Suspected K-2 Spice traffickers arrested

Cameron Police believe they stopped an influx of the dangerous synthetic marijuana known as K-2 Spice with the arrest of two alleged distributors.
Xavier Campell, 42, and Regina Jones, 34, both of Cameron were arrested Monday on charges of possession of K-2, under five pounds; possession of a controlled substance, less than two grams; and tampering with evidence.
Chief Randy Dixon said CPD officers were joined by Bell County Narcotics Task Force officers in making the arrest Monday in Cameron. The suspects are subjects of a two-month investigation targeting K-2 Spice distribution in Cameron and Temple.
Investigators learned Monday that the suspected traffickers had obtained a substantial amount of K-2 Spice and were on their way back to Cameron.
The suspects’ car was tracked from Temple and when they entered the city limits, CPD officers made a traffic stop, Dixon said.


Brashear takes reins as CISD athletic director

Tommy Brashear, former Yoe defensive coordinator, was named CISD athletic director by the Cameron ISD school board Tuesday night on the recommendation of Superintendent Allan Sapp. Brashear was accompanied by his wife Angie and children Braden, Nolan and Aubree. With them were (from left) trustees Greg Hoelscher, James Burks Alan Patterson, Jason Dohnalik, Franci Denio, James Thompson and Daniel Willie.

Meeting in special session Tuesday night, the Cameron ISD school board accepted the recommendation of Superintendent Allan Sapp to hire former Yoe defensive coordinator Tommy Brashear to succeed Rick Rhoades as CISD athletic director.
The board unanimously approved the the recommendation, handing over all control to the 1992 Yoe High graduate.
"It's great to be a Yoemen," said Brashear. "It's like a dream come true for me. The last two, three, four years maybe I have been ready professionally in my mind to take the next step. Coach Rhoades had always told me if he had ever left he would recommend me for the job. My family likes it here, I like it here. I love this community and this is a great place to be and raise kids. I can't think of any other place I'd rather be than the head football coach and athletic director here at Yoe High School."
See this week's edition of The Cameron Herald for the full story.


School district boundary issue resolved

The Buckholts and Rockdale ISD boundary issue resulting from a discrepancy between maps on record with the state and with the Milam Appraisal District has been resolved, according to MAD Chief Appraiser Dyann White.
“What we originally thought was an error in the appraisal district’s map turned out to be an error in the state’s map,” White noted.
White said the discrepancy arose in the fall of 2015 when the Texas Legislative Council circulated an annual letter asking the appraisal district to confirm that the TLC had the correct boundaries for Milam County school districts.
The Appraisal District found a discrepancy between the state’s ISD boundary maps and the local ones.  Some preliminary fact-finding by the appraisal district led them to believe the local maps were in error.


Community supervision officer sentenced in district court

A Milam County community supervision officer was sentenced in district court this morning following an investigation by the Community Supervision and Corrections Department and the District Attorney’s Investigator Doug Kunkel.
According to District Attorney Bill Torrey, who prosecuted the case, Milam County Assistant Community Supervision Officer Ronald G. Floyd, 50, of Cameron, entered a guilty plea to a third-degree felony theft $2,500 to $30,000 by a public servant in the 20th Judicial District Court.
Judge John W. Youngblood placed Floyd on three years deferred adjudication probation with standard conditions of probation, and he was ordered to pay a $2,500 fine, court costs and restitution of $8,180 with the remaining amount of restitution yet to be determined. Floyd will be required to cooperate with law enforcement and agree to consent to a polygraph, if requested. 


Tax office audit back in commissioners court

The big news at Monday’s meeting of the Milam County Commissioners Court was that Milam County/District Attorney Bill Torrey had decided to release the entire special audit of the Milam County tax assessor-collector office.
The special audit was ordered following former Tax Assessor-Collector Kolette Morgan’s no contest plea to a charge of attempted theft by a public servant.
The important news of the audit’s release by the attorney’s office, however, was tempered by the decision of Milam County Judge David Barkemeyer not to release the special audit until he, the commissioners, and new interim Tax Assessor-Collector Sherry Mueck met to decide what should be released to the public. Barkemeyer indicated that the special meeting would be scheduled for next week and that the decisions of what not to release would be made in a closed executive session.


Federal anti-drug trafficking operation nets 20 Central Texas suspects

Editor's note: This is the press release issued by the US Attorney's Office, Western Division of Texas details the anti-drug traffocking operation in Central Texas this week.


CPD assists federal investigators in arresting suspects here

The Cameron Police Department assisted state and federal agencies in arresting six individuals wanted on federal and state warrants. 
According to Police Chief Randy Dixon, five of the six were arrested as a result of an 18-month drug investigation with CPD officers working with the Bell County Organized Crime Task Force and federal agencies in stemming the influx of methamphetamine and marijuana. The investigation spread to the cities of San Antonio, Austin, Temple and Killeen. 


Rhoades tapped by 5A Gregory-Portland ISD

CISD Athletic Director Rick Rhoades has been tapped as the new AD for 51 Gregory-Portland ISD, according to a statement released earlier this evening following the G-P ISD school board meeting.

Earlier tonight, Gregory-Portland ISD Trustees voted unanimously in favor of approving a recommendation to hire Rick E. Rhoades as the district’s new director of athletics/head football coach.
Pending contractual agreement, Rhoades will bring 31 years of award-winning coaching experience and leadership to G-PISD. He is the current athletic director for Cameron ISD and has formerly contributed to the growth and enhancement of athletic programs in Judson, Coppell, New Braunfels, North East, Comal, La Marque, Bastrop and Refugio ISDs.


GOP tax assessor-collector nominee takes office early

Sherry Mueck, winner of last week's GOP primary, took the oath of office as interim tax assessor-collector Monday morning during a special meeting of the Milam County Commissioners Court. With her were (from left) Pct. 1 Commissioner Opey Watkins, Pct. 2 Commissioner Donald Shuffield, County Judge David Barkemeyer, Pct. 3 Commissioner John Fisher, and Pct. 4 Commissioner Jeff Muegge.

Sherry Mueck, winner of last week's GOP primary, took the oath of office as interim tax assessor-collector Monday during a special meeting of the Milam County Commissioners Court.

Mueck will fill the remaining months of the term of former tax assessor-collector Kolette Morgan.

Because there were no Democratic candidates fo the position, Mueck faces no opposition in the November general election and will take office for her own term Jan. 1, 2017. Commissioners voted to appoint the Republican nominee to fill the vacancy.

County employees, friends and family attended the ceremonies at the courthouse.

More details will be featured in this week's print edition of The Cameron Herald.



Thorndale Bulldogs head to state tournament

Thorndale fans - shown at an earlier playoff game with Mumford - are ready to back the Bulldogs all the way to the Alamodome in San Antonio for the state tournament later this week.

Thorndale ISD is cancelling classes Friday, March 11, so the entire community can head for San Antonio to cheer on the Bulldogs as they compete in the UIL state basketball tournament.
The Bulldogs defeated Falls City 59-50 and Schulenburg 45-37 in the regional semifinal and finals held Friday and Saturday in New Braunfels. This week, they head to the Alamodome in San Antonio for the state tournament
They play Canadian at 10 a.m. Friday inthe state semifinals. If they win, they will play the winner of the Dallardsville Big Sandy-Muenster game in the Class 2A state championship at 1:30 p.m. Friday.
The Thorndale Booster Club is planning a send-off for the basketball team on Thursday, March 10, at 9:30 a.m. in the high school parking lot – everyone is invited to come out and wish the team good luck.


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