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Today`s Local News2020-04-04
MILAM COUNTY HAS 3rd CONFIRMED CASE OF COVID-19

 Milam County Judge Steve Young announced this afternoon that there are now 3 confirmed cases of COVID-19 here in the county. This new patient is being interviewed and if you have come into contact with this person, the Milam County Health Department will contact you.

2 MILAM CO COVID PATIENTS RECOVERING

(CAMERON) Two people are recovering from a worldwide virus as Milam County continues to shelter-in-place. 

Milam County Judge Steve Young announced this week that the first 2 people who tested positive for COVID-19 here in the county are recovering. Young said the 1st positive case had been in self-quarantine isolation and has completed that. The 2nd positive case is said to be making a recovery after being hospitalized. They are the only 2 cases to have tested positive. Virus testing is available locally. Country Meadows in Thorndale has test kits and testing remains available through Healthpoint in Rockdale and at Scott & White in Cameron. 

County and health officials inspected the hospitals here last weekend for possible overflow usage. The proposal would be for level 3, non-COVID patients. The County said the hospitals will be used if needed. Judge Young also urged small businesses across the County to review and apply for loans and relief offered through the recently passed $2.2 trillion emergency COVID-19 relief bill. Judge Young is expected to talk about economic relief for small businesses as part of his radio show next Wednesday. Today, the Judge will be joined by Texas Workforce Solutions to talk about unemployment, benefits, and finding jobs. Programs will be held today and next Wednesday at 9:05AM each day. 


MILAM CO SHELTER-IN-PLACE CONTINUES

(CAMERON) Milam County remains under a shelter-in-place order that could soon be extended. 

Milam County Commissioners will meet Monday to discuss extending a shelter-in-place order. The orders have been in place since Tuesday of last week in an effort to slow or stop the spread of COVID-19. The order declared a public health emergency and instituted stricter guidelines through April 6th, among them: residents must shelter in place, businesses deemed non-essential must close, public and private gatherings of any number of people outside of a household or living unit are prohibited, non-essential travel is prohibited, a curfew is in place for those 18 and under from 9PM until 8AM, and public and private schools will remain closed. All courts are also closed until further notice, though these orders will not alter, amend, or change child custody in any way. This means visitation orders remain in force unless agreed by the parties or modifications are made by court order. 

Exemptions to these orders include essential activities defined as: tasks for health and safety to the family or household, obtaining medical supplies and medication, obtaining services or supplies for the family or household (such as groceries, etc.), engaging in outdoor activity such as walking or bike riding, performing work deemed essential, or caring for family members or pets in another household. 

Exemptions to these orders include essential businesses defined as: healthcare operations, emergency services; grocery stores; farmers markets; convenience stores; food banks; food cultivation such as farming or livestock; businesses that provide food, shelter, and services to the economically disadvantaged; newspapers, TV, radio, and media; gas stations; auto-supply, auto-repair and related facilities; banks and financial institutions; hardware and construction supplies; plumbers, electricians, and exterminators; businesses providing mail services; laundromats and dry cleaners; restaurants and food industry that are drive-through, pick-up, or delivery only; business suppliers; businesses that ship or deliver groceries and goods; taxis and private transportation providers related to essential activity; home based care for seniors, adults, and children; residential facilities and shelters for seniors, adults, or children; professional and legal services; childcare facilities abiding by certain restrictions; utilities and telecommunications; trash collection; janitorial, cleaning, and maintenance services; funeral industry; defense industry; space and technology industry; tech support; science research; maintenance and construction of communication infrastructure; engineers, technicians, and personnel responsible for infrastructure construction and restoration; office personnel to maintain central offices, data centers, and network facilities; data centers; engineers, IT personnel, and software engineers; and religious services performed at healthcare operations. 

Essential travel is defined as being related to essential activities or functions. 


BEA`S KITCHEN CLOSED, FROZEN MEALS AVAILABLE

(CAMERON) Meals will soon be available for elderly residents seeking food. 

Bea`s Kitchen has been closed until further notice here in Milam County due to COVID-19 concerns. Beginning Monday, Milam County plans to make frozen meals available to anyone in the Cameron area over 60-years-old. To sign up for these meals, call 325-372-5167 extension 227. Milam County Judge Steve Young said they hope to make 5 meals available at pickup. Meals will be picked up at Bea`s Kitchen. The service is being made possible through Hill Country Transit.  


MILAM APPRAISAL DISTRICT TO EXTEND RENDITIONS

(CAMERON) Businesses in Milam County now have more time to get their renditions in. 

Milam County Chief Appraiser Dyann White said the Appraisal District has extended the deadline to turn in Business Personal Property Renditions from April 15th to May 15th. The move comes as the Appraisal District offices remain closed due to the ongoing pandemic. Currently, staff is only available to answer phones and correspondence Tuesday through Friday from 10AM-2PM. 

Renditions are reports listing all taxable property the business owner owns or controls as of January 1st of this year. Property rendition forms have already been mailed to property owners and all business owners are required to file a rendition regardless of getting a form or notification. You can find the form on the district website at milamad.org. White advised that there are currently no waivers or extensions to this year`s ad valorem appraisal year. Such waivers would require legislative action. Certified values will be sent to taxing units by July 25th. There is currently nothing in property tax law to allow for the current pandemic. For questions or information, call 697-6638. 


COUNTY OFFICE CLOSURE REMINDER

(CAMERON) All Milam County offices are currently closed until further notice. 

Milam County Judge Steve Young announced that all county offices are closed or running with minimal staffing until further notice. The probation office, VA office, and AgriLife offices are all closed. The probation office is taking phone calls and you must still report in to them by phone if required. The AgriLife office is taking phone calls only. The Milam County Sheriff`s Office is fully operational. Sheriff Chris White said they are screening anyone who is booked into jail. There is also no visitation allowed at the jail. 

The Tax Office and County Clerk Office will close, but still be available to take phone calls only. Milam County Tax Assessor Sherry Mueck said there will be no more title transfers unless from a dealership. This will remain in place for 60 days from the end of these state and local orders. In addition, Mueck said the Tax Office will only be staffed Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9AM-1PM for mail and phone calls only. To pay taxes, visit milamcounty.net or milamad.org. You can only pay by phone Tuesdays and Thursdays. In addition, Mueck advised that vehicle registration renewals have been waived. This means you will not have to renew your vehicle until 60 days from the end of the state and local orders. You can also renew online at txdmv.gov.


CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 4-4

(TEXAS) A new virus sweeping the globe reached pandemic status. Here`s the latest updates:

Milam County has reached its 3rd confimed case of Covid-19 as of yesterday. The shelter-in-place order is still underway. In national news, the CDC has now recommended, although not enforced, that everyone who can should cover their faces with masks, or, if not available, cloth of some kind. The CDC is also recommending that masks, official or homemade, be worn in any public place, and to limit trips as much as possible.


ZABCIKVILLE CHURCH FIRE

(ZABCIKVILLE) An historic area church survived a major fire overnight. 

Fire departments from Temple, Troy, Rogers, Westphalia, and Rosebud all responded about 7:30PM Thursday to Ocker Brethren Church on TX53 in Zabcikville for a major fire. Crews arrived to find the fire engulfing the back of the church, extending up into the attic. Fire crews attacked the flames and were able to save the church from total destruction. The fire was under control by about 9PM. The cause of the fire is now under investigation. Ocker Brethren Church was established in 1892. 


2 ARRESTED IN KILLING OF TEMPLE WOMAN

(KILLEEN) Two teenagers are in jail in connection to the killing of a Temple woman. 

Killeen Police said 18-year-old De`Jauna Monte Williams and 19-year-old Cedric Vernon Henderson, Jr. were arrested Thursday on murder charges. Both are held in Killeen City Jail in lieu of $1 million bonds. Williams turned himself in and Henderson was arrested without incident. The pair are charged with the shooting and killing of 20-year-old Kaitlyn Silverio of Temple last weekend. Police were called about 10PM Sunday to the 3300 block of Hereford Lane in reference to a shooting. Officers arrived to find Silverio laying the road. She was taken to the hospital and died about 2 hours later. Investigators believe the shooting death is the result of a narcotics transaction. 


SHIPPING CONTAINERS CONVERTED INTO MEDICAL CLINICS

(College Station) Students at Texas A&M University have found a new way to make makeshift medical clinics in this time of crisis.

Students active in the student organization BUILD at TAMU are now converting shipping containers into mobile medical clinics amid the COVID-19 Pandemic. One of the containers has already been sent to the Houston area. The group is currently planning on rolling out four clinics to locations not yet decided. The BUILD organization has previously sent a clinic to Laredo, and has dedicated 12 clinics to the victims of the 1999 Bonfire Collapse.



AREA EVENTS

(CENTRAL TEXAS) Here`s a look at some area events that were scheduled this week that have been officially cancelled:

April 4
The 8th annual Milam County Aggie Moms Golf Tourney set for Saturday is canceled.

April 4
The Gause Volunteer Fire Department annual BBQ fundraiser set for Saturday is canceled.


MCT ANNOUNCES DELAYS

(CAMERON) Milam Community Theater is set to delay their 2020 season. 

In an email to KMIL, the Theater Board announced they are making several changes. The upcoming spring production of Aladdin, Jr. is being pushed back and auditions for Steel Magnolias are canceled. Plans are in place to push auditions and shows to later dates. Steel Magnolias is being anticipated for June, with Nunsense: The Musical in August, and The Odd Couple in November. 


YOE COACH MOVES ON TO BELTON

(CAMERON) A former Yoe standout athlete and current assistant coach is leaving Cameron. 

Current Yoe High assistant baseball coach Michael Evan has been hired as a new assistant football coach and assistant baseball coach at the brand new Lake Belton High School. He will be secondary coach for the Broncos, in addition to his baseball duties. He has been a Yoe assistant for 2 years, having graduated from Cameron Yoe High. During his playing days, he won 2 state titles in football. He played baseball throughout high school, earning a scholarship and playing baseball at Concordia University in Austin. 


POLICE REPORT

(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 0 EMS calls and a fire call:
--House Fire at 11:13 PM on 704 N. Scott. Complete Loss. CFD responded. 

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


(CAMERON) Milam County Sheriff`s Office has no new bookings:
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There were no accidents in rural Milam County:
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There are currently 132 inmates in the county jail, including 31 housed for Coryell County.




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