Today`s Local News2018-07-11
Wednesday, July 11, 2018


(CAMERON) Cameron Police have located a child who allegedly rode off on bike. 

Police were dispatched just after 4PM Tuesday for reports a child had ridden away on a bicycle. The child was later located. No other details were available this morning. 


(GRANGER) A woman found dead last month in Granger has now been identified by authorities. 

The Williamson County Sheriff`s Office said Tuesday that a 47-year-old woman found dead in her home on June 19th is retired Williamson County Probation Division officer Tammie Gene Bonnet. Investigators are still waiting for toxicology results to determine cause of death. Williamson County deputies and Granger Police responded June 19th to a home in the 700 block of East Fox in Granger after family members found Bonnet dead. She was thought to have been dead for at least 2 days at the time of the discovery. While investigators initially suspected foul play, they now believe that the death is not suspicious and there is no danger to the public. 


(HEARNE) A struggling area school district will get an influx of help through a new partnership program. 

Thanks to a new state law, Hearne ISD has been approved by the Texas Education Agency for the Turnaround Partnership. Back in May, Hearne ISD Superintendent Dr. Adrain Johnson and his staff submitted a proposal to take part in the new program, which could help save the struggling district from closure. Under State Senate Bill 1882, the district will now work with a non-profit organization the district creates. The newly formed Hearne Education Foundation will be governed by a board that consists of members from districts and universities across the state. Those members will bring a vast educational background and experience from research and actual classroom teaching and oversight. The hope is that a fresh, outside look at what Hearne ISD is doing will help them improve their grades and ratings. The partnership will also exempt Hearne ISD`s junior high and elementary from state ratings for 2 years as they will be considered an in-district charter school. Hearne ISD is one of 6 districts that applied for the new system, with only Victoria ISD being denied acceptance. 


(TEMPLE) An elderly Temple woman injured in a 2-vehicle crash in west Temple on Monday has died. 

Temple Police said Tuesday that 93-year-old Mozelle McDonald died from injuries sustained in the 2-vehicle collision about 6:30PM Monday on TX36, about a half mile west of Temple. Investigators said McDonald pulled out of a business parking lot and was struck by an eastbound Ford Fusion. Both drivers sustained injuries and were transported to the hospital. McDonald`s injuries at the time were termed as serious. There was no information provided on the other driver. 


(CAMERON) Free Slurpees are here!

With July 11th, or 7-11, upon us, it is free Slurpee day at all 7-Eleven stores. Every July 11th, the 7-Eleven chain celebrates their birthday by giving out free Slurpees to customers, while supplies last. And because the chain recently finalized the purchase of the Stripes convenient store chain, participating Stripes stores in the area are also set to give away Slurpees too. There is a Stripes location here in Cameron. One free small Slurpee per customer is expected to be available from 11AM until 7PM today. 


(HUTTO) The City of Hutto may soon be on the hunt for a new city manager. 

According to a press release from Aurora, Colorado, Hutto City Manager Odis Jones is 1 of 4 finalists for their City Manager position. Jones has been serving in Hutto since 2016, and has helped revitalize economic development and infrastructure. Aurora has a population of over 360,000 and a budget of more than $800 million. The town is located just east of Denver. Jones and the other 3 candidates are expected to attend a public meeting July 13th and hold interviews with the City Council on July 14th. 


(CENTRAL TEXAS) Here`s a look at some area events headed to Central Texas this week:

July 9-13
Vacation Bible School at Rising Star Baptist Church in Rockdale continues through Friday from 5-7:30PM each day. This year`s theme is Game On! For more info, call 512-269-7627.

July 9-13
Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church will host Vacation Bible School through Friday from 6-8PM each day. Children and Adults are invited.

July 17, 31
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension presents Play Streets July 17th and July 31st, from 11AM-1PM each day at the Cameron Elementary playground. The free event is open to all families who want to be physically active. Among the fun events are a bounce house, potato sack races, hula hoops, bubbles, healthy snacks, and much more. The Yoe Nation Reads mobile library will also be on site. For info, call 697-7045.

July 14
Bremond Antique Tractor and Engine club will be hosting a tractor pull Saturday, starting at 11AM at the Bremond City Park. Antique cars and engines will be on display. Waterslide and Bounce House passes are being sold for $10. Handmade Ice Cream made with old engines will also be sold along with concessions at the Pavilion.

July 14
The next meeting of the Milam County Bluegrass Association will be Saturday from 6-8PM at Cameron Nursing Home. 


(CAMERON) A new business is coming to Cameron and a ribbon cutting has been set.

There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Cameron Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, starting at 11:30AM to celebrate Temple Heat & Air joining the chamber. 


(CAMERON) The deadline to apply for a new grant program established to help draw businesses and investors to Cameron is nearing. 

Cameron Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Ginger Watkins said the deadline to apply for the Facade Grant program is July 16th. All interested businesses and investors interested in applying must have their applications in by that date. In April, the CEDC, in combination with the City of Cameron and Cameron Chamber of Commerce, launched the grant program for buildings within the business and commercial districts in the city. The program would help reimburse up to 50% of costs for certain improvements to buildings in the business and commercial districts. These improvements could include store signage, lighting, awnings, windows, fronts, entries, planters, and more. All awarded funds will be pending completion and inspection of projects. The aim of the program is to increase interest in the re-use of existing buildings and so help recruit new businesses and services to Cameron. For information, visit the Cameron Economic Development or Chamber of Commerce office, or go online at 


(CAMERON) Milam County Sheriff David Greene and the Department`s Brown Santa Program will be hosting the 8th annual Brown Santa Golf Tournament, Saturday, July 28th.  The program was established in 2010, to accept donations and other charitable items to provide Christmas gifts to low income families throughout Milam County.

Lt. John Mendoza said the tournament will be held at the Cameron Country Club. Mendoza said the tournament is also accepting Hole Sponsorships at $100 per hole. Cost to play is $50 (but $80 will get you 5 $10 raffle tickets and 2 mulligans). Tee times will be at 8AM and 2PM. Food, drinks, and prizes will be provided. All proceeds and donations will go to the Milam County Brown Santa Program. For info, call 254-627-1270 or 


(CENTRAL TX) The Texas Czech Genealogical Society has announced their summer conference and guest speaker. 

The TCGS will host their annual summer conference July 21st at the Caldwell Civic and Visitor Center. The event begins with registration at 8AM and should wrap up about 4PM. The guest speaker is Peter Vodenka, an acclaimed author. A silent auction will also be held. For questions or to register, visit or call 214-577-0029. Vodenka will also be speaking at 4 other locations in Central Texas: 1-3PM July 22nd at Taylor Brethren Church; 6:30-8:30PM July 23rd at Taiton Community Center in El Campo; 6:30-8:30PM July 24th at Temple SPJST Home Office; and 6:30-8:30PM July 25th at West VFW Post 4819. For info on the remaining events, call 512-218-1559.


(CAMERON) Cameron athletes will soon have a chance to participate in various sports camps. 

Lady Yoe Volleyball Camp will be July 24th and 25th from 8:30-11:30AM for incoming 9th-12th graders and 1-4PM for incoming 7th and 8th graders. 

Yoe High Cheerleader camp will be July 28th at Yoe High Gym from 9AM-5PM. The camp, for kids aged 4 to entering 5th grade, is $30 per person. Snacks and lunch will be provided. Campers should bring a water bottle with their name on it. Early registrants will get a t-shirt. All campers will also get to cheer at a pep rally and football game in the fall. Make checks payable to Yoe High Cheerleaders. 

The 10th annual Yoeman Football Camp is set for July 30th through August 2nd at the Lester & Beatrice Williams Strength and Conditioning Center. Grades 3rd through 6th will meet from 8-10AM and 7th-9th graders will meet from 10:30AM-12:30PM. You can register the first day of camp. The cost is $45. There are scholarship opportunities available for athletes. Campers will need to provide their own towel, wear shorts, a t-shirt, and cleats, and must leave all jewelry at home. Make checks payable to Yoe Football Camp. 


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 2 EMS call and 1 other call:
--4:03PM Cameron PD was looking for a child who rode off on bike. Child was found. 

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported no EMS calls and 1 arrest: 41-year-old Rockdale woman for Hindering Apprehension

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 13 new bookings:
--Bruce El Toro Scott, 55 of Temple, for Motion to Proceed
--12 in from Coryell Co

There were no accidents reported in rural Milam County:

There are currently 131 inmates in the county jail, including 93 housed for Coryell County.

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