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Thu
18
May

CISD making administrative changes at CJH, Cameron Elementary

Cameron Independent School District has announced several administrative changes for the coming school year.

The CISD Board of Trustees approved the staffing changes during its meeting on May 15.

Cameron Junior High Principal Wendy Mahan has been named principal for the entire Cameron Elementary and Cameron Junior High campus. She will begin those duties this summer. Mahan will have two assistant principals on the campus. Current Assistant Principal Matt Fitzsimmons will remain there and Yoe High biology teacher and coach James Henderson will move over to the campus to assume assistant principal duties.

Thu
18
May

Yoe Day

Cameron ISD students honored C.H. and Caroline Yoe during annual Yoe Day ceremonies at Oak Hill Cemetery on May 11. Above, YHS student Bryce Brashear lays a wreath on the grave of Mr. Yoe. Students heard the history of the Yoe’s and the reading of Mrs. Yoe’s will during the event. Students from each grade level were selected to represent their grade. High school representatives were Diego Martinez, Marquazia Workman, Keagan Galvan, Rick Fuentes, and Bryce Brashear. Junior High representatives were Nolan Brashear, Hunter Hux, Fabian Saloman, Millie Melton, Huaceri Rangel and Brooklyn Balch. Cameron Elementary representatives were Brody Aguirre, Esmeralda Torres, Cade Hubnik, Anahi Laureano, Railyn Youree and Emma Welsh. Ben Milam representatives were Cash Anderle, Madeline Basonic, Colton Stowe, Savannah Doskicil, Jett Vaculin, Chelsea Anderson and Kelsey Anderson.

Mon
15
May

Early morning fire results in arson arrest

A woman has been arrested and charged with arson following an early morning fire.

According to the Cameron Police Department they received a 911 call of structure fire in the 600 block of East 6th street on May 15 at approximately 2:07 a.m. Officers with the Cameron Police Department were dispatched to the location as well as the Cameron Fire Department and American Medical Response EMS. 

Officers were able to determine that the fire was arson.

Arrested at the scene was 33-year-old Shimeshaka Shavon Anderson. Anderson has been charged with arson, and resisting arrest, search, or transport and booked into the Milam County Jail.

The structure was a duplex and the fire has displaced one family. 

Thu
11
May

Crosses to honor those lost this Memorial Day on courthouse lawn

Milam County residents are invited to place a cross on the Milam County Courthouse lawn in memory of their loved ones this Memorial Day.

The American Legion Auxiliary Post will have crosses available for pick-up at the Cameron Area Chamber of Commerce office. Everyone is invited to decorate a cross in memory of veterans, police officers and first responders who have passed away.

The crosses will be placed on the lawn during a Memorial Day ceremony at 10 a.m. on Memorial Day, May 29. The crosses will stay on display for 10 days.

Anyone placing a cross can come pick up the cross on June 8 or the American Legion will store it until next year.

Contact any Legion member or Jolene Cahill at (254) 697-8987 for information.

 

Thu
11
May

Milano woman arrested for exploitation, injury of baby

A Milano woman is in the Milam County Jail accused of injury of a child with serious bodily injury and exploitation of a child.

The Milam County Sheriff’s Department filed two felony charges against Katelyn Christina Carnline, 28, of Milano for First Degree Felony, Injury to a Child with Serious Bodily Injury and Third Degree Felony, Exploitation of Child, after an initial investigation by Child Protective Services regarding a seven-month-old infant.

According to District Attorney Bill Torrey, the investigation determined that Carnline started an online web page to raise funds for her alleged critically ill child purportedly suffering from a “rare genetic disorder.” The child, placed with other family members by CPS, is now healthy and thriving.

Thu
11
May

A Day of Fun

Everyone enjoyed a beautiful day for the Cameron FunFest and BBQ Shootout on May 5-6 at Ledbetter Park in Cameron. Events included a Kid Fish event, children’s 1K, Beer and Brat 5K, shopping, bounce houses and a world class barbecue cook-off.

Tue
09
May

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. 

Mon
08
May

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.

Fri
05
May

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.

Fri
05
May

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.

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