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Fri
21
Aug

City forgoes issuing debt for groundwater system

After months seeking affordable land for drilling water wells, the Cameron City Council has decided not to pursue a plan to switch the city’s water system to ground water - and concentrate on upgrading the aging distribution system and water lines.
The council voted this week to forego issuing $3.8 million in certificates of obligation and the city will send a letter to the Texas Water Development Board returning loan finds earmarked for the project that included wells and a new water plant.
“The council just could not find land (with water rights) for a well that we felt was affordable and would allow us to pay back the debt,” City Manager Rhett Parker said.
He added the council felt the city should focus on improving the aging distribution system that has been plagued with water line breaks and leaks.
For details, read the full story in this week's print or digital edition.

Fri
21
Aug

Council proposes keeping current tax rate

In preparation for a series of public hearings after receiving the preliminary budget for next year, the Cameron City Council voted Tuesday night to keep the current tax rate.
Overall, taxable property in the city increased in value with this year’s appraisals, City Secretary Amy Harris explained, and more revenue will be generated from the same tax rate of 75.90 cents per $100 property valuation.
According to figures from the Milam Appraisal District, this year’s tax base is $157,446,015 - up from last year’s base of $155,657,268. 
“Because there is an increase in tax revenue (even though the property tax rate remains the same), public hearings will be required before adopting the rate and approving the budget,” Harris noted.
City Manager Rhett Parker presented the preliminary budget in a workshop session that included council members, administrative staff and all the city department heads.

Sat
15
Aug

CPD seeks tips in car burglary investigation

The Cameron Police Department is investigating a daytime auto burglary at AIS Manufacturing, located in the 1100 block of Industrial Blvd, Police Chief Randy Dixon said in a statement released Saturday afternoon.
On Friday, an unidentified suspect, described as a black male, used a metal tool of some type to smash a side window of a vehicle parked on the lot.  The subject then reached into the vehicle and removed a purse with contents that included bank cards and credit cards. 
The subject then went to the Sunnys Food Mart and used one of the cards, where he was filmed on video surveillance.  The suspect was driving a silver Grand Marquis, Dixon said, and another vehicle that may have been involved is a black Dodge Neon.
Anyone with any information on the subject(s) involved in this incident, please contact the Cameron Police Department at (254) 697-6574.

Fri
14
Aug

MCSO reports missing man found

Gary Kanarr, the man reported missing last Friday, was located at the VA hospital in Temple on Sunday afternoon.

Milam County Sheriff's Office conducted an area wide search and asked the public's help in locating the missing 60-year-old, who suffers from dementia due to a brain injury. Chief Deputy Chris White said Kanarr was "dropped off" at the VA hospital in Temple and he is now at home with his wife.

 

Thu
13
Aug

ERCOT reserves drop; conservation urged

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), grid operator for most of Texas, has announced an Conservation Alert and is asking electric consumers to limit or reduce electric use where possible during the 3-7 p.m. peak demand hours today.

“Although we set new peak demand records without needing to issue a conservation alert during the past week, the high temperatures statewide continue to drive high levels of electricity use,” said Dan Woodfin, ERCOT director of System Operations.

“Generation units on the system have been working hard to keep up with recent demands,” Woodfin said. “Some of them have experienced outages today, contributing to tighter conditions.”

Thu
13
Aug

Welcome to our new home(page)

The Cameron Herald's new website premieres today as a work in progress with more content being added over the next few days and weeks.

We are thankful for our readers' patience while we work through the process of changing over. While our staff represents 83 years of newspaper experience, we're still getting used to this new-fangled digital stuff.

The Herald's first website debuted in 2002 with the premise that it "won't replace your newspaper" and that still stands. The site is a means of providing up-to-the minute news and sports updates, obituaries, upcoming event notices, alerts and announcements, but full features will be found only in the print and digital newspaper editions.

Speaking of the digital edition, we think you'll like the new Cameron Herald eEdition - it even comes with sound effects.

We know you'll let us hear what you think and we'll keep fine tuning.

Thu
13
Aug

Drug raid nets three arrests

Three people are facing multiple drug and child endangerment charges following a police raid on a house in the 1100 block of Main Street Tuesday night.
Cameron Police Chief Randy Dixon said officers executed a warrant at the house following a several month-long investigation into complaints from neighbors reporting unusual activity possible related to the sale of drugs.
Dixon said when officers executed the “no knock” warrant, in addition to three adults and a small child, they found “deplorable health conditions and a variety of illegal substances.”
“Child Protective Services was called and took control of the three year-old female child,” Dixon said.
Arrested on felony charges of endangering a child and possession of cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana were Cynthia Denise Barnett, 58, Patrick Ryan Felts, 30, and Destiny Leigh Adams, 33. In addition, Barnett had city warrants for theft, Dixon said.

Wed
12
Aug

Showing off Cameron's new multi-event complex, CISD ball field

Media day

Economic Development Director Ginger Watkins and Cameron ISD Superintendent Allan Sapp speak to city and school officials at a media day and final walk-through event at the new CISD baseball field and Cameron multi-event center complex, a joint project between the city, the Cameron Economic Development Corporation and Cameron ISD.

City of Cameron and Cameron Independent School District officials joined CEDC directors for a final walk through and media day at the new C.H. Yoe High School Baseball Field and the EDC/city’s multiplex tourism event center Tuesday.
The project combines efforts of the three groups in the creation of a unique facility designed to capitalize on non-professional sports tourism.

Wed
12
Aug

County bans outdoor burning

Most Central Texas counties are under a burn ban, thanks to hot temperatures and the lack of rain.

On Monday, Cameron Fire Chief Henry Horelica, president of the Milam County Fire Chiefs Association, requested that the Milam County Commissioners Court approve a county-wide burn ban to take effect immediately.

Wed
29
Jul

Campers learn fundamentals

Youngsters from elementary through junior high participated in sports camps this week at Yoe High School. Athletic Director Rick Rhoades (above) directs Yoe football camp participants on Yoe field while young volleyball players took a break during Lady Yoe volleyball camp inside the high school gym.

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