Most local races decided in GOP primary

Milam County voters helped boost the statewide voter turnout Tuesday as local races drew interest already sparked by presidential politics.
According to unofficial totals, more than 35 percent of Milam County voters turned out for the primary elections, much higher than the 22 percent turnout reported in 2014 but less than the near-record 58 percent reported in 2012.
Statewide, voter turnout was about 30 percent.
In county races, local voters favored the incumbents; however, in one state race, Milam voters helped oust a two-term state representative. Those winning GOP nominations for county offices have no opposition in the November general elections.
Sheriff David Greene won a third term with almost 73 percent of the vote. According to the unofficial results, Greene had 2,886 votes, compared to 1,075 votes for challenger Herbie Vaughan.


Prison bus-pickup accident claims life of Thorndale woman

A Milam County woman was the only fatality in an accident involving a prison bus last Friday morning.
According to reports from the Texas prison system, Kalyn Rae Brymer, 24, of Thorndale was the driver of a pickup truck that collided with a prison bus at a rural intersection east of Gustine in Comanche County early Friday morning. The young woman died and 31 inmates and two correctional officers were sent to medical facilities.
Two of the injured inmates were treated at Scott & White Hospital in Temple.
In all, 21 of the inmates were taken to hospitals and the other 10 were taken to an infirmary at an unspecified prison unit in Gatesville, Texas prison spokesman Robert Hurst said.


CPD investigating fatal motorcycle crash

Cameron Police are investigating a Friday night motorcycle crash that left a local man dead.
According to a statement by Cameron Police Chief Randy Dixon, officers responding to a 9-11 call about 7 p.m. Friday found the man in a ditch at the intersection of Bigbee Lane and North Fannin Avenue.
Dixon said investigators believe he lost control of the motorcycle he was riding and was thrown into the west side ditch.
“Fire and EMS responded, however the driver was deceased at the scene of the accident,” Dixon said, adding that James Ivan Rollinger, age 51, was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Sam Berry.
Investigators don’t yet know why the rider lost control and the investigation continues with the assistance of the Texas Highway Patrol, Dixon said.


Early voting opens in primary elections

Early voting for the March 1 primary elections got off to a brisk start Tuesday with almost 300 ballots cast.
According to County Clerk Barbara Vansa’s office, 298 ballots were cast on the first day of early voting, including 146 mail ballots. The county clerk’s office polling place had the most activity with 87 votes cast there Tuesday – 85 Republican ballots and 3 Democratic ballots. Other early voting polling places are located in Buckholts, Thorndale and Rockdale.
All Milam County races will be decided in the Republican primary. There are two contested county wide races and three contested precinct races.
Sheriff David Greene is challenged by former constable Herbie Vaughan. Greene is seeking his third four-year term as sheriff. Vaughan also challenged him in 2012.
There is no incumbent in the race for county tax assessor-collector. GOP candidates for that position are Sherry Mueck and Melanie Crook.


City calls local option liquor election May 7

A local option liquor election to permit the legal sale of all alcoholic beverages including mixed beverages in the City of Cameron will be a ballot issue in a special election May 7.
The City Council called the election Tuesday night after City Secretary Amy Harris reported the petition issued in December had been returned and certified with 362 signatures, exceeding the required number of 307.
The Cameron Chamber of Commerce and local businesses filed the petition and gathered the signatures to seek the special election.
Chamber members Daniel Willie and Neal Bhakta said the measure would help attract more businesses, especially popular restaurant chains.


Yards of Cameron opening day Saturday

The Cameron community will celebrate opening day events for the new Yards of Cameron complex this Saturday with a full schedule of activities starting at 8 a.m. with an alumni game on the C.H. Yoe High School’s new baseball field.

Saturday is the long-awaited opening day for The Yards of Cameron.
The day-long event is the first opportunity for residents in central Texas to see, tour and enjoy the $18 million project that is well on its way to completion.
Community leaders welcome residents, baseball fans and families to tour the complex, which is designed to serve youth and local businesses as well as introduce visitors to Cameron.
Activities on Feb. 20 include family fun and fitness in the morning, a Yoemen alumni baseball game, a sneak peak opening for 44 Farms Farmers Market, dedication ceremony and a college doubleheader. In addition, public tours of the facilities will be available throughout the day, as well as kite flying and drone demonstrations.
Saturday’s full schedule includes:
8 a.m. Yoemen Alumni Game
9 a.m. Family Fun & Fitness, Farmers Market
10 a.m. Guided Tour of The Yards
11 a.m.  Guided Tour of The Yards


County facing budget issues as Luminant trial set to begin Feb. 22

By Curtis Chubb, Special to the Herald


Successful Mardi Gras event supports scholarships

Auctioneers watch for bids on a guitar signed by James Taylor during the Mardi Gras Bash Saturday night.

Organizers report the fourth annual Mardi Gras Bash was a success with about 225 people attending to support the Chris Holcombe Memorial Scholarship fund.
The event held at George Simon Hall in Cameron raised more than $13,000 which will be used for college scholarships for Milam County students. The big ticket items whicah brought the most money in the live auction were a James Taylor autographed acoustic guitar bought by Tommy Standard and a prime rib dinner for 20 people purchased by Bill Torrey. A new event was a deck of cards gun raffle was added. Winners of the gun raffle were Mary Mowdy, Kevin Harmon and Carl Hughes. Over the past three years, $41,000 has donated for scholarships to current college students from Milam County.


The Yards of Cameron will celebrate 'Opening Day' Feb. 20

The community is invited to participate in Opening Day activities at the Yards of Cameron Feb. 20.

Community leaders in Cameron will host Opening Day at The Yards of Cameron on Saturday, Feb. 20.
The day-long event is the first opportunity for residents in central Texas to see, tour and enjoy the $18 million project that is well on its way to completion.
Activities include Family Fun and Fitness in the morning, a Yoemen alumni baseball game, a sneak peak opening for 44 Farms Farmers Market, the official Yards dedication ceremony and a doubleheader between Temple College and Angelina College in the afternoon. In addition, public tours of the facilities will be available throughout the day, as well as kite flying and drone demonstrations.
Yoe alumni will scrimmage on Field No. 1 of The Yards at 9 a.m. on Opening Day, and Temple College will play Angelina College in a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. 

For all the details, check out this week's print or digital edition of The Cameron Herald.


Rhoades among four finalists for Temple job

Temple ISD has announced publicly the four finalists for their head football coach and athletic director position - Cameron Yoe HC/AD Rick Rhoades, Galena Park North Shore HC Jon Kay, current Temple defensive coordinator Scott Stewart, and current Temple assistant head coach/strength and conditioning coordinator JD Berna.


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