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Thu
26
Jan

Culinary Arts Initiative

Students at Cameron Junior High receive groceries on Jan. 20 as part of CJH’s Culinary Arts Initiative. The school is piloting a grocery distribution program to promote healthy cooking for all of students and their families.  With high demand for the culinary arts class this year, Cameron Junior High is looking into ways to include more students in culinary education. The school periodically distributes free groceries to students to inspire culinary involvement and increase fresh, healthy food in our community.  These bags include fresh produce and recipes compiled by the Culinary Arts class. This initiative is a partnership between Cameron ISD and the Central Texas Food Bank. According to the Central Texas Food Bank, the distribution is open to the entire school of which 76 percent qualifies for free- or reduced- priced meals. The program is currently serving the 6th grade and distributes about 12 pounds of healthy food per child per distribution.

Thu
19
Jan

City approves new stop, yield signs

The intersections highlighted above will have a new stop or yeild sign placed at them.

By Lindsey Vaculin

General Manager 

 

Cameron residents may want to slow down when driving through the city’s neighborhoods in the future.

The Cameron City Council passed a Street Sign resolution during its meeting Jan. 17 that will place additional stop signs and yield signs at several places mostly on Davis, Cleveland, Hoover and Wallace.

The resolution was crafted after with input from City Maintenance Director Craig Arnold, City Manager Rhett Parker and Chief of Police Randy Dixon.

The resolution states: “The City of Cameron has an inordinate amount of open intersections which present a hazard to our motoring public in terms of the possibility of accidents with no traffic control to prevent such. Open intersections tend to create an increase in accidents and thus to prevent such accidents and reduce the likelihood of injury, it is recommended these traffic control devices be established.”

Thu
12
Jan

CISD: TEA scores not representative of school, students

By Lindsey Vaculin

General Manager

 

The Texas Education Agency released their work-in-progress school accountability ratings under the new A-F system on Friday and Cameron ISD’s ratings didn’t look so good.

Cameron ISD Superintendent Allan Sapp said these scores are not indicative of the district’s performance, saying that Cameron ISD actually met standard on all campuses last year. 

CISD received D ratings in Domain I - student achievement and Domain III - closing performance gaps and F ratings in Domain II - student progress and Domain IV - post-secondary readiness.

“These A-F grades are considered by TEA as ‘what if’ ratings,” Sapp said. “We will not make excuses for any low test scores from last year, but this paints an unfair picture of the students, staff and the community of Cameron.”

Sapp said CISD has great programs in place and everyone will continue to push for excellence in all areas. 

Tue
10
Jan

CISD names new Yoe High principal

Cameron ISD has announced that Joe Oliver has been named principal of C. H. Yoe High School. 

The CISD School Board approved the hiring during its meeting Monday night.

Oliver comes with a vast array of experience in the educational field. He has a total of 29 years of administrative experience serving in the role of superintendent, high school principal and athletic director.

Oliver has served and is currently serving on several state level boards. Some of these include; the state legislative council, ethics committee of the THSCA and the alternative certification advisory board.

Oliver is no stranger to Cameron as he was the defensive coordinator of the 1981 state championship football team.

Cameron ISD will host a meet and greet to welcome Oliver this Wednesday, Jan. 11, in the high school cafeteria from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

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.

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