Today`s Local News2019-10-12

(MILANO) Milano schools were cancelled due to a power line fire and outtage.

A power line fire early Friday morning resulting in a power outtage shut down the bulk of Milano yesterday, including the schools. It was initially believed that school would simply be delayed but officials decided to cancel school completely when it was discovered that the power would not be restored until much later in the day. 


(CAMERON) A local school board member has been nominated to the Texas Association of School Boards.

Cameron ISD Board of Trustees President, Jason Donhalik  has been reelected to represent Region 6 on the TASB Board. Donhalik graduated from CH Yoe High School i 1990 and has served on the CISD Board since 2007.Donhalik has also served as the chair of city council planning and zonng commision, a board member of the Cameron Industrial Foundation, and serveral community organizations. TASB was established in 1949 as a nonprofit organization servin gpublic school boards. the districts they represent server more than 5 million public school students.


(CALDWELL) The Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District to extend its signup period for the Conservancy Program.

On Thursday, Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District hosted a meeting to lay out the details of a new mission to protect groundwater users. General Manager of Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District Gary Westbrook introduced the Aquifer Conservancy Program, which aims to help protect landowners in the southeast portion of Milam County and those in Burleson County, whose land sits over the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer. The program, which is totally voluntary, allows the landowner to place their water rights into stewardship in order to protect their future rights. If a landowner were to join, they would get around $5-6 per acre per year. Westbrook said the program is still in its infancy, though the board has approved it. The registration period to enroll in the ACP for 2020 has been extended to October, 31st, 2019. This is a response to ongoing filings and requests by local landowners. Applications are currently being processed, with contracts drafted and set to be mailed out mid-to-late September.

The Board and staff would like to thank everyone who has helped to spread the work about this great program, especially those citizens who have volunteered to make this effort a priority in all they do. Those citizens are ACP Ambassadors. 


(TEMPLE) A kidnapping that occurred Thursday morning is being investigated by Temple Police Department.

Officers were advised that a Temple student was abducted while waiting for the bus at around 6:30-7:30AM from West Avenue O and South 9th Street. The Victim was able to escape his captors and was located b railroad employees in a rural area south of Little River-Academy. The Victim advised Officers that he was forced into a black sedan by 4 men


(ROCKDALE) Rockdale City Council will meet Monday in regular session. 

During their meeting, the City will hear a 2nd and final reading amending an ordinance regarding tall grass and weeds. Nominations to the Milam Appraisal District Board of Directors will also be held. In other business, the City will take action on proposals for drainage issues, recommendations for hotel occupancy tax funds, road improvements, Parks Board appointments, highway banners, and other projects. In executive session, the Council could discuss the City Manager and economic development negotiations. Monday`s meeting begins at 5:30PM in City Hall. 


(ROSEBUD) A former longtime area coach and athletic director has died. 

Services for 78-year-old Daniel "Danny" Louis Wasik of Temple will be 2PM Tuesday, October 15th, in St. Luke`s Catholic Church in Temple. He died Tuesday. Wasik was born in Bremond and served in the US Army. After leaving the military, he worked as a football coach and athletic director. Wasik had coaching stops in Bremond, Salado, and Rosebud-Lott. At Rosebud-Lott, he helped lead the Cougars to a state title as defensive coordinator under head coach Bill Baine. Survivors include his wife, children, siblings, grandchildren, and many other family and friends. Crotty Funeral Home in Belton is in charge of arrangements. 


(TEMPLE) A Household Hazardous Waste Collection is coming to Temple this weekend.

The event, at the Temple Service Center at 3210 E. Ave. H, will run from 9AM-2PM Saturday, and is open to all residents of Bell, Coryell, Hamilton, Lampasas, Milam, Mills, and San Saba Counties. Anyone who participates in the event must provide proof of residency. That could mean a Drivers License or a Water Bill. Representatives from the Temple Landfill, Temple Iron & Metal, and Central Texas Council of Governments will all be on hand.

Residents will be allowed to drop off everything from paint, tile, toilets, car batteries, motor oil and other fluids, antifreeze, household cleaners and chemicals, flammables, pesticides, corrosives, and other hazardous materials. Up to 8 tires from passenger cars and trucks will be accepted, with a small fee per tire after that limit. Prohibited items include infectious and medical waste, biological and radioactive materials, compressed gas cylinders, ammo, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, and explosives. Goodwill will be on site accepting electronic items with the exception of refrigerators and televisions. Temple Police will also be on hand to accept unused and expired medications. 


(TEMPLE) The driver who died in a single-vehicle crash Wednesday has been identified. 

Temple Police have identified the driver who became wedged under the 57th street Bridge as, 53-year-old Deborah Tyler of Killeen. Officers responded Wednesday afternoon after a 4-door Mercedes sedan headed east on Southwest HK Dodgen Loop left the roadway and became wedged up under the 57th Street bridge. Temple PD spokesman Cody Weems said the driver of the car, Tyler, was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was in the car. Texas Department of Transportation officials said the bridge appeared structurally sound, though an inspection was expected overnight. Meanwhile, the bridge was open to traffic. 


(TEMPLE) The cause of a restaurant fire in Temple has been determined. 

Temple Fire & Rescue have determined that the cause of the fire at Cactus Jacks Sports Cantina and Brody`s Steakhouse was an improperly disposed of cigarette. Temple Fire & Rescue responded about 8AM Monday to Cactus Jacks Sports Cantina and Brody`s Steakhouse in the 300 block of Southwest HK Dodgen Loop to find smoke and flames shooting from the front and roof line. Some 40 firefighters were on scene battling the blaze. That fire was finally deemed under control just after Noon, though crews remained on scene all afternoon and into the evening to put out hot spots. Officials are calling the building a total loss and estimate the damage at over $650,000. No one was in the building when crews arrived and there were no injuries.


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

October 1-12
The Milam County Museum and SS. Cyril and Methodius Stitch Witches present their annual Quilt Show through Saturday at 112 West 1st in Cameron. Anyone wishing to exhibit a quilt during the show must contact the Museum. In addition, there will be a photo show by the Focus Guild of Waco running through December, photos by Chris Talbot of El Camino Real to run through November, and plant specimens from the El Camino Real presented by the Master Naturalists. The Jail Museum and Railroad Museum will also be open on Saturday. For info, call 254-697-8963.

October 12
The next Defensive Driving Class for 2019 will be today. Additional classes will be held November 9th and December 14th. Each Class is held the 2nd Saturday each month. Call or text 254-760-6110 with any questions or concerns and to sign up.

October 12
Cameron VFW presents Alibis Austin on tonight from 8PM-Midnight. Doors open at 6:30PM. Tickets are $15 per person. The kitchen will be available. For info or reservations, call 254-295-6222.

October 12
The Cameron Chamber of Commerce announces Steak, Stein & Wine Fest today. Rick Trevino is the headliner and opening for him is the Gordon Collier Band.  Performances will be in the Milam County Junior Livestock Youth Expo at 300 S Houston. The Fest kicks off in Downtown Cameron with a 5K run. There will be activities all day in the downtown Square around the courthouse: Music with an Open Mic Session and entertainers, Storytelling, Cameron Car Show, Game Zones for all ages, Aggie land Safari, and Cameron Connection Reading Bus. There will be wineries, craft beers, a sports bar, and more. Featured will be 44 Farms rib eye steak dinners in the evening and steak flights during the day. Food Trucks, Ice Cream, Rockdale Coffee Roasters and other vendors will also be on hand. Milam County Museum will host a Quilt Show and El Camino Real de los Tejas photo exhibit by Chris Talbot. For info, call 254-697-4979 or email   

October 12
A Benefit for Rachel Gutierrez will be today from 11AM-9PM at the Fiesta Grounds in Cameron. There will be a silent auction as well as raffles for a custom Dallas Cowboys Fire Pit, a Yeti Road Cooler, a $50 gift card, and more items to be added! Music will be by DJ Alonzo Aleman. There will be a bake sale and brisket plates for $10 with brisket, sausage, potato salad, beans and bread.

October 12
Locklin Cemetery Association will be hosting a Work Day at the Locklin Cemetery this morning starting at 8AM.  Everyone is encouraged to come and help with the beautification of the cemetery.  Bring your work gloves, hat, water bottle and any tools that would be helpful.

October 12
The Milam County Bluegrass Association will meet 6PM this afternoon at Winnie L Nursing Home for a circle type jam session. Musicians and listeners are invited. The group promotes and encourages the appreciation of Bluegrass and other old time music. 

October 13
The 113th annual Westphalia Picnic and Homecoming will be Sunday in Westphalia. A Heritage Mass will begin at 10AM on the Church grounds. Plates of Westphalia sausage and their famous Westphalia noodles will be served after Mass for $10 per plate. Activities include hand-crafted and homemade items, bingo, teddy bear stand, fish pond, face painting, train rides, ring stand, and gun stand. Music will be provided by Praha Brothers Band. An auction kicks off at 2PM featuring handmade quilts and other handcrafted items. Shuttle and drive-through services are available.

October 13
Buckholts SPJST Lodge #15 is having a Fall Food, Fun, and Friendship Fundraiser Sunday from 11AM until sold out. Plates are $10 and include Ms. Sandie`s Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, corn, dinner rolls, desserts, and tea. Proceeds benefit the Lodge. 


(CAMERON) The Yoe football team came back into district play strong last night.

The Yoemen traveled Friday night to Jarrell to play the cougars. Opening with a Jarrell offense, the Yoe defense was able to showcase their skill against the Cougars, transferring the ball to the Yoemen, which would begin one of many scoring drives throughout the game, all of them for the Yoemen. A great all-around performance by the Yoemen gave them a final score of 55-0 with the Yoemen taking home their first district win this season.

The Yoemen come back home next week to host the Little River Academy Bumblebees. KMIL Will have the call. Tune in Friday for all of your regular sports programming.


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 4 EMS calls and no other activity.

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

(CAMERON) Milam County Sheriff has 6 new bookings:
-- Ernest Lynwood Robertson, 57-year-old, of Rockdale for Theft of Material<20k, Assault of Family/household member, Bond surrender/ Felony to Appear.
-- And 5 from Coryell county

There was no accident reported in Milam County:

There are currently 136 inmates in the county jail, including 49 housed for Coryell County.