Today`s Local News2022-05-24
Tuesday, May 24, 2022




PRIMARY RUNOFF ELECTION 

(CAMERON) Voters head to the polls today to finalize their November ballot choices. 

Election Day in the Republican and Democratic Party Primary Runoff Elections will be today from 7AM-7PM. Early voting ended last week with nearly 1,200 ballots cast, the vast majority on the GOP side. Thursday was the biggest day with 270 GOP votes cast. Voters will have to cast their ballot in the same party primary they voted in prior to the runoff. Election Day voting will be at the Milam County Courthouse, Buckholts Community Center, the Rockdale Hospital, and Thorndale Veterans Memorial Hall. Milam GOP voters will choose their District 17 State Representative for the November ballot between Stan Gerdes and Paul Pape. They will also decide their Precinct 2 Commissioner between Doug Baker and James Denman. 

Statewide races on the Republican runoff ballot include incumbent Attorney General Ken Paxton facing off against former Land Commissioner George P. Bush; Tim Westley and Dawn Buckingham for commissioner of the General Land Office; and incumbent Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian versus Sarah Stogner. Statewide races on the Democratic runoff ballot include Michelle Beckley and Mike Collier for lieutenant governor; Rochelle Mercedes Garza and Joe Jaworski for attorney general; Janet Dudding and Angel Luis Vega for comptroller of public accounts; and Sandragrace Martinez and Jay Kleberg for commissioner of the General Land Office. Bell County voters have a key race in State Senate District 24 where Raul Reyes faces off against Pete Flores. 


MILAM CO COMMISSIONERS

(CAMERON) Milam County Commissioners held a regular meeting and public hearing Monday. 

During their meeting Monday morning, the Court approved deputizations in the District Clerk`s Office and County Sheriff`s Office. Bids for bridge projects and 4H scholarship recognitions also took place. In other business, the Court approved utility easements and Christmas lighting for the courthouse. The County also conducted a public hearing Monday evening regarding tax abatements and a reinvestment zone for the Cattlemen II Solar project. During that hearing, the Court voted unanimously in favor of creating tax abatement guidelines and regulations. After 3 people spoke against the solar project and hearing from the project manager, the Commissioners then voted 3-1 in favor of creating a reinvestment zone. The solar project is likely to follow that move up with an application for a tax abatement, but a reinvestment zone must be created before that can happen. 


MCSO PHONES SCHEDULED DOWNTIME

(CAMERON) Phone lines will be down for about an hour this morning at the Sheriff`s Office. 

Milam County Sheriff Mike Clore announced the phone lines to the department will be down between 7 and 8AM today, though that is not expected to take the full hour. In any case, Clore said underlying issues could arise meaning the outage could take longer. If you need to contact his department during the outage, please call Cameron PD at 254-697-6574 or Rockdale PD at 512-446-3436. You can also dial 9-1-1 for emergencies. 


TCEQ REJECTS PETITION AGAINST POSGCD

(MILANO) A petition filed against the local groundwater conservation district has failed. 

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality last week rejected a petition filed against Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District. A local resident filed the petition claiming that the district had failed to adequately protect the groundwater in their management area because they did not enforce substantial compliance within their own rules. The TCEQ Commissioners voted unanimously to dismiss that petition after reviewing and considering all information provided. The Commissioners agreed the district did in fact follow its rules and state laws in meeting the needs of local landowners while providing long term protection of groundwater in the aquifers in their management area. Officials said the petitioner had not produced enough evidence to support claims against the district. It marked the 3rd time in 5 years the TCEQ Commissioners have unanimously dismissed a petition filed against Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District challenging the group`s management of groundwater. POSGCD was established by the Texas Legislature in 2001 and adopted their first rules and regulations in 2004. The group has since implemented a number of innovative programs such as the Aquifer Conservancy Program to assist with conservation efforts. 


ROCKDALE ISD BUDGET WORKSHOP

(ROCKDALE)  Rockdale ISD Board of Trustees with have a Budget Workshop on Wednesday at 5:30PM in the Rockdale ISD Conference Center. 


AREA EVENTS

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

May 27-30
The Kay Theater is showing movies throughout Memorial Day weekend to kick off the Summer Movie Series at the Kay. The film schedule includes Midway at 7PM Friday and 4PM Saturday; Battleship at 7PM Saturday and 4PM Sunday; and Wonder Woman at 7PM Sunday and 4PM Monday. Additional movie dates and times can be found at TheKayTheater.com or through Facebook. Admission is $5 and popcorn will be free. Drinks and candy will also be sold. 

May 28
The San Andres Lodge 28 Fish Fry will be 10:30AM-1PM Saturday at the First Baptist Church Hall in Cameron. Tickets are $10 and plates will include catfish, beans, hush puppies, slaw, tea, and dessert. All plates are dine in or to go. Get tickets in advance at CamTex Hardware or through any Mason. There will also be a silent auction and multi-gun raffle. Raffle tickets are $20 per chance. Proceeds go to the Lodge for scholarships. For info, call 254-605-0380.

May 29
Powers Chapel Memorial Day Celebration will be 10AM Sunday. For meal tickets or info, call 254-740-9494.

May 29
Everyone is invited to attend the 7th Annual Friends and Family Day at Trinity New Life Worship Center in Cameron at 3PM Sunday. Guest speaker will be Michael Thomas from Progressive Missionary Baptist Church along with the church family.  


COVID UPDATE

(CAMERON) The COVID-19 pandemic continues to see minimal cases locally. 

Milam County Judge Steve Young said there are 10 active cases of the virus here. There have been 102 deaths since the pandemic began, including 10 this year. No one is currently hospitalized. 

Vaccination clinics will be held Wednesday from 1-4PM at the Milam County Health Department, Thursday from 9AM-Noon and 1-3PM at the Rockdale One Stop, and Friday from Noon-4PM at Buckholts Community Center. All clinics are open to residents at least 5 years of age and shots are free. Walk-ins are 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 for Milam County residents will be Mondays from 9AM-2PM at the former Rockdale hospital and Thursdays from 9AM-2PM at the Cameron fire station. 


AGUILAR SEEKS SUPPRESSION OF STATEMENTS

(FORT HOOD) A woman connected to the disappearance and death of a Fort Hood soldier is again seeking to suppress statements she made. 

US District Judge Alan Albright will decide on a new request made by attorneys for 23-year-old Cecily Aguilar that would suppress statements she made related to the disappearance and death of Fort Hood Army Specialist Vanessa Guillen. Albright previously denied a motion to dismiss an 11-count superseding indictment against Aguilar. She remains held in Bell County Jail and has already waived arraignment and pleaded not guilty to the 11-count indictment handed down last August. The indictments imply she was an accomplice to Army Specialist Aaron Robinson in April 2020, helping him coverup the murder. 

The superseding indictment included 1 count of Conspiracy to Tamper with Documents or Proceedings, 2 counts of Tampering with Documents or Proceedings, 3 counts of Accessory After the Fact, 1 count of Destruction/Alteration/Falsification of Records in a Federal Investigation, and 4 counts of False Statements or Representation. Officials said 5 of the 11 counts are related to Aguilar helping Robinson conceal and destroy the body of Guillen and the remaining counts are related to false statements she made to investigators. Guillen went missing in April of last year. Authorities later identified remains found near the Leon River as those of Guillen. A federal affidavit said Robinson beat Guillen with a hammer, then dismembered and burned her body. Robinson fled the post after law enforcement went looking for him. He later took his own life after authorities closed in on him. 


TEMPLE ROBBERY SUSPECT ID`ED

(TEMPLE) A man arrested Sunday after a Temple armed robbery has been identified. 

Temple Police said Jamahl Henry remains in custody following his Sunday arrest for Aggravated Robbery. Police responded about 5:46AM Sunday to the 3000 block of Thornton Lane in reference to a suspect wearing a ski mask, black hoodie, and black jeans that had stolen an unknown amount of cash and cigarettes before fleeing the scene. Officers were able to locate a man matching the description of the suspect near Shady Hill Drive and Lawnwood Drive. Upon approaching the man, later identified as Henry, he took off running toward an apartment complex. He made it into an apartment, with officers following him. He then fled the scene, but was found and arrested. No injuries were reported. Investigators were able to recover a handgun and cigarette packs he had discarded as he fled. Anyone with information should contact Temple PD at 254-298-5500.


KILLEEN MAN GOES TO TRIAL FOR TEMPLE STABBING DEATH

(TEMPLE) A Killeen man indicted for the 2020 fatal stabbing of a Temple woman goes to trial this week. 

The Bell County District Attorney`s Office said a 12-person jury was seated Monday in the capital murder trial against 39-year-old Christopher Romel Henry. The DA`s Office said they are not seeking the death penalty in this case. Henry is charged with Capital Murder in the death of 68-year-old Rose Davis. According to Temple Police, officers were dispatched about 10PM June 18, 2020 to the Bridge Apartments in Temple for a stabbing. Officers arrived to find Davis suffering from multiple stab wounds. She was taken to the hospital where she later died. Before she passed, she told authorities Henry had stabbed her. Investigators later alleged he bound Davis` hands behind her and wrapped her throat in duct tape before forcibly escorting her from her apartment. When Davis screamed for help, witnesses say Henry stabbed her in the throat and stomach and fled. Henry was also said to be free on bond at the time on unrelated charges from Travis County and was wearing an ankle monitor. 


YOE STUDENTS EARN CTE CERTIFICATIONS

(CAMERON) Four Yoe High students are capping off their school year with new certifications. 

Yoe High School announced that 4 students passed exams to earn certifications through Career and Technical Education programs. Kendal West and Adamari Maldonado passed their Certified Nursing Assistant certification exam to obtain their CNA certification. They became the 4th and 5th students to complete that certification through the TEA Health Science Pathway taught by Nurse Tammy Wimmer. Maldonado, Trinity Christianson, and Mia Wimmer have also passed their Patient Care Technician Certification exam to obtain their Certified Patient Care Technician certification through the National Healthcareer Association. They are the 1st students to earn this distinction under the TEA Health Science Pathway taught by Nurse Wimmer.  


GRADUATION NOTES

(CENTRAL TEXAS) Yoe High graduation ceremonies will be 8PM Friday on Yoe Field. Rockdale High graduation will be 8PM Friday at Tiger Stadium. Troy High has graduation at 7PM today at the Bell County Expo. Belton New Tech and Belton High graduate Thursday at the Bell County Expo. Taylor High hosts graduation at 7:30PM Friday at Taylor Stadium. Thrall will graduate at 8PM Friday at Tiger Stadium. Granger has graduation 10AM Saturday at the Taylor ISD Event Center. 


BUCKHOLTS ISD SUMMER FEEDING PROGRAM

(BUCKHOLTS) Buckholts ISD will serve free lunch to children 18 and under this summer from June 1st through June 30th on a first come first serve basis. Lunch will be served from 11AM to Noon. For more information, please call the Buckholts ISD office at 254-593-2744. 


MILAM CO CROPS TOUR COMING UP

(CAMERON) The Milam County Row Crops Tour will be held next month in Milam County. 

The 2022 Milam County Row Crop Tour will be June 17th at multiple outdoor locations. Cost of the tour is $15, with lunch provided by Thorndale Meat Market. Registration will begin at 7:30AM at the Johnson Corn Plot on CR427 in Thorndale. Demonstrations for corn variety, integrated weed management, grain sorghum, replicated agronomic cotton, market updates, laws and regulations, and other evaluations will be held. With commodity markets up, input costs at an all-time high, and inflation continuing to rise, this extension program will hopefully answer questions while providing insights to area farmers. A trio of CEUs will be offered. For info or to RSVP, call 254-605-0226.


UIL SOFTBALL PLAYOFFS

(CENTRAL TEXAS) Several area teams are taking part in the UIL softball playoffs. 

REGIONAL FINALS

Franklin vs Lorena
Game 1: 7PM Wednesday at Getterman Stadium, Waco
Game 2: 7PM Thursday at Getterman Stadium, Waco
Game 3: 7PM Saturday at Getterman Stadium, Waco (If necessary)

Lake Belton vs Liberty
Game 1: 5PM Friday in Navasota
Game 2: 2PM Saturday in Navasota
Game 3: 30 minutes after Game 2 (if necessary)

Thorndale vs Weimar
Game 1: 7PM Wednesday in Mumford
Game 2: 7PM Thursday in Navasota
Game 3: 7PM Friday in Mumford (if needed)


YOEMEN BASEBALL

(CAMERON) The Yoe baseball team move on to the regional semifinals of the UIL baseball playoffs. 

Cameron advances to the regional semifinals to meet #7 Diboll, who outlasted #13 Woodville in 3 games. That best-of-3 series opens at 7PM Thursday at Cypress Ranch High School in the Houston area. Cameron will be the home team in Game 1. The series resumes 4PM Saturday back at Cy Ranch, with a 3rd game to follow if needed. KMIL will bring you all the action during the playoffs. 


UIL BASEBALL PLAYOFFS

(CENTRAL TEXAS) Several area teams are taking part in the UIL baseball playoffs. 

REGIONAL SEMIFINALS

Franklin vs Central Heights
Game 1: 7PM Thursday at Lufkin High School
Game 2: Noon Saturday at Madisonville High School
Game 3: 30 min following Game 2 (if necessary)

Mumford vs Refugio
7:30PM Saturday at La Grange (one-game playoff)


DISTRICT 27-2A BASEBALL SUPERLATIVES

(CENTRAL TEXAS) Outstanding players are being recognized for their baseball seasons. 

The District 27-2A All District Awards have been announced. The District MVP is Logan Davis of Thorndale. The Offensive MVP is Breon Lewis of Rosebud-Lott. Named Defensive MVP is Broedie Salas. Newcomer of the Year is freshman Brody Cole of Holland. First team selections include Bryson Beran, Kaden Kovar, Luke Merz, Coy Stutts, and Hunter Thigpen of Thorndale; Klay Purshe, Cole Ralston, and Jose Arzole of Holland; Cayden Watson, Noah Hammock, Hayden Stetek, and Hayden Heselmeyer of Thrall; Koben Zan, Riley Ritter, and Logan Burnett of Bremond; Johnny Ryder and Donnie Cantwell of Granger; Bryson Richards and Josh Millar of Milano; Nolan Kahlig and Rolando Leon of Rosebud-Lott; and Darien Carter and Jeremey Craig of Bartlett. 


YOE SPRING SPORTS BANQUET

(CAMERON) The Yoe Spring Sports Banquet will be today from 7-9PM in the Yoe High PAC. 


YOE ATHLETICS STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING CAMPS

(CAMERON) Student athletes will have a chance to better themselves this summer. 

Yoe High Athletic Director Rick Rhoades and the Yoe Athletics Department announced their 2022 Summer Athletics Strength and Conditioning Camps. This is a special break where student athletes get to focus on improving as an athlete. The Coaching Staff will host the camp from June 6th to July 28th, Monday through Thursday. High school boys appear from 8-10AM and all females and junior high boys go from 9-11AM. There will be a built in rest week from July 4th to 8th. This camp is highly recommended for all incoming 7-12th grade student athletes. For questions, contact the Yoe High athletic department. 


POLICE REPORT

(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 6 EMS calls and 2 other calls:
--9:24AM, Buckholts VFD to 1-vehicle rollover on FM1915 south. 
--5:59PM, accident at Dollar General. Drivers: Lisa Malone and Rigoberto Valdez, both of Cameron. Minor injuries. 

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 4 EMS calls and 1 arrest:
--51-year-old Rockdale man for Austin PD warrant

(CAMERON) Milam County Sheriff`s Office has 2 new bookings:
--Madison Renee Aguillon, 25 of Temple, for Assault Causing Bodily Injury to Family Member
--Lacy Michelle Aguillon, 28 of Cameron, for Assault Causing Bodily Injury to Family Member

There was 1 accident reported in rural Milam County:
--9:21AM, 1-vehicle rollover on FM1915 north of CR409. Injuries reported but unknown. Trooper Hendricks investigated.

There are currently 138 inmates in the county jail, including 7 housed for Coryell County.




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