Today`s Local News2017-08-16
Wednesday, August 16, 2017


(MILAM CO) A trio of area fire departments battled a major structure fire on Tuesday. 

According to Cameron Police, fire departments from Cameron, Buckholts, and Rogers all responded about 4:30PM Tuesday to a house fire at 1465 CR104 in Milam County. Crews were on scene until about 7:30PM. No other details have been released at this time. 


(CAMERON) A woman accused of stealing a dog from the Cameron animal shelter has been arrested and identified. 

According to a press release from Cameron Police, 36-year-old Melissa Miller was taken into custody on Tuesday on charges of Burglary of a Building. Police said viewer and listener tips allowed investigators to identify Miller as a suspect and thus obtain an arrest warrant. Miller was booked into Milam County Jail. Authorities began investigating after surveillance photos and video showed a woman enter the Cameron Animal Shelter on August 10th and then proceed to take a female dog and flee. The Milam County Sheriff`s Office assisted in the case. Police also wished to thank the public for their tips and help in locating and identifying the suspect. 


(AUSTIN) Nearly all area school districts passed with flying colors in the recently released state accountability ratings. 

The Texas Education Agency on Tuesday announced the 2017 state accountability ratings for the more than 1200 school districts and charters in Texas, with some 95% of districts and charters earning the Met Standard rating. Some 400 campuses also earned distinction designations, including 3 here in Central Texas: Franklin Middle School, Holland Elementary School, and Mumford Elementary School. Two area districts also earned postsecondary readiness distinction, something only 58 total districts earned statewide. Both Salado and McGregor ISD reached that status, which takes into account factors such as graduation rates, ACT/SAT scores and participation, career and technical education graduates, and dual-credit course completion rates. 

Locally, Cameron ISD met standard as a whole, with each of their 4 campuses also meeting standard. All Milam County school districts but Buckholts met the standard according to TEA. Buckholts received Improvement Required after falling short in Student Achievement and Closing Performance Gaps. Again, Cameron, Rockdale, Gause, Milano, and Thorndale all met standard. 

Belton, Rogers, Little River-Academy, Rosebud-Lott, Franklin, Thrall, Granger, Taylor, Caldwell, Hutto, Franklin, Hearne, and Salado each met the standard. Temple ISD met standard as a whole, though Carter Elementary and Ray Allen Elementary rated as improvement required. Marlin ISD and Marlin High School both met standard, though Marlin Junior Academy and Marlin Primary Academy both showed improvement required. And Bartlett ISD rated as improvement required in student achievement, closing performance gaps, and post secondary readiness.


(GEORGETOWN) A Central Texas sheriff turned the tables on a would-be scammer on Tuesday. 

In a Twitter post on Tuesday, Williamson County Sheriff Robery Chody shared video of a phone call he received of a man pretending to a Williamson County deputy. The man can be heard on the phone telling Chody that he is Deputy Marshall in Chody`s department and that Chody owes money or else will be arrested. Once Chody identifies himself as Sheriff and that there is no Deputy Marshall in his employ, the man hangs up. Chody goes on to reiterate that the Sheriff`s Office will never call or email you and demand money. If you get such a call, call the Sheriff`s Office directly. 


(MORGANS POINT) Three people were rescued from a sinking boat overnight on Lake Belton. 

Morgan`s Point Resort Fire Department said 3 people had to be rescued from Lake Belton near Temple Lake Park after the boat they were on began sinking. It took crews some time to find exactly where the trio were at on the lake. Upon arriving, 2 of the victims were already in the water and had to be rescued. No other details have been released at this time. 


(BELTON) A trial date has been set for a man accused of assaulting a peace officer. 

Court records indicate that a special prosecutor and visiting judge have been assigned to the case of Robert Vanorden. Judge Mickey Pennington of 38th Judicial District Court in Uvalde County will preside and longtime Brazos County district attorney Bill Turner will serve as special prosecutor. A visiting judge was selected because Vanorden`s father is the Child Protection Court Associate Judge, Charles Van Orden. The younger Vanorden, whose name is spelled differently in court documents, is accused in the September 2016 aggravated assault of a peace officer. Police say he allegedly stole merchandise from a store in the Temple mall, then pulled a knife on a Temple Police officer who confronted him as he tried to escape. The officer had to pull his firearm on Vanorden in order to subdue him. The trial is set for next month. 


(ROCKDALE) There will be a Special Meeting for the Rockdale Park Board Thursday at 6PM in the City Council Chambers.

Subjects to be discussed include reviewing and taking any necessary action on updates to the Rockdale Parks Master Plan. Thursday`s Meeting is scheduled for 6PM in the City Council Chambers.


(BUCKHOLTS) There will be a regular meeting for Buckholts City Council Thursday at 5PM at the Buckholts Town Hall. 

Subjects to be discussed include to Discuss, Review, or Approve July Financial Statements and Other Expenditures, the agreement between the Town of Buckholts and Buckholts ISD to use Ricky McCall burn site on September 15th, the replacement of a patrol car, and no longer taking cash for water/sewer and court payments. Thursday`s meeting is scheduled for 5PM in the Buckholts Town Hall. 


(CAMERON) Certain customers with Salem Elm Ridge Water Supply must boil their water for now. 

Due to a leak on a Central Texas Water Supply line, customers with Salem Elm Ridge Water Supply must boil their water prior to consumption. This notice affects all Salem Elm Ridge customers, except those along Curry Road. To ensure destruction of harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for cooking, drinking, or ice making should be boiled and cooled. You may purchase bottled water in lieu of boiling. System officials will notify you when it is no longer necessary to boil your water. For questions, call 697-4016.


(ROCKDALE) The City of Rockdale is moving forward with a possible tax rate increase for the coming year. 

The Rockdale City Council this month approved the proposed 91.1 cent tax rate for the 2017-2018 fiscal year, which would represent an almost 8% hike in the tax rate, up from 86.3 cents. With the proposed tax rate hike, the City has now scheduled a pair of public hearings to get citizen comments on the matter. The meetings will be held August 21st and August 28th at 5:30PM each day in Rockdale City Hall. Citizens are encouraged to attend those hearings and ask questions and give feedback. 


(CENTRAL TX) Here`s a look at some events coming to Central Texas this week:

Through August 25
Feeders of the Lambs is a Christian group of Cameron-area citizens looking to provide free meals to children after the Cameron ISD summer meals program ends. Meals will be served at the pavilion at the Elementary School and at the Episcopal church from 11:30AM-12:30PM, weekdays through August 25th. The group is still seeking donations and volunteers for the event. For questions, or to donate, call 254-482-0019

August 16
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Milam County and the Central Texas, Little River-San Gabriel & Taylor Soil and Water Conservation Districts cordially invite the public to attend their Local Working Group (LWG) meeting today from 10AM-Noon. The purpose of this annual meeting is to set local conservation priorities and bring conservation stakeholders together to discuss conservation topics and issues relevant to helping Milam County farmers and ranchers better conserve on-farm natural resources.

August 17
Pizza Hut in Cameron will donate 15% of their proceeds on Thursday from 4PM until closing to The Movement outreach event. Customers must mention The Movement when they order in those hours. The Movement is a FREE outreach concert held at Holy Ground Baptist Church on August 26th at 3:30PM. Everyone is invited. 

August 19
A Memorial Ruck in honor of hometown heroes 2nd Lt. Darryn Andrews and Master Sgt. Charles Price, III will take place Saturday beginning at 8AM in Cameron City Park. The 8 mile ruck will follow Fannin St. out to HWY 77, turn around at Denio`s Furniture Store, and head back to City Park. A Memorial Motorcycle Ride will coincide with the Ruck. If you or your motorcycle club would like to participate, call 254-482-3112. A memorial service will be held at 1PM to honor the fallen and their families. Guest speaker will be Earl Granville. The public is encouraged to bring a chair to the park for the service. Seating is only being provided to the handicapped and the elderly. 

August 19
There will be a benefit for the Daryl Howard family to help with funeral expenses from 10AM Saturday to 1AM Sunday at Cameron VFW. Daryl was killed last month in a motorcycle accident. BBQ plates will be available for $6 per plate. Tournaments will be held all day for Redneck Golf, Cornhole, Pool, and Darts. Trophies will be awarded to each tourney winner. A silent auction and 50-50 raffle will also be held. Music will be provided by DJs Daniel and John Martinez and special guest Country Bob Yates. All proceeds go to the family. For info, call 254-295-6222 or 254-627-0179.

August 20
St. Monica`s Catholic Church invites everyone to the Annual Homecoming Festival on Sunday. A Spanish Mass will be celebrated at 7AM and a Polka Mass with the Taylor Czech Chorus starts at 10AM. BBQ beef and sausage plates will be served starting at 10:30AM, with to go plates available. All plates are $10. Also homemade tamales, hamburgers, nachos and other food will be available during the day. A horseshoe tournament starts at 1PM with registration at 11:30AM. There will be games and entertainment for all ages throughout the day. The Majeks of Corpus will perform inside Simon & George Hall starting at 11:30AM. A Country Auction starts at 3:30PM in the hall. A raffle concludes the day with a $1000 Visa Card as top  prize. Tickets for the raffle are $1 each or 6 for $5.


(CAMERON) As the first day of school nears, here are some dates to remember. 

Parents of students who will need bus transportation this year are encouraged to go to the District`s website and complete Bus Registration prior to the start of school. Go to the "Transportation" tab on the District`s website at to complete the form online. Once complete and approved, parents will be notified when bus passes are ready for pick up. All students must register for the bus in order to be eligible to ride. Transportation will be provided to students who live 2 miles or more from their campus or for those living in the designated hazardous route areas (4th Street to Batte Street between Glade Avenue and S. Columbus; the triangular area between Adams, Raleigh, E. 1st Street, and the railroad tracks; and the Cameron Associates Apartments). For more info, call 254-697-6737.

PreKindergarten at Ben Milam Elementary will include 3 iterations this year. All new will be the All-Day 3-year-old PreK for qualifying students. Also returning this year are All-Day 4-year-old PreK for qualifying students and All-Day 4-year-old PreK for tuition-based students. Registrations are now being accepted. Kindergarten and PreKindergarten Round Up will be 9AM-2PM today. For info, call 254-697-3641.

Chromebooks for 8th graders will be available for pickup on Friday from 10AM-Noon and from 1-2PM. Parents must sign an agreement before students can receive the Chromebook.


(CAMERON) Youth wishing to play soccer in Cameron will have to register soon. 

Cameron Youth Soccer registration is underway and the deadline is August 31st. Officials will be at Yoe High Cafeteria that night from 5-7PM for last chance registration. Youth ages 4-13 are eligible to play and the cost is $40 per player with a discount for households with multiple players. You can pick up registration forms at the Cameron Library, Classic Bank, Buckholts State Bank, or Elementary and Jr. High offices. For info, call 254-482-0680 or 254-482-0326.


(CAMERON) As football season nears, here are some important dates to know.  

Yoe Cards are now on sale through any Yoe High volleyball or football player. All coupons on this year`s card are to businesses here in town. Each card is $20. All proceeds go to the Yoe Athletic Boosters. 

Yoe Football reserve season tickets are on sale now for current ticket holders only. Tickets are available in the Cameron ISD Administration Building from 9AM-4PM. No tickets will be sold in the field house. All remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public August 22nd. Only a limited number of Senior Passes are available and are first come first served. 


(ROSEBUD-LOTT) Former Rosebud-Lott ISD students are seeking donations to honor their late coach. 

Donations are being sought to honor former longtime Rosebud-Lott ISD coach and teacher Charlie Groseclose, who died recently. Coach G spent 25 years at Rosebud-Lott ISD. Make donations to CE Wolf, Box 613 in Rosebud, 76570. Checks should be made out to Rosebud-Lott ISD with Coach G Memorial in the memo line. Find more information by searching Coach G Memorial on Facebook. 


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 6 EMS calls and 1 arrest: Melissa Miller for Burglary of a Building
There was also 1 fire call:
--4:32PM, Buckholts, Rogers, and Cameron FDs went to house fire at 1465 CR104. On scene until 7:25PM.

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 3 EMS calls and 3 arrests:
--Aaron Norman, 27 of Rockdale, For Milam County warrant, probation violation, Assault Causing Bodily Injury, Family Violence
--Elizabeth Wells, 33 of Rockdale, For Dallas County Warrant, Possession of Controlled Substance.
--29-year-old Rockdale man for Capias Pro Fine and Milam Co warrant
There was also a fire call: 4:34PM, Thorndale FD sent for lift assist. 

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 11 new bookings:
--Melissa Mae Miller, 36 of Buckholts, for Burglary of a Building
--Aaron Wayne Norman, 27 of Rockdale, for Motion to Revoke
--Elizabeth Marie Wells-Shafer, 33 of Rockdale, for Out of Co Bond Surrender
--Jason Antoine Williams, 21 of Killeen, for Possession of Marijuana
--7 in from Coryell Co

There were no accidents reported in rural Milam County:

There are currently 137 inmates in the county jail, including 70 housed for Coryell County.

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