Today`s Local News2014-10-24
Friday, October 24, 2014      


(SALADO) A Salado man remains jailed on charges he sexually assaulted a child. 

Bell County Sheriff`s Office said 37-year-old Juan Espinoza Villafranco was arrested Thursday on the charges. Deputies began investigating in September after reports of a sexual assault of a child. Parents of an 8-year-old girl told deputies their daughter had sexual contact with their neighbor when the girl was 5. After interviews with the Child Advocacy Center and health officials, authorities charged Villafranco. 


(HEARNE) One person had to be hospitalized after a 2-vehicle wreck in Hearne. 

Police said the accident happened at the intersection of Brown and Willow when a Chevy Suburban failed to yield the right-of-way. The driver of the suburban had to be taken to the hospital for undisclosed injuries. Three children riding in that vehicle were not hurt. 


(TEXAS) Early voting for the November election continues today in the Lone Star State.  Early voting ends on October 31st.  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. 


(Austin) Texas` new Ebola task force is focusing on preparedness and isolating patients in its first meeting.  The Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response mapped out seven themes during yesterday`s meeting in Austin.  Those include making sure there are improved, standardized protocols with repeated training, drills and simulations, plus improving communications at all levels.  Task Force officials say it`s important to gather as much information as possible as they develop a plan to make sure Texas is ready for future infectious disease threats of all kinds. 

Most Texas hospitals aren`t capable of handling Ebola patients.  State Health Commissioner David Lakey told the task force yesterday that patients with the deadly virus should be treated at specialized health centers.  Lakey says the challenges of handling this type of health risk undermines the national strategy that community hospitals are up to the task. 


(ROCKDALE) Rockdale City Council will meet in special session Monday. 

During that meeting, the Council is expected to meet in executive session to deliberate the appointment and employment of a City Manager. Following that closed session, the City could reconvene and name a new City Manager. 

Monday`s meeting is at 5:30PM at City Hall. 


October 24
Yoe High Band will host a tailgate fundraiser today at Yoe Field from 5-7PM. Chopped BBQ sandwiches, chips, dessert, and a drink will be sold for just $6. Proceeds go to the Yoe Band. 

October 25
The 54th Annual Minerva Homecoming will be held Noon Saturday 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.  Come fellowship with your neighbors and friends in Minerva. Bring your family and friends and enjoy a day of visiting along with a covered dish lunch.  Remember to bring old photos and memories.  For more information contact Susan Dean-512.429.1445 or Deborah Dean-512.446.3111.

October 25
“Falls County Go Texan” Trail Ride & Chili Cook-off will be Saturday at Celebration Park in Westphalia. The trail ride departs at 8:30AM. Lunch will be at 1PM at Celebration Park. The cook-off has registration at 8AM, with judging just after Noon. For info on the trail ride, call 721-1460, 721-1219, or 883-0286. For info on the cook-off, call 883-7214, 252-0155, or 366-3511. All proceeds go to Falls County Go Texan Scholarship Fund.

October 26
A raffle to benefit the Ft Hood Nov. 5th, 2009 Memorial is being held Sunday from 4-8PM at Schoepf`s BBQ in Belton. Jenna McDaniel and Whiskey Myers will perform. Tickets are $15 for the concert, and $25 for the concert plus food. Raffle Tickets are $3 each or 4 for $10, with the drawing on Sunday. Tickets are available at: Germania Insurance, Main Printing, People`s Finance, and Hollis Lewis Law office or you can call Joleen Cahill at 254-697-8987. The prizes include: 3 different quilts, 8 photographic prints, a Mary Kay basket, soldier windchimes and plaques, stained glass, paintings, and fishing flies. The funds raised are earmarked for engraving expenses. 


(CAMERON) The Yoe football team continue their district schedule at home today. 

The Yoemen host Lago Vista in a big District 10-3A match-up. Both teams are 1-1 in district play. KMIL will carry that game. Get more on the game on the Coach Rick Rhoades Show this morning. After the evening report, catch the Coufal Prater Countdown to Kickoff, and after the game, find Friday Night Finals for all the latest area scores. 


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

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 3 EMS runs and no other activity.

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 9 booked in:
--Douglas Robert Root, 67 of Milano on a District Commitment
--Nina Kay Moore, 51 of Salado on a Bench Warrant
--Jennie Leigh Langley, 30 of Livingston on a Bench Warrant
--6 from Coryell Co

There was 1 accidents reported in rural Milam County:
--6:36AM, vehicle hit a deer on FM908 just south of the airport. No injuries.

There are 109 prisoners in the Milam County Jail this morning, including 8 housed for Coryell County, 14 housed for Lampasas County, and 1 for Cameron PD.

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