Today`s Local News2021-10-25
Monday, October 25, 2021


(MILAM COUNTY) The last week of Early Voting wraps up this Friday.

In total, over 200 ballots have been cast as of the closing of the polls last Friday. Early voting runs through this Friday and Election Day is November 2nd. The ballot will include state and local issues. Cameron voters will decide on a $14.5 million school bond election. Other area elections include a liquor option in Bell County Precinct 3, bond elections for Temple and Bartlett ISDs, and a tax ratification election in Troy. 

Here in Milam County, voters can cast their ballot at Bea`s Kitchen in Cameron, the Buckholts Community Center, the former Rockdale medical clinic, and Thorndale VFW. Voting runs from 8AM-5PM at Bea`s Kitchen today, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday; and from 7AM-7PM on Wednesday. In Buckholts, Rockdale, and Thorndale voting will take place from 9AM-4PM today, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday; and from 9AM-6PM Wednesday. On Election Day, voting will run from 7AM-7PM at Bea`s Kitchen, the Patterson Center in Rockdale, Buckholts Community Center, and Thorndale VFW. 


(ROCKDALE) A missing Rockdale woman has been found, though 1 person is still being sought. 

Milam County Sheriff Mike Clore said Friday that Samantha Lynn Smith was located and reported to be safe. No other information was provided. The Sheriff`s Office and Milam County Crime Stoppers last week asked the public for help in locating Smith and Edward James Castillo. Both had been missing since October 9th. Castillo, who has not been located, is described as a Hispanic male with brown hair and eyes. He is 5-foot-7 and weighs 160 pounds. Anyone with information should contact the Milam County Sheriff`s Office at 254-697-7033, Rockdale Police at 512-446-3436, or Crime Stoppers at 888-697-TIPS. Any tips can also be submitted online at All tips can be submitted anonymously. 


(CAMERON) The local tax office is set to be closed today. 

Milam County Tax Assessor Sherry Mueck announced the County Tax Office will be closed today to replace a network server. The Office will resume regular business hours tomorrow. For questions, please contact the Tax Office. 


(ROCKDALE) The Rockdale Planning and Zoning Commission have a regular meeting Tuesday. 

During their meeting, the Commission will host a public hearing to get comments for a rezoning request in the Rockdale Senior Care Addition from single-family residential to commercial. Following the hearing, the Commission will consider that rezone request as well as a request for a sign variance at 1520 West Cameron. Tuesday`s meeting begins at 2PM in City Council Chambers. 


(CAMERON) The Cameron Planning and Zoning Commission have a regular meeting Wednesday. 

During their meeting, the Commission will host public hearings to get citizen comments on applications for special use permits to place an HUD code manufactured home at 300 South Austin and to operate a business in a residential zoned district at 1504 West 6th. Following the public hearings, the Commission could decide on those special use permits. Wednesday`s meeting begings at  Noon at Cameron City Hall. 


(CAMERON) Milam County entered the weekend with no new deaths from COVID-19. 

According to Milam County Judge Steve Young late Friday, the county entered the weekend with 18 active cases of the virus. There were also no new deaths at the start of the weekend. There are 82 total deaths since the pandemic began, with 9 of those coming this month. September remains the deadliest month of the pandemic with 13. There are 6 people hospitalized and 4 of those are on ventilators in serious condition. 

The Health Department here is still urging residents to get vaccinated. Shots may not keep you from getting the virus but are highly effective at keeping you from hospitalization and death. Residents that are immune deficient are eligible for additional vaccines. If you or someone you know is immune compromised, please call to set up an appointment for that additional shot at 254-697-7000. This is not a 3rd booster, but is only for those that are immunocompromised and got fully vaccinated at least 28 days ago. Those interested in the 3rd booster shot should contact the health department for an appointment. 

The Milam County nurses administered 8 vaccines Friday. The next public vaccination clinics will be held this week. These clinics are open to residents at least 12 years of age and shots are free to the public. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are always welcome. To schedule an appointment, please call 254-697-7000. If you would like to sign up for the homebound program, please call 254-627-0311 or 254-627-9436. Free virus testing takes place Mondays from 9AM-2PM at the former Rockdale clinic and Thursdays from 9AM-2PM at Cameron Fire Station. 


(CAMERON) Here`s a look at events around Central Texas this week: 

October 30
St. Monica`s Catholic Church Religious Education will host their Fall Festival at 6PM Saturday at Simon George Hall in Cameron. There will be a scarecrow and saint costume contest. Kids 2 years and up can enter at no cost. A prize will be awarded to the winner. There will also be food, games, treats, and more. 

October 30
Falls County 4-H Livestock Judging Stampede 5K and Kid 1K Halloween Run/Walk Fundraiser is Saturday at Westphalia Celebration Park in Westphalia. The 5K starts at 8AM and the Kids 1K starts at 9AM. Costumes Welcome! Prizes will be awarded for best dressed! All proceeds benefit the Falls County 4-H livestock judging teams. Register at:

October 30
The Milam County Crime Stoppers Warehouse of Horrors will be open Saturday from 7PM-Midnight at 301 E. 1st in downtown Cameron. Admission is $10. 

October 30
The Gause Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary is hosting a Fall Festival and trick or treat hayride on Saturday at the fire department. There will be games, food, and fun. A costume contest will be held. Events begin at 3:30PM to load up for the hayride. Afterward will be games, concessions, and fun for the whole family. For info, call 979-777-3960.

October 30
The Cameron Chamber of Commerce Trunk or Treat event will be 4-6PM Saturday on the downtown square in Cameron. There will be candy, a costume contest, best decorated trunk, a residential and commercial decorating contest, and food vendors. For more info, contact the Chamber. 

October 31
There will be a Halloween BBQ Chicken Dinner from 11AM until sold out on Sunday at the SPJST Lodge 24 Flag Hall in Cyclone. Plates are $12 each and include chicken, beans, noodles, slaw, and dessert. This event is drive through only. 

October 31
Seaton Brethren Church at 12561 TX53 in the Seaton Community is having a Fall Fest on Sunday from 4-6PM. Come out for fun, food, games and Trunk or Treat. It is for the entire family.

October 31
The Knights of Columbus Council 4457 in Granger will host a Fried Chicken Dinner on Sunday from 11AM until sold out at SS. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Granger. Plates are dine in or drive through and will be $12 each. All plates are premade. Proceeds benefit Granger Volunteer Fire Department and the American Legion Post 282. 


(MILAM COUNYT) Flu clinics are coming to Milam County. 

The Milam County Health Department announced their flu clinics will be held Tuesday at Thorndale Senior Center, Thursday at Rockdale Senior Center, Friday at Gause United Methodist Church, November 3rd at Buckholts Community Center, and November 5th at Bea`s Kitchen. All clinics will run from 10AM-Noon, though the clinics in Gause and Cameron will start 1 hour earlier. Shots will be no cost to those with Medicare Part B as long as you bring your card. All others are $30. 


(TEMPLE) A Temple woman is asking for help locating the owners of an urn containing a baby`s ashes. 

Temple Police said Stephanie Solorio turned in a box filled with a child`s urn and a photograph with a note. The woman`s nephew and his friend found the items while walking home from a baseball field. The urn appears to contain a baby boy`s ashes and the note reads Our sweet angel baby Weston James Wolff. Daddy, mommy, and twin Bubba Creston miss you. The photo shows a baby`s feet with the date 8-2-20. Anyone with information should contact Temple Police at 254-298-5500.


(CHILTON) A driver remains in critical condition after an overnight rollover in Falls County. 

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and Falls County deputies responded overnight Saturday to a single-vehicle rollover on US77 just north of TX7 in the Chilton area. A passing motorist called 9-1-1 and reported the crash. Deputies and Lott Police arrived quickly and began providing life saving measures until AMR arrived. Chilton and Golinda Volunteer Fire Departments used the Jaws of Life to extract the driver, who was then taken to the hospital for what were described as critical injuries. No other information was provided. 


(TEMPLE) A man injured in a Saturday morning motorcycle crash has now died. 

Temple Police said 23-year-old Lane Macadoo died from injuries sustained in the early morning crash. Police and emergency crews responded to the single-vehicle motorcycle crash about 3AM Saturday near West Adams and Apache Drive. Another rider on the bike sustained non-life threatening injuries. The cause of the crash remains under investigation. No other details were available. 


(TEMPLE) Three people are out of a home after an early morning Temple fire. 

Temple Fire & Rescue responded about 4AM Sunday to a structure fire in the 400 block of North 8th Street. Crews arrived to find heavy smoke and flames coming from the front of the home. The flames were also approaching and igniting assorted material and a vehicle in the front yard. Fire crews had the blaze under control in about an hour and began salvage and overhaul operations. Three people were displaced, but there were no injuries reported. Eight units and 22 personnel responded. Temple Police and EMS were also on scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation. 


(TAYLOR) Tax offices in Williamson County will close Tuesday. 

The Williamson County Tax Assessor`s Office announced their offices, including the Taylor location, will be closed Tuesday. Officials cited a staffing shortage as the reason. All offices will re-open to the public on Wednesday. The Taylor location is found at 412 Vance Street. For questions, call 512-943-1601.


(HUTTO) Several changes will be coming to a heavily trafficked roadway in Hutto. 

The City of Hutto announced designs for a 3-phase improvement to FM1660 intersections through town. The initial phase will expand FM1660 and Limmer Loop intersection by adding a through lane to FM1660 in both directions as well as dedicated left and right turn lanes on FM1660 and Limmer Loop in both directions. Additional sidewalks will also be added. This phase is expected to cost $8 million and funding will come from 2018 bonds. The project will begin construction in the fall of next year and should be complete by the summer of 2023. A 2nd phase would add dedicated turn lanes to FM1660 south at the FM1660 north and US79 intersection. It would also increase railroad pre-emption. That project would run $800,000 and would wrap up in the fall of 2023. A 3rd phase would add right turn lanes to US79 eastbound and left turn lanes on FM1660 north at the FM1660 south and US79 intersection. It would also provide a median, sidewalks, and additional railroad pre-emption. That 3rd phase would cost $3.6 million and would finish by the summer of 2025. 


(CAMERON) The award winning Yoe High band continued their march to state this weekend. 

The Yoe band finished Saturday competition as the Area D Champions. They will now head to the State Marching Contest in San Antonio on November 3rd. It marks the Band`s 6th straight trip to the state. 


(CAMERON) The next major production from Milam Community Theater will hit the stage next month. 

The Box Office is now open for Neil Simon`s The Odd Couple. Stage dates are November 6th and 7th, with encore performances the ensuing weekend. Show times are 7PM Saturdays and 2PM Sundays. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students. Get tickets online at Seating will be limited. 


(CAMERON) The Lady Yoe volleyball team clinched a playoff spot with a sweep Friday. 

The Ladies swept Florence 25-22, 25-18, 25-19. The victory wrapped up a playoff berth for Cameron for the first time in years. The Ladies now wrap up their regular season with a key road game against rival Rockdale on Tuesday. 


(CAMERON) The Cameron Junior High volleyball A teams finished their seasons over the weekend. 

The Cameron 7th grade A team won the consolation bracket on Saturday in Rockdale. The girls lost their opener to the host, but bounced back to defeat Florence and Caldwell in order to take the consolation bracket. The team finished 9-5 on the year. The district champion 8th grade A team took home the top prize at the tourney. They earned a bye in the opening round and then swept Caldwell and Rogers to win the championship. They finished the year with a perfect 13-0 record. 


(CAMERON) The Cameron Yoe football team suffered a critical loss on Friday night. 

The Yoemen went into Friday`s game with favored Lorena with a shot at a district title, but were defeated by the Leopards 42-20. Cameron started the game strong and went into halftime trailing by a single point. The Leopards came out in the 2nd half and controlled the clock and the game, pounding Cameron on the ground and pulling away from the Yoemen. Cameron is now 3-6 for the season and 3-2 in district play. They wrap up their regular season this Friday at home against McGregor. 


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 3 EMS calls and 1 arrest:
--Thomas Salomon, 26 of Cameron, for Assault on a Public Servant and Resist Arrest

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 9 EMS calls and 2 fire call: 
--6:48PM, Thorndale VFD to medical call
--4:05AM, Gause VFD to medical call

(CAMERON) Milam County Sheriff`s Office has 2 new bookings:
--Briaunna Beatrice Foster, 18 of Cameron, for PI
--Amanda Beth Caffey, 43 of Rockdale, for DWI-Open Container 

There were no accidents reported in rural Milam County:

There are currently 139 inmates in the county jail, including 23 housed for Coryell County.

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