Hall in Cameron. The event starts at 6PM and will include a Cajun food dinner, gun raffle, auctions and games for the kids. Adult tickets are $10 and children under 18 are $5. Tickets may be purchased at the Cameron Chamber of Commerce, the Rockdale Reporter, the Milam County Extension Office, and Rodenbeck Farm & Ranch in Thorndale.

Donations for the auction can be dropped off at Ideal Poultry in Cameron. Over the past 4 years $53,000 in scholarships have been given to current college students from Milam County as a result of the Mardi Gras event. More information can be found on the Facebook page, Christine Holcombe Memorial Scholarship Fund. 


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

The 83rd Annual Chamber Banquet will take place February 27th at Milam Community Theater`s Williams Event Center. The Cameron Chamber of Commerce is seeking community input on candidates for several of the annual awards presented at the Banquet, including: Volunteer of the Year; 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, February 27th. For banquet tickets please contact the Chamber of Commerce office.


(CAMERON) It was a tough night on the pitch Tuesday as both Yoe High soccer teams lost. 

The Girls were shut out by Giddings, 11-0, while the Boys were also blanked by Giddings, 10-0.


(CAMERON) A furious comeback was unsuccessful for Cameron in a thrilling opening round playoff game. 

The Yoe boys opened the 3A basketball playoffs on Tuesday in Temple, but bowed out to the Marlin Bulldogs 51-48. The boys trailed entering the final quarter of play, and nearly came all the way back to win. Cameron finishes the year 22-12. 

Several other area teams have also made playoff berths: College Station fell to Nacogdoches 47-41; Rudder pounded Whitehouse 76-42; A&M Consolidated toppled Corsicana 52-42; Navasota stopped Taylor 72-61; Giddings fell to Burnet 74-58; Franklin blew out Whitney 71-41; McGregor edged Lexington 81-74; Thorndale gets North Zulch at 7PM today in Giddings; Snook took down Holland 51-41; Mumford pounded Normangee 78-48; and Milano squeaked past Iola 48-41. 

In Area round action: A&M Consolidated plays Georgetown at 7PM Friday in Rockdale; Rudder will meet Brenham; Franklin takes on Leon; Mumford draws Weimar; Snook tackles Junction; Milano matches up with Harper; and Calvert gets Milford. 


(CENTRAL TX) Several area girls basketball teams remain alive in the playoffs. 

In regional quarterfinal action: College Station lost to Leander Rouse 43-39; Franklin fell to Teague 58-55; and Buffalo toppled Little River Academy 59-46-.


(CAMERON) The Lady Yoe softball team returns home this week looking for their 1st win. 

The Ladies return to Mark Humble Softball Field today to take on Moody. That game was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but weather and a playoff game prompted the postponement. First pitch is expected about 6PM and KMIL will have the call. 


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 2 EMS runs and no other activity.

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported no EMS runs and 1 fire call: 2PM, Rockdale FD went to electric pole on fire in 1600 block of W. Cameron

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 8 new bookings:
--Latonya Katrel Kelley, 36 of Cameron, housed for CTTC
--Clara Renae Ruthford, 57 of Rockdale, for Assault Causing Bodily Injury
--Phillip David Cates, 19 of Lincoln, for Possession of Marijuana Under 2 Oz
--Victor Manuel Montoya, 21 of Thorndale, for Motion to Proceed
--4 in from Coryell Co

There were 2 accidents reported in rural Milam County.
--10:46AM, wreck at Gibson and 3rd in Thorndale.
--11:47AM, wreck on FM486. No injuries.

There are currently 129 inmates in the county jail, including 47 housed for Coryell County, 3 from Lee county, 3 from Washington County, and 1 held for Cameron PD.

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