YHS principal resigns due to health issues

Yoe High School Principal Joe Oliver is resigning his position due to health issues. 

“Joe is a true Yoemen and will be missed tremendously by his students, parents, colleagues and the entire Yoe Nation,” Cameron ISD Superintendent Allan Sapp said.

Sapp said Oliver has made an enormous impact on Cameron schools in two different stints. His first service was as a coach and teacher from 1981-1984. He has served as the Yoe High principal since January of 2017. 

Prior to coming to Cameron in 2017, Oliver had served several districts in the capacities of superintendent, principal and athletic director and coach/teacher.   

Sapp said Cameron ISD has posted the high school principal vacancy on the district website as well as the Texas Association of Schools Administrators.


Commissioners approve nominations for historic register

Milam County Commissioners approved the next step in the historical commission’s attempt to name seven sites in the county to the National Register of Historic Places.

Commissioners approved the selection of GTI Environmental, LLC to prepare the nominations of the sties as part of the $50,000 National Park Service Grant the Milam County Historical Commission received earlier this year.

The seven sites that will be submitted for the register are: The Conner Swales Site, The Baumann Village Site, The Bird Point Heaven Village Site, The Wise Village Site, The Rancheria Grande Archaeological District, The Rancheria Grande Site, and San Xavier Mission Archaeology District.


Happy 4th of July

The Yakesch family was all decked out in red, white and blue for Milano’s annual 4th of July parade last week. Kaden (left) was awarded third place and Kylie (in wagon) and Kamri won first place in the walker/bicycle division.


Deputy indicted for role in fatal May car crash

Milam County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Michael Heath has been indicted for his role in the death of Pastor Earnest Taylor.

Heath, 42, of Copperas Cove, was indicted for criminally negligent homicide after the fatal crash in Cameron in May.

Heath — currently on medical leave from the Milam County Sheriff’s Office — is also the subject of an internal investigation by the department. Heath was hurt in the accident and is still recovering.

At around 9:35 p.m. on May 2, Heath’s Chevrolet Tahoe struck a Dodge Ram, driven by Earnest Taylor, at the intersection of U.S. Highway 190 and North Orchard Avenue.

Taylor, age 70, died at the scene. Taylor’s wife, Shirley Taplin Taylor, suffered serious injuries.

Heath was indicted by a Milam County Grand Jury on June 21.

The Texas Department of Public Safety is still investigating the crash because it involved a law enforcement agency. 



Sheriff suffers heart attack

Milam County Sheriff David Greene remains in the hospital after suffering a heart attack while on vacation in Oregon earlier this week.

The Sheriff is in the hospital in Portland, Oregon, and undergoing treatment. He is in critical but stable condition. 


Commissioners approve extension with AMR

Members of the Milam County Historical Commission with Milam County Commissioners.






Milam County Commissioners reapproved a contract for ambulance services and honored the Milam County Historical Commission during a meeting on June 25.

Commissioners approved a five-year extension on a contract with AMR for ambulance services in the county.

Judge David Barkemeyer said that the Milam County Coalition of Cameron, Rockdale and AMR has been in existence since 2005 and they are always looking at what is the best thing for the county to do for ambulance services. He said that at this point in time a five-year extension - the same as it has been in the past – is what is best.


Annual County Crops Tour planned for June 29

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of Milam County will host its annual Crops Tour on June 29.

The tour will visit plots and discuss current issues related to row crop production in the county.  Cost will be $10 per person attending.  Registration will begin at 7-7:30 a.m. at the Milam County Extension Office, 100 E. 1st Street in Cameron, and will depart for the tour from there.

This year’s speakers will be Dr. Gaylon Morgan, State Extension Cotton Specialist discussing Milam County’s replicated cotton variety trail and current topics in the cotton industry; Dr. Ronnie Schnell, State Extension Specialist for Corn and Sorghum discussing both replicated Corn and Sorghum variety trails Planted in Milam County and current topics in the feed grain industry; Dr. Clark Neely State Small Grain Extension Specialist will be discussing the benefits and processes of haylage production in Central Texas. 


CISD working with first responders on school safety

Cameron ISD will host area first responders in a meeting and tour of facilities on Aug. 1 in an effort to ramp up collaboration between them and the school district to keep students safe.

Yoe High Assistant Principal Brian Stork told Cameron Independent School District Board of Trustees members about the meeting and ongoing efforts to keep students safe while they are on campus during the board’s meeting on June 11.

Stork said the event will gather all first responders including Cameron Police, Milam County Sheriff’s Office, Cameron Fire Department, Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers, Emergency Management and EMS to give them the chance to hear about CISD’s plans should there be the need for their response in an emergency situation. They will also be able to tour the district’s facilities to get a first-hand look at what they will be dealing with.


Façade Grant program application deadline approaching

The Cameron Economic Development Corporation, City of Cameron and Chamber of Commerce announced the launch of a Façade Grant program for buildings in the Business and Commercial Districts of the City in April. 

An application deadline of July 16 has been set for this year’s program funding. All businesses interested in making improvements to their building façade are encouraged to submit an application by July 16.

The program is an initial effort to assist existing businesses in making improvement to their buildings exteriors. A fresh coat of paint, new windows, signs, awnings and more go a long way to telling customers that a business is a growing and going concern interested in creating a positive customer experience. 


Area fire departments receive donations from forfeiture

Milam County’s fire departments and the Child Protective Services Board will get $24,000 in donations thanks to a seizure made by the Milam County Sheriff’s Department earlier this year.

County Commissioners approved the donations from the Milam County District Attorney’s Office’s forfeiture fund during their meeting on June 11.

Assistant District Attorney Kyle Nuttall presented  District Attorney Bill Torrey’s proposal to make the one-time donations from the District Attorney’s special forfeiture account. The Cameron, Rockdale, Milano and Thorndale Fire Departments will get $2,500; the Buckholts, Burlington, Minerva, Gause, Davilla and Black Jack Fire Departments will receive $1,500; and the Milam County Child Protective Services Board will receive $5,000.


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