O.J. Thomas Alumni celebrate

The 52nd annual O.J. Thomas Alumni Homecoming Reunion drew crowds to this year’s events, including the annual parade on Saturday morning. Other events included an awards ceremony, tours of O.J. Thomas School and a dance on Saturday night.


Yoe House donation

John Johnson, center, recently donated a replica of the Crawford-Yoe Home to Cameron Independent School District. The replica will be displayed at Yoe High School. T.M. Sapp built the home in 1895 at 908 N. Houston Avenue. Johnson and his wife Frances constructed the replica. He said it took three to four months and he thought the school would be the proper place for it to be displayed. Pictured from left are Yoe High Principal Joe Oliver, Johnson and Cameron ISD Superintendent Allan Sapp.



Cameron residents warned of car burglars

Cameron residents are reminded to keep valuables out of site and lock their vehicles following a rash of car burglaries this week.

According to the Cameron Police Department, on Aug. 14 they began receiving reports of numerous burglary of motor vehicle calls that occurred in the overnight hours between Aug. 13 and Aug. 14.

The unknown suspects in this case found open vehicles and began taking items from those vehicles. The crimes have all occurred primarily on the east side of the city.

Cameron police are reminding citizens to keep valuables out of view while in their vehicles, also citizens should lock their vehicles at all times, and to be vigilant for any suspicious activity and report it immediately to Cameron police.

At this time the suspects have not been identified and anyone with information is asked to Cameron Police Department at (254) 697-6574. 


Former coach charged with indecency with a child

A former Cameron ISD teacher and coach was taken into custody on Thursday, Aug. 10.

According to a release from the Cameron Police Department, Timothy James Lohr, 39 of Temple, was taken into custody without incident at his place of business in Temple.  

He is charged with Indecency With A Child, a second degree felony, stemming from an incident when Lohr was employed as a teacher and coach with Cameron ISD.

Lohr taught 7th grade math and was a volleyball and basketball coach.

No other details have been made available.

Requests for further information on this case should be directed to the City of Cameron Public Release of Information.


Cameron ISD to offer All Day Pre-K for 3 year olds

Three-year-olds in Cameron ISD will have the opportunity to start school this coming year.

The district will offer full day Pre-K classes for qualifying 3 year olds beginning Aug. 28.

Parents who are interested in enrolling their children can call the school district at (254) 697-3512 or Ben Milam at (254) 697-3641.

Classes will be open to 40 students. Students must qualify for free and reduced lunch standards. There will be an opportunity for non-qualifying students to pay a tuition.

Ben Milam will host Kindergarten and Pre-K Roundup on Aug. 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Parents can register then, but are urged to register ahead of time.

The district also offers full day Pre-K classes for qualifying 4 year olds.

“We are really excited about being able to offer this to our students,” CISD Superintendent Allan Sapp said. “This will be valuable as it prepares our students to be ready for Kindergarten.”


Cameron PD looking for dog thief

The Cameron Police Department is seeking the public help to identify a subject that took a dog from the Cameron Animal Shelter.

The suspect is pictured above.

On Aug. 9 at around 12:27 p.m., the unknown subject enters the Cameron Animal Shelter and takes a female dog. The subject then leaves in a newer model white in color car.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Cameron Police Department at (254) 697-6574. 


MIlano VFD to dedicate helipad

The Milano Volunteer Fire Department will hold a dedication ceremony for the group’s new helipad at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at the McLane Fire Station. The event will include the ceremony and be followed by light refreshments.  The public is invited to attend the event.



O.J. Thomas Homecoming events set for weekend

The O. J. Thomas Alumni Association will be celebrating its 52nd Annual Homecoming on Aug. 11 and 12.  

The celebration will began Friday night with a Memorial Service beginning at 7 p.m. at the Progressive Missionary Baptist Church.  The keynote speaker will be retired Captain Niley J. Rosemond.  

On Saturday at 10 a.m. the annual parade will kick off. The parade will begin at the 12th Street Park and take a route through the West side of town ending at O. J. Thomas School on 6th Street.  

The Grand Marshall for the event will be Captain Rosemond and will feature the Homecoming Queen S’naya Diggs along with floats, vintage cars, etc.  

The parade is an open event and all are welcome.


City council hears report on water leak issues

By Lindsey Vaculin

General Manager


The Cameron City Council addressed the response to the water situation last week during its meeting Aug. 7.

Council heard a report from Public Works Director Gerald Brunson about the situation.

“Over two days I had over 200 phone calls,” Brunson said. “It started off as a repair to a line at Winnie L. Nursing Center. What we anticipated finding was a tap and a six-inch line with the water running from south to north down Karnes. After we had been working on it for some time, the valve that was part of the tap for that line blew off and that is when the issues started.”

Brunson said the department can usually handle that, but that after working they found several water lines that weren’t on the cities maps including a tap for the sprinkler system for Winnie L. and a change from the six-inch line to an eight-inch line. They couldn’t work with the water pressure.


Cameron ISD opens bus registration

Cameron ISD Bus registration opens Aug. 1. 

Any student needing bus transportation to and/or from school for the 2017-2018 school year will need to complete a Bus Registration Form at

After completing the online registration link you will be notified by the Transportation Department when your student’s Bus Pass is ready to be picked up. 

All students must register for the bus each year in order to be eligible to ride. 


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