Today`s Local News2018-04-24
Tuesday, April 24, 2018


(CAMERON) Milam County Commissioners met Monday to discuss a recent federal lawsuit filed against the county.

After coming back from executive session the board decided that Dr. Yoffee will be covered by the Allison Bass Law firm, but with the retainer deal with Mr. Yoffee, the county will have to cover out of pocket the fees to cover Mr. Yoffee. Also discussed was the acceptance of the resignation of County Clerk Barbara Vansa after 33 years. Jodi Morgan will take over effective May 1st. A swear in for Jodi will be 8:30AM May 1st. Also approved were the locations of the runoff elections, the installation of a speed limit sign on CR228C, a utility installation on CR457 due to a water line bore, and the appointment of new members to the CPS Board.


(CAMERON) Early voting is now underway for the City elections. 

Early voting began this week at Cameron City Hall. On Election Day, cast your ballot at Cameron ISD. Voters in Cameron will be choosing among 7 candidates vying for 4 council spots. Assistant Milam County District Attorney Kyle Nuttall, and newcomers Kyle Deal and Will Sanders have all filed for the Ward 3 place on the Council. In Ward 4, incumbent Rose Mondrik is opposed by newcomer LeKethia "KeKe" Sims. Two candidates have filed and are unopposed: Mayor Connie Anderle and Ward 2 Councilman Robert Schiller. 

In Rockdale, there are 3 candidates up for the East Ward seat held by Willie Phillips, who elected not to seek re-election. Vying for his post are Richard Coppedge, Tim Ramey, and Sharon Lee Cloud. For West Ward, incumbent Colby Fisher also chose not to seek re-election. The race for his seat on the council is between Jason Barcak and Monique Gebhard. 


(ROCKDALE) The chairman for the Democratic Party here in Milam County has died. 

Services for 65-year-old Tommy Paul Grimes of Rockdale will be 11AM today at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rockdale, with burial to follow at 5PM in Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery in Georgetown. Mr. Grimes died Wednesday in a Bryan hospital. He was born in Groves and earned a degree from Texas A&M in 1974. He became a Certified Public Accountant and opened a CPA business in Rockdale in 1999. He was the Milam County Democratic Party Chairman and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, and the Lions Club. Survivors include his wife, children, siblings, and other family and friends. Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 


(BUCKHOLTS) A special meeting for the Buckholts town council has been scheduled for Wednesday.

Subjects to be discussed will be to discuss, review, or approve the wastewater plant improvements as well as the funding for those projects. Also on the agenda will be to conduct the tour of the Buckholts Wastewater plant. Wednesday`s meeting is scheduled for 3PM at the Buckholts Town Hall.


(LEXINGTON) As 1 area school district faces a budget shortfall, they met Monday in a town hall to discuss options. 

During the town hall meeting between Lexington ISD and residents, Lexington ISD Superintendent Tonya Knowlton said the district is preparing to lose about 10% of their budget, or about $700,000, because of the closure of the Luminant Power Plant and Three Oaks Mine this year. The small community, which has 1 of the lowest tax rates in Central Texas at $1.04 per $100 valuation, could see their tax rate rise to the state maximum in an effort to meet the shortfall. A jump in taxes like that would mean residents would pay roughly $11 more per month on a home valued at $100,000. If a tax rate hike is decided to be necessary, the increase would have to be formally proposed by the school board and then voted on by residents. 


(TEMPLE) A Temple doctor arrested last week for child pornography now has his license suspended. 

On Monday, the Texas Medical Board voted to temporarily suspend the medical license of 55-year-old Dr. John Middlemiss Palmer. That decision came just days after Palmer was arrested for Possession of Child Pornography. The license suspension will continue until the Board says otherwise after they determined his continuation of practice posed a threat to the public. Palmer had an office in Temple where he worked as a pediatric pulmonary physician. The doctor has also since been fired from his hospital job.

Last week, State investigators obtained a warrant to search Palmer`s office after discovering that child pornography had been uploaded to an online storage account he used. Authorities say child porn was found on a digital storage device during a search of his offices. Several devices were seized from Palmer’s home for examination by the Attorney General’s Digital Forensics Unit. No further details have been made available.


(HEARNE) A pair of bee attacks in Hearne prompted a stay away warning from the City. 

According to the City of Hearne Facebook page, officials urge residents to stay away from the 700 block of Post Oak. The notice came after back-to-back bee attacks there on Monday. One man was attacked Monday morning and had to be hospitalized. A 2nd man trying to treat the bees later that day was also attacked and hospitalized. A pest control company has now treated the hive and a beekeeper is expected to attempt to remove the hive sometime today. 


(BELTON) A Houston man accused in the shooting of a Temple grocery manager faces trial this week. 

Jury selection began Monday in the Capital Murder trial of 24-year-old Corey Thomas Williams. Bell County is not seeking the death penalty in the case, meaning if convicted, Williams could face life in prison without parole. Williams was indicted for Capital Murder back in 2014 in connection to the shooting death of Mazhar Aslam, 50 of Temple. Authorities say Williams shot and killed Aslam during the holdup of Pool`s Grocery in Temple. Williams was arrested 3 days later in Beaumont. 


(HOUSTON) Just a day after burying his wife, former President George HW Bush is now in the hospital. 

Family spokesman Jim McGrath said the former president was hospitalized Sunday morning in Houston with an infection that had spread to his blood. The 93-year-old Bush is said to be responding to treatments and appears to be recovering. His wife, Barbara Bush was laid to rest Saturday in a ceremony attended by her husband and family. 


(HOLLAND) A local grandmother got to attend her 1st prom over the weekend. 

Holland High senior Noah Wilcox took his 88-year-old grandmother, Alice Willoughby, to prom over the weekend at the Wildflower Country Club in Temple. It was Willoughby`s 1st ever prom. She was born in 1930 and gave birth to her 1st child at 19. She spent most of her life as a military wife, following her husband all across the world. Her husband died in 1994. 


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

Now-May 31
Milam County 4-H members are collecting children`s books to help fill bookshelves around Milam County. Bring your books to the Milam County Extension Office located at 100 East 1st Street in Cameron. If you would like to donate to a specific town, write it on your box. The books will be distributed in June. The deadline to get your books in is May 31st.

April 24
Rockdale ISD Pre-K & Kindergarten Registration will be today from 3:45-5:45PM at Rockdale Elementary Cafeteria. Parents will need to bring the child`s social security card, immunization record, proof of residency, parent driver license, and proof of income for pre-k eligibility. Prospective students must be 4-years-old on or before September 1st for pre-k and 5-years-old on or before September 1st for kindergarten. 

April 25
The Greater Taylor Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Taylor Economic Development Corporation, will host Trade Day Career Fair from 10AM-4PM Wednesday at the Williamson County Expo Center. The Fair is open to all students, adults, and local residents. 

April 26
Cameron Yoe Boys Athletics will be hosting the annual Lift-A-Thon this Thursday at 6PM in the High School gym.  This is a spring fundraiser for boys athletics.  Come out and support the Yoemen as they go for personal records in the bench press.  

April 28
The Davilla Community Center will be having a fajita fundraiser dinner on Saturday from 4-6PM. For $7 you get a fajita plate with rice, beans, and tea or water. Take out is available.

April 28
Thorndale Classic Car Show will be held Saturday.  Vehicle registration begins at 8AM with winners announced at 1PM.  The show will be held in downtown Thorndale on paved streets.  Pre-registration fee is $20, or on show day $25.  A car show t-shirt and a goodie bag will be given to those who enter the car show.  Come for a fun day of shopping, food and fellowship. For more info call 512-905-3038.

April 28
First Baptist Church of Cameron is hosting a simulcast event with best selling author and teacher Priscilla Shirer on Saturday at the church. Doors open at 8AM and the program begins at 9AM. This event is free and lunch is provided. The program wraps up at 4:30PM and will include worship with Anthony Evans. 


(CAMERON) Milam Community Theater has a series of special events coming soon. 

This week, MCT will present for the 1st time, their feature SPOTLIGHT performance of Same Time Next Year. It will be a 1 weekend only showing on April 26-29 at the Williams Event Center in Cameron. Also coming soon is a Children`s Camp, featuring the play Big Bad, which will be performed at the City Park in June. For more information visit


(CAMERON) The 2018 Spring Sports Banquet is all set for May 15th.

The banquet will take place at the YHS Cafeteria then migrate to the PAC after the meal. The meal is $10 per person. Awards start at 7:15PM.


(CAMERON) The Yoe golf wrapped up day 1 for the UIL 3A Region 3 Golf Tournament.

Nikolas Keratsopoulos leads the way with a 77 for the Yoemen. The team finishes day 1 with a total score of 366. Other golfers include Jale Walzel, Luke Greene, Kobe Young, and Stockton Kruse. The Yoemen currently sit in 6th place. District foe Rockdale is in 3rd. 


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 2 EMS calls and no other activity.

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 2 EMS calls and no other activity.

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 2 new bookings:
--Damon Rashad Hall, 28 of Killeen, for Probation Violation
--Payton Simank, 17, for Criminal Trespass

There were no accidents reported in rural Milam County:

There are currently 131 inmates in the county jail, including 78 housed for Coryell County.

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