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Thu
27
Jul

City says water should be returning, still under boil notice

Updated 4:44 p.m.

Both major water repairs have been made. Towers are currently being filled with water. Please conserve water over the next few hours to give our system time to catch up. 

Please remember all customers need to boil their water prior to consumption (e.g., washing hands/face, brushing teeth, drinking, etc). Children, seniors, and persons with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all customers should follow these directions).

To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and ice making should be boiled and cooled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes. The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes.

In lieu of boiling, individuals may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source for drinking water or human consumption purposes.

Tue
25
Jul

Milam County Sheriff’s Office investigating smashed mailboxes

Milam County Sheriff’s deputies were made aware of mailboxes that had been smashed or destroyed along FM 2269 during the early morning hours on Monday.  

The investigation is ongoing, but it appears that almost 50 mailboxes were damaged or destroyed by vandals throughout Sunday night and early Monday morning. The affected mailboxes were reported or located throughout the areas north of Cameron along FM 2269 and several Milam County Roads including 143, 144, 145, 139, 223, 240 and 227. 

Cameron police also reported that several mailboxes on 22nd Street were damaged during this criminal mischief spree. In most of the cases an object such as a metal pipe or bar was used to damage or destroy the mailboxes.   

Thu
20
Jul

Brown Santa Tournament held

The 7th Annual Milam County Brown Santa Golf Tournament fundraiser was held on July 15 at the Cameron Country Club.

Lt. John Mendoza said the tournament brought in around 100 golfers. The top attraction of the golf tournament was when a helicopter was use to drop golf balls onto a flagstick on the number one fairway. The ball closest to the hole won the raffle, which turned out to be Ben White of Cameron. 

First place went to the team of Judge John Youngblood, James Hudson, Mike Baca, David Kelly and Robert Hudson. Second place was to Gus Hollomon, Cameron Hollomon, Dustin Bailey, Jayce Rasberry and Kaden Kuzel. Third Place went to Josh Thweatt, Richie Thweatt, Pete Magre, Melanie Magre and Alexis Magre. 

Longest Drive went to Brian Hand. Closest to Pin went to Jayce Rasberry. Most Accurate went to Mark Stroud

Milam County Sheriff David Greene would like to thank all of the sponsors and volunteers who has made this a very successful tournament. 

Thu
20
Jul

Helping hand

Volunteers with Feeders of the Lambs serve sack lunches during the organization’s summer lunch program on July 13 at the Cameron Elementary School pavilion. The program will provide lunches through Aug. 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the pavilion and at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 200 North Travis, for children ages toddler through 12th grade.

Thu
20
Jul

Summer softball

The Cameron Thunder and Dirt Diamonds began play in the eight and under state tournament on Monday and Tuesday in Temple. The Lil’ Ladies of the T-ball division were also competing in the state tournament in Axtell.  We will have results in next week’s edition of sports.  

Thu
20
Jul

Two lives claimed in separate traffic accidents

 

The lives of two Cameron residents were taken in accidents over the last week.

A fiery crash just outside of Buckholts early July 13 claimed the life of 24-year-old Sarah Patterson of Cameron and an accident outside of Rockdale on July 16 claimed the life of 68-year-old Daryl Howard of Cameron. 

Cameron Police, Buckholts Fire Department and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers responded about 4:47 a.m. Thursday, July 13, to the fiery one-vehicle wreck on state Highway 36 near County Road 111, just north of Buckholts. 

Police said one person was in the vehicle when it struck a guardrail, flipped, and then burst into flames. 

DPS troopers said the driver, Patterson, was pronounced dead at the scene. Arrangements are under the direction of  Patterson and Green-Patterson Funeral Home in Cameron.

Thu
20
Jul

Council continues search for new police chief

By Lindsey Vaculin

General Manager

 

It’s back to the drawing board in the search for a new police chief for Cameron again.

Cameron City Manager Rhett Parker told city council that the city will once again begin accepting applications for the position during its meeting on July 17.

The council’s hiring committee had met with several candidates and council instructed Parker to negotiate a contract with a finalist during its June 28 meeting, but negotiations were not successful.

The search for a new police chief began in February after the City Council fired Randy Dixon, the former police chief. Parker said that the city wanted new leadership and direction for the Cameron Police Department.

The council also held a public hearing to receive comments regarding the 2016 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report during the meeting. No public comments were taken.

Thu
13
Jul

EDC moving forward with Milam Motel demolition

n By Lindsey Vaculin

General Manager

 

The Cameron Economic Development Corporation is moving ahead with the demolition of the Milam Motel.

The EDC awarded a contract for asbestos abatement and removal to AAR Inc. in the amount of $49,289 during its meeting July 7.

Watkins said the abatement will be completed within 18 business days and they will begin some time in August.

The EDC also voted to go out for bids on the demolition of the Milam Motel including demolition of the structure and all concrete and paving.

The EDC approved an asbestos survey for the Milam Motel during its March 23 meeting.

Cameron Industrial Foundation Executive Director Ginger Watkins said sales tax income is below last year’s income in the City of Cameron.

Thu
13
Jul

Christmas in July planned at Regional Farmers Market

The artisans, crafters and growers of the Milam Regional Farmers market are celebrating Christmas in July with a special Christmas shopping event on July 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  

Bring your shopping list or just come to find that inspired gift for the hard to shop for person on your list.  The Milam Regional Farmers Market has the special and unique items to complete your Christmas shopping list early this year.  

What? July is too early to shop for Christmas, well that’s okay too, your next birthday, wedding, shower or special event gift can be found at Christmas in July at the Milam Regional Farmers Market, too.

 Buy a toy or bring a new toy for the Milam County Brown Santa.  A toy collection box will be onsite for the 2017 Brown Santa program.

The Milam Regional Farmers Market is hosted under the 44 Farms Farmers Market Pavilion at The Yards of Cameron, 301 Adams in Cameron.  

Thu
13
Jul

Distinguished Service Award

Judge Barkemeyer presented The Texas Historical Commission’s Distinguished Service Award to Geri Burnett and the members of the 2016 Milam County Historical Commission on July 10 at the Commissioner’s Court meeting. Above, Lynn Young, Geri Burnett and Judge Barkemeyer.

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