Today`s Local News2017-01-10
Tuesday, January 10, 2017


(CAMERON) A Cameron family is displaced after a Monday evening fire here in town. 

Cameron Fire Department responded just after 5PM Monday to a home at 807 S. College. According to Cameron Fire Chief Henry Horelica, the fire started in a bathroom and spread into the attic. The bathroom was totally burned and the attic sustained major heat and smoke damage. A hallway and the rest of the home also sustained some heat and smoke damage. Horelica said the house, owned by Mrs. Elliott, was damaged enough to make it untenable. The fire is thought to have sparked due to an electrical short. Crews were on scene about 2 hours but had to return around 9PM because of a rekindle. Horelica said Elliott and her family were not at home at the time and no one was hurt. The family is currently displaced. 


(FRANKLIN) Robertson County authorities are investigating after a school bus wreck in Franklin on Monday. 

Franklin Police and emergency personnel were called Monday to a multi-vehicle wreck involving a Franklin ISD bus in front of the NAPA Auto Parts store in Franklin on US79. Franklin ISD officials confirmed there were 4 children on board at the time, but no one is believed to have been hurt. It is unclear which school campus the bus belongs to. No other details were released. 


(HEARNE) Some residents in Hearne need to continue boiling their water today. 

The City of Hearne and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued a boil water notice this weekend for customers in the Bethany-Hearne Water Supply Corporation. City officials said a pump failure caused ground water storage tanks to run low, leaving the water supply no choice but to turn off the remaining pumps so that the tanks could re-fill and to prevent any damage. While water and the pumps are now back on, it will be a day or 2 until the all-clear is given. All water for consumption should be boiled 2 minutes. 


(TEMPLE) An early morning house fire in Temple is being termed suspicious. 

Temple Fire & Rescue responded just after 5AM Monday to a house fire in the 1100 block of Martin Luther King Dr. in Temple. Crews arrived to find the rear corner of the home ablaze. While fire fighters were able to quickly put out the fire, the 6 residents of the home were displaced. All 6 occupants escaped without injury. Investigators now believe the fire was set intentionally. The blaze did about $11,000 in damage to the home. Anyone with information should call the authorities. 


(HUTTO) In order to reach hiring capacity, the City of Hutto is set offer additional incentives for new police officers. 

Hutto Police Department is currently operating 4 officers short, but has also had trouble filling positions because of their proximity to other larger municipalities. To catch up, Police Chief Earl Morrison, Jr. said the city is now offering incentives to new hires who come with at least 5 years experience. Those applicants won`t have to take written tests or physical fitness tests, though they will still have to go through field training and oral interviews. In addition, Chief Morrison said there is now added pay for more experienced officers as well. Currently, the City is running with only 34 officers. To apply, go to the city`s website. 


(TEMPLE) A Temple doctor has been named to a statewide council for a 3rd time. 

On Monday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott named Aaron Pierce as presiding officer to the Council on Sex Offender Treatment. Pierce was 1st appointed to that council in 2005 and has now been re-appointed twice. That council is tasked with setting standards for treatment and oversees licensing of providers. Currently, Pierce serves as clinical director at Clinical and Forensic Consulting Services in Waco. He also comes with Milam County ties, having served on the Milam County Community Resource Coordination Group. He currently serves as a member of the Texas Department of State Health Services Training Advisory for Youth Camps and Texas House of Representatives Select Interim Committee on Sex Offender Statuses. In the past, he has also served on the Bell County Child Welfare Board. His new term would expire in 2021. 


(AUSTIN) State lawmakers will have a lot less money to spend when they meet to make a budget. 

The Texas Comptroller`s Office on Monday released their estimate of available funds for budgeting, stating that lawmakers will have $104.9 billion to work with over the next 2 years. That represents about a $10 billion shortfall from the previous legislative session. State Comptroller Glenn Hager said the oil and gas slump is 1 major factor in that figure. In addition, state officials said various voter approved changes to the state constitution took several billion dollars off the table in order to dedicate certain amounts to the state highway fund. Voters also approved a property tax relief measure and cut the business tax. Despite the shortfall in funds, the state is still expected to have the 2nd larges amount of money available to budget. 


(MILAM CO) Here are some events coming to Central Texas.
January 12
A Food Handlers Class accredited by the Texas Department of State Health Services is being offered by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Milam County at 1:30PM Thursday at the Cameron Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room. Space is limited and reservations must be made 2 days before class. Cost is $20 and must be paid in advance. To register for the course, call the Extension office at 254-697-7045.  


(CAMERON) Temple College is set to host adult education GED classes in Cameron. 

The free classes will be individualized and open to anyone 18 or older. Prospective students must attend orientation today at 10AM for a placement test. Seats are first come, first served. Be sure to bring a photo ID. All classes and orientations will be held at Cameron Housing Authority at 704 W. 6th in Cameron. For questions, call 482-0555 or 482-3235.


(CAMERON) Severe weather is inevitable in Texas. Can you recognize the clues that suggest large hail, flash flooding, or a tornado?  As part of its area-wide weather preparedness campaign, the National Weather Service Office in Fort Worth will answer these and many other questions at free SKYWARN severe weather programs across Central Texas. The event comes to Franklin in Robertson County on January 16th from 7-9PM at Franklin Fire Station #2. The event returns to Milam County January 23rd from 6-8PM at Rockdale Fire Department. The program hits Falls County January 25th from 6-8PM at Lott Fire Department. And there will be 2 sessions in Bell County on February 11th at the Belton New Tech High School cafeteria. The basic course runs from 9AM-Noon and the advanced course runs from 1-4:30PM. 

The 2017 program will discuss thunderstorm formation, ingredients, and features associated with severe storms, plus review tornado formation and behavior. The presentation is free and open to the public. No advanced registration is necessary.


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 2 EMS runs and 1 fire call: 5:12PM, Cameron FD to house fire at 805 S. College.

(ROCKDALE)  Rockdale PD reported 3 EMS runs and 1 arrest: 23-year-old Rockdale man on a Lee Co warrant
There was also 1 fire call: 12:35AM, Rockdale FD sent to a grass fire and vehicle fire at Valhalla Farms

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 7 new bookings:
--Victor Javier Cerritos, 23 of Rockdale, for Out of County Probation Violation
--6 in from Coryell Co
There were no accidents reported in rural Milam County.

There are currently 104 inmates in the county jail, including 36 housed for Coryell County.

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