Monday, February 19, 2018
EARLY VOTING BEGINS TUESDAY
(MILAM CO) Early voting for the March 6th primary elections in Milam County and across the state begin this week.
Early voting begins Tuesday and will run through March 2nd in the primary elections. Winners in the March primary would go to the general election in November. Here in Milam County, voters can cast an early ballot at 1 of 4 locations: The Rockdale Juvenile Justice Center, the Milam County Clerk`s Office in Cameron, Thorndale VFW Hall, or Buckholts Community Center.
Several Milam County races will see fierce competition, as there are 5 contested spots on the Republican side. Milam County GOP Chairman Bill Whitmire said there are multiple entrants in the races for County Judge, County Treasurer, Precinct 2 Commissioner, Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace, and Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace. The most anticipated race is likely the County judgeship in which former 3-term judge Frank Summers will take on rancher and newcomer Steve Young. Current sitting County Judge Dave Barkemeyer had previously announced he would not seek re-election.
The Precinct 2 Commissioner spot is also highly sought after with a total of 3 candidates filing. Incumbent Donald Shuffield has filed to run again and will meet a stiff challenge from both Doug Baker and James Condry. Also in Precinct 2, incumbent JP Sam Berry is being challenged by Don Schuerman. Over in Precinct 1, the JP spot is a race between Greg Hoelscher and CPS investigator Robert Hollas. The County Treasurer`s spot is a race between urrent sitting treasurer Linda Acosta and opponent Jennifer "Jenger" Epperson-Moran. Unopposed in the GOP primary are Jodi Morgan for County Clerk, incumbent Karen Berry for District Clerk, incumbent Andy Issacs for Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace, and incumbent Gary Northcott for Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace.
Over on the Democratic side, it was a much lighter filing period. Jared Melde is up for County Judge and incumbent Jeff Muegge is again seeking his post as Precinct 4 County Commissioner. Both will be unopposed in the Democratic primaries.
Over in Bell County there are 27 candidates with their name in the ring for the Republican Party primary elections. Bell County GOP Chair Nancy Boston said the most sought after posts will be Bell County Judge and 264th District Court Judge. Last year, both sitting judges announced they would not seek re-election. Looking to take over for outgoing longtime judge Jon Burrows will be Temple Economic Development guru and former City Manager David Blackburn. He is unopposed. Meanwhile, that 264th District Judge spot opening up with the retirement of Martha Trudo will see a hotly contested race between Belton`s Paul LePak, Temple`s Jeff Parker, Killeen`s Steve Duskie, and current Bell County Assistant Attorney Randy Dale.
Among other contested Bell County GOP races will be Bell County Treasurer, Precinct 2 Commissioner, Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace, and Precinct 2 JP. For treasurer, Gaylon Evans and Jeannette Compean will look to replace the retiring Charles Jones. For that contested commissioner spot, incumbent Tim Brown is seeking a 7th and final term, but facing 2 challengers in banker Bobby Whitson and Salado`s Brit Owens. Incumbent Precinct 1 JP Ted Duffield will be challenged during a run for a 7th term by Killeen Police Sgt. Lou Griffin. And a total of 2 candidates are vying for the Precinct 2 JP post: former Houston Police officer Cliff Coleman and former Temple Police detective Richard Sapp. A pair of Democrats will face off in the primary for Bell County Precinct 4 Commissioner as John Driver and Louie Minor have filed against each other.
Uncontested GOP races in Bell County are incumbent county clerk Shelley Coston, incumbent 169th District Court Judge Gordon Adams, Texas House District 55 incumbent Hugh Shine, Court at Law Judges John Mischtian, Jeanne Parker, and Rebecca DePew, incumbent district clerk Joanna Staton, Precinct 4 Commissioner John Fisher, and Justices of the Peace GW Ivey and Bill Cooke.
Over in Williamson County, there will be several locally contested races. In Precinct 4, longtime JP Judy Hobbs will get an opponent in Taylor Municipal Judge Randall Pick. Democrats saw just 1 filing for that post, Stacy Hackenberg. Precinct 2 JP incumbent Edna Staudt will face off against Bronson Tucker on the GOP ticket, while Jonasu Wagstaff is the only Democrat for that position. County Commissioner in Precinct 2 also will see a contested race. Incumbent Cynthia Long will face challenger Bart Turek. Kasey Redus is unopposed for that spot on the Democratic side.
Statewide area races show Texas House District 55 incumbent Hugh Shine will see a challenge from Republicans CJ Grisham and Brandon Hall. The 31st Congressional District will also be interesting to watch. Incumbent John Carter is challenged by Mike Sweeny. Four Democrats have also filled up the primary ballot for that post: Christine Eady Mann, Kent Lester, Mary Jennings Hegar, and Mike Clark. Texas Senate District 5 sees GOP candidate and incumbent Charles Schwertner opposed by Harold Ramm. A total of 3 Democrats have lined up for the primary election to oppose him next year. Meg Walsh, Brian Cronin, and Glenn "Grumpy" Williams hope to win a chance to take on Schwertner. Voters will also be out to elect various other statewide races. You can get more detailed information at VoteTexas.gov.
CITY COUNCIL ELECTIONS
(MILAM CO) Now that the filing deadline has passed for City Council elections, several races are heating up.
Here in Cameron, a total of 7 candidates have filed to run for 3 spots on the council. Assistant County District Attorney Kyle Nuttall, newcomer Kyle Deal, and newcomer Will Sanders have all filed for the Ward 3 place on the Council. In Ward 4, incumbent Rose Mondik is opposed by newcomer LeKethia "KeKe" Sims. Two candidates have filed and are unopposed: Mayor Connie Anderle and Ward 2 Councilman Robert Schiller.
In Rockdale, there are 3 candidates up for the East Ward seat held by Willie Phillips. While Phillips has elected not to seek re-election, vying for his post are Richard Coppedge, Tim Ramey, and Sharon Lee Cloud. For West Ward, incumbent Colby Fisher also chose not to seek re-election. The race for his seat on the council is between Jason Barcak and Monique Gebhard.
For Taylor, 2 spots are contested for City Council. In District 3, incumbent Brandt Rydell is opposed by Gary Gola. For District 2, there is a contested race between incumbent Chris Gonzales and Mitchell Drummond. All city elections are on May 5th, with early voting beginning in April.
LISTENER SURVEY RESULT #11
(CAMERON) It is time for reveal #11 here today.
Last week, we saw a whole set of answers that seemed to reinforce adding a local touch or flavor to our programming. This week, we unveil the final 5 answers to our survey. In question 11, we asked you what times of day you listened to this station. The answer choices were divided among our dayparts. The most noticable time frame by your responses was the 7-9AM block at roughly a 3rd of respondents. The Middays saw a quarter of your selections and the 1-5PM and 5-9PM blocks falling to around 20%.
Most of what we got from this reveal is actually a lot of what we already know. The early block that saw the most listenership involves news and the Breakfast Club. In previous survey reveals we told you we will be focusing more on news and content to bring you local news. It does reinforce the importance of making these changes though in that it tells us we`re reaching our biggest audience during that time. It will be time for us to prove we`re making changes. As far as the remaining blocks, I appreciate those of you that answered the Midday block and I hope I can continue to provide you with the music and content you enjoy most. Moving forward to the afternoon blocks, we have addressed these as well, as we mentioned previously. Afternoons will be live and local once again beginning in March. You`ll get a chance to grow with each of our new DJ`s and hopefully get a taste of some local flavor because of it. Tune in tomorrow for question #12.
(CAMERON) Anyone summoned for Jury Service in Judge John Youngblood`s 20th District Court for 9AM Tuesday need not report, that matter has been resolved. Again, you need not report.
ROCKDALE P&Z REGULAR MEETING
(ROCKDALE) The Rockdale Planning and Zoning Commission will have a regular meeting Tuesday.
Subjects to be discussed include approving previous meeting minutes as well as reviewing and taking any necessary action on the comprehensive master plan. Tuesday`s meeting begins at 2PM in the City Council Chambers.
ROCKDALE ISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES
(ROCKDALE) The Rockdale ISD Board of Trustees has scheduled a regular meeting and public hearing for Wednesday, February 21.
On the agenda for the regular meeting will be student recognition for UIL and State Football as well as the superintendent`s report. There will also be several business items discussed before the board convenes in executive session. The Public hearing will see the discussion of the Texas Academic Performance Report and the 2016-2017 Annual Report.
Wednesday`s meeting is scheduled for 5:30PM in the Central Administration Boardroom.
(Rockdale) Rockdale Fire Department responded to a fire call just outside of Rockdale on Saturday afternoon.
At 1:09PM, 2 units from Rockdale Fire Department responded to CR344 for a controlled burn that had gotten out of control. It took the Rockdale responders less than an hour to extinguish the blaze, calling the site safe at 1:50PM No injuries and no damages were reported.
HIGHWAY 77 ACCIDENT
(CAMERON) A two vehicle accident had traffic backed up on Highway 77 in Cameron on Friday afternoon.
At around 4PM on Friday, Cameron Police responded to a 2-vehicle accident at 6th and Travis. Police said the 2 vehicles collided, blocking the northbound lanes of US77, backing up traffic all the way to the TX36 intersection. Authorities said 2 children sustained injuries in the wreck and were taken to the hospital. No update on their condition was available this morning. Drivers in the accident were identified as Penny Taylor of Cameron and Oran Ray Roberts of Oklahoma. Neither driver was hurt.
TEMPLE HOUSE FIRE
(TEMPLE) A house in Temple is a total loss after a Sunday night fire.
Temple Fire & Rescue responded to a structure fire about 7:15PM Sunday in the 6300 block of Pat Cole Road. Crews arrived to find the wood-frame home fully engulfed. That home sustained extensive damage and is being termed a total loss. Firefighters were able to keep the blaze from spreading to neighboring homes. The cause of the fire is under investigation. No injuries were reported.
SPECIAL ELECTION FOR CALDWELL STATE REP
(AUSTIN) A date has been set for a special election for an area state representative spot.
Governor Greg Abbott on Friday set a date for a special election to replace Republican state representative Leighton Schubert, who represents a district that encompasses Burleson, Austin, Colorado, Fayette, Grimes, Lavaca, and Washington Counties. The date of the special election will be May 5th, with early voting to begin April 23rd. Schubert announced his resignation from the state legislature earlier this month and will take a job with Blinn College in Brenham. He has held his seat since 2015.
BELL CO JAIL TO FEATURE ON COMEDY CENTRAL PROGRAM
(BELL CO) A former inmate is bringing a comedy program to the Bell County Jail, and your television.
Last September, former inmate Ali Siddiq came to Bell County Jail to film a Comedy Central special. The TV network has now announced that the 1-hour special, Ali Siddiq: It`s Bigger Than These Bars, will air 11PM Eastern Time on February 23rd. The Bell County Jail partnered with Siddiq, who was incarcerated at the age of 19 for dealing drugs. The jail time changed Siddiq, who turned his life around through the use of comedy and mentorship. During the program, Siddiq meets with inmates and jailers and does a stand-up routine. Comedy Central took care of all expenses and no taxpayer money was used.
(CENTRAL TEXAS) Here`s a look at some area events headed to Central Texas this week:
February 16-March 23
The Westphalia Knights of Columbus Council #13902 will host a shrimp and fish fry every Friday beginning through March 23rd. Plates are available from 3:30-7:15PM each cooking day or until sold out. All plates are $10 and will be available at the Westphalia Parish Hall Pit.
Final registration for Cameron Boys Baseball Association will be Saturday from 9AM-1PM at Cameron Volunteer Fire Department. Cost to play is $70, there is a discount if you purchase a ticket to the CBA giveaway dinner. Opening Day is April 7th.
There will be a benefit BBQ for Tracy Chambers on Saturday at the Ranch in Rockdale from 11AM until sold out. Plates are $12 and include chicken and sausage, green beans, mashed potatoes, dessert, and tea. A silent and live auction will also be held. Live music will feature the Rockdale-based Treble Soul. Proceeds will go toward medical expenses as Tracy fights cervical cancer.
Crossroads Bible Church in Rockdale is sponsoring another mission trip to Guatemala this summer to provide food, clothing, and medical support to people living in very primitive communities. The group this year includes 20 volunteers from Rockdale, Thorndale, and Gause. In order to raise funds for the projects planned, they will hold a Rummage Sale on Saturday from 9AM-3PM at the church at 193 FM 487 in Rockdale. Items will include adult and children’s clothes and shoes, household items, tools, décor, and lots more. We will also serve a sausage wrap meal for a $5 donation to the trip. To donate items for the sale, email the church at email@example.com to arrange delivery or pick-up.
Rising Star Baptist Church is having an appreciation for Pastor Royal Johnson and wife Margaret on Saturday and Sunday. There will be a musical at 7PM Saturday and services at 11AM and 3PM Sunday.
Buckholts Volunteer Fire Department will be having a Washpot Stew Dinner Sunday from 11AM until Sold Out. For $9 you get Stew, Cornbread, Crackers, Dessert, & Drink. Carry Out Will Be Available.
MILAM CO STUDENTS TO TAKE PART IN REGIONAL SCIENCE FAIR
(TEXAS) Area students are set to participate in the Central Texas Science and Engineering Fair this week.
This Tuesday and Wednesday, more than 100 students from Milam, Bell, Falls, Robertson, and other surrounding counties will all participate in the 2-day regional science and engineering fair at Texas State Technical College. The top 3 category winners for middle school and high school division will advance to the state fair in March. Top finalists from the high school level are also eligible for the international fair in May.
MILAM TAX OFFICE TO CLOSE FOR TRAINING
(CAMERON) The Milam County Tax Office is set to close this month for a training session.
The Milam County Tax Office will be closed all day on Friday for software training. The office will also not be taking phone calls on that day. Currently, the Rockdale Tax Office Substation remains closed, though they anticipate re-opening by April 17th. For questions, call 697-7017.
YOE BASKETBALL PLAYOFF SET
(CAMERON) The Cameron Yoe basketball team is playoff bound.
The Boys are set to kick off a playoff run in bi-district action against McGregor today at 6:30PM at Belton High School. The Yoemen enter the playoffs as the #3 seed. Tickets to the game are $4 for adults or $3 for students. District and Senior passes and coaches passes will be accepted. Two people can be admitted at the gate per pass.
In other area playoff games in the opening round: Belton meets up with DeSoto at 7PM today in Glen Rose, Hutto takes on Huntsville at 7PM Tuesday in Bryan Rudder, Caldwell draws Burnet at 7PM Tuesday in Round Rock, Franklin matches up with Whitney at 7PM Tuesday in Lorena, Marlin draws top-ranked Jarrell at 8PM today in Belton, Hearne tackles Groesbeck at 7:30PM Tuesday in Madisonville, Normangee plays Thorndale at 6PM Tuesday in Hearne, Snook faces Granger at 6:30PM Tuesday in Rockdale, Iola gets Mumford at 7PM Tuesday in College Station, Holland plays North Zulch at 7:30PM Tuesday in Hearne, Mart draws Moody at 6PM today in Robinson, Rosebub-Lott will take on Riesel at 6PM Tuesday in Robinson, and Bartlett meets Abbott at 6PM Tuesday in Temple. Calvert has a 1st round bye.
GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS
(CENTRAL TX) Just a 4 area girls basketball teams remain alive in the high school playoffs this week.
In the regional quarterfinals: Thorndale will face Mason at 7PM today in Lampasas, Temple meets Ennis at 6:30PM Tuesday at Waco Midway, and Academy will square off with Marlin at 7:30PM Tuesday at Waco University.
(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 1 EMS call and no other activity.
(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 3 EMS calls and no other activity.
(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 4 new bookings:
--Colton Brady Coufal, 22 of Cameron, for Possession of Controlled Substance 1-4 Grams
--CJ Deshun Stockton, 30 of Cameron, on a District Commitment
--Clemente Acosta, 25 of San Leon, for Bond Forfeiture
--Karen Elizabeth Dunnigan, 55 of Thorndale, for DWI
There were no accidents reported in rural Milam County:
There are currently 140 inmates in the county jail, including 58 housed for Coryell County.