City terminates police chief

The City of Cameron terminated Police Chief Randy Dixon during its regular meeting on Feb. 6.

Council went into executive session to discuss personnel matters concerning the police chief and upon returning voted unanimously to terminate Dixon's employment with the city effective immediately.

City Manager Rhett Parker said that the city is going in a new direction at this time. No other explanation was given. 

Dixon said he had no comment. He was hired as Police Chief in 2011.

The council took no action to name an interim chief, but the process to replace Dixon is expected to begin immediately.


Second Annual Opening Day features family fun, baseball

Community members gather at The Yards of Cameron for Opening Day and the dedication of the facility last February. The Second Annual Opening Day is set for Feb. 18 and will offer baseball and family fun.

The community is invited to baseball games, family activities and a ceremonial first pitch of the 2017 season at The Yards of Cameron of Feb. 18.

 Cameron will host the second annual Opening Day at The Yards of Cameron. Opening Day is about bringing people together to play and enjoy baseball and family fun. 

 Activities start at 9 a.m. with a special guest first pitch followed by a chance for kids to get out and Run the Bases on the C.H. Yoe High Baseball field.  

More fun for kids and adults alike with a youth Wiffle Ball Tournament following Run the Bases. Everyone can step up to bat in a Home Run Derby following the tournament.

 The Home Run Derby is a great warm up to the Yoemen Alumni game starting at noon.   

The Farmers Market will be open from 9 a.m. to noon with music by Jerry Bethel.  


Regional Farmers Market hopes to bring county, area growers together

Calling all interested growers and vendors. An organizational meeting for a Milam County Regional Farmers Market is set for Saturday, Feb. 18, at 1 p.m. in Founders Hall at The Yards of Cameron.

 Milam County and surrounding areas have many growers from organic produce to lamb and of course beef. 

Ginger Watkins, executive director of the Cameron Industrial Foundation said the Milam County region is primed to host an outstanding and visible market at The Yards of Cameron. The market hopes to draw from major farms to smaller backyard growers throughout the county and area.

Watkins said the physical structure is in place with the 44 Farms Farmer’s Market Pavilion which is front and center at The Yards of Cameron.  The Yards of Cameron is new, clean and attractive with ready to go amenities such as: ample parking, public restrooms, electricity and water in the Pavilion. It is also easy to access with major highway exposure. 


Yoemen feature to air on NFL Network

Stephen Palgon and his crew film a segment for the NFL Network feature on the Cameron Yoemen in November.

The segment featuring the Cameron Yoemen and the community that was shot in November is set to air on the NFL Network between 1:30 and 1:40 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 5.

Producer Stephen Palgon said there will be a longer version online at some point this week, but he doesn’t now when yet.

Palgon and his crew were in Cameron Monday, Nov. 28, until Friday, Dec. 2, to capture footage for their special feature talking to community members and following the Yoemen on their journey through the State Playoffs.

This year’s Super Bowl will be played at NRG Stadium in Houston, so that is how the network decided it would be best to feature a team from Texas.  

“Since the Super Bowl is in Houston, we wanted to celebrate Texas high school football in the sense that what is going on in Houston sort of comes from the world of what happens here on Friday night,” said Palgon. 


Filing begins for city, school elections

Filing has started for the May 6 city and school elections. Four city council places and two school board positions are up for grabs.

According to City Secretary Amy Harris, three people have filed for places on the city ballot. Incumbents Melissa Williams, At-Large, and Robert Davis, Ward 3, have filed for their current places on the council. Daniel Willie has filed for Ward 1 on the council, currently held by Maurice Goza.

Places open on the council are Ward 1, Ward 3, Ward 5 and At-Large. Ward 5 is currently held by Vergie Hardeman.

Anyone wishing to run can stop by City Hall at 100 South Houston Avenue and pick up information.

As of press time no one had filed for any of the spots on the Cameron ISD Board of Trustees. Positions held by James Burks and Daniel Willie are up for election.


Community Calendar

Chamber Honors

Cameron Chamber of Commerce is seeking community input on candidates for several awards presented at the annual banquet. You can submit your ideas for Volunteer of the Year, Organization of the Year, Citizen of the Year, and Business of the Year.  For more information, contact the Chamber of Commerce at (254) 697-4979. The 83rd Annual Chamber Banquet will be held on Monday, Feb. 27, at the Milam County Community Theater.  


Pre-K Family Night

Ben Milam Elementary Pre-K classes are having a Pre-K “Let it Snow” Family Night Jan. 26 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the BME cafeteria. There will be something warm for you to drink and something cold for you to play with. For more information, contact


Cameron Baseball Sign Ups


Culinary Arts Initiative

Students at Cameron Junior High receive groceries on Jan. 20 as part of CJH’s Culinary Arts Initiative. The school is piloting a grocery distribution program to promote healthy cooking for all of students and their families.  With high demand for the culinary arts class this year, Cameron Junior High is looking into ways to include more students in culinary education. The school periodically distributes free groceries to students to inspire culinary involvement and increase fresh, healthy food in our community.  These bags include fresh produce and recipes compiled by the Culinary Arts class. This initiative is a partnership between Cameron ISD and the Central Texas Food Bank. According to the Central Texas Food Bank, the distribution is open to the entire school of which 76 percent qualifies for free- or reduced- priced meals. The program is currently serving the 6th grade and distributes about 12 pounds of healthy food per child per distribution.


City approves new stop, yield signs

The intersections highlighted above will have a new stop or yeild sign placed at them.

By Lindsey Vaculin

General Manager 


Cameron residents may want to slow down when driving through the city’s neighborhoods in the future.

The Cameron City Council passed a Street Sign resolution during its meeting Jan. 17 that will place additional stop signs and yield signs at several places mostly on Davis, Cleveland, Hoover and Wallace.

The resolution was crafted after with input from City Maintenance Director Craig Arnold, City Manager Rhett Parker and Chief of Police Randy Dixon.

The resolution states: “The City of Cameron has an inordinate amount of open intersections which present a hazard to our motoring public in terms of the possibility of accidents with no traffic control to prevent such. Open intersections tend to create an increase in accidents and thus to prevent such accidents and reduce the likelihood of injury, it is recommended these traffic control devices be established.”


CISD: TEA scores not representative of school, students

By Lindsey Vaculin

General Manager


The Texas Education Agency released their work-in-progress school accountability ratings under the new A-F system on Friday and Cameron ISD’s ratings didn’t look so good.

Cameron ISD Superintendent Allan Sapp said these scores are not indicative of the district’s performance, saying that Cameron ISD actually met standard on all campuses last year. 

CISD received D ratings in Domain I - student achievement and Domain III - closing performance gaps and F ratings in Domain II - student progress and Domain IV - post-secondary readiness.

“These A-F grades are considered by TEA as ‘what if’ ratings,” Sapp said. “We will not make excuses for any low test scores from last year, but this paints an unfair picture of the students, staff and the community of Cameron.”

Sapp said CISD has great programs in place and everyone will continue to push for excellence in all areas. 


CISD names new Yoe High principal

Cameron ISD has announced that Joe Oliver has been named principal of C. H. Yoe High School. 

The CISD School Board approved the hiring during its meeting Monday night.

Oliver comes with a vast array of experience in the educational field. He has a total of 29 years of administrative experience serving in the role of superintendent, high school principal and athletic director.

Oliver has served and is currently serving on several state level boards. Some of these include; the state legislative council, ethics committee of the THSCA and the alternative certification advisory board.

Oliver is no stranger to Cameron as he was the defensive coordinator of the 1981 state championship football team.

Cameron ISD will host a meet and greet to welcome Oliver this Wednesday, Jan. 11, in the high school cafeteria from 5:30-6:30 p.m.


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