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Wed
20
Jan

Planned railroad crossing closures could divide Milano

Railroad crossings scheduled for closure in Milano.

By Curtis Chubb, Special to the Herald

Mon
18
Jan

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is observed today.

The Milam County Courthouse, Cameron city offices and the campuses and offices of Cameron ISD are closed today for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

The Cameron City Council meeting regularly held on the third Monday of the month has been rescheduled for Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall.

Also observing the holiday are financial institutions, state and federal offices, including the U.S. Postal Service.

This year is the 30th annual observance. The bill creating the federal holiday to honor the late civil rights leader was proposed by Representative Katie Hall of Indiana and signed by President Ronald Reagan at the White House Rose Garden on Nov. 2, 1983, President Ronald Reagan. It was observed for the first time on January 20, 1986.

Thu
14
Jan

School Board appreciation

All CISD campuses sent tributes and gifts to trustees at Monday's meeting in observance of School Board Appreciation Month. Yoe High School Principal Ken Driska and Assistant Principal Brian Stork brought members of the National Honor Society to the school board meeting.

At Monday’s school board meeting, Yoe High School National Honor Society students (front) Carrie Pommerening, Jasmin Castillo, Elizabeth Gutierrez, and Rocio Saucedo helped their principal Ken Driska (far left) and Assistant Principal Brian Stork (far right) honor the Cameron ISD School Board during School Board Appreciation Month. Behind them are trustees James Burks, Daniel Willie, Alan Patterson, Greg Hoelscher,  Jason Dohnalik, Franci Denio and James Thompson with Superintendent Allan Sapp.

Thu
14
Jan

Court orders special outside audit of tax office

Although Monday’s meeting of the Milam County Commissioners Court was the first of 2016, the meeting’s discussions and actions centered on the events of last year.
Milam County Judge David Barkemeyer reviewed the financial status of the county at the beginning of the meeting. He focused on the general fund first – the general fund is everything except the finances for the four road and bridge precincts.
Although the 2015 budget counted $900,000 of reserve funds as part of the budgeted income, the reserves weren’t needed because other income exceeded expectations by $427,600 and the total expenditures were $578,700 less than budgeted.
The end-result was that the county was able to protect the general fund reserve account – and even add $106,300 to it. The county starts 2016 with $826,000 in the general fund reserve – instead of zero as predicted when the 2015 budget was approved.

Thu
14
Jan

Commissioners declare courthouse, many county offices off-limits to guns

Example of a sign as required in provisions of sections §30.06 or §30.07, Texas Penal Code giving notice that handguns are prohibited.

By Curtis Chubb, Special to the Herald

Mon
11
Jan

Driver in high-speed chase last spring pleads guilty to murder of pedestrian

John Fitzgerald Page, Jr.

A Belton man who led law enforcement on a deadly high-speed chase through three counties last spring has pleaded guilty to murder in the death of a pedestrian.
John Fitzgerald Page, Jr., 26, of Belton, entered a plea of guilty to first degree felony murder before Judge John W. Youngblood Monday afternoon, according to a statement released by District Attorney Bill Torrey.
The incident occurred March 15, 2015 when the car Page was driving struck Guadalupe Rodriguez of Buckholts during the high-speed chase.
Page will be sentenced by the judge after a hearing next month that will include results of a pre-sentence investigation and testimony from witnesses for both the defense and the prosecution. Torrey said the hearing will likely be held in April.
Sentencing range is five to 50 years and Page is not eligible for probation, Torrey said.

Wed
06
Jan

44 Farms ranked fourth among 100 top breeders

Whether traveling through chilly, wet Texas winter weather to bid in person or staying home and warm bidding on line and by telephone, the 44 Farms annual Prime Cut Bull Sale attracts lots of buyers. Last year’s sale featured 485 Angus bulls. This year’s sale is set for Saturday, Feb. 27, in the auction facility on the farm.

44 Farms of Cameron ranked fourth in the 2016 Beef Seedstock 100, the beef industry’s premier listing of the top 100 bull sellers in the U.S.
The list is published in the January issue of BEEF magazine. The operations were ranked by the total number of bulls each operation sells annually.
The news comes just weeks before the annual 44 Farms Spring Bull Sale, set Feb. 27 at the farm off CR 227 near Cameron.
“Last year, the response to our Seedstock 100 list was tremendous. We heard from cattle producers throughout the country about how valuable the list was to them. Cow-calf producers are spending more money on genetics to increase the value of the calves and we want to provide more information as they make cutting edge decisions,” says Burt Rutherford, senior editor of BEEF magazine.

Wed
06
Jan

Rockdale man sentenced in March 29 shooting, murder

A 53-year-old Rockdale man will spend 50 years in prison for a murder in Cameron last springa.
Ricardo Cruz Munoz was sentenced by 20th Judicial District Court Judge John Youngblood on Wednesday, according to District Attorney Bill Torrey.
Torrey said Munoz pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in court on Wednesday.
The court found that a firearm was involved and under the current Texas Parole guidelines, Munoz will be required to serve a minimum of 25 years before becoming eligible for parole, Torrey said.
Munoz was indicted April 16, 2015 for a shooting March 29 in Cameron when one man was killed and two other people were injured. The incident occurred at a residence in the 1000 block of South College where family members were gathered. Witnesses told police the suspect drove up to the property and began firing into the group of people, killing Francisco Avila, 41, of Buckholts and injuring Gabriel Rangel, 38, and an eight-year old boy.

Wed
30
Dec

Commissioners tackle issue of 911 addressing for private roads

The Milam County Commissioners Court’s last meeting of 2015 was of special importance to those families living off private roads in Milam County.
Over the last four months, it became evident to the commissioners court that the procedure for assigning 911 numbers to private roads had to be fixed. The importance of a 911 address is that it allows ambulance drivers, law enforcement officials, and firefighters to find your home as quickly as possible.
Ever since the 911 emergency network was enhanced for rural Texas in 2000, the Central Texas Council of Governments (CTCOG) has been responsible for assigning 911 addresses to Milam County private roads that served three or more homes if requested by those living on that road. CTCOG would assign the number and request the commissioners court’s approval. Up to the last four months, the commissioners court’s approval was almost automatic.

Wed
30
Dec

Longtime Citizens Bank employees retiring this week

Janice Reinders is retiring from Citizens National Bank this week after 33 years.

As the New Year approaches, Citizens National Bank staff is saying good bye to two longtime employees who are retiring this week.
Banking officers Carol Schneider and Janice Reinders – two familiar faces at the bank for more than 30 years – are looking forward to new experiences in retirement.

For details, see this week's print or digital edition.

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