Today`s Local News2017-02-16
Thursday, February 16, 2017


(CAMERON) The City of Cameron has closed a portion of street here in town. 

The Cameron street department has closed the rail road crossing at 6th and Adams near Orchard Park until further notice. According to City Manager Rhett Parker, the crossing is closed because of drain pipe and street wash out. The City and rail road will continue to evaluate and monitor the situation. 


(ROCKDALE) Two people are dead and a woman is in the hospital after a major head-on crash Wednesday outside Rockdale. 

According to Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper John Roberts, troopers were called to the scene of a grinding 2-vehicle, head-on crash about 1PM Wednesday. Roberts said the wreck occurred about a quarter-mile west of Rockdale when a westbound Ford van crossed the center line and struck an eastbound Dodge truck hauling a travel trailer. The driver of the truck, 65-year-old Steven Pate of Illinois, and the driver of the van, 68-year-old Floyd Givens of Pflugerville, were both pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in the pickup, 69-year-old Jean Pate of Illinois, sustained injuries and was transported to a Temple hospital. There was no update on her condition. No charges are pending at this time and the investigation continues.


(CALVERT) A railroad crossing in Calvert is open again after a collision between a train and an 18-wheeler. 

The Robertson County Sheriff`s Office responded just before 4PM Wednesday to the railroad crossing at Gregg and Railroad Streets in Calvert in reference to a Union Pacific train that had struck an 18-wheeler. According to deputies, the big rig had become stuck on the tracks at the crossing when it was struck by the train. The driver of the big rig, who has not been identified, escaped unharmed. Union Pacific officials say the train engineer suffered some minor injuries. No cars are thought to have derailed because of the collision, though it took crews about 4 hours to clean up and clear the scene. 


(BRYAN) A Hearne man is out on bond after being arrested in a Tuesday road rage incident near Bryan. 

The Brazos County Sheriff`s Office said Daniel Dean Flitz was arrested Tuesday afternoon for Deadly Conduct in an alleged road rage incident. Flitz posted bail and was released Wednesday. According to deputies, Flitz was driving an 18-wheeler west on TX21 just outside of Bryan when he reportedly struck a pickup and forced it off the highway. Flitz is alleged to have done so because the pickup driver would not let him pass. No other details were released. 


(TEMPLE) The City Manager in Temple is set to retire after nearly 30 years of service. 

Temple City Manager Jonathan Graham announced Wednesday he will retire from civic service effective June 23rd. Graham has been City Manager the past 3 years, and had been City Attorney for 25 years before that. The City Council is expected to begin the search for his replacement soon. 


(CAMERON) The Cameron Police Department, in conjunction with over 300 other law enforcement agencies across the State of Texas, will be conducting and participating in a Statewide Warrant Round-Up this month.  

If an individual has an active warrant, no matter how old the warrant may be, he or she will be tracked down and arrested. Friday, February 24th is the last day to avoid being arrested. If any individual knows or believes they have warrants out for their arrest from old traffic citations or complaints filed against them, they can come to the Municipal Court Office, located at 605 W. 4th and pay their citations or make arrangements to do so. The Court Office will be open weekdays through February 23rd from 8AM-4PM and February 24th from 9:30AM-5:30PM. The roundup is designed to target thousands of defendants with traffic, parking, city ordinance, penal code and higher charge warrants from participating jurisdictions. It is believed to be the largest joint operation of its kind with arrests expected to continue for several days. Cameron PD urges citizens to call the Court at 697-2372 or pay online at


(CENTRAL TX) A Bryan man with area ties has been added to the state`s most wanted fugitives list. 

Texas Department of Public Safety said 32-year-old Michael Christopher Sanchez has now been placed on the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list. Sanchez, who was last seen in Bryan, also has ties to Hearne and Houston. A Hispanic male, Sanchez is 5-foot-8 and weighs about 150 pounds with multiple tattoos on his back, chest, head, and arms and legs. He also has several scars on his face. Troopers say he is a Latin Kings gang member is being sought for parole violations and engaging in organized criminal activity. His prior criminal history includes burglary, assault, and multiple drug charges. Currently, there is a $7500 reward for information leading to his arrest. Submit your tips anonymously through Crime Stoppers. 


(MILAM CO) Here are some events coming to Central Texas.

February 18
The Seaton Brethren Church annual sausage supper fundraiser will be held Saturday from 4PM until the sausage is gone. The menu consists of homemade pork sausage, sauerkraut, new potatoes, seasoned green beans, bread, homemade desserts and tea or coffee. Dine in or drive thru plates will be available for $10. Get your plates at Seaton Star Hall on TX53 in Seaton, just outside Temple. There will also be a bake sale consisting of kolaches, pies, cakes, strudels & other baked goods, a raffle and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the ministry of the church and other projects. The public is invited.  

February 18
Calling all interested growers and vendors to an organizational meeting for a Milam County regional farmers market.  The meeting will be held on Saturday at 1PM in Founders Hall at The Yards of Cameron. Milam and surrounding areas have many growers from organic produce to lamb and of course beef.  From major farms to smaller backyard growers the Milam County region is primed to host an outstanding and visible market at The Yards of Cameron. You`re invited to help define this organization and give your input during this meeting. For info, call 697-4970.

February 18
Cameron Yoe Baseball will host their annual Alumni Baseball Game at the Yards of Cameron on Saturday. A kids wiffle ball game kicks off festivities at 10AM, followed by the Home Run Derby at 11AM, and the Alumni Game at 12:30PM. Those interested in playing should contact Coach John Broussard or Phillip Dohnalik. 

February 18
San Andres Masonic Lodge #170 will host a Fish Fry from 10:30AM-1PM Saturday at Bea`s Kitchen in Cameron. Tickets are $8 and plates will be dine-in or to-go. All plates include fish, pinto beans, hush puppies, cole slaw, tea, and dessert. Get tickets at Cam-Tex Hardware, Cameron Chiropractic Clinic, or through any Cameron Mason. A silent auction will also be held. For info, call 605-0380 or 239-6090.

February 18
The Milano Volunteer Fire Department will have their Chili Supper on Saturday from 4:30PM until sold out. Plates are $8 for adults, $4 for kids aged 2-12, and free for kids under 2. Prices include a drink and dessert. Dine in or take out. There will also be a live and silent auction. A live band will also perform. For more information, call 512-429-0364.  

February 19
Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church will hold their Annual Friends & Family Hog Killing Feast on Sunday at 3PM at Bea`s Kitchen. Guest Minister is Minister Stafford Thompson, Associate Minister of Progressive Missionary Baptist Church.


(CAMERON) Tickets are now on sale for the 5th annual "Mardi Gras" bash to raise funds for the Christine Holcombe Memorial Scholarship Fund.  

The event will be held on Saturday, February 25th at Simon George Hall in Cameron. The event starts at 6PM and will include a Cajun food dinner, gun raffle, auctions and games for the kids. Adult tickets are $10 and children under 18 are $5. Tickets may be purchased at the Cameron Chamber of Commerce, the Rockdale Reporter, the Milam County Extension Office, and Rodenbeck Farm & Ranch in Thorndale.

Donations for the auction can be dropped off at Ideal Poultry in Cameron. Over the past 4 years $53,000 in scholarships have been given to current college students from Milam County as a result of the Mardi Gras event. More information can be found on the Facebook page, Christine Holcombe Memorial Scholarship Fund. 


(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) After a loss Tuesday, the Yoe boys basketball team will participate in a play-in game this week. 

The Boys sit in a tie for the 4th and final playoff spot and will meet Academy at 7PM Friday in Rogers to determine the tie-breaker. The winner will open the playoffs against Marlin, the top seed out of their district. 

Several other area teams have already clinched playoff berths: College Station takes on Nacogdoches at 6:30PM Monday in Crockett; Rudder plays Whitehouse at 8PM Monday in Leon; A&M Consolidated meets Corsicana at 6:30PM Monday in Leon; Navasota draws Taylor at 6PM Tuesday in Hearne; Caldwell meets up with Lampasas at 7PM Tuesday in Hutto; Franklin will play the winner of West and Whitney; Lexington tackles McGregor at 7PM Tuesday in Salado; Thorndale gets North Zulch at 7PM Tuesday in Giddings; Snook takes on Holland; Mumford plays Normangee at 6:30PM Tuesday at Rudder; and Milano will get Iola at 7PM Tuesday at A&M Consolidated. 


(CENTRAL TX) Several area girls basketball teams remain alive in the playoffs. 

Area round games scheduled include: Rudder against Georgetown at 7PM today in Hearne; College Station meets Magnolia at 6PM Friday in Huntsville; Madisonville draws Taylor at 7PM Friday in Hearne; Franklin versus Grandview at 7PM today at Robinson; Buffalo takes on Marlin at 8PM Friday in Waco; Snook battles San Saba at 7:30PM Friday in Liberty Hill; Normangee draws Shiner at 6:30PM Friday in Sealy; and Bartlett will play Martinsville Friday in Fairfield. 


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 2 EMS runs and no other activity.

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 1 EMS runs and 1 fire call: 2:58AM today, Rockdale FD sent to a wreck on US79 at Brushy Creek.  
There was also 1 arrest: 30-year-old Rockdale man on 4 outstanding traffic warrants, Milam Co probation violation, and Williamson Co bond forfeiture

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 5 new bookings:
--Debbie Rodriguez Jimenez, 38 of Cameron, for Burglary of a Building
--Ricky Wayne Denson, 27 of Rockdale, for Theft or Property $750-2500
--Aaron Ray Rodriguez, 23 of Cameron, for Burglary of a Building
--Judith Ashley Serna, 24 of Bryan, for Parole Violation
--Janie Renee Woolridge, 27 of Giddings, for Burglary of a Building

There was 1 accident reported in rural Milam County.
--2:50AM today, 1-vehicle crash on US79 at Brushy Creek. No injuries.

There are currently 121 inmates in the county jail, including 40 housed for Coryell County.

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