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Thu
05
Jan

Milano woman killed in accident

A Milano woman is dead following a four-vehicle crash on US Highway 79 on Dec. 30.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the crash occurred at 6:15 p.m. on Dec. 30 killling 51-year-old Beverly Gunnels.
The vehicles involved were a 2014 GMC pickup, a 2005 Toyota pickup, a 2011 Ford Fusion sedan and a 2012 Chevrolet pickup.
The GMC was driven by Beverly Gunnels, 51, of Milano. She had three passengers, a 5-year-old and two 4-year-old children.
The Toyota was driven by Laura Durham, 25, of College Station. She was the only occupant of the Toyota.
The Ford was driven by Chelsie Tomlinson, 21, of College Station. She was the only occupant of the Ford.
The Chevrolet was driven by Brian Tomlinson, 23, of College Station. He was the only occupant of the Chevrolet. The Tomlinson’s are husband and wife.

Thu
05
Jan

Christmas surprise

An area company gave several children in Cameron a very merry Christmas last week. According to Cameron Police Chief Randy Dixon, the City of Cameron received a call Thursday, Dec. 22, saying that on Tuesday, Dec. 27, that Waste Management Inc., the city’s refuse collection agency, was going to bring eight new bicycles to the city for distribution to kids who did not have bikes. City Manager Rhett Parker asked the police department to handle the distribution. The bikes along with helmets were delivered to the department and officers Clay Domel and Chris Ashworth along with Dixon distributed the bikes by driving through several areas of town looking for kids playing without a bike. Ten kids were given bikes. Dixon said the kids were nothing but smiles and the department looked for kids and families who they believed were in need. He said the only regret was they wish they had 100 more to give away.

Thu
29
Dec

Commissioners approve new hours for County Clerk

Precinct 4 Constable Giles Summerlin was honored during the Dec. 26 Milam County Commissioners Court meeting by County Judge David Barkemeyer. Summerlin is retiring after 20-plus years in service to the county.

By Lindsey Vaculin

General Manager 

 

The Milam County Clerk’s Office will remain open during the lunch hour beginning in January.

The Milam County Commissioners approved the new hours, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., during its meeting on Dec. 26.

According to County Clerk Barbara Vansa the office will be open for the convenience of the public. The new hours will begin Jan. 3.

Commissioners also approved the purchase of two tractors, one front-end loader and two shredders for Precinct 2.

Precinct 2 Commissioner Donald Shuffield said the purchase is due to safety for his employees and to work on shredding and brush cutting.

“We had two close calls with the shredder almost turning over because of washouts and you couldn’t see it because of the grass,” he said. “I look at it as safety for these guys. The shredder has a wing that lays down.”

Tue
27
Dec

City council hears updates on water projects

By Lindsey Vaculin

General Manager 

 

The City of Cameron’s water projects are moving along.

Cameron City Council members heard an update from Tommy Valle with Kasberg, Patrick and Associates on where the projects stand during its meeting on Dec. 19. 

“I’m just here to give an overview of the water projects,” Valle said. “With the DWSRF on the drinking water side – the water plant – the engineering feasibility report was submitted two weeks ago to Water Development Board.” 

Valle said verbal approval for the project has been given and funds can be released now.

Valle outlines six potential projects on the water side for the council. 

Tue
20
Dec

CISD board approves audit

By Lindsey Vaculin

General Manager

 

The Cameron Independent School District Board of Trustees approved the 2015-16 financial audit and heard a report about YHS fall benchmarks during its meeting Dec. 12.

“I’m glad to report good news,” Steve Niemeier with Brockway, Gersbach, Franklin and Niemeier said. “We found nothing improper or in appropriate. The district is doing a good job.”

Niemeier said that CISD had some advantages this year due to an increase in enrollment and the subsequent ADA funding that came with that.

“When you compare to last year the advantages the district had were due to the increase in ADA this year,” he said. “The ADA increased pretty smoothly throughout the entire district there wasn’t a need to add new positions. As a result you had a lot better results. You had a positive in your general fund of $320,000 excess of revenue over your expenses.” 

Wed
14
Dec

Taking a ride on the Polar Express

Cameron ushered in the holiday season Saturday night at the Cameron Chamber of Commerce’s annual Christmas Parade. The theme for the night was “The Polar Express.

Fri
09
Dec

Christmas season kicks off with parade, Trail of Lights

The Christmas season will kick off in Cameron this week with several events throughout the weekend.

The Cameron Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Christmas Parade is set for Saturday, Dec. 10. The deadline to participate is Friday at 4 p.m.

Line-up will be at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at Orchard Street and Main Street. The parade will begin at 5 p.m.

Entries will be judged on the corner of Houston and First Street. No candy, gum or treats will be thrown during the parade.

The theme of this year’s parade is Polar Express.

Grace Church will host the Grace Christmas Wonderland Trail of Lights today through Saturday from 7:30-9:30 p.m. each night.

“We want to give families and friends an event they can enjoy completely free of charge, no strings attached,” Melissa Boyer with Grace Church said. “Our hope is that families and friends from surrounding communities are able to enjoy the experience and beautiful light displays.”

Fri
09
Dec

Community honors fallen angels

Donna Winkler places an angel on the Angel Tree in remembrance of 2-year-old Alex Hill who was killed by her foster mom. The community gathered Dec. 6 for the 18th annual Tree of Angels ceremony to honor victims of violent crime and service members and first responders who have died in the line of duty. The tree is on display at the Milam County Museum throughout this holiday season.

By Lindsey Vaculin

General Manager

 

Family members of those lost to violent crime and service members lost in action gathered to remember loved ones during the Tree of Angels ceremony on Dec. 6.

Guest speaker Sondra Andrews of Cameron, mother of fallen soldier Second Lt. Darryn Andrews, reminded everyone of the power of forgiveness during the event held at the Milam County Museum.

“For some folks this is a horrible time of the year missing loved ones who have been lost,” Judge John W. Youngblood said. “This goes a long way in showing our support for those folks. This is a wonderful thing.”

The names of lost service members were read and the Meadowbrook Baptist Church performed special music before Andrews spoke.

Tue
06
Dec

Westbrook finalist for Heisman

University of Oklahoma wide receiver and former Yoe standout Dede Westbrook is one of five finalists for the prestigious Heisman. Westbrook joins teammate OU quarterback Baker Mayfield, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, Michigan linebacker/defensive back Jabrill Peppers and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson finalists for college football's most prestigious individual award. The winner will be announced Saturday during a 7 p.m. CT ceremony at the PlayStation Theater in Times Square that will air live on ESPN.

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Cameron has a Heisman hopeful.

Former Yoemen standout and current wide receiver for the Oklahoma Sooners Dede Westbrook is one of the five finalists for the Heisman.

Westbrook joins teammate OU quarterback Baker Mayfield, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, Michigan linebacker/defensive back Jabrill Peppers and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson finalists for college football's most prestigious individual award. The winner will be announced Saturday during a 7 p.m. CT ceremony at the PlayStation Theater in Times Square that will air live on ESPN.

Thu
01
Dec

Cameron Christmas Parade set for Dec. 10

The holiday season will officially kick off in Cameron on Dec. 10 with the Cameron Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Christmas Parade.

Anyone who wants to participate still has time to sign up. The deadline is Dec. 9 at 4 p.m.

Line-up will be at 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 10 at Orchard Street and Main Street. The parade will begin at 5 p.m.

Entries will be judged on the corner of Houston and First Street. No candy, gum or treats will be thrown during the parade.

The theme of this year’s parade is Polar Express.

You can pick up entry forms at the Chamber office at 102 East First Street in Cameron. For more information, call the Chamber at (254) 697-4979.

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