FFA, 4-H Youth shine in annual livestock show

Taije Schroeder, Thorndale 4H, showed the grand champion steer at the Milam County Junior Livestock Show.

While the books are still closing on the 2016 Milam County Livestock Show, organizers are happy with another successful event.
One hundred 4-H and FFA exhibitors qualified for this year’s premium sale concluding the show Saturday night. Sale proceeds have already topped $200,000 while tallying continues through this week with added money and donations still being accepted. 
Weather ranged from unseasonably warm on opening night to wet and chilly on April Fools morning to bright and sunny Friday afternoon and Saturday.
Preliminary sales figures, before added money include:
Grand champion steer exhibited by Taije Schroeder, Thorndale 4H, sold for almost $7,500. The reserve champion shown by Mason Leifeste, Cameron 4H, sold for $7,000.


Livestock show kicks off

4-H and FFA exhibitors hold up their broilers for judging by Dr. Jason Lee from the Texas A&M Poultry Science Department.

The 2016 Milam County Junior Livestock Show is in full swing at the Youth Exposition Building just off the courthouse square in Cameron.
The first judging event of opening day was the premium baking division. Results released about 5 p.m. appear in another story on this website.
The broiler show kicked off the animal events this evening followed by the turkey show and the market lamb show is coming up at 7:30 p.m.
Events start early Friday morning with judging in the rabbits show and continue throughout the day and evening with the rest of the livestock events. The premium sale Saturday concludes the show.
The schedule includes:
Friday, April 1
8 a.m. Judging of Market Rabbits
9 a.m. Judging of Market Swine
1 p.m. Judging of Market Goats
5 p.m. Judging of Breeding Beef Heifers
6 p.m. Judging of Market Steers
7:30 p.m. Release of all non-sale market animals
Saturday, April 2


MCLS Premium Baked Goods Contest Results

Winning entries in the premium baking division were on display at the youth exposition building.

Milam County Junior Livestock Show Premium Baked Goods contest results were released this evening.


Suspected K-2 Spice traffickers arrested

Cameron Police believe they stopped an influx of the dangerous synthetic marijuana known as K-2 Spice with the arrest of two alleged distributors.
Xavier Campell, 42, and Regina Jones, 34, both of Cameron were arrested Monday on charges of possession of K-2, under five pounds; possession of a controlled substance, less than two grams; and tampering with evidence.
Chief Randy Dixon said CPD officers were joined by Bell County Narcotics Task Force officers in making the arrest Monday in Cameron. The suspects are subjects of a two-month investigation targeting K-2 Spice distribution in Cameron and Temple.
Investigators learned Monday that the suspected traffickers had obtained a substantial amount of K-2 Spice and were on their way back to Cameron.
The suspects’ car was tracked from Temple and when they entered the city limits, CPD officers made a traffic stop, Dixon said.


Brashear takes reins as CISD athletic director

Tommy Brashear, former Yoe defensive coordinator, was named CISD athletic director by the Cameron ISD school board Tuesday night on the recommendation of Superintendent Allan Sapp. Brashear was accompanied by his wife Angie and children Braden, Nolan and Aubree. With them were (from left) trustees Greg Hoelscher, James Burks Alan Patterson, Jason Dohnalik, Franci Denio, James Thompson and Daniel Willie.

Meeting in special session Tuesday night, the Cameron ISD school board accepted the recommendation of Superintendent Allan Sapp to hire former Yoe defensive coordinator Tommy Brashear to succeed Rick Rhoades as CISD athletic director.
The board unanimously approved the the recommendation, handing over all control to the 1992 Yoe High graduate.
"It's great to be a Yoemen," said Brashear. "It's like a dream come true for me. The last two, three, four years maybe I have been ready professionally in my mind to take the next step. Coach Rhoades had always told me if he had ever left he would recommend me for the job. My family likes it here, I like it here. I love this community and this is a great place to be and raise kids. I can't think of any other place I'd rather be than the head football coach and athletic director here at Yoe High School."
See this week's edition of The Cameron Herald for the full story.


School district boundary issue resolved

The Buckholts and Rockdale ISD boundary issue resulting from a discrepancy between maps on record with the state and with the Milam Appraisal District has been resolved, according to MAD Chief Appraiser Dyann White.
“What we originally thought was an error in the appraisal district’s map turned out to be an error in the state’s map,” White noted.
White said the discrepancy arose in the fall of 2015 when the Texas Legislative Council circulated an annual letter asking the appraisal district to confirm that the TLC had the correct boundaries for Milam County school districts.
The Appraisal District found a discrepancy between the state’s ISD boundary maps and the local ones.  Some preliminary fact-finding by the appraisal district led them to believe the local maps were in error.


Community supervision officer sentenced in district court

A Milam County community supervision officer was sentenced in district court this morning following an investigation by the Community Supervision and Corrections Department and the District Attorney’s Investigator Doug Kunkel.
According to District Attorney Bill Torrey, who prosecuted the case, Milam County Assistant Community Supervision Officer Ronald G. Floyd, 50, of Cameron, entered a guilty plea to a third-degree felony theft $2,500 to $30,000 by a public servant in the 20th Judicial District Court.
Judge John W. Youngblood placed Floyd on three years deferred adjudication probation with standard conditions of probation, and he was ordered to pay a $2,500 fine, court costs and restitution of $8,180 with the remaining amount of restitution yet to be determined. Floyd will be required to cooperate with law enforcement and agree to consent to a polygraph, if requested. 


Tax office audit back in commissioners court

The big news at Monday’s meeting of the Milam County Commissioners Court was that Milam County/District Attorney Bill Torrey had decided to release the entire special audit of the Milam County tax assessor-collector office.
The special audit was ordered following former Tax Assessor-Collector Kolette Morgan’s no contest plea to a charge of attempted theft by a public servant.
The important news of the audit’s release by the attorney’s office, however, was tempered by the decision of Milam County Judge David Barkemeyer not to release the special audit until he, the commissioners, and new interim Tax Assessor-Collector Sherry Mueck met to decide what should be released to the public. Barkemeyer indicated that the special meeting would be scheduled for next week and that the decisions of what not to release would be made in a closed executive session.


Federal anti-drug trafficking operation nets 20 Central Texas suspects

Editor's note: This is the press release issued by the US Attorney's Office, Western Division of Texas details the anti-drug traffocking operation in Central Texas this week.


CPD assists federal investigators in arresting suspects here

The Cameron Police Department assisted state and federal agencies in arresting six individuals wanted on federal and state warrants. 
According to Police Chief Randy Dixon, five of the six were arrested as a result of an 18-month drug investigation with CPD officers working with the Bell County Organized Crime Task Force and federal agencies in stemming the influx of methamphetamine and marijuana. The investigation spread to the cities of San Antonio, Austin, Temple and Killeen. 


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