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.


TxDOT construction begins on US 190/US 79

Beginning today, March 7, the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) contractor began daily lane closures for construction work on US 190 between US 77 south of Cameron and US 79 in Milano.
According to TxDOT Spokes,an Bob Colwell, workers are repairing the existing pavement and placing a hot mix overlay new surface.
TxDOT reminds motorists to obey all warning signs, watch for workers, buckle up and drive safely.
This $3.4 million overlay project is contracted to Big Creek Construction, LTD., out of Hewitt and is expected to be complete this fall.


Shooting suspect arrested in Temple

Following an area-wide search, the suspect in a Sunday afternoon shooting here was apprehended in Temple late Sunday night, Cameron Police Chief Randy Dixon said.
Dixon said officers received a tip that the suspect, Rudy Richardo Borgas Jr., 19, was at a hotel in the I-35/HK Dodgen Loop area in Temple. He was arrested in a hotel room about 11:15 p.m. by members of the CPD Special Operations Unit and Temple police officers.
Borgas was booked into the Milam County Jail where he is awaiting arraignment, Dixon said. Borgas is suspected of shooting another man during an argument Sunday afternoon at an apartment residence on North Central in Cameron.
Dixon said the victim of the shooting is still listed in serious condition pending surgery at Scott and White in Temple.


Police seeking suspect in Sunday afternoon shooting

Rudy Ricardo Borgas Jr.

Update: The suspect has been apprehended - see related story.

Cameron Police are looking for a suspect in a shooting late this afternoon at the KD Apartments.


Fort Hood memorial dedication set March 11

Last spring, sculptor Troy Kelly brought three of the bronzes to be featured in the Fort Hood November 5, 2009 Memorial to Cameron for an exhibit at the First Street Coffee Gallery. The individual bronzes represent each of the victims of the Fort Hood shooting. Visiting with Kelley was Jolene Cahill, widow of Michael Cahill, whose bronze was among those shown.

The 5 November, 2009 Fort Hood Memorial will be dedicated March 11 in special ceremonies hosted by the City of  Killeen and the memorial committee.
The dedication will be held at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center, 3601 S. WS Young Drive at 3 p.m. March 11.
Gov. Greg Abbott will attend the dedication and present the Texas Purple Heart. Among the other activities planned, the First Cavalry Band will perform and local American Legion member Donna Elliott will participate by releasing doves.
The memorial honoring the victims of the attack that took place at the Soldier Readiness Center at Fort Hood on Nov. 5, 2009 is located near the civic center.
On that day, 13 people were killed and 32 were wounded. The victims were mainly men and women who were preparing to deploy to battle zones or who had recently returned from them. Thanks to the heroic intervention of two Fort Hood police officers, the rampage was brought to an end.


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