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Fri
02
Feb

Cameron police make arrest in Jan. 26 shooting incident

A man is in custody following a shooting incident on Jan. 26 in Cameron.

According to the Cameron Police Department, at around 12 p.m. last Friday they received a call of shots fired in the 1500 block of North Fannin. CPD Chief Lonnie Gosch, Senior Sargeant Kris Stringer and Officer Bruce Johnson responded. 

Cameron dispatch received multiple 911 calls that a black male driving a white Cadillac fled the area. Johnson arrived on scene and spoke with witnesses while Gosch and Stringer located the vehicle in the area of 1500 block of North Jackson. 

Cameron dispatch stated that the alleged suspect was Quentel Westbrook, 24, of Cameron. Gosch and Stringer observed Westbrook and detained him for investigative purposes. During the investigation Westbrook was questioned and read his rights.  

Tue
30
Jan

City to begin work on new water lines soon

The City of Cameron will begin construction on new water lines in mid-February.  

According to Cameron City Manager Rhett Parker, Bell Contractors will upgrade multiple water lines from one inch to six inch with new four-inch and six-inch lines on Davis, Wallace, Country Club Drive, Cleveland and Harding streets stretching from 10th to 21st Street.  

The project is estimated to cost $972,150.  This is the first phase of the water line distribution project.  This northeast section of town was selected as the first neighborhood to be rehabilitated due to the numerous water leaks and low water pressure issues.  The original two and a quarter inch waterlines were most likely installed in the 1940’s and no longer meet the demands of the heavily populated neighborhood.  New fire hydrants and cutoff valves will also be installed on all new lines that are replaced.  The existing fire hydrants will be refurbished for later use throughout the city.

Tue
30
Jan

Burn ban in effect for Milam County

County Commissioners approved a burn ban for Milam County on Monday.

Even with a significant amount of rain here in the county, there is an extensive amount of dry grass in Milam County. Cameron Fire Chief Henry Horelica requested that the court approve the ban until further notice.

Agriculture and property clearing bruns are permissable upon contacting and approval of the local fire department.

Outdoor burning of trash is permitted in appropriate covered containers.

Fri
26
Jan

Opening Day Set

Cameron will celebrate Opening Day 2018 at The Yards of Cameron on Feb. 3. The community is invited to come out for baseball, food and fun at The Yards of Cameron. The day kicks off with a Farmers Market featuring the music of Jerry Bethell. Everyone can join the Yoemen on the C.H. Yoe High School Baseball field for the National Anthem and First Pitch Ceremony at 10 a.m. and then follow the Yoemen to Founders Hall at 10:30 a.m. for an autograph signing and a chance to purchase Yoe gear from the Booster Club.  At 11:30 a.m. the media is invited to join the players on the field for interviews and photos. Pitch, hit and run for boys and girls ages 7 to 14 begins at 12 p.m. on the Field. The Yoe Alumni game begins at 1:30 p.m. followed by the Kite Fly event at 2 p.m. For more information visit www.theyardsofcameron.com.

Fri
26
Jan

El Camino Real lands $50,000 grant from Park Service

The Rancheria Grande landowners, Steven Gonzales, and board members of the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association, Sergio and Melinda Iruegas of GTI Environmental, and members of the Milam County Historical Commission during a visit to the Rancheria Grande sites in early 2017.

The National Park Service recently announced $500,000 in grants to help fund 13 projects across the country to increase the number of listings associated with communities that are underrepresented on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Milam County has been awarded $50,000. The project consists of the El Camino Real de los Tejas Rancheria Grande National Register nomination. The project will enhance the Milam County Certified Local Government by recognizing the Spanish Colonial Historic Native Village Sites and Historic Road and Trail Segments of El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail that comprise a portion of Rancheria Grande. In particular, the Underrepresented Communities grant will prepare National Register nominations for The Connor Swales Site, the Baumann Village Site, the Bird Point Heaven Village Site, and the Wise Village Site. 

Thu
25
Jan

Auditions set for MCT's '12 Incompetent Jurors'

Auditions for Milam Community Theater's production of  "12 Incompetent Jurors" will be held at the Williams Event Center at 408 S. Columbus in Cameron from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 30, and Wednesday, Jan. 31.

The cast will require a total of 12-16 men and women, so all are encouraged to audition and all adult age ranges are welcome. An audition form is available on Milam Community Theater's Facebook page to be filled out in advance.

All roles are open. All auditioners will be asked to read from the script. Rehearsals for the play will typically be evenings Monday through Thursday, with the possibility of some weekend rehearsals.

The show will be directed by Jonathon Deal and produced by Jigar Bhakta. The stage manager is Victoria Trevino.

Thu
25
Jan

Mother-daughter tax office employees arrested for forgery

A mother and daughter previously employed by the Milam County Tax Office were arrested Jan. 22.

According to the Milam County Sheriff’s Office jail log, Lydia Cervantes, 55, and Laura Renee Cervantes, 26, were arrested Monday but were released on bail the same day. 

Lydia was charged with two counts of forgery of vehicle registration and filing false names, a third degree felony. Laura was charged with one count of forgery of vehicle registration and filing false names.

According to the probable cause affidavit on Nov. 2 an investigator for the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles received information alleging that Lydia had transferred a motor vehicle title using a false sales price to circumvent remitting the required sales tax. The vehicle was transferred to Lydia Cervantes from Olivia Cervantes. The investigator also discovered that Motor Vehicle Clerk Laura Cervantes processed the transfer. Olivia Cervantes is Lydia’s daughter-in-law.

Thu
18
Jan

Brrrrr ... It’s Cold Outside

Texans bundled up earlier this week as temperatures dipped into the teens across Central Texas. Above, the temperature was a chilly 16 degrees on Wednesday morning and reached as low as 10 degrees across the area. While it turned out to be a very cold day, much of the winter precipitation being called for missed the Milam County area on Tuesday. The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning for much of Monday night and Tuesday, though little to no accumulation fell here. A Hard Freeze Warning and Wind Chill Advisory was issued for Central Texas through Wednesday morning. Temperatures this morning are in the teens, with wind gusts dropping the wind chill into single digits. All Milam County schools cancelled classes on Tuesday due to the threat of ice. Temperatures will return to the 60s this weekend.

Thu
18
Jan

Area law enforcement receive grant funds

Members of the area police departments and the Milam County Sheriff’s Department will be a little safer due to a grant from the governor’s office.

Governor Greg Abbott announced on Jan. 9 that Texas will be providing $23 million in grant funding for rifle-resistant vests to police departments across the state. 

The Cameron Police Department will receive $6,300 in grant funds for 10 vests. The Milam County Sheriff’s Department will receive $25,743.50 for 26 vests. The Thorndale Police Department will receive $1,518 for three vests.

Thu
11
Jan

Appraisal District seeking ag data

The Milam Appraisal District is seeking information from local agricultural producers. Each year the District asks for specific input from local farmers to be used in setting agricultural value for the purpose of taxation. The survey is an opportunity for local farmers to provide the information used in the appraisal of agricultural land. 

The survey asks for specific information on agricultural land lease prices as well as crop income and expenses. All information received will become part of a study that is used to set agricultural values for Milam County land owners. 

“The input we receive from local producers is extremely important to us,” Dyann White, Chief Appraiser said. “Without it, we must rely solely on Federal and State databases that don’t always give us the most accurate information for Milam County.” 

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