Flash flood warning extended

As another line of thunderstorms sweeps thorugh the area, Milam and Falls counties are under another flash food warning until 9:45 p.m.


Public hearing Monday on draft 2017 State Water Plan

Planning groups recommended 26 new major reservoirs (shown in Figure 8.4 from the state plan) – about 220,000 acre-feet per year from new major reservoir strategies is recommended in 2020 and 1.1 million acre feet per year is recommended in 2070. Many of these reservoir sites are off-channel, meaning that they would not be built on the main stem of the river, although they may rely on the main stem flows.

The Texas Water Development Board is holding a public hearing in Austin Monday on the Draft 2017 State Water Plan - which still includes the proposed Little River Off-Channel Reservoir near Gause.
The hearing for accepting public comment and questions is scheduled at 6 p.m. Monday, April 18, in Room 170 of the Stephen F. Austin Building, 1700 North Congress Ave. in Austin. TWDB staff will be on hand to answer questions and accept public comment.
The Little River OCR is one of 26 reservoir developments recommended by the various regional water planning groups to meet the water needs of growing metro areas over the next five to 25 years. The Region G plan to flood 4,300 acres of private land in the Beaver Creek Watershed near Gause would create a 155,812-acre-feet capacity reservoir to supply water to Williamson County and potentially other counties.


Death of former Thorndale coach under investigation

The Williamson County sheriff’s office is investigating the death of former Thorndale High School basketball coach Jeff Lieberman, 64, who was found dead Tuesday at his home in Jarrell.
No details were released.
With the Thorndale ISD from 1991 until 2009, Lieberman led the Bulldogs to UIL Class A, Division I state championships in 2007 and 2008.
Retired from coaching and teaching, he had sports apparel printing business with a contract to sell items at UIL events. He was in San Antonio last month to watch Thorndale’s boys team play in the state tournament for the first time since 2008.
Former players and co-workers throughout Central Texas expressed disbelief and sadness at the news of his death.


Cameron Fun Festival and CPD Barbecue Shoot-out offers something for everyone

The annual Cameron Police Department Shoot-out Barbecue Cook off is growing into an annual festival with literally something for everyone.
“We want a festival that offers a variety of entertainment and showcases Cameron,” said Daniel Willie, who is not only one of the organizers of the annual Shoot-out, but serves as president of the Cameron Chamber of Commerce this year. Other organizers are Julie Sulak, Sam Berry and Bobbi Weisman.
The newly minted Cameron Fun Festival and CPD Barbecue Shoot-out April 29-30 at Wilson-Ledbetter Park features a pet parade for children, 5K Beer & Brat Trot, washer tournament, horseshoe tournament, Kid Fish, bounce houses, arts and crafts booths, food and beverage concessions, live music on Saturday night and the Shoot-out Barbecue Cook off sponsored by the Police Officers Support Team. In addition the Cameron Car Club’s Classic Car Show will be Saturday, April 30, on the downtown square.


Permit application for sludge disposal in Milam County withdrawn

Tons of toxic sludge will not end up in Milam County, near Gause after an Arkansas company’s application for a state disposal permit was withdrawn, the Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District (POSGCD) reported.


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.


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