Today`s Local News2020-11-23
Monday, November 23, 2020


(CAMERON) The active case count of COVID-19 is down slightly after the weekend. 

Milam County Judge Steve Young indicated there were no new cases confirmed since Saturday morning and 5 probable cases were cleared. The total active case count is currently 57, with 26 of those verified by PCR test. The total PCR case load is 621 since the pandemic began and the probable case count is 205 based on antigen testing. The Milam County Health Department is monitoring 194 people that had close contact with a person that tested positive. Three people are hospitalized and 9 people have died. The State of Texas will conduct free testing from 9AM-5PM November 30th at the Milano Fire Station. Free testing for Milam County residents also continues on a rotating basis around the county. A testing schedule is available at 


(CAMERON) Two people, including a former Yoe High football legend, drowned on an area pond Sunday. 

Cameron Volunteer Fire Department, the Milam County Sheriff`s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers, and Game Wardens responded about 3:30PM Sunday to reports that 2 men drowned while fishing on private property in the 2400 block of CR139 off FM485 in rural Milam County. Sheriff Chris White said Sgt. Ferguson and a Cameron firefighter attempted to wade into the water upon arrival to find the men, but were unsuccessful. As the scene transitioned from rescue to recovery, crews began to search using a boat and located the body of 22-year-old Traion Smith about 5:15PM. Emergency crews continued to search for the other missing man, identified as 30-year-old Desmond Williams of Temple and formerly of Cameron. White said the wife of Williams was on scene and was the person who called 9-1-1 when the boat the 2 men were on overturned in the middle of the pond. The search for Williams was called off about 10PM and is expected to resume at first light this morning with the help of boats and sonar. Smith was a Yoe High football legend, helping lead Cameron to 3 state titles and 4 state title games. He finished his career as the all time leading rusher in school history. In a statement, Sheriff White said we are saddened by this tragic loss and we ask for prayers from our community for the grieving family and friends of both Smith and Williams.


(CAMERON) The Milam County Commissioners Court has a meeting today.

First on the agenda is COVID action, followed by discussion over the county`s broadband initiative with Connected Nation Texas. Next on the agenda is the submission of a TDEM spending plan, proposals for engineering services for a community development block grant from the TDA. Discussion over the Los Ranchitos Subdivision, the inter-local agreement between the city of Thorndale and Precinct 4, and renewal of the PHI agreement. Today`s meeting begins at 10AM in the Milam County Courthouse.


(CAMERON) Cameron City Council has a workshop meeting Tuesday. 

During the meeting, the Council will discuss goals for the new year and current projects. Tuesday`s workshop begins at 5:30PM in Cameron City Hall. 


(CAMERON) The Milam County Jail passed a jail security standard test this week.

According to Milam County Sheriff Chris White, the Milam County Jail received a surprise visit from the Texas Jail Commission, where they passed with flying colors. Sheriff White issued a statement on social media, thanking the staff at the Milam County Jail for maintaining state standards.


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

The active case count of COVID-19 in Texas stands at more than 158,000 entering today. Over 20,400 Texans have died from the virus. Brazos County reported 73 new cases and have 999 active. Their death toll is unchanged at 84. McLennan County added 3 new deaths and 219 new cases. They have over 1,400 active cases and 179 deaths. Burleson County has 146 active cases and 7 deaths; Lee County has 30 active cases and 15 deaths; and Robertson County has 46 active cases and 6 deaths. 


(TEMPLE) A gunman is on the loose after a fatal shooting in Temple on Sunday night. 

Temple Police responded about 7PM Sunday to the 300 block of North 6th in reference to a shooting. Officers arrived to find 30-year-old Clayton Pratt unresponsive and suffering from a gunshot wound. Pratt was pronounced dead at the scene. The shooter fled the scene before officers arrived. Anyone with information is asked to call Temple PD at 254-298-5500. 


(TEMPLE) A Temple man remains hospitalized after a Saturday evening shooting. 

Temple Police responded about 6:30PM Saturday to a shooting incident in the 1700 block of South 1st. Officers arrived to find a man suffering from non-life threatening injuries due to a gunshot wound. The man was taken to the hospital for treatment. The name of the victim has not been released. Investigators said the shooter fled the scene before authorities arrived. Anyone with information should contact Temple PD at 254-298-5500. 


(BARTLETT) Bell County authorities are investigating a structure fire in Bartlett last week. 

The Bell County Fire Marshal`s Office is now working with Bartlett Volunteer Fire Department to determine the cause and origin of a structure fire last week. Bartlett and Holland Volunteer Fire Departments responded about 7PM Thursday to a structure fire in Bartlett. The home was fully involved when crews arrived. The occupant of the home was away at the time. One fire fighter was treated at the scene for a minor heat-related injury. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. 


(CAMERON) A 2nd Yoe FFA team is headed to state competition. 

The Greenhand Ag Skills team of Mackenzie Mahan, Emily Minatrea, and Tessa Vaculin placed 2nd at the area contest this past week and will advance to the state competition. The Senior Ag Skills team of Sky Morningstar, Sydni Smith, Macie Vaculin, and Allison Willoughby placed 5th. The state competition is set for the 1st week in December. 


(MARLIN) The head football coach in Marlin has resigned his coaching spot. 

Marlin ISD announced that head football coach David Haynes has resigned, but will remain with the district as a physical education teacher. Haynes took over the Bulldogs in 2018 and took them to the playoffs this season. Offensive Coordinator Charles Hitchens has been named interim head coach until a permanent replacement if found. 


(THORNDALE) Several Thorndale volleyball players earned awards for their play this season. 

Setter of the Year was Abby Dickerson. Picked to the 1st team All District were Kyndal Robinson and Ashley Pesl. Second team was Landri Martinka. Named Honorable Mention were Kinley Meadors and Natalie Newton. Academic All District went to Martinka, Meadors, Newton, Saryn Peel, Pesl, Emily Reeves, Robinson, and Cadence Weidler. 


(CAMERON) The Yoemen basketball team started their season off with a win.

The Yoemen hosted Lampasas for their season opener at the Yoe Gym. A back and forth game would culminate in the Yoemen inching past their opponents, with a final score of 85-82. As the Yoemen basketball season continues, they will play 11 more non-district games, and 12 district matchups. Next up for the Yoemen is a face-off with Waco Connally in Waco on Tuesday.


(TEXAS) The UIL 3A state cross country meet is today, and Cameron has a competitor.

The state meet for 3A girls competitors begins at 11:45AM today in Round Rock. Cameron freshman Yyrera Flemmings will be competing. This will mark the second year in a row that a Lady Yoe runner has made state, as then-freshman Logan Pevehouse made the meet last year.


(CENTRAL TEXAS) Several area teams continue on in the high school football playoffs. 

Calvert beat Cherokee 69-44
Lorena beat Crockett due to COVID forfeit
Beckville beat Hearne 41-38

Garrison beat Holland 7-3
Falls City beat Granger 39-16
Lexington shut out Taft 28-0
Normangee beat Carslile 27-21
Mart beat Lovelady 48-12
Tenaha beat Bremond 42-30
Salado beat Bellville 28-23
La Vega beat Hutchins 42-7
Franklin beat Natalia 49-20
Rogers beat Poth 21-20
Snook beat Yorktown 52-23


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 6 EMS calls and 1 fire call:
--3:30PM, Cameron VFD to reports of drowning off CR139.

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported no EMS calls and 1 fire call:
--5:52AM, Rockdale VFD to RV fire at Pecan Grove RV park. 

(CAMERON) Milam County Sheriff`s Office has 4 new bookings:
--Ryan Matthew Luman, 41 of Flint, for Possession of Marijuana Under 2 Oz
--Mary Ann Morales, 38 of Cameron, for 2 Out of County Motions to Revoke and Out of County Possession of Controlled Substance 4-200 Grams
--Matthew David Martinez, 29 of Lubbock, for Possession of Controlled Substance Under 1 Gram and Criminal Trespass of Habitation
--Holly Nicole Huffman, 33 of Leander, for Criminal Trespass of Habitation

There were no accidents in rural Milam County:

There are currently 138 inmates in the county jail, including 55 housed for Coryell County.

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