Candidate filing opens Saturday for March primaries

The 2016 election cycle is gearing up as Texas prepares for the March 1 party primary elections.
The 30-day candidate filing period opens this Saturday and runs through Dec. 14. In the March 1 primaries, Texas voters will select their party’s nominees for the Nov. 8, 2016 general elections.
Milam County Republican and Democratic Party chairmen say they are ready.
Democratic Party Chairman Tommy Grimes said his office at 1707 W. Cameron Ave, Suite A, in Rockdale will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on opening day. The rest of the filing period, including the deadline day, Monday, Dec. 14, candidates may file between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information, candidates may contact Grimes at 512-446-4131.


Police investigate armed robbery

Cameron Police are investigating an armed robbery at Sunny’s Food Mart Monday night.
The incident occurred at about 11:21 p.m. Monday when a masked man armed with a small revolver forced an employee to open the cash register at the store, located in the 900 block of North Travis, according to a statement released by Police Chief Randy Dixon.
The employee was outside on the store property cleaning the parking lot when the armed robber grabbed him and forced him into the store.
“The suspect and the male store employee struggled for a time inside the store, with the employee using good judgment and refrained further fighting with the suspect,” Dixon said, adding that “the suspect took a quantity of cash and fled behind the store towards the Little River-Cameron Hospital.”
The employee told officers the robber wore a Halloween mask “resembling a dead person/zombie,” a black hoodie, black sweat pants and red underwear, similar to a Batman costume.


Little River crests

According to the National Weather Service, the Little River at Cameron crested early this morning at just under 34 feet. Flood stage is 30 feet.

The Little River crested this morning following days of heavy rains.

According to the National Weather Service, in Milam County the river crested at just under 34 feet. Flood stage is 30 feet. Forecasters said minor to moderate flooding will lessen as the river recedes. It is expected to reach below flood stage Monday evening.

Many county roads were closed in the Thorndale, Rockdale and Buckholts areas late Saturday. Many Thorndale residents had trouble traveling to Cameron Saturday evening for this week's rain-delayed Thorndale High School football game. The Bulldogs met the Holland Hornets on Yoe Field at 6 p.m.

According to the Milam County Sheriff's Office and the Thorndale Police Department, the following roads were still closed at noon today:


MCSO investigating shooting death

The shooting death of a Rockdale man is under investigation by the Milam County Sheriff’s Department.
Just after midnight Wednesday morning, (Oct. 28) the Milam County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a subject who had shot himself in the 700 Block of FM 1712, according to a statement released by MCSO Chief Deputy Chris White.
George “Cody” Tovar of Rockdale was rushed to Richards Memorial Hospital and then transferred to Scott and White ICU in Temple for a gunshot wound to the head.
Tovar’s death at 8:39 a.m. was reported to Sheriff David Greene by Bell County Justice of the Peace G.W. Ivey, who ordered an autopsy. The body was transferred to the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office.
“Sheriff’s Investigators are examining all aspects of the incident and with the autopsy results, hope to have some clear indication as to whether the incident was accidental, suicide, or criminal,” White said.


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.


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