CISD in market for assistant superintendent

Stephen F. Austin State University, known for its programs in education since its founding in 1924 as a “state teachers college” has tapped CISD Assistant Superintendent Dr. George Willey for its Department of Educational Leadership faculty.
Willey announced earlier this month that he had accepted the position with the university serving some 12,000 students located in Nacogdoches, in East Texas. In his new position, as a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, he will work primarily with aspiring principals.
Having taught in Carthage, also in East Texas, and being from Shreveport, La., Willey said he is familiar with Nacogdoches and looks forward to moving his family there.
Hired in 2009 when Rodney Fausett was superintendent, Willey was appointed acting superintendent just one year later when Fausett left. Willey handled both his own duties and those of superintendent for eight months until Collin Clark took over in the spring of 2011.


Remembering loved ones

Angel tree program

Grace Price (center) and other family members coming to honor lost loved ones  gathered around the Tree of Angels Tuesday evening at the annual program held at the Milam County Museum. The District Attorney’s office annually sponsors the event in memory and in honor of victims of crime and in honor of members of the military killed in action. Price placed an angel on the tree in honor of her son, Master Sgt. Charles L. Price, III, a decorated career soldier and Yoe graduate who was killed in action Aug. 12, 2011 while serving with the 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, in Kandahar, Afghanistan.



Commissioners consider open carry issues

By Curtis Chubb


Contested races in GOP primary

As the final week of candidate filing approaches, Milam County Sheriff David Greene has drawn a primary opponent.
Former Constable Herbie Vaughan, who challenged Greene in 2012, filed as a candidate again in the March 1 Republican Primrary, according to county party chairman Bill Whitmire.
In 2012, Greene was also opposed in the primary by former Greg Kouba, a former chief deputy. With Greene garnering just under 50 percent of the vote in the three-way 2012 primary, the race went into a runoff between Greene and Kouba with Greene ultimately winning with 57 percent.
Candidate filing for the March 1 party primaries ends Monday, Dec. 14.
Another potentially contested race was the race for tax assessor-collector. Incumbent Kolette Morgan had announced she would seek reelection and drew a primary opponent the first weekend of filing. However she resigned from office effective Friday following a district court hearing. (See related story.)


City plans $21 million water system overhaul

The City of Cameron is applying for $21 million to fund a major capital improvement over haul of the city’s water and wastewater infrastructure facilities.
Low interest loans are being sought through TWDB, Texas Water Development Board Clean Water State Revolving Fund and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund programs.
In the past two years engineers have worked with the city council and staff to develop five-year plans for infrastructure improvements. “Everything dealing with water and wastewater infrastructure was put on the table for evaluation,” said City Manager Rhett Parker. “The projects were then prioritized according to demand and need, then packaged into a large capital improvement plan that the city can afford.”
The City Council approved the application plans at Monday’s council meeting.


County official resigns following court plea

Milam County Tax Assessor-Collector, Kolette Morgan pleaded “no contest” to a state jail felony attempted theft $1,500 to $20,000 by a public servant in the 20th Judicial District Court of Milam County Wednesday morning, according to a statement released by District Attorney Bill Torrey.
Judge John W. Youngblood placed Ms. Morgan on three years deferred adjudication probation with standard conditions of probation, and she was ordered to pay a $2,500 fine, court costs and restitution in an amount yet to be determined. 
According to Torrey’s statement, Morgan will be required to cooperate with law enforcement and agree to consent to a polygraph, if requested. As part of the plea bargain agreement, Morgan has tendered her resignation to Milam County Judge David Barkemeyer, effective Friday, Dec. 11, at 5 p.m. 
Torrey said the The Texas Attorney General’s law enforcement division headed the investigation.


Parades, events celebrate Christmas

Santa Claus will return to downtown Cameron this evening with the annual Chamber of Commerce Christmas parade.

Get into the Christmas Spirit! The Milam County cities of Milano, Thorndale, Cameron and Rockdale are hosting downtown Christmas parades and events today.
Milano’s event starts with line-up at 9:15 a.m. at the Milano football field with the first vehicle rolling out at 10:30 a.m. Parade categories include: best overall, small animals, floats, bicycle/walking/marching, vehicles/tractors, small motorized/battery operated (go-carts, four-wheelers, lawnmowers, etc.) and horses/wagons.
Theme for the Milano parade is “Jingle All the Way” and winners will be announced following the parade during the annual free Christmas meal held at the Milano Civic Center - where Santa will be on hand. All the events are sponsored by the City of Milano.


Coffee, conversations with the Mayor

Utility Director Jerald Brunson, City Manager Rhett Parker (standing at left) and Mayor Connie Anderle, (seated) visited with residents at the first ‘coffee and conversation with the mayor’ session Monday evening at Bea’s Kitchen.

Mayor Connie Anderle held the first of three ‘coffee and conversation sessions’ Monday evening at Bea’s Kitchen, welcoming a group of residents who wanted to hear about plans for improving the city’s water system.
Anderle, City Manager Rhett Parker and Utility Director Jerald Brunson answered questions about the system’s needs and some of the avenues the council and city staff are considering.
A second session is planned today at 9 a.m. in the Cameron Housing Authority Community Room located at 704 W. 6th Street and on Dec. 15, 9 a.m., in the Chamber of Commerce Community Room located downtown at 102 E. 1st Street.
In addition to water and waste water system capital improvement projects, residents may visit with the mayor about other concerns as well.


Historical Commission accepting preservation grant applications

The Milam County Historical Commission is accepting applications for 2016 preservation grants, Geri Burnett, chair of the Milam County Historical Commission Preservation Grant Committee, announced.
Applications for funding are available in Cameron at the office of County Judge David Barkemeyer, in Rockdale at Rainbow Courts, and on the website of the Milam County Historical Commission. Completed applications must be turned in by Jan. 3, 2016, according to Burnett.
This is the eighth year of funding for the Preservation Trust fund. Total preservation work accomplished with these funds is $199,000.
“We believe that this is a real preservation accomplishment for Milam County,” Burnett said.


City plans informational meetings about water system plan

Connie Anderle will host “Coffee and Conversation with the Mayor” sessions at three locations where citizens may casually address concerns and ask questions pertaining to the City of Cameron water and waste water capital improvement projects and other citywide topics.
The Mayor will meet citizens at the following locations and dates.
Nov. 30, 6 p.m., Bea’s Kitchen located downtown at 101 E Main Street.
Dec. 3, 9 a.m., Cameron Housing Authority Community Room located at 704 W. 6th Street
Dec. 9, 9 a.m., The Chamber of Commerce Community Room located downtown at 102 E. 1st Street.
The city is planning to finance needed improvements to both the water and wastewater systems.


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