Night Out event set Tuesday

Cameron’s National Night Out event will be held Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the Milam County Sheriff’s Office, according to Daniel Willie of Standards of Care, sponsor of the event.

Activities from 5 to 8 p.m. will include bounce houses for children, hot dogs and drinks and the opportunity to visit with representatives from all area of Cameron and Milam County law enforcement and first responders as well as other city and county organizations.

Everyone is invited to attend, meet their neighbors and learn about crime prevention.


Texas Forest Service calls in air tanker to fight Bastrop fire

Texas A&M Forest Service has called in a DC-10 air tanker to help battle the wildfire raging through Bastrop County, where 30 homes have been destroyed.
According to the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Department, more than 30 homes have been destroyed by a wildfire that began Tuesday, but that 25 percent of it had been contained.
Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster for Bastrop County Thursday after getting a briefing on the fires that have burned more than 4,300 acres and forced the evacuation of about 400 homes.
The tanker called in by the A&M Forest Service can drop close to 12,000 gallons of retardant at a time, spreading a swath three-quarters of a mile long and 500 feet wide. It is also able to divide its load into five separate drops if needed.
The Very Large Air Tanker, VLAT, is coming from the West Coast and headed to the Hidden Pines Fire in Bastrop County, Texas. It is expected to be available Friday morning.


Yoe Band captures Division 1 rating at regional marching contest

The Yoe Marching Band competing at Region 8 marching contest in Belton Tuesday. (Photo by Josh Pratt)

The C.H. Yoe High School Band took their next step towards the state marching contest on Tuesday. The band earned a division one rating at this week’s Region 8 marching contest at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton.
In terms of judging, a division one rating is the top honor a band can be awarded while a four is the lowest mark. The Yoemen band was one of 12 bands to receive the coveted division one rating, which ensures a spot at the area round contest. The other bands rated the division one were Rice, Rogers, West, McGregor, Bruceville-Eddy, Academy, Troy, Hillsboro, Teague, Blooming Grove, and Clifton. Other bands competing in the contest included Jewett Leon (2), Franklin (2), Mildred (2), Whitney (2), Buffalo (3), and Marlin (4).
The band now advances to the area round marching contest scheduled Saturday, Oct. 24, at Tiger Stadium in Belton. A full preview of that competition will be featured in next week’s edition of The Cameron Herald.


Greene to seek third term

Sheriff David Greene

Sheriff David Greene today announced his intention to run for re-election to a third term.
Sheriff is among the county positions subject to the 2016 election cycle, Candidate filing opens Nov. 14 and runs through Dec. 14. Primary elections are set for March 1, 2016 when voters will select candidates for the November 2016 general elections.
In a prepared statement released this afternoon, Greene said he will be a candidate in the 2016 Milam County Republican Primary.  The statement follows:
“I have diligently served the people of Milam County for over 38 years, first as your Game Warden, then on to serving the as Constable of Precinct One, and then and currently as your sheriff.
As your sheriff for the past eight years, I have implemented numerous changes to my office. We have seen very positive results from those changes, ones which have helped our office to run smoothly and efficiently while giving back, budget-wise at the same time.


Lady Yoe plan Dig Pink events

2015 Dig Pink t-shirt design.

Lady Yoe Volleyball is gearing up for their 6th Annual Dig Pink Event. In the past five years, with help from fans, the Lady Yoe have donated more than $34,000 to breast cancer research.
This year’s goal is $10,000.
T-Shirt sales are happening now through Oct. 6. See any Lady Yoe volleyball player or coach to order a shirt. They are available by pre-order and pre-pay, cash only.
In addition, the team has a slate of Dig Pink events planned throughout the month of October:
Sept 21 - Oct 6: T-Shirt Sales
Oct 8: 9/JV Football vs. Rockdale
Oct 15: JH Football vs. Troy
Oct 16: Football vs. Troy
Oct. 19: JH Volleyball vs. Rogers
Oct. 20: Main Event - Lady Yoe Volleyball vs. Academy
Oct. 30: Football vs. Florence
All proceeds from all events are donated directly to breast cancer research.


Commissioners proclaim 4-H week in Milam County

Among the 4-H Club members and supporters attending Monday’s Commissioners Court meeting when 4-H Week was proclaimed were (front, from left) Julianna Byrd, Hannah Hux, Jacob Barron; and (back row, from left) Caitlin Garcia, Julia Harwell, Garrett Bernstein, Floyd Ingram, County Extension Agent for Agriculture/Natural Resources.

By Curtis Chubb, Special to the Herald


Family members indicted in child's death

The grandfather and mother of a Rockdale child who drowned this summer have been indicted in the child’s death.
The indictments were among those handed down in the Sept. 17 session of the Milam County grand jury.
According to District Attorney Bill Torrey, the grandfather, John Earl Furnace, Jr., 48, was indicted on charges of second-degree manslaughter and state jail felony abandon/endanger a child. The mother, Victoria Katelyn Furnace, 24, was indicted on state jail felony abandon/endanger a child.
The arrest warrants were issued after MCSO investigators found discrepancies in details given by John Earl Furnace concerning the July 19 drowning death of 11 month-old Benjamin Castro. Furnace was caring for the child when the incident occurred at a residence on CR 322 near Rockdale.

For the rest of the story, see this week's print or digital edition.


Employment picture brightens as sales tax revenues rise

Slow down in the oil and gas industry isn’t taking as large an economic toll in Central Texas as in other parts of the state and nation.
Milam County’s unemployment rate was down again this month and continues at more than a percentage point lower than this time last year.
In addition, most Milam County cities saw sales tax revenues heading back up in August, while the state’s coffers were still feeling the impact of reduced receipts from oil and gas activity.
For details, see this week’s print or digital edition.


Suspect sought in early morning assault

Police are looking for a suspect in an early morning assault and theft that left an elderly woman injured.
The incident occurred at about 7 this morning .
According to a statement released by Cameron Police Chief Randy Dixon, an elderly Hispanic woman was walking on Tyson Street near St. Monica’s Catholic Church when a man driving a van stopped, spoke to her, then got out and knocked her down, taking her purse.
The victim suffered injuries requiring emergency room treatment, Dixon said. There were no further details on her condition.
The suspect, described as a heavy set, black male about 5 feet, 10 inches tall, was last seen driving East on Tyson Street in an older model maroon van. No license number was available.
Anyone with information on this crime or may know who this suspect might be is asked to call the Cameron Police Department at 254-697-6574 as soon as possible.


Remembering Our Fallen exhibit on display through Tuesday

Brigadier General Mark C. Schwartz, Deputy Commanding General for Maneuvers, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, visits with VFW members following the ceremonies.

Opening ceremonies for the Remembering Our Fallen memorial wall were held in beautiful weather Saturday morning at VFW Post 2010, one day after the 14th anniversary of 9-11.
A full complement of 1st Cavalry Division members were on hand, including Brigadier General Mark C. Schwartz, Deputy Commanding General for Maneuvers, members of his staff, and the 1st Cavalry Jazz Ensemble.
“Remembering Our Fallen” is a war memorial consisting of individual state exhibits created to remember the country’s fallen in The War on Terror since the Twin Towers fell on September 11, 2001.


Subscribe to RSS - News