Today`s Local News2017-01-17
Tuesday, January 17, 2017


(CAMERON) The Cameron City Council has scheduled a special meeting today.

During their special meeting, the Council will consider and take action on several items, including a resolution authorizing the submission of a Texas Community Development Program Application, a request for the use of Ledbetter Park for Cameron Funfest to be held in May, and items regarding the May General Election.

Today`s special meeting will follow the council workshop at 5:30PM in the Council Chambers.


(CAMERON) Anyone summoned for Jury Service in Judge John Youngblood`s 20th District Court for 1PM today, you need not appear. That matter has been resolved.

Anyone with a white jury notice in Judge Dave Barkemeyer`s County Court for 1:30PM today, you need not appear. That matter has been resolved. 


(HEARNE) Several contentious issues could create some fireworks during tonight`s Hearne City Council meeting. 

On the agenda, Hearne City Council will be discussing alleged unprofessional conduct by their interim city manager, the ability of the Mayor to vote, possible termination of city officials, and the recent resignation and payment demand from their former city attorney. The Council had just 4 months ago discussed the job status of interim city manager John Narron, but came to a tie vote, allowing him to keep the job. In this go around, Narron`s handling of an electric meter issue on the property of Council member Shirley Harris will be the hot-topic. According to Narron, Harris had become hostile with city technicians after skyrocketing electric bills and multiple issues with her electric meter. Narron said he had to call Hearne Police to the scene after Harris ran off the employees working on her meter. Harris meanwhile, says Narron should never have been on her property after city employees came to her home 4 times in a 5-day window. Harris said she felt harassed by Narron and the employees. Also on the agenda will be discussion on the ability of Mayor Ruben Gomez to vote. Typically, city officials say Gomez only votes in case of a tie, but in recent months he has voted even if there is not a tie. The Council will also look to possibly dismiss Municipal Judge Hazel Embra, whom the council appointed in September 2015. Embra was on the City Council at the time of her appointment to the judgeship. The City will also continue their conversation regarding the resignation of their City Attorneys, the law firm of Denton, Navarro, Rocha, Bernal, Hyde, and Zech. That firm resigned their post in December, citing an uncooperative city council as their reasoning. The City now says that firm has sent them bills that seem inconsistent with the work done for them. Tonight`s meeting begins at 6PM. 


(JARRELL) Authorities have released more details in connection to a major interstate drug bust in Jarrell. 

The Williamson County Sheriff`s Office said a routine traffic stop on Friday has yielded over 30 pounds of methamphetamines. Deputies made the stop along Interstate 35 in Jarrell and a search of the vehicle revealed the drugs in a hidden compartment inside. Both the driver and passenger were arrested and charged with drug possession. The names of the suspects have not been released. 


(US) The last NASA astronaut to step foot on the moon has died this week. 

NASA officials said 82-year-old Gene Cernan died Monday following ongoing health issues. Cernan was commander of Apollo 17, the final mission to the moon. That 1972 mission made him the 11th and last person to have stepped foot on the lunar surface. NASA said Cernan made 3 trips to space and was the 2nd American to walk in space. 


(MILAM CO) Here are some events coming to Central Texas.
January 21
The Local OJ Thomas Alumni Association will be sponsoring a Games Night Out from 6-10PM Saturday at the OJ Thomas Band Hall. Admission will be $5. Games will include Bingo, Dominoes, Cards, etc. Prizes will be awarded. All are invited. Proceeds go to the local organization. 

January 21
The annual Milano Lions Club Pancake Supper will be held at the Milano Senior Center on Saturday from 5-7PM. Tickets are $3 for kids 12 and under and $5 for all others. This fundraiser will include a silent auction. For more information contact 512-636-9520.

January 21
Milam County Cowboy Church presents a comedy show featuring White Chocolate and Flo on Saturday at the Church at 2100 US77 near Rockdale. Admission is free and a love offering will be taken. Bring your favorite snack or dessert and stop in for a night of laughter and fellowship.


(CAMERON) Severe weather is inevitable in Texas. Can you recognize the clues that suggest large hail, flash flooding, or a tornado?  As part of its area-wide weather preparedness campaign, the National Weather Service Office in Fort Worth will answer these and many other questions at free SKYWARN severe weather programs across Central Texas. The event returns to Milam County January 23rd from 6-8PM at Rockdale Fire Department. The program hits Falls County January 25th from 6-8PM at Lott Fire Department. And there will be 2 sessions in Bell County on February 11th at the Belton New Tech High School cafeteria. The basic course runs from 9AM-Noon and the advanced course runs from 1-4:30PM. 

The 2017 program will discuss thunderstorm formation, ingredients, and features associated with severe storms, plus review tornado formation and behavior. The presentation is free and open to the public. No advanced registration is necessary.


(CAMERON) The Cameron Chamber of Commerce has announced their plans for the next Chamber Banquet.

The 83rd Annual Chamber Banquet will take place February 27th at Milam Community Theater`s Williams Event Center. The Cameron Chamber of Commerce is seeking community input on candidates for several of the annual awards presented at the Banquet, including: Volunteer of the Year; Organization of the Year; Citizen of the Year; and Business of the Year. Citizens will need to describe how the nominee meets the criteria for each award. 

Please send your ideas to the Chamber of Commerce either by email to or mail to P.O. Box 432, Cameron, TX 76520. Be sure to mark your calendars for the annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet, February 27th. For banquet tickets please contact the Chamber of Commerce office.


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

(ROCKDALE)  Rockdale PD reported no EMS runs and 2 arrests:
--33-year-old Rockdale man for No DL
--48-year-old Rockdale man for Assault Causing Bodily Injury

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 1 new booking:
--Jason Lee McDaniel, 38 of Rockdale, for Bail Jumping/Failure to Appear and Bond Forfeiture

There was 1 accident reported in rural Milam County.
--2:41AM today, 1-vehicle wreck on US190 at CR241. No injuries.

There are currently 104 inmates in the county jail, including 34 housed for Coryell County.

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