Cameron hires new police chief

Cameron will soon have a new police chief.

The Cameron City Council approved the hiring of Waylan Rhodes at the recommendation of Cameron City Manager J. Rhett Parker in a special meeting held Monday, May 8. 

Rhodes is currently Police Chief in Silsbee, where he is in charge of a department of 16 officers.

Rhodes has a total of 33 years in municipal law enforcement. He has 12 years experience as the Chief of Police. Rhodes has advanced management training such as LEMIT, Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas and FBI National Academy and Command College.  He is also a Master Police Officer and has attended The Cooper Institute of Aerobics Research and The Harris County Sheriff’s Academy. 


Election results

Cameron City Council

Incumbent Cameron City Councilwoman Virgie Hardeman reclaimed her Ward 5 council post with a win over two opponents. Hardeman took 47 votes to Ruth Canday`s 19 and Mirl Forrest`s 2.

Unopposed candidates declared winners were Daniel Willie, Robert Davis, Jr., and Melissa Williams.

Cameron ISD

Current CISD Board President James Burks coasted to re-election with 243 votes. Roy Martinez won the second open seat with 195 votes in a close race with Melanie Romine. Romine had 192 votes. Jenny Gebhart had 60 votes and Robert Welsh had 44 votes.

Thorndale City Council

Newcomer Ryan Davenport wa overwhelmingly voted in as Thorndale mayor. Davenport garnered 93 votes to Allen Hejl's 54 votes and George Galbreath's 42 votes. Larry Drabek and Stephanie Churchman were returned to their council seats. Churchman had 127 votes and Drabek had 108 votes. Challenger Charles Barnhill had 60 votes.


Cameron PD investigating alleged murder

A woman is in custody and accused of murder following a domestic dispute on May 4 in Cameron.

According to Cameron Police Department Detective Jerry Muhamet, the CPD has arrested a suspect who allegedly murdered a man last night. This case marks the first murder investigation for Cameron PD in 2017.

On Thursday, May 4, at around 7:25 p.m. officers responded to a home in the 600 block of East 6th Street in Cameron on a report of a domestic dispute involving a weapon.  

Upon arrival officers discovered an unresponsive adult male. The victim was transported to a local area hospital. The victim was pronounced deceased by Justice A. Isaacs, Milam County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3, who ordered an autopsy be performed.


Cameron native killed in air-ambulance crash

A Cameron native and two others were killed early April 29 in an air-ambulance crash in Amarillo.

Scott Riola, 29, a graduate of C.H. Yoe High School, was killed on the flight. Riola was an aviation flight nurse with Amarillo-based Rico Aviation. Also killed were pilot Robin Shaw and flight nurse Misty Nicholson.

The air-ambulance was headed to Clovis before the crash. It crashed soon after takeoff in the area near Pullman Road and Southeast Third Avenue in Amarillo at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday.

Riola is the son Dominic and Karla Riola. Services are set for Saturday, May 6, at 10 a.m. at St. Monica's Catholic Church in Cameron. Visitation will be held at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home in Cameron on Friday, May 5, from 6-8 p.m. with a rosary at 7 p.m.


School, city elections set for Saturday

Cameron voters will decide on city and school elections on May 6.

Election Day voting will be at C.H. Yoe High School, 303 East 12th Street in Cameron, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 6.

Five people have filed to run for two spots on the Cameron ISD school board. 

Positions held by James Burks and Daniel Willie are up for election. 

Incumbent James Burks has filed for re-election.  

Robert Welsh, Roy Martinez, Melanie Shuffield Romine and Jenny Gebhart have also filed to run.

Six people have filed for Cameron City Council.

Incumbents Melissa Williams, At-Large, Robert Davis, Ward 3, and Vergie Hardeman, Ward 5, have filed for their current places on the council. Daniel Willie has filed for Ward 1 on the council, currently held by Maurice Goza. Goza did not file. Mirl Forrest and Ruth L. Canady have filed for Ward 5.


Family Fun Day

The community gathered for Family Fun Day at O.J. Thomas Park in Cameron on April 30 to enjoy food and entertainment. A softball tournament and 4-on-4 basketball tournament were also be held. The event featured entertainment for all ages, food, bouncy houses, a photo booth, vendors arts and crafts and a car show. The event was sponsored by Dayana Johnson, Shonda Scott, Eddie Westbrook, Quashima Jackson and Breyana Johnson. They would like to thank the City of Cameron and the community for making the event possible.


CISD to begin offering dual credit courses through TC

Yoe High students will have a new option for gaining college and high school credit starting in the 2017-18 school year.

Cameron Independent School District has finalized plans for providing advanced classes at Yoe High. Dual credit courses will be offered by Temple College on the YHS campus and will be taught by a Temple College professor.

English 1301 and History 1301 will be offered during the Fall 2017 semester. Students must qualify for admission to Temple College by successfully completing either the TSI, ACT, or SAT assessment.

“This is a great opportunity for our students,” CISD Superintendent Allan Sapp said. “Students will be able to gain college credit and save some money while getting ahead of the game with college credits.”

Sapp said online class options will continue for junior and senior level students.


Five vying for positions on Cameron ISD Board of Trustees

Cameron Independent School District voters will have five candidates to choose from when they go to the polls on May 6.

Five people have filed to run for two spots on the Cameron ISD school board. Positions held by James Burks and Daniel Willie are up for election. 

Incumbent Board President James Burks has filed for re-election. Robert Welsh, Roy Martinez, Melanie Shuffield Romine and Jenny Gebhart have also filed to run.

Early voting began on April 24 and will be conducted at City Hall, 100 South Houston in Cameron, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday, April 28.

Election Day voting will be at C.H. Yoe High School, 303 East 12th Street in Cameron, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 6.

The candidates were each asked to give a brief description of themselves and why they are running for a spot on the CISD Board of Trustees.


James Burks


Sheriff's Office seizes drugs, cash during raid

A Rockdale man is in custody following a raid by the Milam County Sheriff’s Office on April 21.

On April 21 at approximately 2:30 p.m. the Milam County Sheriff’s Office raided a house in the 500 block of College Street in Rockdale.  

The house and occupants were the target of a narcotics search warrant after several complaints had been received about the suspicious activities there.  

Lt. Mike Clore placed the location under surveillance and gathered evidence leading to the search. 

Milam County Deputies and Rockdale officers executed the search warrant and arrested Kelly Ryan Wallace, a 47-year-old white male from Rockdale, charging him with Possession of a Controlled Substance more than 4 grams but less than 200 grams. 

 Additionally deputies seized over 4 grams of methamphetamines, approximately 1,100 dollars in cash, two vehicles, and numerous articles of drug paraphernalia.  


FunFest, BBQ Shootout returns May 5-6

A growing tradition in Cameron will return to Ledbetter Park on May 5 and 6.

The Cameron FunFest and BBQ Shootout will offer the community a weekend of fun events.

The event is in its fourth year and this year will feature more than 60 cook-off teams from as far away as Waller and the Austin area. The Grand Champion of the cook-off will get an invitation to the Kansas City Royal – the biggest cook-off in the country. 

Cook-off events will begin Friday night with events for margaritas, salsa, and chili. There will be live music throughout the cook-off areas and a bounce house area with 25 inflatables for the kids to enjoy.


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