Today`s Local News2019-02-18
Monday, February 18, 2019


(MILAM CO) A local fixture and area district attorney has been honored for his work in office.†

The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association named Milam County District Attorney Bill Torrey as the 2019 District Attorney of the Year. Torrey will be recognized at the TSCRA Expo in Fort Worth on March 31st. In a press release, TSCRA Executive Director of Law Enforcement Scott Williamson said that Torrey went above and beyond to support the prosecution of livestock and agriculture crimes. Torrey has served as Milam County DA since 2012.†


(CAMERON) A Cameron mobile home has been destroyed by fire early this morning.†

Cameron Volunteer Fire Department got the call for a structure fire at 4:30AM today. Crews responded to 712 N. Scott where they found the trailer home on fire. According to Cameron Fire Chief Henry Horelica, the west end of the home, including the front porch, was fully involved. Crews worked to knock down the fire and were able to save a pickup truck parked near the porch. While crews did save the truck, Horelica called the home a total loss. The occupants of the home were at home and sleeping. According to Horelica, they heard a noise in the kitchen, woke up, and found the house filled with smoke. They were able to make it out of the home unharmed. However, the man made repeated entry back into the home in an attempt to save several pets inside. The man was treated at the scene by EMS crews for smoke inhalation. The dogs were able to get out, but it is unclear if the cat made it out. Horelica said the family will now be staying with relatives. The Red Cross has been called in to assist. Horelica also added that the home did not have smoke detectors. The cause of the fire is under investigation. A total of 14 fire fighters and 2 units responded.†


(CAMERON) A handful of local city and school board elections will feature contested races in the coming months.

As the filing deadline closed Friday, 2 contested races popped up on Cameron City Council. Several familiar faces will also be unopposed. Incumbent At-Large councilwoman Melissa Williams faces a challenge from Ruth Humble Kruse. Two newcomers will seek the Ward 1 seat being vacated by Daniel Willie. Both Maurice Goza and Jamie Young filed to take the seat. Two incumbents are unopposed: Ward 5 councilwoman Virgie Hardeman and Ward 3 councilman Kyle Deal. For the Cameron school board, there will be 2 spots up for election. Alan Patterson and Jason Dohnalik have both filed for re-election. Each is unopposed. Election Day is May 4th. Early voting will begin April 22nd.†

In Rockdale, voters will have a full ballot of decisions. Up for election will be the Mayor`s spot and 2 other council places. Incumbent councilmembers Nathan Bland and Joyce Dalley and incumbent Mayor John King have filed for re-election. Michelle Larkin has filed to run opposite Dalley and Belinda Hillhouse has filed to run against Bland. The incumbent Mayor will face a challenge from Neil Switkowski. Voters will also be deciding on city charter amendments. Three terms are also available on the Rockdale school board. Both Charles Miles and Wenda Dyer have filed for re-election while Jillian McEntarffer and Amy Ogea Casas have also filed and will face each other.†

Elsewhere in Milam County, all Milano incumbents have filed for re-election. Mayor Gage and 3 councilmembers - David Gunnels, Jr., Steve Honeycutt, and Glenda Westbrook - will seek their seats again. In Buckholts 3 incumbents have filed to run again for the school board: Margaret Green, Adan Losoya, and Ricky McCall. One other spot is up for election, that of David Meinardus, who has not filed.†

Temple voters will get to choose 2 council seats: Districts 1 and 4. Two places are also up for grabs on Temple school board. In Belton, four council seats will be coming open this go round. Four seats will also be decided on the Belton school board. Voters in Salado get to choose 3 at-large spots on their Board of Aldermen. In Troy, they will be looking to fill spots for Mayor and 2 other council seats. Holland City Council has 4 seats up for grabs: Places 1, 3, 5 are full terms and Place 4 is a shortened term. Voters in Bartlett get to choose 2 at-large seats to City Council. Taylor voters will decide on 2 City Council posts and 3 terms on the Taylor School Board. In Thrall, there will be an election for 2 school board members and City elections will feature the Mayor and 1 other council spot. Granger will have 2 spots on the school board and 3 spots on City Council. The deadline to file is today. Early voting begins April 22nd.†


(CAMERON) Cameron ISD continues its search for a new superintendent and is seeking help from the community.†

After hiring the Texas Association of School Boards Executive Search Service to assist in selecting the next superintendent of schools, Cameron ISD will soon host a series of 3 Community Involvement Sessions. All 3 sessions will be Wednesday at the Yoe High Cafeteria. Sessions will be at 4, 5, and 6PM. The 1st is open to current district employees only. The other 2 sessions are open to the public. The Cameron ISD School Board and TASB Executive Search Services invite the community to attend 1 of the sessions in order to give feedback and input on qualifications in the search for a new superintendent.†


(ROCKDALE) A workshop for the Rockdale ISD Board of Trustees has been scheduled for Wednesday.

On the agenda will be to discuss financial items. Wednesday`s meeting is scheduled for 5:30PM in the Central Administration Board Room.


(CAMERON) The Cameron Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council have regular meetings and workshops scheduled.

On February 25th, The Cameron Planning and Zoning commission will meet at Noon for the purpose of a subdivision re-plat for a business in the industrial park. †Also on the agenda is to discuss Oakland Heights Neighborhood. †The neighborhood currently has lots in both a Commercial District and R-1 residential district. †The discussion will consider making all of the lots in this area an R-1 zone. †The same agenda will follow discussion and action in a special meeting of the Cameron City Council, at 5:30PM. †Following the Special Council meeting will be a joint workshop where P&Z board members and City Council members will discuss the new proposed Planning and Zoning Ordinance. †The agenda will also set dates for future public hearings, public participation, and adoption. †The most recent P&Z ordinance can be found on the Cameron website, †Copies are available for public viewing at Cameron City Hall and the Cameron Public Library. Contrary to an earlier KMIL story that indicated the Commission and Council were only to discuss the Oakland Heights subdivision, that was our misunderstanding and we apologize for any misrepresentation or confusion.†


(TROY) Troy high schoolers will see a lot more law enforcement on campus this week.†

Troy ISD said Friday in a letter to parents that a high school student used threatening language on February 15th, though school officials do not consider it a valid or imminent threat to school safety. Because of the threat though, Troy Police and law enforcement will have an increased presence on campus this week. Officials at this time say that appropriate action would be taken, including against those shown to have engaged in cyberbullying. No other information was available.†


(FALLS COUNTY) The search for a possibly endangered woman has been called off in Falls County.†

The Falls County Sheriff`s Office and Texas Department of Criminal Justice began searching Sunday in an area near the 1800 block of FM935. A resident there said a woman approached the home, though the homeowner did not let her in. Searchers later found keys, clothing, and a suicide note in the yard. Crews eventually called off the search by mid-morning. Investigators believe the woman may have been picked up by another person.†


(CALDWELL) Six area fire departments spent their Friday afternoon battling a large structure fire in Burleson County.†

Fire crews from Caldwell, Deanville, Black Jack, Rockdale, Cooks Point, and Cade Lake all responded Friday afternoon to a structure fire in the 6200 block of CR309, just west of Caldwell. Crews arrived to find the structure engulfed in flames. Officials said a work crew was on the roof of a detached garage apartment when they heard a loud pop and then saw smoke coming from inside the structure. That crew was able to climb down from the garage and the apartment as it became engulfed. No one was hurt. Officials said they had trouble with the fire because of limited access to water in the rural, isolated area. Crews were at least able to contain the blaze to the garage and apartment, saving the main property and another structure. A vehicle was also destroyed in the blaze. No damage estimate was given and the cause of the fire is under investigation.


(TEMPLE) Services have now been set for a recently announced Temple City Council candidate found dead this month.†

Graveside services for 72-year-old Anthony "Tony" Hennes will be 2PM Thursday at Bellwood Memorial Park in Temple. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5-8PM at Harper-Talasek Funeral Home in Temple. Hennes was found dead at his home on February 11th, just weeks after announcing his intention to run for Temple City Council. He was a news anchor for KCEN-TV and also spent 10 years working as Public Information Officer for the City of Temple.†


(MICHIGAN) One day after getting a reduced bond, a woman accused of hiding a double-murder suspect is out of jail.†

Court records show that a Michigan judge last week agreed to reduce the bond amount for 37-year-old Ginelle McDonough from $75,000 to just $10,000. The very next day, McDonough posted bond on her Obstructing Justice charge and was released. She is the wife of 44-year-old Cedric Marks, who is currently held in Bell County on charges of murder in connection to the deaths of 32-year-old Michael Swearingen and 28-year-old Jenna Scott. That pair went missing January 3rd and their bodies were later found buried in shallow graves in rural Oklahoma.†

Marks` girlfriend, 26-year-old Maya Maxwell, told Temple Police she was with him when he killed Scott and Swearingen at a Killeen home. She also told police where to find the bodies. She had been arrested for Tampering with Evidence after admitting to authorities that she took Swearingen`s car to Austin and left it there in an attempt to mislead authorities. Marks and Maxwell were arrested at McDonough`s Michigan home, where she too was arrested for hiding the pair. Both Marks and Maxwell have been extradicted back to Texas, though not without fireworks. While being transported to Bell County, Marks escaped custody near Conroe and was on the loose again for about 9 hours before being recaptured. In the aftermath of that escape, the prisoner transportation service in charge of Marks` transport, Texas Prisoner Transportation Services in Taylor, has shuttered its doors due to what they called high insurance costs. In a televised jail interview, Marks has denied he had anything to do with the slayings.†


(WACO) The Falls County Sheriff`s Office is again under fire, now facing a lawsuit from a former employee.

Former Falls County jailer Shirley Boger filed the lawsuit Friday in US District Court in Waco. Boger last summer also filed a Civil Rights complaint with the Texas Workforce Commission Civil Rights Division. In each of these instances, she alleges that during her time with the sheriff`s office, Falls County Sheriff Ricky Scaman summoned her to his office at least 20 times for sex and subjected her to sexual violence and unwanted and unprotected sex. Boger left the sheriff`s office in March due to the alleged inappropriate and illegal behavior.†

This also isn`t the first time Scaman and the Sheriff`s Office has been in trouble in connection to sex-related scandals. Two years ago, another female former employee also filed a complaint with the Texas Workforce Commission Civil Rights Division, alleging that Scaman discriminated against her because she was a woman, which brought about her resignation. The victim alleged the complaints occurred between March and June of 2017. According to records, the woman provided over 30 pages of text messages between her and Sheriff Scaman. Many of the texts seem to subject the victim to discriminatory treatment and often show Scaman telling her to provide him with prostitutes and nude photographs. In the complaint, the woman felt Scaman pressured her for sex and threatened her employment if she did not comply. She also accused the Sheriff of forced inappropriate physical contact in front of others and lack of respect and privacy. †The victim states that all of theses incidents combined created a discriminatory, hostile, and abusive work environment. To this point, there has been no resolution in that case. In addition, back in 2011, Scaman was found photographed with a topless dancer while he was working on-duty with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. That photo brought about his firing, though he later won election to the Sheriff`s Office in 2016.†


(CENTRAL TEXAS) Here`s a look at some area events headed to Central Texas this week:

February 20
The Youth Leaders collective known as Ministerial Volunteer Program (MVP) have launched their 2019 Capital Campaign. MVP is a collective of Jesus-centered student ministries uniting to connect students to the Gospel Message. From 5th Quarters to Baccalaureate services to 3 Outs and Resource Events, MVP uses outreach events and partnerships with the local church and community to further enrich the lives of the students around Milam County. A new addition to the calendar is the Silver Ring Thing UNALTERED Tour: an event proclaiming Godís design for love, sex and life and inspiring teens to live with integrity and influence. MVP will be hosting the UNALTERED Tour on Wednesday at the Cameron ISD Performing Arts Center at 7PM for all Milam County students FREE of charge. MVP cannot bring these events to our community without your help. Please contact MVP at For more information or to make a monetary donation please send all correspondence to P.O. Box 952 Cameron, TX 76520 †Attn: MVP†

February 23
Cameron VFW presents Hoyle Nix and the Texas Cowboys on Saturday from 8PM-Midnight. Doors open at 6:30PM. Tickets are $15 per person. The event is BYOB and the kitchen will be available. For info or reservations, call 254-295-6222.

February 24
Buckholts Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting their Washpot Stew Dinner Sunday from 11AM until Sold Out. For $9 you get Stew, Cornbread, Crackers, Dessert, and Drink. Carry Out Will Be Available. All proceeds go to the Buckholts Volunteer Fire Department. For more information, call 254-482-0059.


(CAMERON) The Cameron Chamber of Commerce has scheduled their annual awards banquet.

The 85th Annual Chamber Banquet will take place Tuesday at the Williams Event Center in Cameron. This year`s theme is Moving Cameron Forward and guest speaker will be the Texas Country Reporter host Bob Phillips. Social hour starts at 6PM, with Dinner and the program to be held at 6:30PM. Tickets are $25. To purchase tickets and reserve a table, call 254-697-4979 or contact any Chamber Board Member.


(CAMERON) Tickets are now on sale for the 7th annual "Mardi Gras" bash to raise funds for the Christine Holcombe Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The event will be held on Saturday at Simon George Hall in Cameron. The event starts at 6PM and will include a Cajun food dinner, gun raffle, auctions, and games for the kids. Adult tickets are $10 and children under 18 are $5. Tickets are available at the Milam County Extension Office in Cameron, Rodenbeck Farm & Ranch in Thorndale, or at the Rockdale Reporter.

Donations for the auction can be dropped off at Ideal Poultry in Cameron. Over the past 6 years $77,500 in scholarships have been given to current college students from Milam County as a result of the Mardi Gras event. More information can be found on the Facebook page, Christine Holcombe Memorial Scholarship Fund.†


(CAMERON) The Yoe wrestling teams competed at regionals over the weekend.†

The Yoemen entered with 7 wrestlers taking part in the regional tournament this weekend against higher classification schools. Three wrestlers would go on to place, though none would advance. Judith Llanas had the highest finish, placing 5th, missing advancing to state by 1 spot.†


(CAMERON) The Yoe basketball team is off to the playoffs as the 3rd seed.

After earning a win over Rogers last week, Cameron secured the 3rd seed as they head into the playoffs this week. KMIL will carry all Yoe High playoff basketball games. Cameron is slated to play Teague in bi-district at 7PM Tuesday at Robinson High School (500 West Lyndale). Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. District, Senior, and Coaches Association Passes will be accepted.†

Boys Bi-District playoffs:
Franklin vs Buffalo - Tuesday, 7 p.m. - Leon (time and date dependent on girls playoff game)
Caldwell vs Fulshear - Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. - Columbus High School
Salado vs. Wimberley - Tuesday, 7 p.m. - Austinís Concordia Fieldhouse
Academy vs. Elkhart - Tuesday, 7 p.m. - Bremond
Jarrell vs. San Antonio Cole - Tuesday, 6 or 7 p.m. - Kyle Lehman
Holland vs Snook - Tuesday, 6PM - Rockdale High
Hearne vs Iola - today, 7 p.m. - A&M Consolidated
Crockett vs Rogers - Tuesday, 6 p.m. - Rudder
Thorndale vs Burton - Tuesday, 6 p.m. - Giddings
Normangee vs Mumford - Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. - Brenham
Rosebud-Lott vs. Riesel - today, 7:30 p.m. - Waco University
Buckholts vs. Walnut Springs - Tuesday, 6 p.m. - McGregor

Playoffs are here! Girls Area round games:
Franklin 55, Whitney 48
Academy 41, Blooming Grove 37
Mason 64, Normangee 47
San Saba 41, Snook 34
Somerville 69, Junction 42
Thorndale 39, Harper 33
Marlin 49, Centerville 35
Neches 45, Bartlett 23

Girls Regional Quarterfinals:
Academy vs. Keene, Tuesday, 7 or 7:30 p.m. - Lorena
Buffalo vs Franklin - Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. - Leon High School
Somerville vs Mason - Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. - Leander Rouse
Thorndale vs San Saba - Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. - Belton
Lovelady vs Marlin - today 7:00 p.m. - Leon High School


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 8 EMS calls and 1 fire call:
--4:30AM, house fire at 712 N. Scott. Home is a total loss.†

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 1 EMS calls and no other activity.

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 1 new bookings:
--Marsha Diane Maggey, 36 of Temple, for 2 counts of Possession of Controlled Substance Under 1 Gram, Possession of Controlled Substance Under 28 Grams, and Possession of Marijuana Under 2 Oz

There were 2 accidents reported in Milam County.
--5:26AM, 2-vehicle crash on FM486 at FM487. No injuries. Trooper Tice.
--8:56PM, vehicle hit a deer on FM487 near Alcoa turnoff. No injuries.

There are currently 152 inmates in the county jail, including 63 housed for Coryell County.

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