Budget crisis takes different turn

Just when it seemed the county budget crisis had been calmed by commissioners court approval of the 2016 budget, at least one of the budget cuts creates a new crisis.

According to County Clerk Barbara Vansa, eliminating a position in her office will create problems in conducting elections.

Commissioners and party chairmen joined Vansa and Tax Assessor-Collector Kolette Morgan in a workshop session this week to discuss the possibility of establishing an elections administrator office.

See this week's edition of The Cameron Herald for the full story.


Third person indicted in child's drowning death

Another family member has been indicted in connection with the July drowning death of a child.
According to District Attorney Bill Torrey, John Ethan Furnace, 21, was indicted for second-degree manslaughter by the Milam County grand jury last week.
The younger Furnace and  his father, John Earl Furnace, Jr., 48, were caring for three children of Victoria Furnace, when 11 month-old Benjamin Castro drowned in a bathtub at their Rockdale home on July 19.
The older Furnace, grandfather of the children, was indicted Sept. 17 on charges of second-degree manslaughter and state jail felony abandon/endanger a child. The mother, Victoria Katelyn Furnace, 24, was indicted on state jail felony abandon/endanger a child.
Investigators said the grandfather was left in charge of the children when Victoria Furnace and her husband Raul Castro, both residents of Galveston, left them with him at a residence on CR 322 after a visit.


BISD teacher charged with misdemeanor official oppression

A vocational agriculture teacher at Buckholts ISD was arrested Monday on a Class A misdemeanor charge of official oppression.
After his arrest by Buckholts Police Officer Carlos Paniagua Monday, Steve Alan Gaylord, 62, was booked into the Milam County Jail. He was released a few hours later on $2,500 bond.
Official oppression is a charge under the Texas Penal Code, Chapter 39, Abuse of Office. According to the code, a public servant “acting under color of his office or employment commits an offense if he or she “subjects another to mistreatment or to arrest, detention, search, seizure, dispossession, assessment, or lien that he knows is unlawful; denies or impedes another in the exercise or enjoyment of any right, privilege, power, or immunity, knowing his conduct is unlawful;  or intentionally subjects another to sexual harassment.”


Yoe Band headed to state marching contest

Placing in the top five at area contest Tuesday night, the Yoe Marching Band advances to the UIL state marching contest next Monday in San Antonio. (Josh Pratt/THE CAMERON HERALD)

By Josh Pratt, Herald Sports

Due to weather, it took a few days longer to get it in, but the Yoe High School Band will now be heading back to the state marching contest once again.  The band put forth two very strong performances in rain-delayed area competition Tuesday, and the hard work throughout the summer and fall is paying off. 

“The best thing about today, hands down, was the improvement level from this afternoon’s performance to this evening’s performance,” said band director Craig George.  “The band is right on top of our area and will be right on top at state if they can continue to do what they are supposed to do.  I am really excited for the kids.”

The UIL 2A and 3A state marching contest is next Monday, Nov. 2, at the Alamodone in San Antonio.

For the full story, see this week's digital or print edition of The Cameron Herald.


Severe weather forecast

Milam County is part of an area under a flash flood watch until 7 a.m. Sunday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
The area also includes Bell, McLennan, Falls and Robertson counties.
Periods of prolonged heavy rainfall are possible with the heaviest rains expected late tonight and into Saturday morning. Some isolated areas could see eight to ten inches of rain from bans of showers and storms. Another three to six inches of rain is possible Sunday.
Flash flooding and cloud to ground lightning strikes are considered the main threat - there are no indications of high wind activity.
Today’s NWS forecast: Numerous showers and thunderstorms are possible across much of North and Central Texas. While locally heavy rainfall could occur anywhere across the region, the heaviest rain is expected to remain along and southeast of a line from Goldthwaite to Dallas to Paris. 


Yoe Band just steps away from state marching contest

Update: Saturday's contests have been postponed. The Yoe Band will will be informed when the event is rescheduled.

Editor's note: This weekend's weather forecast of heavy rain throughout Central Texas may impact the UIL marching contests scheduled Saturday. Updates will be posted.

After receiving straight one’s at this past week’s regional marching contest, the C.H. Yoe High School marching band is now set to compete at the area round of competition.


Night Out event set Tuesday

Cameron’s National Night Out event will be held Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the Milam County Sheriff’s Office, according to Daniel Willie of Standards of Care, sponsor of the event.

Activities from 5 to 8 p.m. will include bounce houses for children, hot dogs and drinks and the opportunity to visit with representatives from all area of Cameron and Milam County law enforcement and first responders as well as other city and county organizations.

Everyone is invited to attend, meet their neighbors and learn about crime prevention.


Texas Forest Service calls in air tanker to fight Bastrop fire

Texas A&M Forest Service has called in a DC-10 air tanker to help battle the wildfire raging through Bastrop County, where 30 homes have been destroyed.
According to the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Department, more than 30 homes have been destroyed by a wildfire that began Tuesday, but that 25 percent of it had been contained.
Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster for Bastrop County Thursday after getting a briefing on the fires that have burned more than 4,300 acres and forced the evacuation of about 400 homes.
The tanker called in by the A&M Forest Service can drop close to 12,000 gallons of retardant at a time, spreading a swath three-quarters of a mile long and 500 feet wide. It is also able to divide its load into five separate drops if needed.
The Very Large Air Tanker, VLAT, is coming from the West Coast and headed to the Hidden Pines Fire in Bastrop County, Texas. It is expected to be available Friday morning.


Yoe Band captures Division 1 rating at regional marching contest

The Yoe Marching Band competing at Region 8 marching contest in Belton Tuesday. (Photo by Josh Pratt)

The C.H. Yoe High School Band took their next step towards the state marching contest on Tuesday. The band earned a division one rating at this week’s Region 8 marching contest at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton.
In terms of judging, a division one rating is the top honor a band can be awarded while a four is the lowest mark. The Yoemen band was one of 12 bands to receive the coveted division one rating, which ensures a spot at the area round contest. The other bands rated the division one were Rice, Rogers, West, McGregor, Bruceville-Eddy, Academy, Troy, Hillsboro, Teague, Blooming Grove, and Clifton. Other bands competing in the contest included Jewett Leon (2), Franklin (2), Mildred (2), Whitney (2), Buffalo (3), and Marlin (4).
The band now advances to the area round marching contest scheduled Saturday, Oct. 24, at Tiger Stadium in Belton. A full preview of that competition will be featured in next week’s edition of The Cameron Herald.


Greene to seek third term

Sheriff David Greene

Sheriff David Greene today announced his intention to run for re-election to a third term.
Sheriff is among the county positions subject to the 2016 election cycle, Candidate filing opens Nov. 14 and runs through Dec. 14. Primary elections are set for March 1, 2016 when voters will select candidates for the November 2016 general elections.
In a prepared statement released this afternoon, Greene said he will be a candidate in the 2016 Milam County Republican Primary.  The statement follows:
“I have diligently served the people of Milam County for over 38 years, first as your Game Warden, then on to serving the as Constable of Precinct One, and then and currently as your sheriff.
As your sheriff for the past eight years, I have implemented numerous changes to my office. We have seen very positive results from those changes, ones which have helped our office to run smoothly and efficiently while giving back, budget-wise at the same time.


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