Today`s Local News2016-09-27
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

(MARLIN) The State of Texas has opted to take over a struggling local school district. 

Marlin ISD Superintendent Michael Seabolt said this week that the Texas Education Agency has informed the District that they are to be taken over after failing to meet academic standards for a 5th straight year. Marlin had won a reprieve from closing last year and had to have each of their schools meet 3 of 4 indices to meet standards. Marlin High School was the only school to meet those requirements. Marlin Middle School met 1 of the 4 and Marlin Elementary did not meet any of the 4. 

With the TEA decision, the state has appointed Dr. Rose Cameron as conservator of the school district and will name a board of managers in the next 60-90 days. Dr. Cameron, who retired as Superintendent of Copperas Cove schools, was the TEA monitor and will now remain in Marlin. The district will have to pay her $85 per hour plus travel expenses. It is unclear what Marlin ISD will do with Seabolt, who`s contract expires in November. 


(HEARNE) Hearne City Council remains deadlocked on the future of their interim city manager. 

During a Monday meeting, the Council voted to a 3-3 tie regarding the employment status of interim City Manager John Narron. The City had planned to discuss Narron`s status in executive session, but he requested his employment be discussed in open session. After nearly 2 hours of discussions, the City voted to the 3-3 tie. Council members Shirly Harris, Martha Castilleja, and Rodrick Jackson voted for dismissing Narron. With a tie vote, Narron will remain employed, at least for now. 

Naron was appointed interim City Manager in May after the resignation of longtime City Manager Pee Wee Drake. A Robertson County Grand Jury indicted Drake last year for misapplication of city funds. After entering into a pre-trial diversion program, and temporarily quitting as City Manager, the City later rehired him to the job. 

In other business, the City voted 5-1 to keep the firm of Denton, Navarro, Rocha, Bernal, Hyde, & Zech as City Attorney. That firm has been working with the City on an interim basis since former City Attorney Rusty Russ resigned from his post back in May. 


(TROY) The City of Troy is set to get some help with a major water project. 

The Texas Water Development Board this week has approved a $2.1 million loan to the City of Troy in order to build a new water well, ground storage tanks, a pressure tank, pump station, disinfection station, and water main installations. Currently, Troy gets water from only 1 city well and must buy treated surface water from the City of Temple. Construction on the projects should begin next March. When the project is completed, the hope is that Troy will no longer have to worry about obtaining long-term water supply solutions from outside sources. The loan will come with a 1.25% interest rate, though the Board thinks the City will still save nearly $500,000 over the life of the loan. 


(TEMPLE) Temple Parks and Recreation is preparing to give away trees to residents this year. 

As part of their 9th annual Tree for Me Program, Temple homeowners will be able to take home a free tree as long as they did not get one last year. Homeowners must fill out an application for a tree at or stop by the Parks and Rec Administration Office on N. Main in Temple. Applications are due by Friday and trees will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. The program is planning to give away about 250 trees this year, including: Red Oak, Chinese Pistache, Montezuma Cypress, Lacebark Elm, and Desert Willow. Tree pickup will be October 22nd.


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

September 25-28
Val Verde Baptist Church near Holland invites you to their Revival meetings through Wednesday. Evangelist Herman Cramer will bring the message. Music will be provided by Ernie Overstreet, Myra Wilson, the Fisher Family, and Matt and Mavis Salladay. Refreshments and fellowship are at 6PM nightly, with the service to follow. For info, call 254-541-6581.

September 30
Dinner Tonight! a Healthy Cooking School Lunch and Learn Experience will be Friday at Bea`s Kitchen from Noon-1PM. Cost for the class is $15. Students will learn to prepare easy, nutritious, cost efficient meals. Each student also gets to take home recipe cards and sample various dishes. For more info, contact the Milam County Extension Office at 697-7045.

October 1
Grace Church at 808 W. 16th in Cameron will host a Family Fun Festival Saturday from 9AM-5PM with Live music, BBQ plates, Craft and Vendor Booths, and Carnival Games for the kids! Make plans to bring your family and friends and enjoy the day! If you`re interested in renting a $25 booth space for your crafts, food, or specialty item, call 254-482-0855 or visit

October 1
The 2nd annual Hot Rods for Hospice, presented by Harper-Talasek Funeral Homes, will be Saturday from 11AM-3PM at Harper Talasek Funeral Home in Temple. This event benefits Scott & White Hospice. Entry fee is $30. Enter your ride for a chance to win in any of 6 categories. For info, call 254-773-4564 

October 1
The 1st annual Davilla Community Center Fall Fest will be Saturday from 6-10PM at the Davilla Community Center. There will be games such as ring-toss, a fish pond, cake walk, apple bobbing, face painting, hay rides, pony rides, and a bounce house. Food will include sausage wraps, pulled pork sandwiches, chips, drinks, and desserts. There will also be a silent auction and raffle. A fireworks display will also be included, weather permitting. For info, go to DavillaTX on Facebook.

October 2
The 55th Annual Minerva Meet Your Neighbor & Homecoming will be held on Sunday at Noon at the Minerva Community Center, 378 CR 232 Loop.  Prior to the Noon meal, the Minerva-Midway Cemetery Board will conduct a brief annual business meeting. Bring your family and friends and enjoy visiting along with a covered dish lunch. Remember to bring photos and memories. For more information call 512-429-1445 or 512-429-1440.

October 2
All Saints Episcopal Church in Cameron is hosting their annual Blessing of the Animals on Sunday from 1-4PM. An outdoor Pet Mass will be at 1PM, with a Fall Festival, Exotic Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, and Kids and Pets Activities. Food and snow cones will be provided. Each pet will be blessed and get a certificate. Vaccinations will be done by Dr. Amy Walzel, DVM. In case of rain, the event will move to the Fellowship Hall. For info, call 697-2167.


(CAMERON) The Lady Yoe Volleyball team will be hosting the 7th Annual Dig Pink Fundraiser this month. All proceeds from the event are donated to Breast Cancer research.

On October 4th, join the Lady Yoe as they host the Dig Pink game at Yoe Gym against Rogers. During the game, there will be a silent auction, a raffle, pink treats, and more. Those that attend are also asked to wear pink. In the past 6 years, the Ladies have raised over $48,000 for Breast Cancer Research. 


(SAN ANTONIO) A Milano boxer is set to fight on national television this month. 

Boxer Ryan "Cowboy" Karl will appear today as co-main event in New Mexico on Fox Sports 1 starting at 7PM. The undefeated Karl will meet unbeaten Jose Felix Quezada during the broadcast. Karl last took down Luis Solis in June for his 12th straight win.


(TEXAS) Despite a big district opening win on Friday, the Cameron Yoemen have fallen in the latest polls. 

The Associated Press weekly high school football poll shows the Yoemen dropping down a spot to #7 this week, swapping spots with unbeaten White Oak. The top 5 remain unchanged from last week, with Brock, Newton, Franklin, Malakoff, and Sunnyvale. After the Roughnecks and Yoemen are Crockett, Canadian, and Wall. The Rockdale Tigers did also earn some votes this week.  

Meanwhile, looming this week is a top-10 match-up between district foes Franklin and Cameron. That game has now been selected the KCEN-TV Game of the Week. KMIL will have the call later this week, from Franklin. Elsewhere in the polls, the top teams in each class are Allen in 6A, Cedar Park in 5A, West Orange Stark in 4A, and Bremond in 2A. Area teams in the rankings include College Station at #9 in 5A; Waco La Vega at #4 and China Spring at #6 in 4A; and Mart at #4 in 2A. 


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 0 EMS calls and 1 arrest: Ryan Whitehead of Cameron for Assault

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 2 EMS runs and 2 arrests:
--29-year-old Cameron man for DWLI
--21-year-old Rockdale man for Terroristic Threat

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 2 new bookings:
--Pascual Laguna Macias, 58 of Cypress, for DWLI and Failure to Stop and Render Aid
--Ryan James Whitehead, 28 of Cameron, for Assault Causing Bodily Injury-Family Member

There were 2 accidents reported in rural Milam County. 
--11:36AM, 1-vehicle crash on US77 at CR235.
--1:33PM, wreck on US79 at Weis Lane.

There are currently 138 inmates in the county jail, including 47 housed for Coryell County, 15 housed in Lee County, and 4 housed in Robertson County. 

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