In search of Rancheria Grande

Archeologist Sergio Iruegas discusses the proposed research project to establish a Rancheria Grande Archeological District along the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail in Milam County near Gause.


Evidence of native American cultures dating back 10,000 years has prompted archeologists to believe Rancheria Grande was once located in Milam County along the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail.

El Camino Real de los Tejas Trail Director Steven Gonzales and archeologist Dr. Sergio Iruegas recently discussed the proposed Rancheria Grande Archeological project with land owners, local historians, naturalists and others interested in the colorful history of early Texas.

Rancheria Grandes were large, fairly stable collections of Native American villages known to exist before and during the earliest days of Texas exploration and settlement by Europeans. 


Independence Day celebration

A tradtional Independence Day fireworks display brightened the sky above Wilson-Ledbetter Park Sunday evening.

Children line up for the kids parade.

Events sponsored by the Cameron and Rockdale Chambers of Commerce attracted crowds to Wilson-Ledbetter Park Sunday evening.

Families enjoyed a variety of kids games sponsoed by local businesses. A section of bounce houses were also a hit. Food concessions and cold drinks were popular as well.

Groups and families set up chairs and tents, brought picnic dinners and enjoyed being together in the park as the late afternoon slipped into a cooler evening. A fireworks display lighted the ski at 9 p.m., concluding the event.


Police seize K2/spice during traffic stop

Cameron Police seized a large amount of K2/spice packaged for distribution and two Cameron men are facing felony charges, following a traffic stop this afternoon, according to a statement released by Police Chief Randy Dixon.

Dixon said Alfredo Alzalde, 18, and Abel Azalde, 17, both of Cameron, were arrested on first-degree felony charges of manufacturing/delivery of a controlled substance (more than four grams and less than 400 grams of a penalty group 2A controlled dangerous substance). 

In addition, Abel Alzalde was charged with no driver’s license and no insurance, both class C misdemeanors.


Holiday closings Monday

Government agencies, financial institutions and many local businesses will be closed Monday for the long 4th of July weekend.

All county offices and the courthouse are closed Monday. Cameron City Hall and all city offices and departments, including the Public Library, will also be closed Monday. Trash collection will operate on holiday schedule, with pickups one day later, starting with Monday pick-up on Tuesday. County and city emergency and law enforcement coverage will continue as usual.

State and federal offices will also be closed Monday and there will no mail delivery.

The Cameron Herald office will be closed Monday. Deadlines for the July 7 edition are not affected.


Cameron, Milano plan July 4th events

Fedral, state and local government agencies, financial insitutions and many private businesses will be closed Monday for the July 4 holiday. 

Cameron events set Sunday evening, July 3

The Cameron and Rockdale Chambers of Commerce are joining forces to host a fireworks display and festivities at Wilson-Ledbetter Park on Sunday evening, July 3. 

In the future, the Independence Day events will rotate between Cameron and Rockdale.

Beginning about 5 p.m., games for kids and other activities are planned around the American Legion Hut at the park, where Legion members will be grilling hot dogs. There will be bounce houses, music and a bicycle parade with prizes awarded for best dressed participants. Concessions will be available.

At dark, about 8:30 p.m., the fireworks display will begin. Cameron Chamber President Daniel Willie noted that organizers are working with the Cameron Fire Department on safety measures for the display, to be presented by a professional firm.

Milano celebrates July 4


Thorndale chamber honors World War II veterans

Veterans honored last week by the Thorndale Area Chamber of Commerce were (seated, from left) T. A. Beard, Jim Ed Richter, a Vietnam veteran and friend of Graham Dickerson who offered to stand in for Dickerson, Alfred Lehmann, Earl Wuensche and Floyd Zuehlke. 

During the annual Miss Thorndale Revue last week the Thorndale Area Chamber of Commerce honored some of the area's World War II veterans, recognizing them for their service overseas and their edication to community back home.

Honored were T. A. Beard, Graham Dickerson, Alfred Lehmann, Earl Wuensche and Floyd Zuehlke. Honoree Graham Dickerson, 98, passed away a few days after the event. He was represented at the ceremony by his friend Jim Ed Richter, a Vietnam veteran who offered to stand in for his friend.

Each of the veterans was introduced with a brief boi outlining their service. In addition, story boards with photos and the written bios were on display in the lobby during the pageant event.


Miss Thorndale crowned

2016 Miss Thorndale Caitlin Garcia walks the runway at the 37th annual Thorndale Revue Thursday evening.

First runner-up in the Miss Thorndale pageant, Jordyn Cassidy Smith, poses for photos following the 2016 Thorndale Revue Thursday evening.

Winners and finalists in the seven divisions of the Miss Thorndale Revue gather for photos following the pageant Thursday night at the Thorndale ISD cafeteria. The event was sponsored by the Thorndale Area Chamber of Commerce.

Caitlin Garcia was crowned Miss Thorndale at the 2016 Thorndale Revue Thursday night.

Jordyn Cassidy Smith was crowned first runner-up and Ashton Kiesling was voted Miss Congeniality at the 37th annual pageant sponsored by the Thorndale Area Chamber of Commerce. Smith was also awarded Miss Photogenic.

Other Miss Thorndale contestants were Rachel Krauser, who received the beautiful hair award; Calie Pipkin, Rainey Nicole Buchanan and Kristi Renee Becker.

Junior Miss Thorndale for 2016 is Madilynn Scruggs wtih Makaelyn Jade Vivas as first runner-up.


Juneteenth celebration, other summer events coming up

The First Annual Juneteenth Celebration Parade attracted colorful entries. The second annual event begins Saturday at Ledbetter Park.


 Several activities were approved to take place in city parks as summer fun begins in Cameron.

Juneteenth Celebration 

The Second Annual Cameron Juneteenth Celebration comes to Wilson-Ledbetter Park in Cameron this weekend.

Activities planned by the Cameron Community Club include a trail ride, camp-out, parade and family fun day - with games and activities for both kids and adults. Activities begin at the park at 10 a.m. Saturday with the parade and trail ride set for Sunday.

Club representative Yvette Wells met with the Cameron City Council last week and the event’s plans were unanimously approved by the council. The goal is as an event celebrating Juneteenth in a family-oriented atmosphere. The family fun activities planned include games such as volleyball, horseshoe pitching and other attractions for kids as well as card and domino tournaments for adults.


CISD names new girls athletics coordinator

Kamol Nohe

At Monday night’s meeting, the Cameron ISD Board of Trustees approved hiring  Kamol Nohe as the new head volleyball coach and girls athletic coordinator for the Lady Yoe athletic program. 

Nohe replaces Kara Del Bosque, who was with the school district for just one year. 

Nohe comes from Mexia, where he spent the last two years rebuilding the Cat Girls program. Before his time as a head volleyball coach, Nohe had coached the Waco High and Midway girls soccer teams, and helped lead the Lady Panthers to a state tournament appearance. 

Before Mexia, Coach Nohe had stops at Lorena and Moody. Nohe is also the director of player development for the Waco Juniors Volleyball club. 


Texas Master Gardener, 4-H Roundup awards reported to commissioners

AgriLife Extension Agent Micah Holcombe introduced 4-H Club members at the Milam County Commissioners Court Monday, outlining the awards won by the group at the recent state 4H Roundup.

During his report to the Commissioners Court Monday, AgriLife Extension Agent Floyd Ingram presented the Texas Master Gardener Association’s 2015 Outstanding  Master Gardener award to Jackie Thornton, a charter member and former president of Milam County’s Little River Basin Master Gardeners.


By Curtis Chubb

The county courtroom was alive with 4-H’ers, Master Gardeners, and their supporters at Monday’s meeting of the Milam County Commissioners Court. 

One of the reasons people were gathered was to honor Jackie Thornton from Rockdale for being selected as the “2015 Outstanding Texas Master Gardener.” 

As Milam County AgriLife Extension Agent Floyd Ingram summarized her extensive volunteer service to the Little River Basin Master Gardeners Association, it was easy to understand why the State of Texas had selected Thornton for this honor.

There also were four outstanding and upstanding 4-H members in attendance whom humbly stood near the north wall of the courtroom while their long list of accomplishments and awards were recited by Micah Holcombe, Milam County AgriLife Extension Agent. 


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