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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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