Monday, July 25, 2016
PAIR OF WEEKEND FIRES IN BREMOND
(BREMOND) Bremond Fire Department had a busy weekend with a pair of large grass fires.
Fire officials said a grass fire on Saturday and another on Sunday burned over 100 acres just outside of Bremond along TX14. Departments from Bremond, Calvert, Hearne, Reagan, and Franklin answered the Saturday call after a brush fire burned nearly 40 acres. The cause of the fire was unknown. Then Sunday, a hay baler caught fire and caused a large grass fire that scorched another 75 acres. Multiple area fire departments also responded to Sunday`s fire. No injuries were reported in either fire. Officials warn residents that the lack of rain means that conditions are ripe for large grass fires. Residents are asked to be aware of their surroundings and mindful of burn bans that have been issued.
DETAILS EMERGING IN HEARNE ISD SUPERINTENDENT OUSTING
(HEARNE) Just a week after terminating their Superintendent, details on the reasoning are emerging from Hearne ISD Board of Trustees.
Board Trustees Quila Robinson and Tina Rocha, who both voted against relieving Superintendent Raul Nuques of his job, have released information detailing some of the issues regarding the now former Superintendent. According to the resolution to fire Nuques, the Board cited a poor relationship with trustees. Nuques was hired in January to take over the struggling district, which saw all 3 campuses designated as Needs Improvement by the Texas Education Agency. Soon after being hired, Nuques went to work, removing popular Elementary School Principal Broderick McGrew and terminating multiple unqualified and uncertified employees. Nuques also ordered a forensic audit, which resulted in the termination of the district`s business manager and hundreds of thousands of dollars missing. Trustee Rocha asserted over the weekend that the trustees who voted to remove Nuques did not like his removing certain personnel. In addition, Hearne ISD Board of Trustees is currently under investigation by the TEA after allegations that some board members were refusing to work with their superintendent and also refusing to comply with state laws regarding criminal history checks and nepotism. The TEA says they are still investigating the allegations. Rocha has also complained about the newly hired interim Superintendent, Adrian Johnson. According to public records, Johnson resigned at North Forest ISD in 2011. He was hired by the district to improve drop-out rates and graduation rates, though neither improved under his 3 year tenure and the TEA ultimately closed the district in 2013. Court records also show that Johnson was convicted of Driving While Intoxicated in 2004 while he was Superintendent of La Marque ISD. According to Rocha, the Board was never told any of that information when they hired Johnson.
TXDOT TO WORK ON MAJOR MILAM CO HIGHWAY
(MILAM CO) Texas Department of Transportation continues work on a major highway in Cameron.
TxDOT will have daily lane closures along a stretch of US190 between US77 and FM2269. Officials say construction on the $180,000 project should be completed by mid-August. The project aim is to place new surface treatment and restripe US190 with a continuous 2-way left turn lane. Cornerstone Paving and Construction out of Brenham is contracted for the work.
CHLORINE BURN OUT IN CAMERON
(CAMERON) Cameron city officials have announced a chlorine burnout for their water system.
The City of Cameron started using a chlorine only solution to disinfect the water system. Normally, the City said they use a combination of chlorine and ammonia to treat the water. Using chlorine only means the smell, taste, and color of the water may be affected. However, City officials say the water is safe for consumption. The regular combined chlorine-ammonia solution will resume August 8th. Anyone with questions should call City Hall.
FEEDERS OF THE LAMBS
(CAMERON) Feeders of the Lambs is a Christian group of Cameron-area citizens looking to provide free meals to children after the Cameron ISD summer meals program ends. Meals will be served at the playground at the Elementary School and at the Episcopal church from 11:30AM-12:30PM, weekdays through August 19th.The group is still seeking donations and volunteers for the event. For questions, or to donate, call 254-482-0019
(MILAM CO) Here are some events coming to Central Texas.
Holy Ground Vacation Bible School for Pre-K through 5th grades will be today through Friday from 6-8PM each night.
Families for Christ will be 7PM each night Thursday through Saturday at Rosebud Church of Christ at 109 E. Main in Rosebud. David Hall will share God`s word on families. A nursery room will be available. Kids lessons will also be available. There is no charge for this event. Refreshments will be available.
The Brazos Valley Chapter of Czech Heritage Society of Texas will host the Summer State Meeting and Genealogy Conference on Saturday at St. Joseph Parish Activity Center in Bryan. Registration starts at 8:30AM, with speakers to begin at 9:30AM. A meal will be served at Noon, with a business meet to follow. There will also be vendor booths, displays, a silent auction, and genealogy library. The event is free and open to the public. The meal is $12.
San Gabriel Baptist Church will host an old-fashioned gospel singing at 6PM Saturday. The evening will feature congregational singing, solos, and instrumental specials of traditional hymns as well as conventional and contemporary gospel music. Refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall following the singing. Everyone is invited to participate.
New Beginnings Full Gospel Tabernacle presents Christmas in July, a celebration of Jesus Christ, on Saturday and Sunday. Praise and Worship lead by The Beacons, along with special music and messages from Karen Troxel, Labridget Lewis, and Deneice Vestal. Plus great giveaways! Services are 2PM Saturday and 10AM Sunday. The guest speaker is Betty Wenzel. Everyone is invited! For information call 254-627-1250.
There will be a Fried Chicken Dinner and Battle Dance on Sunday at SS. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church Parish Hall in Granger. Plates of fried chicken and all the trimmings will be served at 11AM. Adults are $9 and kids are $5. Take out will be available. Sandwiches, chilidogs, and nachos will be available from 2-8PM. A Battle Dance kicks off at 3PM and runs until 9PM, with Fritz Hodde and the Ennis Czech Boys. The Dance is $10 per person.
LATEST MCT PRODUCTION NEARS
(CAMERON) Milam Community Theater will debut their latest production this weekend at the Williams Event Center in Cameron.
Greater Fatty Bottoms hits the stage Saturday and Sunday, with encore performances the next weekend. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students. Curtain rises at 7PM for Saturday showings and 2PM for Sunday showings. Get your tickets at the door.
SALES TAX HOLIDAY
(AUSTIN) The Sales Tax Holiday for Texas will be held August 5-7. Clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks and other items priced under 100 dollars are exempt from sales tax. For the full list of exempt items, visit www.windows.state.tax.us.
LADY YOE VOLLEYBALL
(CAMERON) Lady Yoe Volleyball tryouts and practice will begin on Monday, August 1. All volleyball athletes need to report to Yoe Gym at 7:15AM.
YOE SPORTS CAMPS COMING UP
(CAMERON) Cameron athletes will soon have a chance to participate in various sports camps.
Lady Yoe Summer Volleyball Camp will be today through Wednesday at Yoe High Gym. Grades 5-8 will meet from 8:30-11:30AM and 9-12th graders will meet from 1:30-4:30PM. You can register on the first day of camp. Cost is $50. Forms can be picked up and turned in at Yoe High Field House or to Coach Hause.
The 8th annual Yoeman Football Camp is set for today through Thursday at the Lester & Beatrice Williams Strength and Conditioning Center. Grades 3rd through 6th will meet from 8-10AM and 7th-9th graders will meet from 10:30AM-12:30PM. You can register the first day of camp. The cost is $45. There are scholarship opportunities available for athletes. Campers will need to provide their own towel, wear shorts, a t-shirt, and cleats, and must leave all jewelry at home. Make checks payable to Yoe Football Camp.
LONGTIME AREA BASKETBALL COACH RETIRES
(BRYAN) A longtime area basketball coach has retired from her post.
Karen Heintz, the head coach for the College Station A&M Consolidated girls basketball team, has elected to retire this month. Heintz spent the past 5 years at the helm of the Lady Tigers and previously held stints in North Zulch, Giddings, and the Woodlands. She retires after a 38-year career that saw 11 district championships and over 600 wins.
(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported no EMS calls and no other activity.
(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD no EMS calls and no other activity.
(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 1 new bookings:
--Jason Robert Boese, 42 of San Marcos, for Assault of a Family Member-Impede Breath or Circulation, Assault of a Family Member w/ Priors, and Violating a Protective Order
There were no accidents reported in rural Milam County.
There are currently 126 inmates in the county jail, including 39 housed for Coryell County, 3 housed for Cameron PD, and 12 held in Lee County.