Today`s Local News2022-05-23
Monday, May 23, 2022




PRIMARY RUNOFF ELECTION 

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

Election Day in the Republican and Democratic Party Primary Runoff Elections will be Tuesday 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. 


AREA BUILDER ORDERED TO PAY RESTITUTION

(CAMERON) A Temple homebuilder knows how much he will pay in restitution after a hearing last week. 

Milam County District Attorney Bill Torrey said Jeremy Todd Toms, 35 of Temple, and doing business as Custom Builders LLC, must pay $63,447.09 in restitution to the victim following a restitution hearing Friday in Judge John Youngblood`s 20th District Court. Toms previously entered a guilty plea to the charge of Theft $30,000 to $150,000, a 3rd degree felony, and was given 5 years deferred adjudication with standard probation conditions. He was also ordered to pay a $2,000 fine and restitution to be determined later. The charges stem from a local Milam County victim who had paid Custom Builders and the work was either not performed or not properly completed.


JURY NOTICE

(CAMERON) Anyone that received a Green Jury Summons card for today in Judge John Youngblood`s 20th District Court you need not appear. That matter has been resolved. Again you need not report today. 


MILAM CO COMMISSIONERS

(CAMERON) Milam County Commissioners have a regular meeting and public hearing today. 

During their meeting, the Court consider deputizations in the District Clerk`s Office and County Sheriff`s Office. Bids for bridge projects and 4H scholarship recognitions will also take place. In other business, the Court will take up utility easements and courthouse lighting. Today`s meeting begins at 10AM in the Milam County Courthouse. The County will also conduct a public hearing regarding tax abatements and a reinvestment zone for the Cattlemen Solar Park II project.  Following the hearings, the Court could elect to move forward with those reinvestment zones and tax abatements. Today`s hearing will be at 5PM in the Milam County Courthouse. 


ROCKDALE MDD MEETING

(ROCKDALE) The Rockdale Municipal Development District Board of Directors have a regular meeting today.  

During the meeting, they will hold a workshop on Redevelopment and the Fiscal Year 2023 budget. Action items on the agenda will be to consider and approve a Fiscal year 2022 budget adjustment, sales tax refund payment, and the release of the RFQ for Community Vision, Master Plan and Utility Assessment. In executive session, the board will deliberate the purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real property for the purpose of commercial development inside the District boundaries, and to discuss economic development negotiations related to the same commercial development. Any action would have to be taken in open session. Today`s meeting begins at 5:30PM in the Rockdale MDD Building.


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. 


FORMER CAMERON PD OFFICER, WIFE ARRESTED

(TEMPLE) A former Cameron Police officer and his wife are free on bond after a Bell County arrest for theft. 

According to Temple Public Relations Coordinator Nohely Mackowiak, Temple Police responded about 8PM May 8th to the Walmart store in the 3400 block of South 31st in Temple regarding a theft report. Officers arrived to find 2 suspects, identified as Jami Nicole Stringer and her husband Kristopher Stringer. Both had been detained by Walmart Asset Protection after they were seen on surveillance footage selecting items from a shelf and concealing them under stacks of water bottles. The couple paid for some items during checkout, but concealed others and did not pay for them. As they were leaving, the pair were stopped by Asset Protection. Officials valued the items at more than $180. Jami Stringer was taken into custody and booked into Bell County, but Kristopher Stringer notified officers he recently suffered a medical condition. A warrant was then issued for his arrest and he turned himself into Bell County deputies on May 19th. Cameron Police Chief Lonnie Gosch said Stringer left the department in the fall of 2018 following 20 years of service. 


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. 


ARREST MADE FOR ROBBERY

(TEMPLE) One person is in custody after an armed robbery. 

Temple Police responded about 5:46AM Sunday to the 3000 block of Thornton Lane in reference to a suspect that had stolen an unknown amount of cash and cigarettes before fleeing the scene. Officers were able to locate and arrest the male suspect on a charge of Aggravated Robbery. No injuries were reported. The name of the suspect was not released. Anyone with information should contact Temple PD at 254-298-5500.


COACH G SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

(ROSEBUD-LOTT) Winners of the Coach G Memorial Scholarship have been announced. 

The Coach G Memorial Scholarship Committee announced the 2022 Scholarship recipients are John Paul Reyna and Sydney Parcus. John Paul is the son of Johnny Reyna and Shelly Mallard and plans to attend TSTC. Sydney is the daughter of Monroe and Natalie Parcus and plans to attend Texas A&M University. The Coach G Scholarship Foundation was established after the death of longtime Rosebud-Lott ISD coach Charlie Groseclose. If you wish to make a donation to the foundation, make checks and donations to Coach G Memorial, care of CE Wolf, Box 613 in Rosebud, 76570. 


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 Tuesday at the Bell County Expo. Belton New Tech and Belton High graduated Thursday at the Bell County Expo. Taylor High hosts graduation at 7:30PM 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 breakfast and 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. 


UIL SOFTBALL PLAYOFFS

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

REGIONAL SEMIFINALS

Thorndale vs Ganado
Game 1: Ganado 2, Thorndale 1
Game 2: Thorndale 11, Ganado 1
Game 3: Thorndale 6, Ganado 2

Franklin vs East Bernard
Game 1: Franklin 6, East Bernard 1
Game 2: Franklin 7, East Bernard  1 

Bremond vs Weimar
Game 1: Weimar 16, Bremond 7
Game 2: Weimar 5, Bremond 0

Lake Belton vs El Campo
Game 1: Lake Belton 2, El Campo 1
Game 2: Lake Belton 8, El Campo 1

Bartlett vs D`Hanis
Bartlett 1,  D`Hanis  11

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 at Navasota
Game 2: 2PM Saturday at Navasota
Game 3 (if necessary): 30 minutes after Game 2


YOEMEN BASEBALL

(CAMERON) The Yoe baseball team swept aside a district champion in the regional quarterfinals on Saturday. 

Cameron opened their best-of-3 series with Lorena on Thursday, outlasting the Leopards thanks to a 7-run 7th inning to win 12-5. The Yoemen returned Saturday at Lake Belton and jumped out in front to put away the Leopards early and coast to a 9-3 victory to sweep Lorena out of the playoffs. Landen Greene was solid on the hill, tossing a complete game with 7 hits allowed, a pair of walks, and 3 strikeouts. The Yoe bats plated 3 runs in the 1st and 3 in the 3rd before adding insurance in the 4th and 5th. The bottom 3rd of the order with Bobby Borgas, Jaidyn Sanchez, and Armando Reyes combined for 10 RBI during the 2-game series. Ryan Host had 3 hits during the Game 2 victory and also scored 3 times. Cameron advances to the regional finals to meet #7 Diboll, who outlasted #13 Woodville in 3 games. Time and place for that best-of-3 series are to be determined. 


UIL BASEBALL PLAYOFFS

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

REGIONAL QUARTERFINALS

Franklin vs Whitney
Game 1: Whitney 2, Franklin 0
Game 2: Franklin 8, Whitney 2
Game 3: Franklin 8, Whitney 6

Mumford vs Flatonia
Game 1: Mumford 4, Flatonia 2
Game 2: Flatonia 7, Mumford 3
Game 3: Mumford 6, Flatonia 5

Thorndale vs Shiner
Game 1: Shiner 1, Thorndale 0
Game 2: Shiner 8, Thorndale 1


CALVERT ADDS NEW BASKETBALL COACH

(CALVERT) There will be a new man roaming the sidelines of Calvert basketball games. 

Calvert ISD Board of Trustees announced they have hired Eddie Walker as head boys basketball coach. He was currently working at Kermit and previously made stops in Rocksprings and McCamey. He brings a 104-49 career record and took 1 team to the state tournament. The Trojans remain without a head football coach at this time. 


YOE SPRING SPORTS BANQUET

(CAMERON) The Yoe Spring Sports Banquet will be Tuesday 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 2 EMS calls and 3 arrests:
--Mary Lynn Clay for Out of County warrant
--Lacy Aguillon for Assault
--Madison Aguillon for Assault

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 3 EMS calls and 1 arrest:
--Carlos Rubin, 46 of Rockdale, on 4 Milam Co warrants 
There was also 1 fire call:
--3:31PM, Thorndale VFD to grass fire at 5442 CR412

(CAMERON) Milam County Sheriff`s Office has 6 new bookings:
--Shelia Teresa Wilcox, 58 of Cameron, for Possession of Controlled Substance Under 1 Gram
--Kenneth Eugene Drone, 62 of Cameron, for Possession of Controlled Substance Under 1 Gram and Possession of Dangerous Drug
--Jessica Ann Schneebeli, 37 of Rockdale, for Bond Forfeit
--Carlos Dwayne Rubin, 46 of Rockdale, on 4 Bond Surrenders
--Mary Lynn Clay, 39 of Cameron, for Out of County Bond Revoke
--Stephen Arthur White, 46 of Jarrell, for DWI-2nd 

There were no accidents reported in rural Milam County:
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There are currently 147 inmates in the county jail, including 7 housed for Coryell County.


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