Cameron voters pass liquor option, Milano voters re-elect mayor who resigned

According to unofficial results released by the City of Cameron, the local option liquor election passed by a large margin. Only 263 votes were cast in early and election day voting - with 218 votes or 82.89 percent in favor of allowing the sale of mixed drinks in the city limits and 45 votes (17.11 percent) against. The measure was supported by the Cameron Chamber of Commerce, which took the lead in collecting signatures and filing a petition with the city council to get the measure on the ballot in today's special election.

Milano voters appear to have re-elected the mayor who resigned almost a month ago, according to unofficial results of Saturday’s election.


Cameron Funfest success

Kenny Stone and members of the Smokin’ Hot BBQ team accepted the overall championship award from CPD Shootout BBQ officials Daniel Willie, Julie Sulak and Sam Berry.


Laura Guel of the Dixie Smoke Rollers team accepted the reserve championship award from CPD Shootout BBQ officials Daniel Willie, Julie Sulak and Sam Berry.


Another successful CPD Shootout BBQ sanctioned cook-off was joined by a new festival at Wilson-Ledbetter Park this past weekend.

Organizers were grateful for beautiful, cooler weather Saturday after lightning and thunder lit up the area Friday night. For the most part, the worst of the storms missed Milam County and there was little rain to dampen the opening evenings events, organizer Daniel Willie said.

The new festival revived several events previously held in conjunction with the Dewberry Festival and other events previously sponsored by the chamber.

“A new non-profit organization, For Cameron, was formed to organize and create the new Cameron Funfest as a component with the CPD Shootout BBQ,” Willie said. In addition to Willie, directors are Julie Sulak, Bobbie Wiesman and Sam Berry. They recruited volunteers and other organizations, such at the VFW Post 2010 Auxiliary to help with the various events.


Early voting continues in local option liquor election

Early voting for the City of Cameron’s local option liquor election continues through next Tuesday.

The May 7 special election asks voters to consider permitting the legal sale of all alcoholic beverages including mixed beverages (“liquor by the drink”) in the City of Cameron.

The final two days of early voting are Monday, May 2, and Tuesday, May 3. The early voting poll at Cameron City Hall will have extended hours Monday and Tuesday. Voters may cast ballots early between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

On Election Day - Saturday May 7 - polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Yoe High School.


Cameron Fun Fest kicks off tonight

The Cameron Fun Fest will nring back the popular Kid Fish event in Ledbetter Park Saturday.

This weekend’s new Cameron Fun Fest featuring the annual Cameron Police Department Shoot-out barbecue cook off offers something for everyone with variety of events headquartered at Wilson-Ledbetter Park and the annual Cameron Car Club Classic Car Show on the downtown square.
The barbecue cook off is likely to be the largest sanctioned event in Central Texas, according to Daniel Willie, who is not only one of the organizers of the annual Shoot-out, but serves as president of the Cameron Chamber of Commerce this year. Other organizers are Julie Sulak, Sam Berry and Bobbi Weisman.
The newly minted Cameron Fun Festival this weekend at Wilson-Ledbetter Park features the 5K Beer & Brat Trot, a pet parade for children, washer tournament, horseshoe tournament, Kid Fish, bounce houses, arts and crafts booths, food and beverage concessions, live music on Saturday night and the Shoot-out Barbecue Cook off sponsored by the Police Officers Support Team.


Sales tax holiday this weekend on emergency preparation supplies

There’s a new sales tax holiday weekend this year, thanks to the Texas Legislature. 
With the potential for severe weather approaching this spring, Texans they can purchase certain supplies tax-free during the Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday, this weekend, April 23-25, according to Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar.
“The severe weather, fire and flooding we had last year provided a stark reminder that Texans should be prepared for any emergency,” Hegar said. “This tax holiday allows people to save money while ensuring they have the supplies they need if disaster strikes.”
There’s no limit on the number of qualifying items you can purchase.
Qualifying items include:
• batteries, fuel containers, and flashlights priced at less than $75;
• hurricane shutters and emergency ladders priced at less than $300; and
• portable generators priced at less than $3,000.
Purchases that do not qualify include:


Early voting opens Monday

Early voting opens Monday in the city’s May 7 local option liquor election asking voters to consider permitting the legal sale of all alcoholic beverages including mixed beverages (“liquor by the drink”) in the City of Cameron.
The City Council called the election Feb. 26 after City Secretary Amy Harris reported a 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, current president, and Neal Bhakta, former president, said the measure would help attract more businesses, especially popular restaurant chains.


City's new website accepts online payments

The City of Cameron’s new website launched Monday, City Secretary Amy Harris told council members at their evening session.
The new site includes the ability for the city to accept online payments for the water department and municipal court. To take advantage of the site’s new services, residents should register at Instructions are available there and notices and other information are posted on the city’s Facebook page.
in other business Monday, the council approved on final reading the ordinance setting new water rates and increasing the utility deposit for new water customers. The new rates are part of the city’s efforts to repay financing for major water system improvements. The increase covers all classes of water service customers, residential, business and industrial. City Manager Rhett Parker said the average increase per bill is $34.
The new rates take effect with the May billing.


Alcoa puts property up for sale

By Curtis Chubb, Special to the Herald


Man arrested for deadly conduct in shooting incident

A Cameron man is in jail facing deadly conduct charges after police say he fired a shotgun at a car that had been racing in his neighborhood for several days.
Police responded to a call reporting shots fired at 4:10 p.m. Monday in the area of 6th Street and MLK, according to a statement released by Cameron Police Chief Randy Dixon. The incident occurred when two Hispanic males got into a verbal argument over street racing in the area, Dixon said.
Witnesses said someone had been racing a red Dodge Charger through the neighborhood for several days. Rodrigo Alvarado Tovar, 20, became so frustrated with the driver of the red Charger that he fired over the car with a shotgun. “There were a number of individuals, including children along 6th and MLK at the time,” Dixon said, adding that Tovar was charged with third-degree felony deadly conduct and booked into the county jail.


Little River crests at 36.10 feet

The Little River was visible from the pavilion at Oak Hill Cemetery in Cameron this afternoon shortly after it crested at 36.10 feet.

As the Little River crested this afternoon at 36.10 feet, the National Weather Service issued warnings of major flooding in low-lying areas.
The Little River was one of four rivers listed in the NWS flood warnings:
Brazos River Near Palo Pinto affecting Palo Pinto County and near Dennis affecting Parker County;
Leon River at Gatesville affecting Coryell County
Little River near Rockdale and near Cameron, affecting Milam County
Navasota River above Groesbeck affecting Limestone County and near easterly affecting Leon Leon and Robertson counties.
Also this afternoon, TxDOT’s Bryan District reported flooding/flood conditions continue on these roads in Milam County:
FM 1915 N at Big Elm Creek
FM 1915 S at Little River
FM 1600 at Little River
FM 2269 at Big Elm creek
FM 485 at North Elm creek

FM 437 at Little River and Donahue creek

FM 2227 at Pond Creek
FM 487 at San Gabriel River


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