Today`s Local News2021-03-01
Monday, March 1, 2021

FATAL MILAM CO CRASH

(CAMERON) Milam County authorities are investigating their first fatal crash of 2021.

Cameron Volunteer Fire Department and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers responded about 2AM Sunday to a single-vehicle crash along FM485 east in Milam County near the Belmena community. DPS Sgt. Bryan Washko said a 2010 Chevy Aveo driven by 18-year-old Alexandria Nicole Borgas of Cameron was westbound approaching a curve, crossed the centerline, took faulty evasive action, went into the ditch, and rolled. Cameron Fire Chief Henry Horelica said Borgas was ejected. Justice of the Peace Andy Isaacs pronounced Borgas dead at the scene. She was not wearing a seatbelt.


BOIL WATER NOTICES REMAIN FOR TWO SYSTEMS

(CENTRAL TEXAS) Only a couple of water systems continue to see boil water orders for customers.

To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for consumption should be boiled for 2 minutes and cooled prior to use. 

Here is a running list of Boil Notices in Central Texas:

Bell-Milam-Falls Water Supply - for those in the Lott, Travis, Rosebud, Briary, and Baileyville areas.
Little Elm Valley Water Supply


OVER 700 MORE VACCINATED LAST WEEK

(CAMERON) Milam County conducted their largest vaccine clinic to date last week. 

According to Milam County Judge Steve Young, the Milam County Health Department administered 412 shots on Friday in their largest mass clinic attempted. The County gave out 397 initial doses of vaccine and 15 second-round booster shots. The day before, the county administered 318 doses of vaccine, mostly booster shots to fully vaccinate those people. In total, 730 people were given a shot in the past week. The Judge again thanked the many volunteers who have helped make these clinics a huge success. 

Brookshire Brothers, HealthPoint, and Wal-Mart are also giving vaccinations. Currently, around 2,400 people are signed up to be vaccinated here and health officials urge everyone to get signed up. Shots are being given by appointment only. To sign up, call 254-697-7000. Those eligible to be vaccinated include front-line medical workers, those over 65, and those with underlying medical conditions. 


38TH DEATH STRIKES COUNTY

(CAMERON) The COVID-19 virus has claimed another Milam County resident. 

Milam County Judge Steve Young reported late Friday that a 38th resident has now died from the virus. The news comes as the active case count remained below 40, holding at 35 entering the weekend. Since the pandemic began, 1,333 people have registered a positive PCR test and 1,006 antigen tests have come back affirmative. Five people are hospitalized, including 1 on a ventilator. Testing will resume in Rockdale today. If you are a Milam County resident with symptoms, you can get tested for free. 


CAMERON P&Z COMMISSION MEETING

(CAMERON) The Cameron Planning and Zoning Commission has a regular meeting today. 

During their meeting, the Commission will host public hearings regarding special use permits to allow mobile homes and manufactured homes on certain properties. Following the hearings, the Commission could take action on each of those 3 permits. Today`s meeting begins at Noon at Cameron City Hall. 


CAMERON CITY COUNCIL

(CAMERON) Cameron City Council has a regular meeting today. 

During their meeting, the City will host public hearings for a trio of special use permits. Following the hearings, the City will look to take action to allow a mobile home at 202 North Karnes, a manufactured home at 813 West 12th, and a manufactured home at 212 South Colfax. In other business, the City will hear a 2nd and final reading of an ordinance creating a reinvestment zone for NorCal Ovenworks. The Council will also hear and consider parks committee recommendations and spending $21,000 for airport fuel tanks. The Council will also recognize and review the resignation of councilmember Melissa Williams. Today`s meeting begins at 5:30PM in the Yards of Cameron. 


ROCKDALE ISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale ISD Board of Trustees have a special meeting today. 

During their meeting, the Board will consider revising the 4th and 5th six weeks grading periods. The Board will also consider a resolution regarding wage payments during Emergency School Closings for this year and could meet in closed session to discuss personnel matters. Today`s meeting begins at 7:30PM in the Rockdale ISD Conference Center. 


CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 3-1

(TEXAS) Here are the latest updates on the ongoing pandemic sweeping the globe:

Texas saw less than 300 deaths on Sunday in relation to COVID-19. That number coincides with a steady decline in hospitalizations across the state. There were also just less than 3,000 new cases of the virus discovered. Nearly 2.3 million Texans have tested positive and nearly 43,000 Texans have died since the pandemic began. Nationally, the FDA gave emergency authorization over the weekend to Johnson & Johnson for their single-shot vaccine. The J&J vaccine is a 1-dose shot and offers strong protection against serious illness, hospitalization, and death. 


LOCAL MAN FEATURED ON AMERICAN IDOL

(CAMERON) A Cameron man fared well Sunday on the hit TV show American Idol. 

Cameron native Cecil Baker, who performs as Cecil Ray, was featured on the Sunday episode of the smash TV show and picked up 3 YES votes from an all-star panel of judges that included Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie. He became the 2nd local product to appear on the show, following an appearance last year by Rockdale natives Hannah Prestrige and Curt Jones, who perform together as the vocal group Treble Soul.


TEMPLE FIRE 

(TEMPLE) A recreational vehicle burned to the ground Saturday in the Temple area. 

Temple Fire & Rescue responded about 10:28PM Saturday to a structure fire in the 13,000 block of FM2305 near Cumberland Drive. Crews arrived to find heavy smoke and flames coming from what was described as a 5th wheel style travel trailer. A fast attack by crews allowed them to quickly douse the blaze, though the RV was a total loss. The fire was under control in less than a half hour. The only occupant of the RV was not home at the time. There were no injuries. A total of 6 units and 15 personnel responded. The cause of the fire is under investigation. 


YOE HIGH BAND AT UIL SOLO, ENSEMBLE

(CAMERON) A number of Yoe High band students fared well in UIL Solo and Ensemble competition. 

The Yoe High Band announced that a number of students earned superior or excellent ratings during their solo and ensemble competition on Saturday. Earning the top scores were Stephanie Sanchez, Emily Selthofer, Gisell Hernandez, Ja`Kerra Holt, Kelly Terry, Jodran Lopez, Harmony Kelley, Tyler Martin, PJ Stidom, Adam Rios, Genaro Sanchez, Avery Balboa, Anthony Oviedo, and Xavier Muniz. Taking home the Class 1 Solo award as very advanced were Sanchez, Selthofer, Holt, Terry, Martin, Balboa, and Muniz. The Flute Choir of Haley Husher, Stephanie Sanchez, Emily Selthofer, Jayden Smith, and Mila Trevino also picked up superior rating and advance to state competition. The Alto Sax Trio of Jordan Lopez, Jason Perez, and Kelly Terry did the same. 


LADY YOE TRACK

(CAMERON) The Lady Yoe track team dominated in their recent meet in Gatesville. 

On Friday, the Lady Yoe took home the top prize as a team at the Gatesville meet. The relay teams were out in front and swept the top spot in each distance. The 4x100 featured Brittani Drake, Lavina Brown, Lauren Harris, and Yierra Flemings; the 4x200 included Seally Smith, Camryn Ward, Lauren Harris, and Brittani Drake; and the 4x400 was Seally Smith, Ja`Kerra Holt, Lauren Harris, and Brittani Drake. All 3 teams won gold. The Ladies also swept the top 3 spots in the 100m dash as Lavina Brown, Ja`Kerra Holt, and Jaycee Wimmer went 1-2-3 there. Trinity Kelley placed 3rd in the 200m and a pair of ladies took home the top 2 places in the 400: Lavina Brown and Ja`Kerra Holt. Meanwhile, Yierra Flemings placed 1st in both the 100 and 300 hurdles. Kyli Leftwich placed 3rd in the 300 hurdles. Fully healed from an injury in cross country, Logan Pevehouse dominated in distance running, taking home 1st in the 800 and 3200. In fact, the Ladies swept the top 3 prizes in the 3200 as Daisy Osorio and Gaby Garcia finished trailing only Pevehouse. Osorio would place 1st in the 1600 with Garcia in 2nd. Yierra Flemings won gold in long jump and triple jump with Lavina Brown placing 3rd in long jump and Brittani Drake taking silver in triple jump. Cameron also saw Kalie Collier take 1st and Aaliyah Fields 2nd in discus. Fields brought home gold in shot put as well. For high jump and pole vault, Ja`Kerra Holt added to her day with 1st place finishes. Ainsley Driska finished 3rd in high jump and Lauren Harris 2nd in pole vault. 


YOE BASEBALL

(CAMERON) The Yoe baseball team continued their winning ways in tourney action over the weekend. 

The Yoe baseball team finished 3-1 at the West tournament. Cameron opened with a shutout of Taylor and then coasted past Corsicana Mildred on Friday. The boys then run-ruled Jarrell before dropping their 1st game of the year, a 4-3 contest to host West. Cameron is back in action Thursday-Saturday in their own tourney. 


ROSEBUD-LOTT BASKETBALL AWARDS

(ROSEBUD-LOTT) Several Rosebud-Lott Cougars were recognized for their play on the court this year. 

Rosebud-Lott ISD announced that John Paul Reyna was named the District Defensive MVP. It is the 2nd straight year he has won the award. Named to the 1st team were Jordan Landrum and Johnathan Adamez. Second team selections were Nathan Truesdale and Breon Lewis. 


AREA BOYS BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS

(CAMERON) Boys Basketball Quarterfinal Round:

Hull-Daisetta 64, Mumford 63
Rocksprings 61, Calvert 57
Academy 69, Franklin 47


AREA GIRLS BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS

(CENTRAL TEXAS) Girls Basketball Regional Semifinal Round:

Lexington 57, Pollok Central 42
San Saba 55, Normangee 19
Snook 45, Mason 28

Regional Final:
Snook vs San Saba - Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. - Buda Johnson H.S.
Lexington vs Fairfield - TBD


POLICE REPORT

(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 4 EMS calls and 1 fire call:
--9:57PM, Cameron VFD to US190 for vehicle fire. No injuries.

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 1 EMS calls and 1 fire call:
--10:42PM, Rockdale VFD sent to rollover at 3715 N. FM487. All occupants out on arrival. Injuries unknown.

(CAMERON) Milam County Sheriff`s Office has 2 new bookings:
--Mario Sixto Gutierrez, 18 of Cameron, for PI
--Joseph Dakota Fry, 24 of Rogers, for DWI-2nd

There was 1 accidents reported in rural Milam County:
--10:44PM, accident in 3700 block of FM487. Trooper Sims investigated.

There are currently 141 inmates in the county jail, including 75 housed for Coryell County.

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