Cameron City Council accepts Davis’s resignation

The Cameron City Council accepted the resignation of Ward 3 Councilmember Robert Davis and discussed replacing him during its meeting Sept. 5.

Davis’s term will expire in 2019. The council has the ability to appoint someone to fill the position until the election in 2018. If anyone is interested in filling the spot for the interim, please contact city hall at 254-697-6646. If someone is appointed they will have to run for election in May of 2018 to fill the spot for the remainder of the term.

City Manager Rhett Parker said council will interview two candidates for the police chief position next week. 

Council also approved change orders for the Texas Water Development Board Project to rehabilitate the clarifiers. Tommy Valle with KDP said the project is expected to begin soon.


Gold Out to support pediatric cancer research on Friday

In an effort to raise funds for pediatric cancer research there are plans to Gold Out the game against Gatesville this Friday at Yoe Field.

According to fundraiser organizer Brad Vaculin, the fundraiser was originally organized by two ladies - one of them being Angel Miller from Rockdale whose husband is the athletic director at RISD. 

“They started it two years ago and raised $54,000 the first year and $63,000 last year all of which went toward pediatric cancer research,” Vaculin said. “This years goal is $100,000.”

The shirts cost $10 with $7 of that being donated to research. Shirts went on sale last week at each CISD campus.


Slow down in school zones, texting ban in effect

The Cameron Police Department would like to remind Cameron residents that school is back in session and school zones are also back in effect. 

CPD Sgt. Anthony Maskunas said that school zones are active from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays that school is in session. 

He reminds everyone that all traffic laws will be enforced in the school zones during these times and days. Cell phone use in school zones is prohibited and will be enforced. 

“Please be mindful of children walking and riding bicycles to and from school in the mornings and afternoons,” he said.

Several new bills took effect on Sept. 1 including a statewide texting-while-driving ban.

Sgt. D. L. Wilson, Waco Area Texas DPS - Safety Education said the new law on no texting while driving will be in effect beginning Sept. 1.  


CISD seeks community input for new initiative

Cameron Independent School District will hold a series of community meetings as part of Cameron Connection over the next few months.

CISD invites all parents and community members to give input to help them better understand and reach youth in the community to help them achieve the Cameron ISD mission.

CISD Superintendent Allan Sapp said he hopes the initiative will give parents a chance to tell the district what their son or daughter needs to be successful academically.

“We want to build on the great community we have here in Cameron,” he said. “We hope everyone can make one meeting.”

He said the meetings will be held out in the community in efforts for a relaxed sense and that all community members are invited, not just parents.

Sapp along with staff from each campus and school board members will be on hand for the discussions.


Go Yoe!

The 2017 football season kicked off a little late on Saturday morning at Yoe Field. Participants in Cheerleader Mini Camp cheered during the first quarter. The Yoemen defeated Bellville 40-14.


Buckholts family rebuilding after fire destroys home

By Lindsey Vaculin

General Manager


A Buckholts family that lost everything in a fire this month still needs help. 

A friend has set up a Go Fund Me page for the West family who lost their home and everything in it in a fire on Aug. 15.

The family of six was not harmed in the fire.

Tina West said she, her husband and her oldest daughter Alanna had already left when the fire broke out.

“She had rode with us to work,” West said. “Austin called and told us the house was on fire and he had gotten everyone out.”

Austin, 20, got his 12-year-old sister Akayla and cousin 15-year-old Hayden out of the house before it was engulfed in flames.

She said the house was engulfed in flames and four fire trucks responded including the Buckholts and Cameron Fire Departments.


Back to School

Cameron ISD students returned to class on Monday for the 2017-18 school year. Cameron Junior High Assistant Principal James Henderson and CISD Board President James Burks greet a student at the entrance to CJH. CISD started out the new year with 1,750 students, but that figure is expected to grow after the Labor Day holiday. The CISD board approved the tax rate and budget for the new year during a meeting Aug. 28. The tax rate did not change for the new year. 


Milam County residents collecting for victims of Hurricane Harvey

The rains have passed here in Milam County and residents are now working to gather much-needed supplies, clothing and food for those effected by Hurricane Harvey on the Gulf Coast.

Thorndale sixth grader Stiles Patin has started collecting those supplies in hopes of helping people.

Stiles’ mother Tammy said that after seeing the devastation on TV this weekend Stiles decided he wanted to do something to help and started collecting things to take to shelters in our area.

“I would like to ask anyone to look through their closets to see if they could donate clothes, towels, shoes or really anything you think these individuals and families could use in the shelters,” Tammy said.

She said the shelters are currently in need of new undergarments – underwear, panties and bras in all sizes for adults and children and new socks and toilet paper. They are also collecting clothing, hygiene products, shoes, towels and diapers and baby needs.


BREAKING: Road closures throughout area

From TxDOT

The following roads are closed throughout the Bryan District:

Milam County

  • FM 908 south of US 77 @ Brushy Creek
  • FM 487 @ San Gabriel River
  • FM 486 south of Thorndale @ Brushy Creek


  • FM 1774 closed at Caney Creek (Bufflake Bottom)
  • FM 1227 closed from CR 421 to Wallace Pack Unit
  • FM 244 closed at Gibbons Creek
  • FM 3090 at Rock Creek
  • SH 30 @ Gibbons Creek
  • FM 1486 @ Garretts Creek
  • FM 2620 @ CR 146
  • FM 2819 @ Garretts Creek
  • FM 362 @ Beason Creek


Burleson County

  • FM 1362 south is closed
  • FM 50 is closed in Clay due to flood damage
  • FM 50 at Buffalo Creek
  • FM 1361 is closed at Davidson Creek

Washington County


Remembering Heroes

A memorial service was held for MSG Charles Price and Second Lieutenant Darryn Andrews at the City Park on Aug. 19. Earl Granville, amputee veteran, delivers the keynote address to those gathered. The service featured VFW Post 8787 (Austin) honoring the Colors, Wendy Ward singing the National Anthem, and  Rick Kolberg of Operation Enduring Warrior delivering the eulogies. The memorial service followed a ruck that was held that morning leaving from the park and making its way to Denio’s Furniture on Highway 77 outside of Cameron. A memorial motorcycle ride was also held on Highway 77 south of Cameron. The Price and Andrews families were honored with wooden American flag plaques.




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