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Thu
05
Oct

Former county treasurer facing charges

Former Milam County Treasurer Donna Orsag faces a felony charge for allegedly taking money from Bea’s Kitchen deposits and destroying e-mails and records on her county computer’s hard drive to cover it up.

Orsag, 56, resigned from her position on Sept. 25 following allegations of theft made by the Milam County Sheriff’s office. She is charged with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, a third-degree felony. She also may be charged with theft by a public official after a forensic audit is completed.

Orsag was arrested and taken to the Milam County Jail on Oct. 3. She is out on bail.

According to the probable cause statement from the Milam County District Attorney’s Office, Milam County Chief Deputy Chris White was contacted on Sept. 13 by Milam County auditor Danica Lara who said Orsag was “floating” money from the weekly receipts and deposits from Bea’s Kitchen.

Thu
05
Oct

Two arrested in shooting death

A Cameron man is dead following an altercation on Sept. 27.

Cameron Police officers responded to the 400 block of South Jefferson in reference to a shooting last Wednesday afternoon.  Upon arrival, Courtney Latrell Williams, 32, was found dead at the scene with a shotgun wound to the head.  

According to the Cameron Police Department, the suspect, Alvin Melton, 35, was reported to be arguing with his brother John Melton, 46. John Melton threatened his brother Alvin Melton with a knife. Alvin went to his bedroom and retrieved a shotgun.  Alvin advised that the shotgun went off and struck the victim Williams in the head.  

Alvin and John Melton were located next door and taken into custody to the Milam County Jail.  

Alvin Melton is charged with murder, a first degree felony; and John Melton is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second degree felony.  

Thu
05
Oct

Grace Church Fun Fest offers family fun

Grace Church in Cameron will host its annual Family Fun Fest on Oct. 7.

“We would like to invite everyone out to our festival,” Melissa Boyer with Grace Church said.

The festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Events are planned for the whole family. 

Boyer said there will be activities for everyone and Grace Church is excited to host.

Activities include craft, specialty items and food booths as well as live music, auction, a petting zoo, bounce houses, train rides and horse drawn buggy rides. 

The church is located at 808 W. 16th Street in Cameron.

For more information, contact Melissa Boyer at (254) 291-3116 or Lonnie Yates at (254) 482-0855.

Thu
05
Oct

Acosta sworn in as treasurer

Linda Acosta was sworn in as Milam County Treasurer on Thursday, Sept. 28, by District Judge John Youngblood. Acosta will fill the position vacated by Donna Orsag, who is under investigation for theft of public funds. Orsag, of Cameron, resigned from her post on Sept. 25 after she was confronted by Milam County Sheriff`s deputies in connection to an investigation of theft of funds from her office. Milam County District Attorney Bill Torrey said criminal charges of theft by a public servant will be filed and are pending at this time. Acosta previously was appointed to a two-year term as County Treasurer in 2010 when Danica Lara left to become County Auditor.

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.

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