Today`s Local News2014-10-30
Thursday, October 30, 2014      

(CAMERON) Services have been set for a longtime local paramedic, deputy sheriff, and minister. 

Funeral services for James Terry "Jim" Wheeless, Jr., 58 of Cameron, will be 10AM Saturday at Marek Burns Laywell Funeral Home in Cameron, with burial to follow in Minerva Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5-7PM at the funeral home. 

Mr. Wheeless died Monday in a Temple hospital. He was born in Port Sullivan Community and was an ordained minister. He served in the National Guard and was a Lt. Deputy Sheriff in Milam County. He also worked in Milam County as a surgical nurse and paramedic.

He is survived by his wife, children, and parents. 


(CAMERON) Cameron City officials said this week that the city of Cameron is engaging in a process, which, temporarily, may affect the taste or color of it`s drinking water.  Cameron currently treats it`s drinking water with a solution of combined chlorine.

For a 30-day period that starts Monday, Cameron will be using a solution of chlorine, without ammonia, to treat water.  This may affect the taste and color.  

Officials said the City is performing the treatment with the permission of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.


(CAMERON) The trial of a Rockdale foster mom accused of killing a child under her care continues today.

After multiple delays, jury selection and testimony began this week in the trial of Sherill Small, who is charged with murder in the 2013 death of 2-year-old Alexandria Hill. Milam County District Attorney Bill Torrey has said he will not seek the death penalty in the case. If convicted, Small could serve a life sentence. 

The prosecution presented 5 witnesses during proceedings on Wednesday. Closing arguments are scheduled for next week. 


(CAMERON) Milam Community Theater is set to debut their latest production at the Williams Event Center in Cameron.

Virgil`s Wedding hits the stage Saturday and Sunday, with encore performances the following weekend. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students. Curtain rises at 7PM for Saturday showings and 2PM for Sunday showings. 


(TEXAS) Early voting for the November election continues in the Lone Star State.  Early voting ends on Friday.  People are reminded to bring in photo IDs so they can get a ballot.  Locally, voters can head to the Milam County Clerk`s Office, Rockdale Juvenile Justice Center, Buckholts Community Center, and Thorndale Rec Center.

Voters locally will choose between Republican Richard "Opey" Watkins and Democrat Doug Kunkel for Pct. 1 Commissioner; Republican Sam Berry and Democrat Don Schuerman for Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace; and Republican Wanda Hobbs and Democrat Gary Northcott for Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace. There were no other contested races locally. 


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 1 EMS runs and no other activity.

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 1 EMS runs and 2 arrests: both for DWLI
(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported none booked in:

There were 2 accidents reported in rural Milam County:
--4:08PM, 18-wheeler vs vehicle on US79. 
--5:41PM, rollover on CR322. No injuries in either wreck.

There are 109 prisoners in the Milam County Jail this morning, including 11 housed for Coryell County, 10 housed for Lampasas County, and 1 for Cameron PD.

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