Today`s Local News2017-03-22
Wednesday, March 22, 2017


(ROCKDALE) Services are now set for a Rockdale City Councilman who died this week. 

Services for 71-year-old Leroy Phillips will be 11AM Saturday at Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale, with burial to follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5-8PM at the funeral home. Mr. Phillips was born in Tracy Community in Milam County and graduated from Aycock High School in 1964.  He attended Tyler Barber College in Houston and then worked as a licensed barber, operating his own shop in Rockdale. He also worked for Alcoa in Rockdale, retiring after 40 years. He was currently serving as East Ward representative on Rockdale City Council and was a deacon at Rising Star Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, daughters, siblings, and many other friends and relatives. Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 


(CALDWELL) Services are today for a Caldwell rodeo youth killed in a tragic accident. 

Services for 10-year-old Piper Faust will be 10AM today at Burleson County Cowboy Church in Caldwell. Visitation was held yesterday. Faust was killed in a tragic accident last Saturday, when her horse became spooked and fell on top of her. She had been waiting in the staging area at the Caldwell Rodeo as she prepared for her barrel racing event when the accident occurred. Since the tragedy, the community has come together to help raise roughly $30,000 to assist the family through donations. A memorial barrel racing event will also be held May 13th at the Brazos County Expo Center, featuring a silent auction, raffle, and BBQ dinner. 


(MARLIN) In a stunning about face, Marlin ISD has voted to quash a possible reduction in force. 

Just a day after voting in favor of moving forward with reducing certain positions, Marlin ISD voted 3-2 to kill a proposed workforce reduction. Marlin ISD Superintendent Michael Seabolt made the proposal to help the district reduce a $1.1 million budget shortfall. The plan called for the culling of certain positions, including Athletic Director, Assistant Principals, and various teaching and administrative positions. Cuts to special education and other areas were also to be part of the plan. With the Board`s reversal, it remains to be seen just what the district will do to fix their million-dollar-plus debt that looms on the horizon. Board managers Rose Cameron and Bryleen Terry both voted in favor of the plan, with managers Billy Johnson, Kevin Benjamin, and Maggie Majors all against. One of the major reasons for the swing in votes was a public forum held prior to the board vote. During that forum, 5 people spoke, including Marlin High School senior Shey Andrews, who spoke for the student body and was against the culling of those positions. 


(TEMPLE) Temple Police have arrested a 2nd suspect in connection to a 2014 home invasion and murder. 

Police served a warrant Tuesday against 22-year-old Damontray Lawayne Rivers in connection to the December 2014 shooting death of Damon Johnson. Rivers was handed the arrest warrant at Bartlett State Jail, where he is incarcerated on a January sentence for Possession of a Controlled Substance. Police say the shooting occurred at Johnson`s home in the 1100 block of S. Terrace St. in Temple. Officers responded to shots fired and found Johnson dead of a gunshot wound to the chest. Witnesses said 2 suspects fled the scene shortly after shots rang out. Police say 24-year-old Leray Dontral Wheelock was arrested last month on charges of Murder, Theft of Property, and addition felony warrants. Wheelock remains held in Bell County Jail.  


(COLLEGE STATION) Two people jailed after a shootout with law enforcement in College Station have been identified. 

According to Department of Public Safety spokesperson Sgt. Jimmy Morgan, 32-year-old Charles Wayne Nelson of Caldwell and 35-year-old Michael Dewayne Lott of College Station remain held in Brazos County Jail. Lott is charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Nelson faces charges of Aggravated Assault Against a Public Servant and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. 

Morgan said a trooper conducted a traffic stop of a northbound 2004 Acura on the TX6 access road near Horse Haven Road just before 1AM Tuesday. During the stop, Morgan said Nelson opened fire on the trooper, leading the trooper to return fire. Amazingly, no one was hit, nor hurt. The driver, Lott, was taken into custody at the scene, but Nelson allegedly took the wheel and attempted to drive off, crashing shortly afterward and fleeing on foot into a marshy area behind a local business. Authorities called in a DPS helicopter to aid in the search and troopers and local law enforcement located and arrested Nelson without further incident. Texas Rangers are now assisting in the investigation. 


(HEARNE) Yet another Hearne City Council meeting ended in a quarrel on Tuesday. 

Following heated discussion over a forensic audit on the city finances, Hearne City Councilmember Rodrick Jackson and Mayor Ruben Gomez got into a shouting match outside City Hall after the meeting ended. The 2 managed to also capture the attention of Hearne Police, who made their presence known to the pair. There were no arrests, though tensions have continued to simmer since the forensic audit was returned to the council last month. That audit, which was leaked to the public, appears to show no wrongdoing or misappropriation of funds by the City. During the meeting, Jackson noted that Mayor Gomez was trying to cover up misuse of funds, while Gomez said he felt Jackson was on a witch hunt when the issue appears to be settled. 


(TAYLOR) Taylor City Council will meet Thursday to discuss their downtown square. 

During their meeting, the Council will hear updates on the future of Heritage Square in downtown Taylor. The square is up for redevelopment as part of their 2015 approved master plan. The City has called improving the square a top priority and originally hoped to add desired elements such as a splash pad, public art area, lawn area, game areas, trees, and a pavilion. The cost of the project is projected at about $4 million, though grants will help with funding.  


(CAMERON) The 1st ever Milam Regional Farmers Market is officially scheduled. 

Cameron Economic Development Executive Director Ginger Watkins said that the Milam Regional Farmers Market will launch its inaugural season this Saturday. After seeking input from growers, vendors, and consumers, the Milam Regional Farmers Market was able to set its Market Days as the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month from 9AM-2PM. Markets will run through November, all at the Yards of Cameron under the 44 Farms Farmers Market Pavilion. Officials also are excited to announce that in addition to farmers and producers, artists and crafters will also be allowed to participate. Anyone interested in taking part in the Milam Regional Farmers Market should call 254-697-4970 or email Vendor and market information will also be available soon at 


(CAMERON) The City of Cameron has announced their annual spring clean up day for Saturday, April 8th from 8AM-3PM at the City Yard.  

Residents of Cameron will be able to haul any unwanted trash and debris to the yard during those hours.  Those participating should bring a current water bill to verify residency.  Items NOT accepted include wire, tires, batteries, antifreeze, chemicals, paints, liquids, concrete, dirt, roofing materials and asbestos siding.  Refrigerators will be accepted, however, compressors must be removed.  Items will need to be separated by category when you arrive.  The city yard is located at 701 E. Main. For info, call 697-6646.


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

March 22
You`re invited to a Lunch & Learn session today from Noon-1PM at the Rockdale Workforce Solutions Center at 313 N. Main. Learn to become a leader in your business, hire the right people, retain your employees, and be a leader who creates other leaders. Workforce Services Director Jerry Haisler is presenting. RSVP by calling 512-446-2030.
March 24
Aaron`s Gun Shop Hi-Cap Adventures presents the 2nd annual Law Enforcement Benefit Shoot-Off at 7PM Friday. Teams of 5 shooters can compete against other teams to win prizes for the law enforcement department of their choice. The competition is open to all -- no law enforcement position required. 

March 24 & 31/April 7
The Westphalia Knights of Columbus will host Lenten Fish Fries during lent this Friday, March 31st, and April 7th. Plates will consist of fried fish and shrimp, French fries, pinto beans and coleslaw. The plates will cost $9 and can be picked up at the Westphalia Parish Hall from 4-7PM or until sold out.                

March 25
The annual station review and fundraiser for Bartlett Volunteer Fire Department will be 10AM-2PM Saturday at Station #2 in Davilla. There will be sausage wraps, chips, and drinks for sale. In addition, there will be a bounce house and cotton candy for the kids. Everyone is invited. For info, call 254-627-0058.

March 26
Salem Lutheran Church and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans combine their resources to host a BBQ fundraiser and silent auction from 11AM-2PM Sunday at Seaton Star Hall. Plates off BBQ beef, sausage, beans, potato salad, slaw, dessert, and tea are just $10. All proceeds benefit Relay for Life. 

March 27
The Yoe Athletic Booster Club is seeking volunteers to host the Yoemen 44 Farms Relays and Junior High Invitational Track Meet. Those interested in assisting should attend an Organizational Meeting at 7PM Monday in the Yoe High Cafeteria. A meal will be provided at this meeting. Both track events will be held March 30th and 31st. 


(CAMERON) Both the Yoe baseball team and Lady Yoe softball team stumbled on the road on Tuesday. 

In an fight for district supremacy on the baseball diamond, the Yoemen fell in a tight contest to Rogers 4-2. The loss puts Rogers in the drivers seat for the district title, though the 2 teams will meet again in Cameron later this year. In softball, the Ladies lost to Rogers 7-2, falling to 1-5 in district. Both teams return to action Friday at home. KMIL will have the call, weather permitting. 

In other area baseball scores: Franklin topped Academy 7-6, Troy lost to Groesbeck 4-1, Bryan shut out University 6-0, Rudder edged Temple 10-7, College Station toppled A&M Consolidated 2-0, LaGrange dropped Caldwell 10-0, and Belton blanked Killeen 8-0. In other area softball scores: Rudder took down Bryan 5-3, College Station run-ruled Waco 12-0, Belton run-ruled Killeen 10-0, and University stopped A&M Consolidated 10-3. 


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 2 EMS call and 1 fire call: 1:58PM, Buckholts FD toned for traffic control at the underpass.

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 2 EMS runs and no other activity.

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

There were 3 accidents reported in rural Milam County. 
--8:28AM, vehicle hit a tree on N. FM487. Injuries reported but unknown.
--9AM, 1-vehicle rollover on N. FM486. 
--1:57PM, multiple vehicles hit a large rock in the road at then underpass on US190 between Rogers and Buckholts.

There are currently 119 inmates in the county jail, including 40 housed for Coryell County.

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