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.


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.


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.


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.  


Cameron Connection sees great input from community; next meeting Sept. 18

By Lindsey Vaculin

General Manager


Topics ranging from music education to job training were discussed during the first Cameron Connection on Sept. 12 at Simon George Hall.

The Cameron Connection is a new initiative for Cameron ISD to solicit input from parents and community members about how to help CISD students. The next meeting will be Monday, Sept. 18, at O.J. Thomas. 

“The first meeting turned out great with good input from the community,” CISD Superintendent Allan Sapp said. “We hope everyone has a chance to make it out to one meeting.”

Several attending asked if CISD currently has a program to prepare students that aren’t necessarily going to college for a career and about technical training. 


Milam County 4-Hers honored at annual banquet

Gold Star winners Neeraj Bhakta and Caitlin Garcia with (top row, from left) County Judge David Barkemeyer (Chamber of Commerce Sponsor), Durwood Tucker (Milam County Farm Bureau Sponsor), and James Edge (Congressmen Bill Flores Aide).






By MIcah Holcombe

Milam County AgriLife Extension Agent

The 2017 Milam County 4-H Banquet was held on Sunday, Sept. 10, at the Gause Full Gospel Church in Gause.  

The afternoon program gave recognition to businesses and individuals for supporting the 4-H program and to 4-Hers achieving success in their projects and contests.

The most recognized and highest award for 4-H is the Gold Star Award. This award was presented to two desiring 4-H members. Caitlin Garcia and Neeraj Bhakta received this award for 2017. 

Garcia is the daughter of Eric and Rebecca Garcia. Caitlin has been a member of the Thorndale 4-H Club for the past 10 years. Her main projects include leadership, goats, share the fun, and baked goods. 


Water Work

The first step of a major overhaul to the Cameron water distribution system was done this past Thursday, Sept. 8. A 12-inch water valve was installed at the 22nd street water tower. This is a part of a CDGB grant offered through the Texas Department of Agriculture. The city of Cameron received $275,000 for a project to replace and install strategic water valves throughout the city for the purpose of shutting down water pipe for repairs and line replacement. The city just received bids for the water line replacement project that is being done through the Texas Water Development Board. Once all the valves are in place, work on the water line replacement project will begin.


Going Gold

Two young Yoemen Macade Patzke (left) and Steven Marquez III (center) helped with the coin toss during Friday’s game against Gatesville. A Gold Out was held during the game to promote awareness of childhood cancer and raise funds for research. Patzke, son of Chad and Mallory Patzke, was diagnosed with Wilms Tumor-type of kidney cancer at the age of 6, in January 2015. He had his left kidney removed along with a 4.5 pound tumor. He then went through six months of chemotherapy.  He is two years post-treatment and doing very well. He is now a third grader at Cameron Elementary School. Steven Marquez III is  7 years old. He was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia when he was two. He completed three full years of chemotherapy. He continues to have lab work monthly but he is doing well and in remission. Steven will be considered cured at the age of 13 without a relapse or recurrence.


Reading of Constitution set for Saturday

History will come to life at the Milam County Courthouse this Saturday.

Come be a part of a truly historical, patriotic event as the Masons of Milam County sponsor a public reading of the United States Constitution on the steps of the Milam County Courthouse on Saturday, Sept. 16, beginning at 9:30 a.m.  

This event kicks off Constitution Week and is a first for Milam County.  

The United States Constitution will be read aloud without interruption by 22 community leaders and students to remind us of the its importance to our Democracy.  

The Milam County Veterans will present and retire the flags, music will be provided by the Community in Concert Band and the Milam County 4-H will lead the pledges.  

The entire event is expected to last about one hour and is open to the public. 

For information, please contact Steve Young – 713 253 9600 –



Cameron hires new police chief

Cameron finally has a new police chief.

The Cameron City Council gave City Manager Rhett Parker the authority to offer the position to Shane Snider after a special meeting held Tuesday, Sept. 12. 

Snider accepted the offer and his first day will be Oct. 2.

Snider has spent the past nine years working for the Harris County Constable Office Precinct One in Houston.  His current rank was lieutenant where his administrative duties consisted of managing law enforcement personnel in downtown Houston and the Courthouse Complex.

Snider has a total of 26 years in law enforcement and will be retiring from Harris County to come to Cameron. He is a Master Peace Officer, TCOLE Instructor and TCOLE Special Investigator. Past duties include being the Chief of Police for the City of Lone Star Police Department, Senior Deputy with Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Chief Deputy/Undersheriff with San Juan County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado.


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