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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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Wed
29
Jul

Flying like a ‘Super Hero’

In a photo effect courtesy of children’s librarian Kim Wise, reader Abigail Alvarado captures her Super Hero alter-ego during the Cameron Public Library’s summer reading program. A record number of children signed up for this year’s program, ‘Every Hero Has a Story,’ which ends Friday.

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Wed
29
Jul

El Niño will bring another wet winter, experts predict

■ By ROBERT BURNS
Texas A&M University
A super-strong El Niño now brewing in the tropical Pacific will likely bring another rain-drenched winter to large parts of Texas, said Dr. John Nielsen- Gammon, state climatologist, College Station. But the climate scientist said he doesn’t expect a repeat of the 2015 wet spring will necessarily follow. The El Niño of 2014-2015 was only moderately strong, but the rain it brought, followed by a very wet spring, effectively ended the Texas drought. Meanwhile, the 2015-2016 El Niño is shaping up to be a record breaker, said Nielsen- Gammon, who is also a Regents Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at Texas A&M University.

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Wed
29
Jul

Employment picture brightens

While the current jobless rate is higher than last month, Milam County’s overall employment picture is still brighter than last year, according to Texas Workforce Commission monthly figures. Milam County’s June employment rate of 5.3 percent is slightly higher than May’s 4.8 percent, but it is significantly better than last year when the unemployment rate was 6.8 percent. The TWC estimates the Milam County labor force at 10,199 workers with 9,662 currently employed and 537 looking for work.

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Fri
24
Jul

County crop tour

Milam County AgrLife Extension hosted the annual crops tour this week, taking participants to see plots of corn, milo and cotton on farms in Buckholts, San Gabriel and Thorndale. At a cotton fi eld in Buckholts, Texas A&M cotton specialist Dr. Gaylon Morgan discussed yields and weather factors for this year’s crop. The event also featured a luncheon and an economic update and market outlook.
 
Fri
24
Jul

Playing super heroes

Children’s librarian Kim Wise leads summer reading program participants in “super hero” exercises at a recent Monday night craft session at the Cameron Public Library. Record numbers of participants are enrolled in the program this year.
 
Fri
24
Jul

(S)M*A*S*H-ing surprise

Congresswoman Goldfarb, played by Melanie Reed, gets a scare from Waldowski (Buddy Shuffi eld) while touring the 4077 Army Medical Surgical Hospital with Col. Henry Blake, played by Maurice Goza, in a rehearsal scene from the Milam Community Theater’s production of the comedy M*A*S*H, opening July 25 at the Williams Event Center in Cameron. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for a reception and curtain up at 7 p.m. Other performances are scheduled at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 26; 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2. Tickets for M*A*S*H may be purchased at the door for $15. Students with ID will be admitted for $12.
 
Fri
24
Jul

Countywide polling plan set for trial with Nov. 3 election

Milam County’s proposed countywide voting plan has gained state approval for a trial run with the November general election. Milam County Clerk Barbara Vansa received the notice of the approval from the Secretary of State’s Director of Elections Keith Ingram.
 
Fri
24
Jul

County facing tough budget decisions

By CURTIS CHUBB
Special to the Champion
A mixed-bag of good and bad news was discussed at Monday’s meeting of the Milam County Commissioners Court.For example, Milam County Judge David Barkemeyer expressed satisfaction about the county’s revenues exceeding budget projections and county expenditures being less than budgeted so far this year. The combination of revenue increases and expenditure decreases is predicted to result in a $200,000 surplus for this year.
 

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