Friday, May 27, 2016
TORNADO, SEVERE STORMS HIT BRAZOS CO, CENTRAL TEXAS
(BRAZOS CO) Severe weather ran through Central Texas on Thursday causing widespread issues.
Here at the Ranch, we recorded a record rainfall on Thursday at 2.5-inches. The National Weather Service has also issued a Flash Flood Watch for Milam County until this afternoon. More heavy rainfall is currently being predicted, with the possibility of more severe storms as well. Temperatures should hover around 80 degrees today with the rain chance at 60%. Rains are likely to begin dissipating tonight, with isolated but brief shower chances through the weekend.
The storm system that dumped a record rain on Milam County also pounded Brazos County on Thursday, even producing a tornado in the town of Bryan. Brazos County Emergency Management officials confirmed that a low-grade tornado touched down in the Wheeler Ridge and Miramont neighborhoods in Bryan near TX6 and FM1179. Though no fatalities or injuries were reported, at least 3 structures were thought to have been destroyed with as many as 60-plus heavily damaged. The Mayor of Bryan has since declared a State of Disaster for the town. Utility services were also down for much the afternoon due to the storms. Shelter areas were set across the surrounding area, including in College Station, Caldwell, Plantersville, and Navasota. The issues extended to the roads and highways across that county as well. Officials said TX6 was closed for several hours due to a major accident, compounded by the severe weather. TX6 did not reopen until after 6PM on Thursday. A handful of school districts in the area have canceled school today, including Snook, Somerville, Bryan, Burton, and Navasota.
A handful of area roads remain closed today due to flooding. The City of Normangee says FM39 at FM978 is closed. Robertson County officials report that FM2096 is closed from FM979 to US79 and FM2293 is closed from Bremond all the way to FM979. And in Burleson County, officials said TX36 at Mayers Creek is closed, as are FM roads 976, 2155, 2000, and 1361. At this time, there are no road closures in Milam County.
FALLS CO ACCIDENT
(FALLS CO) Authorities are investigating after a major 2-vehicle collision in Falls County on Thursday.
Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers were called about 8AM Thursday to the 2-vehicle wreck on US77 between Chilton and Golinda near the TX7 turnoff. Troopers said rescue crews had to use the Jaws of Life to extract both drivers from the wreckage. At least 1 person was rushed to the hospital for undisclosed injuries. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
BAYLOR PRESIDENT, FOOTBALL COACH BOTH OUSTED
(WACO) Sweeping leadership changes are coming to Baylor University after an independent investigation into the school`s response to allegations of sexual assaults by students and Baylor football players.
On Thursday, Baylor announced that Head Football Coach Art Briles has been suspended with the intent to terminate his employment, President Ken Starr will be demoted to Chancellor, and Athletic Director Ian McCaw has been placed on probation and sanctioned. The moves come on the heels of an independent report from the law firm Pepper Hamilton, who looked into the school`s handling of the various allegations. The Pepper Hamilton report found a fundamental failure by Baylor to implement Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013.
The school has announced that former dean and professor at Baylor`s George Truett Theological Seminary, Dr. David Garland, will serve as interim president. Baylor has also announced that a number of additional members of the administration and athletics department have been dismissed. AD McCaw will now be tasked with working with university leadership and the Board of Regents to implement the recommendations as they relate to the tone and accountability within the football program, to include effective oversight, controls, and realignment with the University mission statement.
For Briles, he still had 8-years left on a 10-year contract he signed in 2013. The University has not released any details of his contract and it remains unknown if Briles has negotiated a buyout. Briles and Baylor came under fire in August 2015 when former Baylor football player Sam Ukwuachu was sentenced to 180 days in jail following a conviction for sexually assaulting a women`s soccer player. Ukwuachu had already been dismissed from Boise State for off-field issues and during his trial, his former girlfriend testified that he had struck her and choked her, leading to his dismissal from there. Then this April, former player Shawn Oakman was arrested and charged with sexual assault. Oakman had also been previously dismissed from another school after he allegedly assaulted a woman.
For Starr, the former Whitewater special prosecutor and Pepperdine Law School Dean, the move to Chancellor is a demotion. He has been president of the university since 2010. He became national famous for his investigation of then-President Bill Clinton over allegations that Clinton had an affair with a White House intern.
BELL CO JAIL INMATE FOUND DEAD ID`ED
(BELTON) An inmate found dead this week in his jail cell has now been identified.
Bell County Jail officials said 45-year-old Sergeant Marcus Lamarr Nelson, Sr. was found dead in his jail cell on Monday. Nelson did 2 tours in Iraq and was assigned to Ft. Hood`s 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division. Bell County Sheriff`s Office and the Texas Attorney General`s Office are now investigating. It remains unclear how Nelson died, though an autopsy has been ordered. Nelson had been jailed on single counts of Departing a Place of Duty and Disobeying an Order, plus 4 counts each of Dereliction of Duty and Communicating a Threat.
MISSING TEMPLE WOMAN RETURNS HOME
(TEMPLE) A Temple woman missing since Monday has now returned home.
Temple Police on Thursday asked the public for help in locating Charlotte Bales, who had last been seen on Monday. Bales had left her home without her wallet, phone, driver license, or inhaler. Officials said Bales returned home on Thursday, though no other details have been released.
APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR CHRISTINE HOLCOMBE SCHOLARSHIP NEARS
(CAMERON) Applications are now being accepted for the Christine Holcombe Memorial Scholarship.
The scholarship, which memorializes former County Extension Agent Christine Holcombe, will be awarded to applicants who have completed 1 year of college and are former Milam County residents and graduates from Milam County high schools. The deadline to apply is June 18th. For info, call 201-403-8185. To get an application, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
(CAMERON) Milam Community Theater is set to host auditions for their latest production.
Auditions for Greater Fatty Bottoms will be May 31st through June 1st from 6-8PM at the Williams Event Center in Cameron. Auditions will include reading from the script. The production requires a cast of 7 women, 6 men, and extras of all ages.
Greater Fatty Bottoms hits the stage July 30th and 31st, with encore performances the following weekend.
(MILAM CO) Here are some events coming to Central Texas.
Hope Lutheran Memorial Park Association will host a Memorial Day Service ar 4PM Sunday in Hope Lutheran Memorial Park Cemetery in Buckholts.
The annual Memorial Day program in Cameron will be at 10AM on Memorial Day on the Courthouse Square. KMIL will broadcast that program.
May 31-June 5
Join Sparky Thomason and the Community in Concert Band for the 2nd Annual Community Band Camp. Even if you haven`t played in years, you are invited to dust off your instruments and head to the Kay Theater. Rehearsal schedule is May 31st through June 2nd from 6:30-8:30PM each night. A concert will wrap up the series at 3PM on June 5th at the Kay. For questions or info, call 512-446-3884.
YOE HIGH GRADUATION CEREMONIES SCHEDULED
(CAMERON) Graduation for the Cameron Yoe High class of 2016 is set for 8PM today on Yoe Field.
The Valedictorian is Kayleigh Lara and the Salutatorian is Rocio Saucedo.
YOE SPORTS CAMPS COMING UP
(CAMERON) Cameron athletes will soon have a chance to participate in various sports camps.
Yoe Baseball Camp will be May 31st through June 1st at the Yards of Cameron from 9AM-Noon each day. The camp, for all incoming 3rd-9th graders, is $30 per player. Campers will need a glove, cleats, and bat. Early registrants will also get a camp t-shirt. Make checks payable to John Broussard.
Lady Yoe Softball Camp will be May 31st through June 1st at Mark Humble Softball Field from 1:30-4:30PM each day. The camp, for all incoming 3rd-9th graders, is $30 per player. Early registrants will also get a camp t-shirt. Make checks payable to Abraham Vargas.
Yoe Boys Basketball Camp will be May 31st through June 2nd at Yoe High Gym from 1-4PM each day. The camp, for all incoming 3rd-9th graders, is $30 per player. Campers that register early will get a t-shirt. Make checks payable to Lance Hause.
Lady Yoe Basketball Camp will May 31st through June 2nd at Yoe High Gym from 9AM-Noon. The camp, for all incoming 3rd-9th graders, is $30 per player. Campers that register early will get a t-shirt. Make checks payable to Stephanie Hause.
Yoe High School Cheerleader Camp will be July 23rd from 9AM-5PM at the Yoe High Gym. The camp, for kids aged 4 to 5th Grade, is $30 per person. Campers will have a chance to cheer during a Yoe High School football game. Make checks payable to Yoe High Cheerleaders.
The 8th annual Yoeman Football Camp is set for July 25th through 28th at the Lester & Beatrice Williams Strength and Conditioning Center. Grades 3rd through 6th will meet from 8-10AM and 7th-9th graders will meet from 10:30AM-12:30PM. You can register the first day of camp. The cost is $45. There are scholarship opportunities available for athletes. Campers will need to provide their own towel, wear shorts, a t-shirt, and cleats, and must leave all jewelry at home. Make checks payable to Yoe Football Camp.
UIL RETURNS STATE TITLE GAMES TO AT&T STADIUM
(TEXAS) The University Interscholastic League has announced this week another change to the football state championship venue.
The UIL announced Thursday that the 2016 State Football Championship games will return to AT&T Stadium in Arlington. All 11-man games are set to be played December 14-17th. Houston hosted the championship games this past season.
FORMER YOE COACH MAKES GIRLS COACHES ASSOCIATION HALL OF FAME
(AUSTIN) The Texas Girls Coaches Association is set to induct 3 new members into their Hall of Fame, including a local legend.
Retired Cameron Lady Yoe Track and Field Coach Linda Richter is set to be inducted into the TGCA Hall of Fame this summer. She will be joined by Port Neches Groves High Coach Barbara Comeaux and Brownsboro High Coach Fred Griffin. Richter was recently honored at the UIL State Track Meet in recognition of her being named the 2015 National Federation of State High School Coaches Association Girls Track Coach of the Year. During Richter`s 30-plus year career, the Lady Yoe track program won 25 district titles, 5 regional championships, and a state team title in 2011.
In addition, a former Rogers coach will be honored posthumously for his work. The late Harley Doggett is set to be given the Margaret McKown Distinguished Service Award.
AREA SOFTBALL PLAYOFFS
(TEXAS) The UIL softball playoffs are underway, with just 2 area teams left.
Caldwell will now meet La Grange in the regional finals in a 1-game playoff. The teams meet at 7:30PM today in Liberty Hill.
AREA BASEBALL PLAYOFFS
(CENTRAL TX) The UIL Baseball playoffs are underway, with just 1 area team left.
Salado takes on Sinton in the regional semifinals in a best-of-3 series in San Marcos. Game 1 is 6PM today, with Game 2 on Saturday.
(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 4 EMS runs and 1 fire call: 8:35PM, Cameron FD sent to sparking transformer at 710 N. Scott
(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 3 EMS runs and 1 arrest: for PI
(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 4 new bookings:
--all 4 in from Coryell Co
There were 4 accidents reported in rural Milam County.
--10:45AM, vehicle hit a mailbox on FM1331 near Apache Pass
--10:57AM, hit-and-run accident on US79 near Brushy Creek Bridge
--3:57PM, 2-vehicle wreck on US77 north of Cameron
--12:28AM today, 1-vehicle wreck on Alamo Road
There are currently 127 inmates in the county jail, including 53 housed for Coryell County.