Wednesday, August 23, 2017
SALADO HOUSE FIRE
(SALADO) A Salado structure fire destroyed a game room on Tuesday night.
Salado and Belton Fire Departments responded about 7:30PM Tuesday to the home in the 700 block of McKay Lane in Salado. Crews arrived to find a detached building on fire, believed to be the residents` game room. The room is being termed a total loss. Officials say the family was not home at the time, though their dog was rescued from the main home as a precaution. Fire crews were able to contain the fire to just the detached room. No one was hurt. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
WILLIAMSON CO INMATE FIGHTING WRONGFUL CONVICTION RELEASED ON BOND
(GEORGETOWN) A Williamson County man convicted of molesting a young child has now been released on bond as he fights his conviction.
State District Judge Donna King ruled Tuesday that the due process rights of Greg Kelley were violated during his 2013 arrest and conviction. Kelley, who was released from Williamson County Jail on $50,000 bond, will now have his case heard by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Williamson County District Attorney Shawn Dick, who just recently was elected to office, apologized on Tuesday for what he called a wrongful prosecution under the previous administration. Kelley had been accused of sexually assaulting a 4-year-old boy at a day care and was singled out as the sole suspect. Texas Rangers who have now undertaken that investigation have uncovered at least 2 other possible suspects in the case.
POWERBALL JACKPOT HITS $700M
(US) The Powerball lottery tonight could line someone`s pockets with some major cash.
Powerball officials said the jackpot for tonight`s drawing is currently $700 million, with the lump sum payout just under $444 million. Of course, depending on ticket sales, the jackpot could continue to grow leading up to this evening`s drawing. This is now the 2nd largest jackpot ever, trailing last year`s $1.6 billion drawing. The odds of winning are 1 in 292 million.
MILAM COMMISSIONERS CONTINUE HEARINGS ON TAX RATE, BUDGET
(CAMERON) Milam County Commissioners will continue presenting the budget and tax rate to the public this week.
After setting a 70-cent tax rate earlier this month, County Judge Dave Barkemeyer and the Commissioners Court continue to host public hearings to discuss the budget. Those meetings will be 6:30PM today at Buckholts Community Center, 6:30PM Thursday at Rockdale One Stop Center, and 6:30PM August 29th at Milano Fire Station. The proposed 2018 budget is set at $19.8 million with reserves.
SPECIAL MEETING FOR THE BUCKHOLTS TOWN COUNCIL
(BUCKHOLTS) A special meeting for the Buckholts Town Council will be held on Friday at the Buckholts Town Hall.
Subjects to be discussed include the Reviewing and approving of the previous meetings. Friday`s meeting is scheduled for 3PM at the Buckholts Town Hall.
REGULAR MEETING FOR MILANO ISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES
(MILANO) A Regular Meeting for the Board of Trustees of Milano ISD will be held on Thursday in the High School Library at Milano ISD.
Subjects to be discussed include Reviewing Payment of Bills, Minutes of Previous Meeting, and the Finance Reports. Also on the agenda will be to hear the Elementary and Secondary School Reports. Thursday`s meeting is scheduled for 7PM in the High School Library at Milano ISD.
PUBLIC MEETING FOR MILANO ISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES
(MILANO) A Public Meeting for the Board of Trustees of Milano ISD will be held on Thursday in the High School Library at Milano ISD.
Subjects to be discussed include the Proposed Budget and the Proposed Tax Rate for the 2017-2018 year. Thursday`s meeting is scheduled for 6:45PM in the High School Library at Milano ISD.
CITY OF ROCKDALE TO PLANS TAX RATE HIKE
(ROCKDALE) The City of Rockdale is moving forward with a possible tax rate increase for the coming year.
The Rockdale City Council this month approved the proposed 91.1 cent tax rate for the 2017-2018 fiscal year, which would represent an almost 8% hike in the tax rate, up from 86.3 cents. With the proposed tax rate hike, the City has now scheduled a public hearing to get citizen comments on the matter. The meeting will be held August 28th at 5:30PM in Rockdale City Hall. Citizens are encouraged to attend those hearings and ask questions and give feedback.
TROPICAL STORM COULD BRING HEAVY RAINS, FLOODING
(TEXAS) Texas and Central Texas could be in for major rains and flooding this weekend.
Remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey are moving through the Yucatan Peninsula in Central America today and headed toward the Texas Gulf Coast. National Hurricane Center officials give Harvey a near 100% chance of redeveloping into a Tropical Storm or even a hurricane. Officials say the chances are high because of extreme warm weather currently sitting over the Gulf. Forecasters expect Harvey to push through the Gulf on its way to Texas and intensify with heavy rains and high winds. The current models show Harvey could track into Central Texas and dump 4-12 inches of rain across a wide swath of the Ranch listening area by the end of the weekend. Our current forecast is an 80% chance of rain on Saturday with 30MPH winds and temperatures in the 80s. Isolated rain chances and low 90s temps are expected in the days leading up to Harvey`s anticipated arrival. While many of these models could change, forecasters warn residents to be prepared in any case.
(CENTRAL TX) Here`s a look at some events coming to Central Texas this week:
Through August 25
Feeders of the Lambs is a Christian group of Cameron-area citizens looking to provide free meals to children after the Cameron ISD summer meals program ends. Meals will be served at the pavilion at the Elementary School and at the Episcopal church from 11:30AM-12:30PM, weekdays through August 25th. The group is still seeking donations and volunteers for the event. For questions, or to donate, call 254-482-0019
EBCO General Contractor will be supporting the Scott & White Blood Center by hosting a blood drive Friday from 10AM–2PM at the main office at 804 East 1st Street in Cameron. If you would like to donate email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a donation time.
The Local Union #4895 Family Picnic will be held Saturday from 11:30AM-2:45PM at the Ranch in Rockdale.
Milam Regional Farmers Market returns Saturday from 9AM-1PM at The Yards of Cameron. Come to the market for produce, beef, chicken, honey, baked items, crafts, Shitake Mushroom logs and much more. Bring your recycling to the Falls County Recycling drop off each market day. The Milam Regional Farmers Market is held on the 2nd and 4th Saturday from March through November. New vendors are welcome. For information call 254-697-4970.
There will be a benefit and birthday party for Charles Taylor from 2-8PM on Saturday at the Elgin VFW Hall in Elgin. Charlie was a Polka DJ on KTAE radio and was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in June. BBQ plates are $10 and will be served starting at 4:30PM. Baked goods will also be available. Live music, a live auction, and door prizes also complete the day. All proceeds will go to medical expenses. To make a donation or for more information, call 512-285-0009, 512-496-5996, or 512-751-5483. In addition, well wishers are invited to send cards or letters to Charlie at 18601 Old Lockwood Road, Manor, TX 78653.
The Annual Mens Day at Cameron Grove Baptist Church will be 3PM Sunday at the Church at 1204 N. Austin. Dinner will be served after the service. Eula Faye Johnson is Pastor and special guests will be Apostle William Harris and the New Life Outreach Christian Center of Bryan.
Uke-Stravaganza will be Sunday from 4-5:30PM at First Presbyterian Church in Rockdale. Admission is free and a ukulele is the top door prize.
CAMERON ISD NEWS
(CAMERON) As the first day of school nears, here are some dates to remember.
Parents of students who will need bus transportation this year are encouraged to go to the District`s website and complete Bus Registration prior to the start of school. Go to the "Transportation" tab on the District`s website at www.cameronisd.net to complete the form online. Once complete and approved, parents will be notified when bus passes are ready for pick up. All students must register for the bus in order to be eligible to ride. Transportation will be provided to students who live 2 miles or more from their campus or for those living in the designated hazardous route areas (4th Street to Batte Street between Glade Avenue and S. Columbus; the triangular area between Adams, Raleigh, E. 1st Street, and the railroad tracks; and the Cameron Associates Apartments). For more info, call 254-697-6737.
Girls interested in participating in high school athletics this year need to pick up their equipment at the high school gym on Friday from 10AM-1PM.
Meet the Teacher at Ben Milam Elementary will be 5:30-7PM Thursday. Students and parents are encouraged to attend these events and bring their school supplies. School will begin Monday, August 28th.
YOUTH SOCCER REGISTRATION
(CAMERON) Youth wishing to play soccer in Cameron will have to register soon.
Cameron Youth Soccer registration is underway and the deadline is August 31st. Officials will be at Yoe High Cafeteria that night from 5-7PM for last chance registration. Youth ages 4-13 are eligible to play and the cost is $40 per player with a discount for households with multiple players. You can pick up registration forms at the Cameron Library, Classic Bank, Buckholts State Bank, or Elementary and Jr. High offices. For info, call 254-482-0680 or 254-482-0326.
(CAMERON) As football season nears, here are some important dates to know.
Yoe Cards are now on sale through any Yoe High volleyball or football player. All coupons on this year`s card are to businesses here in town. Each card is $20. All proceeds go to the Yoe Athletic Boosters.
Cameron`s final scrimmage of the pre-season will be held Thursday against Madisonville. The regular season starts September 1st at home against Bellville. KMIL`s coverage of Cameron Yoe football will kick off with the Yoemen. Start your season right at 9:05AM with the Cameron Autoplex Coach Tommy Brashear Show, live from the dealership. At 5:30PM that evening, we`ll get you squared away for the start of football with the Coufal Prater Countdown to Kickoff. After the game, we`ll cap off the night with Friday Night Finals.
LADY YOE VOLLEYBALL
(CAMERON) The Lady Yoe volleyball team looked to continue their strong play against Gatesville on Tuesday.
The Ladies opened the match strong, winning the 1st set 25-20. Cameron could not sustain that early momentum though, falling in sets 2, 3, and 4 to drop the match 3 sets to 1. The Lady Yoe JV also lost, falling in straight sets.
(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 2 EMS call and no other activity.
(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 3 EMS calls and 3 arrests:
--Brandy Dyer out of Rockdale for Resisting Arrest
--25-year-old Belton woman for Criminal Mischief
--52-year-old Rockdale woman for PI
There was also 1 fire call:
--6PM, Rockdale FD to brush fire on CR322 at CR324, turned out to be unreported controlled burn.
(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 63 housed for Coryell County.