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Mon
02
Oct

2017 Homecoming Court

The 2017 Homecoming Court for Yoe High School has been announced. The Homecoming Queen will be named at half time of Friday’s game against Franklin. Court members are, from left, Sophomore Duchess Karen Cervantes, Junior Duchess Katelyn Martinez, Senior candidate Marquazia Workman, Senior candidate NaQuiria Gibbons, Senior candidate Cailynne Hoelscher, Senior candidate Terryn Adams, Senior candidate Amy Guillen, and Freshmen Duchess Kayla Whitmire.

Fri
29
Sep

Dispatcher has seen a lot in 30 years of service

Cameron Police Department Dispatcher Jim Camp will retire on Sept. 30 after over 30 years of service to the department. The department plans a reception for him from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4.

 

 

 

 

 

By Lindsey Vaculin

General Manager

 

Jim Camp will retire from the Cameron Police Department on Sept. 30 having spent over 30 years helping the community during some of its scariest moments.

Camp has worked in dispatch for CPD for 30 years and nine months. The department will hold a retirement reception on Oct. 4 from 2-4 p.m. for Camp and the Cameron Police Department on Highway 36 in Cameron.

Camp, who spent 17 years as a professional drummer, came to Cameron in 1981 to play for Jerry Neil. He said he was tired of the traveling life and decided to make Cameron his home.

“I love the small town life,” he said. “This was really the first place I lived by myself after so many years on the road.”

Camp joined the Cameron Fire Department for 10 years and then saw that the police department needed a dispatcher and decided that would be a good fit for him.

Fri
29
Sep

Cameron Police Chief resigns

The City of Cameron is back on the search for a new police chief once again after Shane Snider, who was hired a few weeks ago, notified the city that he will no longer accept the position.

According to City Manager Rhett Parker, the city received notice from Snider in a letter withdrawing his name from consideration and citing instances of untrue allegations lodged against him. 

Parker said that after offering the position to Snider, the city received unverified information raising concerns over the hiring of Snider and his qualifications for the job.  Upon hearing the concerns, the city acted quickly and determined that the unverified information was false.  The city believes that Snider is qualified and capable to be police chief.

Parker said that after encountering a campaign to undermine him before he even started, Snider withdrew as police chief.

“This is a huge disappointment.  We had a good man who would do right for our citizens,” Parker said.

Thu
28
Sep

County commissioners approve annual road reports, external audit

n By Lindsey Vaculin

General Manager

 

Milam County Commissioners approved the annual road report, approved the external auditor’s report, and signed proclamations for National 4-H Week and Domestic Violence Month during its meeting Sept. 25.

Precinct 1 Commissioner Richard “Opey” Watkins said that he has 197.4 miles of road and used 18,196 cubic yards of gravel, 9,942 cubic yards of base, and 390 cubic yards of coal patch on the roads this year. 

Watkins listed the amount of money needed to maintain the roads during the next fiscal year as $600,000. His report said that three wooden bridges will need to be replaced in the next year along with roads needing to be resealed and have gravel applied.

Thu
28
Sep

Clarifier work continues

Substantial work has been done on the City of Cameron Water Plant clarifiers. The clarifiers are large tanks that filter sediments in water taken directly from the Little River before going into the filtration system. The clarifier’s function is to skim the clean water off the top while the sand/grit debris settle down to the bottom and then is raked out and hauled away. Multiple cracks in the clarifiers have been injected with a type of epoxy and then sealed. A coating will be applied to the interior of the tanks that will act as a liner. The metal rakes, mechanical center pivot and cat walk will be replaced with new equipment. The original structures were built in 1959 and are easily refurbished saving funds for other projects such as water line replacement. This project is being done through the Texas Water Development Board.

Tue
26
Sep

County treasurer resigns

Milam County District Attorney Bill Torrey's office announced Tuesday that Donna Orsag, Milam County Treasurer, 56, of Cameron, resigned her position on Monday, Sept. 25, after being confronted with allegations of theft by a public official by the Milam County Sheriff’s Department.

Upon completion of the Sheriff’s investigation, criminal charges will be filed according to Torrey's office.

Mon
25
Sep

Milano to hold budget hearing

The City of Milano will hold a budget hearing at 8 p.m. on Sept. 25 at the Milano Civic Center, 120 W Ave E in Milano.

Fri
22
Sep

City OKs budget, tax rate

The City of Cameron approved the 2017-18 budget and tax rate during its meeting Sept. 18.

This budget $3,460,862 budget will raise more revenue from property taxes than last year’s budget by an amount of $25,012, which is a 1.81 percent increase from last year’s budget. The property tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the tax roll this year is $15,557.24. 

The approved tax rate is .7640 cents, which is the same as the previous year.

The council also set a date for nominations and appointment for the Ward 3 council seat. The deadline for nominations is Sept. 28 at 4 p.m. The council will appoint someone to the seat during its meeting on Oct. 2.

City Manager Rhett Parker said there has been interest from three residents for the seat: Richard Darst, Will Sanders and Kyle Deal.

Thu
21
Sep

Buckholts Homecoming Queen

Sara Cox was crowned Homecoming Queen in Buckholts last Saturday night. Sara, escorted by her little brother Seth, is a senior and cheerleader. The Badgers defeated McDade 53-6.

Thu
21
Sep

Event kicks off Constitution Week

Yoe High student William Wallace reads part of the Constitution as part of a community-wide reading on Sept. 16 at the Milam County Courthouse. A crowd of over 200 attended.

Over 200 county residents gathered at the Milam County Courthouse for an event featuring the reading of the Constitution on Sept. 16.

The event was sponsored by the Masons of Milam County and kicked off Constitution Week and was a first for Milam County.  

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