CISD enrollment up; year off to good start

By Lindsey Vaculin

General Manager


The 2016-17 school year is off to a great start in Cameron Independent School District and exciting things are happening.

CISD Superintendent Allan Sapp said enrollment is on the rise. The district started the year with 1,833 students, which is 50 more students than the end of the 2015-16 school year.

That number included 20 students in CISD’s new 3-year-old Pre-K program.

The new half-day program gives additional academic and social interaction to a group of students who may not get that at home, Sapp said. There are currently 125 students in the 4-year-old Pre-K program at Cameron ISD.

Sapp said enrollment has picked up over the last few years, with a growth rate around three percent per year.

Eight new staff members have been added across the district to help with that growth. 


Vaculin returns home to take post as General Manager at The Herald

Lindsey Vaculin

Cameron’s own Lindsey Vaculin started work this Monday as the new General Manager of The Cameron Herald. 

Vaculin replaces Candace Velvin who has accepted the position of Publications Editor for the Texas Press Association in Austin.

“I am so excited to get to come home to Cameron to do the job I love in the community I grew up in,” Vaculin said. “I’m looking forward to putting my Yoemen gear back on and getting reacquainted with old friends and new.”

Vaculin returns to Cameron after working for Houston Community Newspapers in the Tomball and Magnolia area for the last five years. She also previously worked in Huntsville, Liberty, Sealy and Madisonville.

“I am excited to return to a true community newspaper,” Vaculin said. “I am really looking forward to getting to cover all the wonderful things going on in Cameron ISD and the community.”


Proposed tax rates encounter questions

By Curtis Chubb

Special to the Herald


The Milam County Budget for 2017 was the hot topic issue for Monday’s meeting of the Milam County Commissioners Court.  Statements made by the public were both critical and helpful concerning the proposed $18.6 million budget.  While the corrections to the proposed tax rate information announced by Milam County Judge David Barkemeyer raised questions.  


Cameron Yoemen Sports Network launches Sunday

On Sunday, Aug. 21, The Cameron Herald will launch the Cameron Yoemen Sports Network. The website will be the new home for all things Yoemen, showcasing all fall, winter and spring sports, in addition to the band, cheerleaders and other organizations.

The home page will feature the latest news surrounding the Yoemen, including stories, pictures and videos. There will also be individual pages for all sports, the band and booster clubs, where you can find all the latest news, standings and results, plus much more throughout the 2016-17 season. 

The Cameron Yoemen Webpage Facebook page will also be re-branded to the “Cameron Yoemen Sports Network” to help jump-start our social media reach while other forms of social media are introduced. 

We are excited about this new project and proud to bring a new element of coverage to the community.


O.J. Thomas Alumni gather this weekend for reunion

O.J. Thomas Alumni, shown during their 50th anniversary homecoming in 2015, gather this weekend for their homecoming reunion.

Hempstead Mayor Michael S. Wolfe, Sr., will be guest speaker for the O.J. Thomas Alumni Memorial program Friday night. 

O.J. Thomas High School Alumni gather this weekend for their 51st homecoming reunion.

A full slate of events and a special guest speaker are planned. Theme for this year’s reunion is “Once a Legacy is Revealed, Dreams Can Be Fulfilled: Together, We Can!”

Activities get under way on Friday, when a fun day for youth with games. food and prizes will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the school, where there will also be tours and visitation.


Summer music

Approximately 120 Yoe band students began rehearsals last week from the Francis Cox Band Hall. The band is currently working on their brand new show, ‘To Honor Those Who Serve and Protect,’ in addition to the music played on Friday nights from the stands. 


County, Lower Brushy Creek WCID drafting new agreement

A most important question at the Milam County Commissioners Court is should the county sign a watershed agreement with the Lower Brushy Creek Water Control and Improvement District.

Before going further, let’s review the history and reason for the Lower Brushy Creek WCID.

W.R. Poage, Texas’ 11th District U.S. Representative from 1937 to 1978, authored the “Upstream Flood Prevention Program” which became law in the 1950s. The original Brushy Creek WCID was created in 1957 as the first project approved under this program in the entire United States.

A total of 57 dams were approved to build in the watershed of the Brushy Creek in Williamson and Milam counties. Forty-eight have been built to date using millions of dollars provided by federal and state agencies.


Camps held, practices begin Monday

Cheerleader camp: Approximately 85 campers attended the cheer leading camp last Saturday from the Yoe High Gym. Yoe High students, Cameron Junior High students and cheerleader sponsor Alma Cardona put on the camp and led the instruction of routines. On Saturday evening, the campers put on a performance for parents and members of the community.

Pre-school activities begin next week. Here's a schedule:

Meet  Yoe Coaches

As the 2016 fall sports season kicks off, the annual “Meet the Coaches” event will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at Yoe High School Cafeteria. 

Fall sports athletes and their parents should attend the event.

Practice begins Monday, Aug. 1, for both football and volleyball.

The first intra-squad scrimmage is scheduled Saturday, Aug. 6, from 8 to 11 a.m. at Yoe Field

The annual “Meet the Yoemen” event is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at the Performing Arts Center.

Picture day for fall sports teams will be held Saturday, Aug. 13, from 8 a.m. to noon on Yoe Field.

Band uniform fittings

Uniform fittings for those set to participate in Yoe Band will be held Saturday, July 30. 


Residents warned about forced entry incidents

Police are warning residents about a series of attempted break-ins that Police Chief Randy Dixon said had the potential to be violent home invasions.

Over the past two to three days, residences in the city have been targeted by as many as five men trying to “kick or punch their way into people’s homes through the doors homes during the night," Dixon reported in a news release.

The five reported incidents have occurred in “almost every area of town, east, west, north and south,” Dixon said, adding that while no homes have actually been broken into, several residents have been awakened by nighttime noise of someone trying to force open the doors of their homes.

 “In each instance every home was occupied by residents which could lead investigators to believe it possibly could result in a home invasion situation,” Dixon said. “As of now, no one has been able to give a complete description of the individuals who may be perpetrating these acts.”


Burn ban in effect

According to the Milam County website and local fire departments, outdoor burning is banned temporarily.

High heat in recent weeks has caused vegetation to dry out, creating hazardous conditions.

The ban is in effect until further notice.


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