Today`s Local News2017-12-11
Monday, December 11, 2017


(TEMPLE) Bell County authorities are investigating after a man was found dead in his home early Sunday. 

Temple Police were called about 2:20AM Sunday to a home in the 1300 block of N. 2nd after officers were told by a man he had gone to see his friend and found him dead. Officers made entry into the home and located a black male, who was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy has been ordered. Officials say the front door of the home was open when they arrived. The incident is now under investigation. 


(TEMPLE) A vacant Temple home was destroyed by fire on Sunday afternoon. 

Temple Fire & Rescue responded about 4:30PM Sunday to a house fire in the 600 block of S. 23rd. Crews arrived to find the vacant home fully engulfed. It took crews about a half hour to get the blaze under control, but the home is being termed a total loss. A Temple Police officer also helped fire crews by using his portable extinguisher to keep burning grass from spreading to neighboring homes and yards. There were no injuries reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation. 


(FLORENCE) A Florence man is dead after a car he was working on fell and crushed him. 

Florence Police and Williamson County Sheriff`s Office responded Sunday afternoon after reports a car had fallen off a jack and crushed a man. Officials said a lift jack failed, pinning the man under the car and causing fatal injuries. The name of the man has not yet been released. The incident remains under investigation. 


(HUTTO) A husband and wife are in jail after stealing from a local parent teacher association. 

Hutto Police say 40-year-old Natalie Hudson-Rapp and 46-year-old Clinton Rapp were arrested Friday night and remained in Williamson County Jail. Hudson-Rapp is charged with Theft and Forgery and Rapp is charged with Theft. Court records indicate that Ray Elementary School PTA in Hutto was alerted by their credit union in June of suspicious activity on their account. They contacted Hutto Police, who began investigating the theft of over $16,000 from that account. Authorities learned that Hudson-Rapp had access to the account, but needed at least 2 signatures on every check cashed. Police say 31 checks were cashed by Hudson-Rapp without authorization by the PTA. In November, Police met with Hudson-Rapp and Rapp and learned the couple had forged some of the signatures on the checks.


(FLORENCE) Florence Police say their investigation into students injured at a middle school is near its end. 

Florence Police and Child Protective Services began investigating earlier this month after reports 2 substitute teachers at the middle school had ordered dozens of students to perform a Bear Crawl exercise over 100 yards. Parents of at least a dozen students said their children had to go to the nurse afterward for bruises and blisters to their hands. Florence Police Chief Adam Marsh said the investigation is wrapping up and its findings will soon be sent to the Williamson County District Attorney`s Office to determine if charges should be filed. Florence ISD said the 2 substitutes involved in the incident remain on leave as the investigation continues. Their names have not been released. 


(ROCKDALE) A regular meeting for the Rockdale ISD Board of Trustees has been scheduled today.

Subjects to be discussed include a Superintendent Report, approving previous meeting minutes, as well as discussion and possible action on compensation plans for bus drivers, a School Board Policy Update, and approval of budget amendments. Today`s meeting is scheduled for 5:30PM in the Community Room located at 109 N. Main St. in Downtown Rockdale.


(BELTON) A cattle ranch in Belton recently had its beef certified by a non profit organization. 

A Greener World, who advocates practical and sustainable farming, awarded the Baker Ranch their top animal certification of Grass Fed this week. The 450-acre Baker Ranch, owned by Dr. Dudley Baker, is located off FM1123 in Bell County. The Greener World Grass Fed designation is the only one of its kind in North America that guarantees animals are 100% grass fed on forage diet, raised outdoors on a range their entire life, and managed according to animal welfare guidelines established by A Greener World. Officials say demand for grass fed beef has exploded in popularity in the past decade. For more information about Baker Ranch, call 254-760-9127.


(TEMPLE) A Bell County food distribution company has been awarded a major statewide award. 

Texas Workforce Commission this week announced that Performance Food Group in Temple has been handed the Employer Award of Excellence. The award is presented annually to a company that demonstrates a positive impact on workers, the economy, and the community. Performance Food Group employs over 500 people at their Temple facility. They were nominated for their work with Workforce Solutions of Central Texas. PFG participates in several Workforce Solutions programs and are involved with Fort Hood and several area schools. 


(TEMPLE) A local high school choir will offer a free performance this week. 

Temple High School`s choir Holiday Gift concert will be at 7PM Tuesday at the high school. The concert will feature a variety of songs for the season. This year, the group is partnering with Foster Love, and while the concert is free, they will be taking donations to benefit that organization which supports children in foster care. 


(CENTRAL TX) Here`s a look at some events coming to Central Texas this week:

December 11
The Cameron Public Library will host a Christmas Open House from 5-7PM today. Come enjoy holiday music, snacks, and drinks, provided by the Library Ladies and Friends. Kids will also be able to make special crafts during the event. 

December 11
Registration forms are now available for the Cameron Little Dribblers Youth Basketball League. Divisions are: 5th & 6th Grade Boys, 3rd & 4th Grade Boys, 5th & 6th Grade Girls, 3rd & 4th Grade Girls, and 1st & 2nd Grade Co-Ed. Forms and payment are due today. Cost is $40 per player. See the Cameron Yoe Little Dribblers Facebook page for more information or to download a form. 

December 13
On Wednesday evening at 7PM, All Saints Episcopal Church will host their annual Longest Night Service.  This special Christmas service recognizes that for some individuals, the holiday season may not be a time of happiness and joy, due to loss of loved ones, or other personal challenges.  The church is located at 200 North Travis in Cameron.

December 14
The next meeting of the ALCOA Retirees in Rockdale will be Thursday at the Alcoa Lake Training Center. Set up starts at 3PM and volunteers are needed. Doors open at 5PM and the meal is at 6PM. This meeting is the annual Christmas Meeting. There is no gift exchange, but you are encouraged to bring canned good donations. 


(CAMERON) The Milam County District Attorney`s Office is set to sponsor the Tree of Angels. 

The Tree of Angels Ceremony will take place today at 6PM at 112 W. 1st in downtown Cameron. The ceremony is observed every year in programs across Texas and enables survivors of violent crimes and victim’s families to place an angel ornament on a special tree in support of or in memory of a loved one. Members of the armed services and law enforcement will also be honored. The public is invited to attend and support the victims and their families and the fallen and injured soldiers and law enforcement. Participants are asked to bring an angel ornament tagged with the first and last name of the person to be remembered. Refreshments will be available. Donations can also be made to the Tree of Angels at Buckholts State Bank in Buckholts, Cameron, or Rogers. For information, call the DA`s office at 697-7013.


(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office and the Brown Santa Program will be taking applications this month. 

The 8th annual Brown Santa Program will accept applications from residents beginning this month. Those interested should bring a Medicaid or WIC card with the child(s) name on it, child(s) report card, a current utility bill, and a valid Texas ID. Applications can be picked up at the Milam County Sheriff`s Office. Pick up and delivery will be December 21st. 

If you are interested in donating new, unwrapped toys, please drop them off at the Milam County Sheriff`s Office in Cameron or call 697-7033. Monetary donations can be made to an account at Classic Bank.


(MILANO) The annual central Texas cow/calf clinic will be held January 5th at the Milam County Youth Expo Building in Cameron. This program is provided by Texas A&M Argrilife Extension in Milam, Robertson, Bell, Burleson, Williamson and Falls Counties. Registration is from 7:30-8:30AM with the Presentations starting at 8:30AM and concluding at 3PM. Three CEUs will be given for Pesticide applicators license holders. The cost of the Program is $20 payable at the door. You are asked to RSVP to the Milam County Extension Office for a meal county by January 3rd.

The educational program will help producers solve issues facing cattle producers, including the market outlook, forage production and protection, parasite control and technologies, weather forecasting, and Vet demonstrations.


(CAMERON) Several area teams remain alive in the Texas High School Football playoffs.

In Quarterfinal action last week: Midway outmatched Southlake Carroll 42-28, Temple fell to Manvel 49-34, College Station won a close one against Fort Bend Marshall 49-47, LaVega took down Liberty Hill 21-11, Salado lost to West Orange Stark 14-0, Rockdale defeated Teague 42-20, and Lexington fell to Boling 35-21. On Thursday, Mart dispatched Crawford 47-6. 

In the state Semifinals this week, Midway will take on Longview at 6PM Saturday in Allen, College Station draws Austin McCallum at 7PM Saturday at Houston`s NRG Stadium, LaVega meets Carthage at 7:30PM Friday at the Star in Frisco, Rockdale tackles Yoakum at 7PM Friday at the Berry Center in Cypress, and Mart gets Stratford at 7PM Thursday in Snyder. 


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

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 2 EMS call and 2 fire calls:
--Just after Noon, Thorndale FD to grass fire on CR428. Fire out before arrived.
--4:17PM, Rockdale FD to fire in a truck bed on FM1786 at US79. 
There were also 2 arrests:
--Trey Hughes, 29 of Rockdale, for Assault Causing Bodily Injury. 
--30-year-old Rockdale man for Assault Causing Bodily Injury w/ Prior Conviction

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported no new bookings:

There were no accidents reported in rural Milam County:

There are currently 132 inmates in the county jail, including 54 housed for Coryell County.