Chamber launches Business of the Month

The Cameron Chamber of Commerce has announced the kick off of Business of the Month Awards for the 2018 year.

“Our city is full of so many great businesses and hard workers, and it is time to come together as a community to recognize them,”

Chamber Director Melanie Reed said. “Members of the public may nominate local businesses for the award each month. These nominations will then be reviewed by a committee, and a winner will be selected.”

Businesses that receive the award will be recognized with: a photo and story about the business in The Cameron Herald sponsored by the Cameron Chamber of Commerce; a sign presented at the place of business for the month; and winners will be placed into nomination for Business of the Year, which will be awarded at the annual Chamber Banquet.


Young to face Melde in November

Two newcomers will face off in the race for County Judge in November.

Republican Steve Young beat out former judge Frank Summers to earn a spot on the November ballot. He will face Democrat Jared Melde.

Young garnered 1,865 votes to Summers’ 1,386 votes.

In the race for County Treasurer, current sitting treasurer Linda Acosta costed to a win with 2,018 votes compared to challenger Jennifer “Jenger” Epperson-Moran’s 975 votes.

Current Precinct 2 County Commissioner Donald Shuffield will remain in office. He received 389 votes, while challengers James Condry and Doug Baker received 158 and 220 votes respectively.

The race for Justice of the Peace in Precinct 1 was a closed one between Greg Hoelscher and Robert Hollas, but Hoelscher came out on top. Hoelscher received 480 votes to Hollas’ 453 votes.


Chamber celebrates 100 years at banquet

Chet Garner of “The Daytripper” spoke to those in attendance at the Cameron Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet on Feb. 22. He spoke about his travels through Texas.






The Cameron Chamber of Commerce gathered to celebrate its 100 years of serving the community at its annual banquet on Feb. 22.

The highlight of the evening was guest speaker Chet Garner with PBS’s “The Daytripper.” Garner spoke to the crowd of over 200 gathered at the Williams Civic Center about his adventures traveling Texas with his show and about how Cameron and Milam County have special attractions that no one else has.

“You guys have a beautiful town and community,” Garner said. 

Several community members were also honored during the evening’s events with awards: Volunteer of the Year went to Bob Yates. Organization of the Year went to the Milam Community Theater. Business of the Year went to Courtney and Jeremy Renaud with the Bling Box. Chamber Members of the Year were Micah Holcombe and Lindy Sanders. Citizens of the Year went to the members of Feeders of the Lambs.


Voice of Democracy Winners

Voice of Democracy winners were: first place Olivia Duffy from Cameron, second place Noah O. Benavides from Milano, and third place Amanda Storey from Milano. Pictured, from left, are Tom Wiley with the VFW, Olivia Duffy, Noah Benavides, Amanda Storey, and Diana Parker with the Ladies Auxiliary.


One dead in early morning crash

A fiery three-vehicle crash early Wednesday, Feb. 28, in Cameron left one person dead and sent two others to the hospital.

The accident happened just after 6 a.m. Wednesday, in the 500 block of North Columbus Avenue (FM 2269), and involved an 18-wheeler and two vehicles, one of which caught on fire.

According to Sgt. Anthony Maskunas with the Cameron Police Department, upon arrival it was found that a tractor trailer and two vehicles were involved. The driver of the vehicle that was on fire, 32-year-old Wilfredo Torres Martinez of Cameron, was found to be deceased. Officers attempted to put out the fire, but it rekindled and had to be put out by the Cameron Fire Department.

The driver of the 18-wheeler and the second vehicle were taken to Scott & White Medical Center in Temple for non-life-threatening injuries.

The other driver was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Sam Berry.


City Council hears reports from department heads

Cameron City Council heard updates from department heads and the city manager about the installation of gas meters during its meeting Feb. 20.

City Manager Rhett Parker told council that Atmos Energy is currently working on installing new meters throughout the city, but issues have come up with where they are placing the meters.

“I’ve spoke to Atmos about where the meters are being placed,” Parker said.  “I went around town and took photos of where they are placing them and told them it is unacceptable. A meter shouldn’t be placed in someone’s front yard so it is the first thing you see.”

Parker said some meters are right in the middle of people’s yards and it takes away from curb appeal. 

“It is my understanding that most of those meters were placed by a contractor Atmos hired,” he said. “They should be talking to the citizens about where to place the meters.”


Chamber honors outstanding citizens

The Cameron Chamber of Commerce held its annual banquet on Feb. 22 honoring outstanding business and community members. Volunteer of the Year went to Bob Yates. Organization of the Year went to the Milam Community Theater. Business of the Year went to Courtney and Jeremy Renaud with the Bling Box. Chamber Members of the Year were Micah Holcombe and Lindy Sanders. Citizens of the Year went to the members of Feeders of the Lambs.


Cameron ISD Education Foundation awarded grant from Brookshire Brothers

Cameron ISD Education Foundation was a recipient of the Brookshire Brothers Charitable Foundation grant. Representing Cameron ISD in the photo are Ben Milam Elementary Assistant Principal Beau Sanchez, third from left, and Cameron ISD CTE Director Kenneth Driska, second from right.





The hands and feet that help the hurting and enrich the educational experience for children have additional resources thanks to the Brookshire Brothers Charitable Foundation. 

The regional grocer’s 501©3 annually bestows grants to organizations that successfully apply for funds for their programs of work. This is in addition to what the company and its 6,000 employee-owners give in donations throughout the year.

On Tuesday, Feb. 6, the Brookshire Brothers Charitable Foundation awarded more than $100,000 in grants to 22 non-profits and six education foundations across its market. 

The grants give organizations the resources they need to continue living out their mission of serving those in need. Trustees and company executives presented funds to the recipients at the Ellen Trout Zoo in Lufkin, Texas.


City Council sees several contested races

There are several contested races for Cameron City Council in May after filing ended Feb. 16.

Will Sanders filed to run for the Ward 3 spot on council on Feb. 16 making it a three-person race. Sanders will face Kyle Nuttall and Kyle Deal. The spot has been vacant since Robert Davis left the council in September of 2017.

Lekethia “Keke” Sims will face incumbent councilwoman Rose Mondrik for the Ward 4 seat.

Incumbents Mayor Connie Anderle and Ward 2 councilman Robert Schiller have also filed for their current spots on council with no opponents.

Places open on the council are mayor, Ward 2, Ward 3 and Ward 4. 

Cameron ISD has three open spots on the CISD Board of Trustees. 

Incumbents Franci Denio and Greg Hoelscher and newcomer Michael McAnulty filed unopposed for three spots on the Cameron ISD school board.

Elections will be held on May 5.



Accident claims child’s life

A Friday two-vehicle wreck in Cameron has claimed the life of a child. 

According to Cameron Police, 10-year-old Jayla Rider of Cameron died Monday in a Temple hospital due to injuries sustained in Friday’s accident at the intersection of 6th and Travis in Cameron. 

Rider and another child were passengers in a car driven by Penny Taylor of Cameron which collided with another vehicle driven by Oran Ray Roberts of Oklahoma. 

The wreck blocked the northbound lanes of US 77 and backed up traffic Friday afternoon. Traffic was cleared around 5 p.m. Friday.

Both children sustained injuries and were rushed to the hospital. Neither driver was hurt.


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