Sheriff passes away

Milam County Sheriff David Greene has passed away.

Chief Deputy Sheriff Chris White said Friday night, “I am sad to report to you that our Sheriff has passed away this evening - please say a prayer for Janell and the family and for all of us too.”

Greene suffered a heart attack a few weeks ago while on vacation in Oregon.

White said Greene`s body will be picked up this evening, July 23, from an Austin airport and will be escorted back to Milam County, with an expected return of 9 or 9:30 p.m. He added that a large contingent of law enforcement will be escorting the body back along US 79 through Rockdale, before moving along US 77 to Cameron. White advised that drivers should be aware of this event and that the procession is likely to disrupt traffic. Williamson County motorcycle officers will be providing traffic controls.  


City says water is fine to drink

From the City of Cameron:

The Little River is currently generating an abundance of organic matter that has produced a distinctive taste and odor.  Unfortunately our treatment process does not take away either taste or odor at the levels being produced.

The water meets all TCEQ standards and has been filtered and disinfected well beyond all requirements.  Samples continue to be monitored from around town, at the Ground Storage Tank and at the filter plant.

Customers who experience taste or odor can chill tap water before drinking in order to make the taste and smell issues less noticeable. It is NOT necessary to boil water as the water is safe to drink and meets all state and federal public health standards. 

This problem will clear up once there is more flow in the Little River.


SH 36 underpass in Milano to close Friday

Beginning Friday, July 19, Union Pacific Railroad Company will close SH 36 at the railroad underpass in Milano. 

This closure is necessary for UP to repair bridge beams damaged from and over height strike that occurred on Tuesday, July 10.  

Traffic will be detoured along south US 79 to Hearne where it will follow US 190/SH 6 south to Bryan.  There the detour will turn onto SH 21 toward Caldwell.  This closure is estimated to last 10 days.

Changeable message boards have been placed to notify motorists of this closure and detour.  UP thanks everyone for their patience during this closure.

For more information, contact or (979) 778-9764.


Funds set up to help with sheriff’s recovery

The community has gathered together to raise funds to off-set the expense of getting Sheriff David Greene back to Milam County.

Deputy Chief Chris White said there will be some costly adjustments Greene will face while on his road to a full recovery from the heart-attack he suffered on June 26. 

White said two donation accounts have been created to assist the Greene family with the growing expenses and perceived costs. One is a Go Fund Me account, the other is a bank account at Classic Bank.

A link to the Go Fund Me account is on at least three Facebook accounts, David Greene, Janell Greene and Chris White, there will be others as the link is shared. 

For anyone wishing to donate off-line the account at Classic Bank is under the name Sheriff David Greene Benefit. 

White said based on what we have been told by the doctors, the sheriff’s road to recovery is going to be a long, hard road.


No Drop Off ordinance goes into effect this fall

Parents dropping off the children will see new drop off signs around Cameron ISD schools when classes return Aug. 15.

New signs went up July 2 for parents and citizens to take notice before the new school year begins.  

The City of Cameron approved a No Drop Off ordinance in May, which means parents will have to use the designated school drop off points beginning in August. The Cameron Police Department will be monitoring and issuing citations to those who violate the ordinance.  

The ordinance states that the operator of any motor vehicle or other conveyance shall not stop, stand, park, or leave standing an attended or unattended motor vehicle or momentarily pick up or discharge a passenger on any portion of a street, roadway, or highway described below provided signs are posted indicating the prohibition.


YHS principal resigns due to health issues

Yoe High School Principal Joe Oliver is resigning his position due to health issues. 

“Joe is a true Yoemen and will be missed tremendously by his students, parents, colleagues and the entire Yoe Nation,” Cameron ISD Superintendent Allan Sapp said.

Sapp said Oliver has made an enormous impact on Cameron schools in two different stints. His first service was as a coach and teacher from 1981-1984. He has served as the Yoe High principal since January of 2017. 

Prior to coming to Cameron in 2017, Oliver had served several districts in the capacities of superintendent, principal and athletic director and coach/teacher.   

Sapp said Cameron ISD has posted the high school principal vacancy on the district website as well as the Texas Association of Schools Administrators.


Commissioners approve nominations for historic register

Milam County Commissioners approved the next step in the historical commission’s attempt to name seven sites in the county to the National Register of Historic Places.

Commissioners approved the selection of GTI Environmental, LLC to prepare the nominations of the sties as part of the $50,000 National Park Service Grant the Milam County Historical Commission received earlier this year.

The seven sites that will be submitted for the register are: The Conner Swales Site, The Baumann Village Site, The Bird Point Heaven Village Site, The Wise Village Site, The Rancheria Grande Archaeological District, The Rancheria Grande Site, and San Xavier Mission Archaeology District.


Happy 4th of July

The Yakesch family was all decked out in red, white and blue for Milano’s annual 4th of July parade last week. Kaden (left) was awarded third place and Kylie (in wagon) and Kamri won first place in the walker/bicycle division.


Deputy indicted for role in fatal May car crash

Milam County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Michael Heath has been indicted for his role in the death of Pastor Earnest Taylor.

Heath, 42, of Copperas Cove, was indicted for criminally negligent homicide after the fatal crash in Cameron in May.

Heath — currently on medical leave from the Milam County Sheriff’s Office — is also the subject of an internal investigation by the department. Heath was hurt in the accident and is still recovering.

At around 9:35 p.m. on May 2, Heath’s Chevrolet Tahoe struck a Dodge Ram, driven by Earnest Taylor, at the intersection of U.S. Highway 190 and North Orchard Avenue.

Taylor, age 70, died at the scene. Taylor’s wife, Shirley Taplin Taylor, suffered serious injuries.

Heath was indicted by a Milam County Grand Jury on June 21.

The Texas Department of Public Safety is still investigating the crash because it involved a law enforcement agency. 



Sheriff suffers heart attack

Milam County Sheriff David Greene remains in the hospital after suffering a heart attack while on vacation in Oregon earlier this week.

The Sheriff is in the hospital in Portland, Oregon, and undergoing treatment. He is in critical but stable condition. 


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