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Thu
20
Jul

Summer softball

The Cameron Thunder and Dirt Diamonds began play in the eight and under state tournament on Monday and Tuesday in Temple. The Lil’ Ladies of the T-ball division were also competing in the state tournament in Axtell.  We will have results in next week’s edition of sports.  

Thu
20
Jul

Two lives claimed in separate traffic accidents

 

The lives of two Cameron residents were taken in accidents over the last week.

A fiery crash just outside of Buckholts early July 13 claimed the life of 24-year-old Sarah Patterson of Cameron and an accident outside of Rockdale on July 16 claimed the life of 68-year-old Daryl Howard of Cameron. 

Cameron Police, Buckholts Fire Department and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers responded about 4:47 a.m. Thursday, July 13, to the fiery one-vehicle wreck on state Highway 36 near County Road 111, just north of Buckholts. 

Police said one person was in the vehicle when it struck a guardrail, flipped, and then burst into flames. 

DPS troopers said the driver, Patterson, was pronounced dead at the scene. Arrangements are under the direction of  Patterson and Green-Patterson Funeral Home in Cameron.

Thu
20
Jul

Council continues search for new police chief

By Lindsey Vaculin

General Manager

 

It’s back to the drawing board in the search for a new police chief for Cameron again.

Cameron City Manager Rhett Parker told city council that the city will once again begin accepting applications for the position during its meeting on July 17.

The council’s hiring committee had met with several candidates and council instructed Parker to negotiate a contract with a finalist during its June 28 meeting, but negotiations were not successful.

The search for a new police chief began in February after the City Council fired Randy Dixon, the former police chief. Parker said that the city wanted new leadership and direction for the Cameron Police Department.

The council also held a public hearing to receive comments regarding the 2016 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report during the meeting. No public comments were taken.

Thu
13
Jul

EDC moving forward with Milam Motel demolition

n By Lindsey Vaculin

General Manager

 

The Cameron Economic Development Corporation is moving ahead with the demolition of the Milam Motel.

The EDC awarded a contract for asbestos abatement and removal to AAR Inc. in the amount of $49,289 during its meeting July 7.

Watkins said the abatement will be completed within 18 business days and they will begin some time in August.

The EDC also voted to go out for bids on the demolition of the Milam Motel including demolition of the structure and all concrete and paving.

The EDC approved an asbestos survey for the Milam Motel during its March 23 meeting.

Cameron Industrial Foundation Executive Director Ginger Watkins said sales tax income is below last year’s income in the City of Cameron.

Thu
13
Jul

Christmas in July planned at Regional Farmers Market

The artisans, crafters and growers of the Milam Regional Farmers market are celebrating Christmas in July with a special Christmas shopping event on July 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  

Bring your shopping list or just come to find that inspired gift for the hard to shop for person on your list.  The Milam Regional Farmers Market has the special and unique items to complete your Christmas shopping list early this year.  

What? July is too early to shop for Christmas, well that’s okay too, your next birthday, wedding, shower or special event gift can be found at Christmas in July at the Milam Regional Farmers Market, too.

 Buy a toy or bring a new toy for the Milam County Brown Santa.  A toy collection box will be onsite for the 2017 Brown Santa program.

The Milam Regional Farmers Market is hosted under the 44 Farms Farmers Market Pavilion at The Yards of Cameron, 301 Adams in Cameron.  

Thu
13
Jul

Distinguished Service Award

Judge Barkemeyer presented The Texas Historical Commission’s Distinguished Service Award to Geri Burnett and the members of the 2016 Milam County Historical Commission on July 10 at the Commissioner’s Court meeting. Above, Lynn Young, Geri Burnett and Judge Barkemeyer.

Tue
11
Jul

City OKs negotiations with police chief candidate

Cameron may have a police chief soon. 

The City Council moved to allow City Manager Rhett Parker to begin negotiations with a Police Chief candidate during a meeting on June 28.

Council has not released the name of the candidate at this time.

In May the City selected Waylan Rhodes as the sole finalist for the position, but he backed out choosing to stay at his current position just days after accepting. Council has been looking to replace former chief Randy Dixon since he was terminated in February.

The City Council also held its regular monthly meeting on July 3.

During the meeting council heard from Public Works director Jerald Brunson about violations concerning wastewater from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Brunson said the city received a violation during the recent rains due to the high amount of rain coming through the storm drains and the sewer overflowing.

Thu
06
Jul

Movie in the Park set for July 13

A free Movie Night In The Park featuring Disney’s “Moana” will be held July 13 from 8:30-10 p.m. at Cameron City Park. 

The event is sponsored by Sissy’s Saddle Shop, Working for Cameron, Sonic Drive-In and Cameron Chamber of Commerce. Free popcorn, hot dogs and drinks, while supplies last. 

Bring a lawn chair and a blanket! Enjoy the Night! 

Contact Melanie Reed at (254) 697-4979 with questions.

Thu
06
Jul

County Crops Tour slated for Friday

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of Milam County will hold its annual Crops Tour on July 7.  The tour will visit plots and discuss current issues related to row crop production in the county.  

Cost is $15 per person attending. Registration will be from 7-7:45 a.m. at the Milam County Extension Office, 100 E. 1st Street in Cameron, and will depart for the tour from there. 

This year’s speakers will be Dr. Gaylon Morgan, State Extension Cotton Specialist, discussing Milam County’s replicated cotton variety trial and current topics in the cotton industry; Dr. Ronnie Schnell, State Extension Specialist for Corn and Sorghum discussing both replicated Corn and Sorghum variety trails Planted in Milam County and current topics in the feed grain industry; wrapping up the morning tours will be James Jackson, Central Region, Extension Range Specialist discussing weed and brush management and looking at a yearlong mesquite control result demonstration. 

Thu
29
Jun

Old Town Cameron comes back to life

Cameron resident John Johnson works on the Old Town Cameron display. The display will hold a Grand Re-opening on July 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the old J.C. Penney building on the downtown square in Cameron.

A Cameron favorite will come back to life this Fourth of July.

Cameron’s Old Town Cameron model will hold a Grand Re-Opening on July 4 in the old J.C. Penney building on the downtown square in Cameron.

Several years ago, Cameron resident John Johnson donated his miniature model of 1940’s Cameron downtown and surrounding area with an HO gauge railroad to the Milam County Museum.  The 18-by-40-foot rendering of Cameron, includes the County Courthouse, which Johnson and his wife Frances took 35 years to construct.  The massive town and railroad structure has been moved three times and had lost some of its structural integrity. Local volunteers have been putting the pieces together, refitting, upgrading and cleaning it over the past few years.

Over the past two months, Johnson has been reunited with his creation. Milam County retired teacher Jamie Larson has been working alongside him.  

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