GOP tax assessor-collector nominee takes office early

Sherry Mueck, winner of last week's GOP primary, took the oath of office as interim tax assessor-collector Monday morning during a special meeting of the Milam County Commissioners Court. With her were (from left) Pct. 1 Commissioner Opey Watkins, Pct. 2 Commissioner Donald Shuffield, County Judge David Barkemeyer, Pct. 3 Commissioner John Fisher, and Pct. 4 Commissioner Jeff Muegge.

Sherry Mueck, winner of last week's GOP primary, took the oath of office as interim tax assessor-collector Monday during a special meeting of the Milam County Commissioners Court.

Mueck will fill the remaining months of the term of former tax assessor-collector Kolette Morgan.

Because there were no Democratic candidates fo the position, Mueck faces no opposition in the November general election and will take office for her own term Jan. 1, 2017. Commissioners voted to appoint the Republican nominee to fill the vacancy.

County employees, friends and family attended the ceremonies at the courthouse.

More details will be featured in this week's print edition of The Cameron Herald.



Thorndale Bulldogs head to state tournament

Thorndale fans - shown at an earlier playoff game with Mumford - are ready to back the Bulldogs all the way to the Alamodome in San Antonio for the state tournament later this week.

Thorndale ISD is cancelling classes Friday, March 11, so the entire community can head for San Antonio to cheer on the Bulldogs as they compete in the UIL state basketball tournament.
The Bulldogs defeated Falls City 59-50 and Schulenburg 45-37 in the regional semifinal and finals held Friday and Saturday in New Braunfels. This week, they head to the Alamodome in San Antonio for the state tournament
They play Canadian at 10 a.m. Friday inthe state semifinals. If they win, they will play the winner of the Dallardsville Big Sandy-Muenster game in the Class 2A state championship at 1:30 p.m. Friday.
The Thorndale Booster Club is planning a send-off for the basketball team on Thursday, March 10, at 9:30 a.m. in the high school parking lot – everyone is invited to come out and wish the team good luck.


TxDOT construction begins on US 190/US 79

Beginning today, March 7, the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) contractor began daily lane closures for construction work on US 190 between US 77 south of Cameron and US 79 in Milano.
According to TxDOT Spokes,an Bob Colwell, workers are repairing the existing pavement and placing a hot mix overlay new surface.
TxDOT reminds motorists to obey all warning signs, watch for workers, buckle up and drive safely.
This $3.4 million overlay project is contracted to Big Creek Construction, LTD., out of Hewitt and is expected to be complete this fall.


Shooting suspect arrested in Temple

Following an area-wide search, the suspect in a Sunday afternoon shooting here was apprehended in Temple late Sunday night, Cameron Police Chief Randy Dixon said.
Dixon said officers received a tip that the suspect, Rudy Richardo Borgas Jr., 19, was at a hotel in the I-35/HK Dodgen Loop area in Temple. He was arrested in a hotel room about 11:15 p.m. by members of the CPD Special Operations Unit and Temple police officers.
Borgas was booked into the Milam County Jail where he is awaiting arraignment, Dixon said. Borgas is suspected of shooting another man during an argument Sunday afternoon at an apartment residence on North Central in Cameron.
Dixon said the victim of the shooting is still listed in serious condition pending surgery at Scott and White in Temple.


Police seeking suspect in Sunday afternoon shooting

Rudy Ricardo Borgas Jr.

Update: The suspect has been apprehended - see related story.

Cameron Police are looking for a suspect in a shooting late this afternoon at the KD Apartments.


Fort Hood memorial dedication set March 11

Last spring, sculptor Troy Kelly brought three of the bronzes to be featured in the Fort Hood November 5, 2009 Memorial to Cameron for an exhibit at the First Street Coffee Gallery. The individual bronzes represent each of the victims of the Fort Hood shooting. Visiting with Kelley was Jolene Cahill, widow of Michael Cahill, whose bronze was among those shown.

The 5 November, 2009 Fort Hood Memorial will be dedicated March 11 in special ceremonies hosted by the City of  Killeen and the memorial committee.
The dedication will be held at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center, 3601 S. WS Young Drive at 3 p.m. March 11.
Gov. Greg Abbott will attend the dedication and present the Texas Purple Heart. Among the other activities planned, the First Cavalry Band will perform and local American Legion member Donna Elliott will participate by releasing doves.
The memorial honoring the victims of the attack that took place at the Soldier Readiness Center at Fort Hood on Nov. 5, 2009 is located near the civic center.
On that day, 13 people were killed and 32 were wounded. The victims were mainly men and women who were preparing to deploy to battle zones or who had recently returned from them. Thanks to the heroic intervention of two Fort Hood police officers, the rampage was brought to an end.


Most local races decided in GOP primary

Milam County voters helped boost the statewide voter turnout Tuesday as local races drew interest already sparked by presidential politics.
According to unofficial totals, more than 35 percent of Milam County voters turned out for the primary elections, much higher than the 22 percent turnout reported in 2014 but less than the near-record 58 percent reported in 2012.
Statewide, voter turnout was about 30 percent.
In county races, local voters favored the incumbents; however, in one state race, Milam voters helped oust a two-term state representative. Those winning GOP nominations for county offices have no opposition in the November general elections.
Sheriff David Greene won a third term with almost 73 percent of the vote. According to the unofficial results, Greene had 2,886 votes, compared to 1,075 votes for challenger Herbie Vaughan.


Prison bus-pickup accident claims life of Thorndale woman

A Milam County woman was the only fatality in an accident involving a prison bus last Friday morning.
According to reports from the Texas prison system, Kalyn Rae Brymer, 24, of Thorndale was the driver of a pickup truck that collided with a prison bus at a rural intersection east of Gustine in Comanche County early Friday morning. The young woman died and 31 inmates and two correctional officers were sent to medical facilities.
Two of the injured inmates were treated at Scott & White Hospital in Temple.
In all, 21 of the inmates were taken to hospitals and the other 10 were taken to an infirmary at an unspecified prison unit in Gatesville, Texas prison spokesman Robert Hurst said.


CPD investigating fatal motorcycle crash

Cameron Police are investigating a Friday night motorcycle crash that left a local man dead.
According to a statement by Cameron Police Chief Randy Dixon, officers responding to a 9-11 call about 7 p.m. Friday found the man in a ditch at the intersection of Bigbee Lane and North Fannin Avenue.
Dixon said investigators believe he lost control of the motorcycle he was riding and was thrown into the west side ditch.
“Fire and EMS responded, however the driver was deceased at the scene of the accident,” Dixon said, adding that James Ivan Rollinger, age 51, was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Sam Berry.
Investigators don’t yet know why the rider lost control and the investigation continues with the assistance of the Texas Highway Patrol, Dixon said.


Early voting opens in primary elections

Early voting for the March 1 primary elections got off to a brisk start Tuesday with almost 300 ballots cast.
According to County Clerk Barbara Vansa’s office, 298 ballots were cast on the first day of early voting, including 146 mail ballots. The county clerk’s office polling place had the most activity with 87 votes cast there Tuesday – 85 Republican ballots and 3 Democratic ballots. Other early voting polling places are located in Buckholts, Thorndale and Rockdale.
All Milam County races will be decided in the Republican primary. There are two contested county wide races and three contested precinct races.
Sheriff David Greene is challenged by former constable Herbie Vaughan. Greene is seeking his third four-year term as sheriff. Vaughan also challenged him in 2012.
There is no incumbent in the race for county tax assessor-collector. GOP candidates for that position are Sherry Mueck and Melanie Crook.


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