4-H enrollment starts Sept. 1 for all those interested

By Micah Holcombe

County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences

In Texas, as everywhere, our youth are our future.  Oh, how we strive to develop and encourage hard work and dedication of our youth. The youth today will determine the leaders and citizens of the future, not only for Texas, but for the nation and the world. The 4-H program is the answer to achieve this goal! 

What is 4-H? 

4-H is learning by doing, and is available to all boys and girls in the Kindergarten through 12th grades, from urban, suburban and rural areas. First, an adult leader brings together youth that have common interests. Second, the youth choose one or more projects. Projects are chosen from among 100 project areas offered. Third, the group enrolls as a club, and fourth meets together to learn and have FUN. Clubs are able to explore 4-H activities, events and trips. In 4-H, there are events happening all year round. 


S’niya Diggs selected O.J. Thomas homecoming queen

O.J. Thomas Homecoming Queen S’niya Diggs was escorted by her uncles, Roland Kelley and Eric Kelley during the presentation last Friday night for the 51st O.J. Thomas Alumni Homecoming Reunion.

The theme “Dreams Can Be Fulfilled” became a reality for S’niya Diggs, who was selected winner of the O.J. Thomas Resource Center’s Little Miss Queen contest.

One of the main purposes of the annual pageant is to promote self-esteem and confidence in the young girls of the Cameron area. The Queen Program is designed to promote greater public understanding, awareness and interest in our forward progress in community unity. The queen and ambassadors share a unique opportunity to promote the community as well as an opportunity for personal, professional growth and development. 

Miss Diggs was sponsored as a contestant by the Cameron chapter and assisted by her family members, grandmother Denise Pittman and uncles Roland Kelley and Eric Kelley. 

She will represent and perform duties in the community in support of the organization’s goals for 2016-17.


$12,000 in scholarships awarded by Christine Holcombe Memorial Fund

Winners of 2016 scholarships from the Christine Holcombe Memorial Scholarship fund include (front, from left) Ethan Biar, Jacob Biar, Tyler Dent; (center row) Trevor Moore, Madeline Kostroun; and (top row, from left) Roddy Holcome holding grandson James, William Iselt, A’ja Reynolds and Andy Holcombe holding daughter Mackenzie.

The Christine Holcombe Memorial scholarship fund has awarded 14 Milam County college students a total of $12,000 in scholarships.

The collegiate scholarship fund was established in honor of longtime Milam County Extension Agent Christine Holcombe who lost her battle with cancer in 2013.  Funds for this scholarship were raised earlier this year at the Mardi Gras Gala.

“We had several deserving students who applied for the scholarships so it wasn’t an easy decision” said Dianne Braudrick of the scholarship committee. “Christine was always encouraging young people to focus on their education and follow their dreams and it was an honor to help select this year’s scholarship recipients.”

Here is a list of all the scholarship winners:

$1500 scholarship winners

• William Iselt of Thorndale is pursuing a civil engineering degree at Texas Tech

• A’Ja Reynolds of Cameron is studying psychology at Sam Houston State University


Summer reading program in full swing

Brian Weaks presented a program about music and musical instruments at the Cameron Public Library’s Saturday program last week. The final program of the series is set for 11 a.m. this Saturday, July 23. On July 30, the final awards program will be held.

By Marie Christopher, Library Director We had a wonderful program on Saturday! Brian Weeks furnished the children (and adults) with a wonderful music presentation – trombone, kazoo, box drum, and more. The children all received a gift from Brian – drum sticks or a kazoo. Check out the Cameron Public Library Children’s Program on Facebook for pictures. Our Saturday was very noisy and loads of fun. Thanks, Brian. 

The Saturday programs begin at 11 a.m. and usually end about noon or shortly thereafter. There is one more Saturday program on July 23, before our final awards program and party on Saturday, July 30. Be sure to report all books read before Wednesday, July 28. If you can’t make it on time for the official program, we will have all crafts and other things for the children to do at all other times. 


Milam Community Theater prepares for summer show opening

Maurice Goza and John Nelson work on set construction for MCT’s production of Greater Fatty Bottoms

With less than 12 days left until opening, actors, stage crew and volunteers hustle to construct the set for Milam Community Theater’s summer show, Greater Fatty Bottoms.

“It’s going to be a tight squeeze, getting this set built,” said Vicki Goza, producer of Greater Fatty Bottoms. “The Williams Event Center has been booked much of the summer and it wasn’t until July 17 that we could begin constructing the set. But, we’ve got a great bunch of folks helping us and they are ready to get going.”

Since auditions were completed in early June, director Joe Reynolds ‘blocked’ (theater-speak for “specific locations on stage where the actors move and perform”) the play’s action with strategically positioned folding chairs and a few key props.


Domestic Violence Outreach Team needs volunteers

By Curtis Chubb, Special to the Herald

“It is a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. It can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. It includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone.” 

That is how the United States Department of Justice defines ‘domestic violence.’

The term ‘domestic violence’ includes ‘family violence’ and ‘dating violence.’ Some describe it as ‘relationship violence.’ Under any name, domestic violence is unacceptable and unlawful behavior.

There were 124 incidents of domestic violence reported in Milam County during 2014. 


Texas Historical Commission honors MCHC with 25th Distinguished Service award

Delores Mode, the Milam County Historical Commission’s longest tenured member, received the Texas Historical Commission’s Distinguished Service Award on behalf of the MCHC. The award was presented in Commissioners Court on Monday. Shown at the presentation Monday are Commissioner Pct. 1 Richard “Opey” Watkins, Commissioner Pct, 2 Donald Shuffield, County Judge David Barkemeyer, Delores Mode, Commissioner Pct. 3 John Fisher and Commissioner Pct. 4 Jeff Muegge.


The Milam County Commissioners Court had a short meeting on Monday.

The Texas Historical Commission awarded the “Distinguished Service Award” to the Milam County Historical Commission at the meeting.  The Milam County volunteer group has won this award for 25 consecutive years. The award, officially presented during a commissioners court meeting, recognizes their “exceptional efforts” for programs targeted to the preservation of Milam County history in 2015.

In other business, the commissioners court:

• Approved the designation of two private roads: PR 3482 and PR 7913 East;

• Approved an agreement by which Precinct 4 Commissioner Jeff Muegge will assist the Thorndale Volunteer Fire Department improve access to its hall in Thorndale;

• Granted permission to Precinct 2 Commissioner Donald Shuffield to advertise for bids for a low-water crossing on County Road 136; and


Miss Thorndale Revue set Thursday

2015 Miss Thorndale Madison Hafley will crown her successor at the 2016 Thorndale Revue Thursday night at the TISD cafeteria.

The annual Miss Thorndale Revue is set for 7 p.m. Thursday in the TISD cafeteria when 2015 Miss Thorndale Madison Hafley will pass her crown to her successor.

Theme for this year’s revue is Gypsy and Country. The event features categories for all ages as well as the Miss Thorndale division for Thorndale High School students.

The winner of the Miss Thorndale title will reign over the Thorndale Volunteer Fire Department Barbecue Cookoff  June 24-26 and for the 2016-17 school year. The new Miss Thorndale will also represent Thorndale at various activities conducted by the TACC and at parades in the area.

The Thorndale Revue is a scholarship pageant with winners eligible to receive scholarships as well as represent the community in other festivals and events.


Retired teachers group adopts new name

Milam Country Retired School Personnel Association Officers for 2016 are (from left) Frank Middleton, past president; Jamie Larson, president; Eldon Ball, parliamentarian; Bram Younts, first vice president; Kathleen Brockenbush, second vice president; Lue Wenzel, secretary; and Susan Larson, treasurer.

Effective July 1, the Milam County Retired Teachers Association (MCRTA) will be known as the Milam County Retired School Personnel Association MCRSPA). 

After several months of discussions, members approved the name change. “Many local Units around the state have been changing their organization’s name to be sure that all school employees know that if they receive a pension from TRS they are welcomed in to our organization,” explained incoming President Jamie Larson. “Our parent organization, TRTA, represents bus drivers, secretaries, cafeteria workers, janitors, teachers, administrators and anyone that has worked in a public school setting and receives a TRS pension. We are the voice for all active and retired teachers pension and health care in the Texas legislature. We also are working with Congress to abolish the WEP/GPO. This will help our retirees receive fair Social Security benefits.”


Community events calendar

Holy Ground Church sets movie night June 17

Holy Ground Baptist Church of Cameron will host a free movie night at the City Park Gazebo on Friday, June 17. The movie “The Good Dinosaur” will start at 8 p.m. Everyone is invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the show. Popcorn, soda floats, water and soda will be provided.

Friends of Library book signing June 18

The Friends of the Cameron Library will host a book signing Saturday, June 18, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the library. The featured authors are Larry Causey and Garlyn Webb Shelton. Causey is from Temple and Shelton is from Brenham. Both authors write books with western themes.

Cameron City pool hours

The Cameron City pool, located at Air Park, is now open for the summer season.

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