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Today`s Local News2020-07-11
MILAM COUNTY ACTIVE CASES AT 57

(CAMERON) The active case count took a rise in Milam County on Friday.

Milam County Judge Steve Young has announced an additional 4 active cases, leading to 57 confirmed activecases in the county. There are currently 128 people being monitered by the health department, and 6 in the hospital. So far, there has still only been 1 death in the county, a woman under 50 with underlying health conditions. 

In an update posted midmorning on Facebook, the Judge indicated 4 county employees are under quarantine. As far as masks go, the Judge said that while the Governor requires it, Milam County is encouraging you to follow it. Young advised the public to stay home if possible, if you must leave, wear a mask, and practice social distancing and good hygiene in order to avoid having to enact another lockdown or shelter-in-place order. The Judge implored residents to do their part. If you need masks, there are some available. Contact the Courthouse at 697-7000 to get some. The County has already handed out over 60,000 masks to those asking, including to about 100 businesses. In the past 2 weeks, Milam County has twice seen single-day highs for confirmed cases. The Judge also indicated in his update that several other cases could be confirmed today. 

In other updates, the Judge invited the public to tour the new OnMed/Texas A&M University telehealth pod that was unveiled at the Milam County Sheriff`s Office this week. The pod is the 1st of its kind in America and is currently available for demonstrations. It is expected to open for business August 7th. If you want a demonstration of the pod, contact Michelle Morgan at 697-7000. The Judge also reminded folks the Commissioners Court moved forward with acquiring the former hospital campus in Cameron. The old professional building on the campus will be renvoated using CARES Act grant funds in order to place an urgent care and COVID-19 test facility there. The Court has plans to renovate the main hospital building and have applied for grant funding to cover the cost. Judge Young said if they are not awarded the grant funds, your taxes will not go up as a result. 


COVID EXPOSURE CLOSES MILAM CO CLERK OFFICE

(CAMERON) An exposure to COVID-19 has closed the Milam County Clerk`s Office. 

The Milam County Clerk`s Office closed Thursday due to exposure to Covid-19. Milam County Judge Steve Young indicated four people from the office are under quarantine and the office will undergo a deep cleaning. The judge expects the office to remain closed through the middle of next week. While the office is closed, it will not impact voting during the early voting period and will not impact the county court docket. If you do have something to bring to the office or need to file something, the drop box is available at the front of the office and it will be processed within 72 hours.
 

ROCKDALE PD SHEDS LIGHT ON RECENT TAZER INCIDENT

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale Police are being transparent with regard to a recent taser incident in town. 

Amid rumors of misconduct circulating with partial videos of a confrontation between a Rockdale Police officer and a suspect circulating on Facebook, Rockdale Police Chief Jerry Meadors called the videos and stories not the whole picture. The incident in question took place around lunchtime July 7th when Rockdale Water Department employees alerted police that a suspect had hopped a security fence and was climbing the city water tower. After being spotted, the suspect climbed down, hopped the fence, and drove off. An officer pulled over the vehicle and confronted the suspect, later identified as James Selman of Austin, who became very combative and uncooperative. The officer is seen in the video giving a host of commands to Selman, who refuses and shouts obscenities. The officer then attempts to deploy his taser on the suspect, though Chief Meadors said 1 of the 2 prongs on the taser missed Selman and so was ineffective. From the videos circulating on social media, it is made to appear that the officer threatened to shoot the suspect and fired a weapon, but Meadors said that is not the case based on dash cam and other recordings. After being subdued, Selman was arrested and charged with Criminal Trespass. Meadors also indicated that Selman had a lengthy criminal history and is a known gang member. A review by Meadors and the department found no fault of the officer in deploying his taser based on the available evidence, including those videos making the rounds on social media. 


THORNDALE PD SEEKING INFO ON SUSPECT VEHICLE

(THORNDALE) Thorndale Police are asking the public for help locating a vehicle. 

In a social media post, Thorndale Police asked the public for help identifying a 1996 Toyota Camry that is thought to be involved in a theft case. The light blue vehicle was occupied by several people on the afternoon of June 9th when the persons inside stole a full gas can from Thorndale Lumber Company. Anyone with information should call Thorndale Police. 


CAMERON ISD BOARD

(CAMERON) Cameron ISD Board of Trustees will meet Monday in a regular meeting. 

During their meeting, the Board will consider several action items related to the return to school in the fall. Trustees will discuss and take action on the Code of Conduct, Campus Handbooks, Gifted and Talented Handbook, Technology Plan, and School Calendar revisions. The Board will also hear reports from the Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent regarding instructional plans for the coming year in the wake of the recent TEA guidelines for returning to school during the pandemic. In other business, the Board will acknowledge a conflict of interest concerning an application for appraised value limitation on qualified property from Ben Milam Solar before discussing and possibly accepting the application. The Board could also consult with their attorneys on the matter. Trustees will also issue a public notice of intent to apply for ESSER funding and will take action on the worker`s compensation plan. The appointment of Tax Assessor-Collector Sherry Mueck to calculate and prepare taxes and tax rates will be considered and the selection of a vendor for the Yoe High Ag Facility renovation will be chosen. Monday`s meeting begins at 6PM in the Yoe High Library.


ROCKDALE CITY COUNCIL

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale City Council will meet Monday in a regular meeting. 

During their meeting, the City will consider revising the temporary suspension of utility billing late fees and disconnections for non-payment of service as necessitated by the ongoing pandemic. The Council will also take action on potential projects for CARES Act grant funds and will request proposals for the sale or lease of the historic city hall building on West Cameron Avenue. Recommendations from the Planning and Zoning Commission will be considered and a budget workshop will be held. The Council will also hear various reports and will conduct a public hearing on the annual drinking water quality report. Monday`s meeting begins at 5:30PM at City Hall and by teleconference. 


LIONS CLUB AUCTION TO RETURN

(CAMERON) The Cameron Lions Club annual Radio Auction will finally return to the air next week. 

The Lions had postponed their annual auction earlier this year because of COVID-19. And while it will be delayed, the pandemic will also change the auction this year. The annual Auction will be heard here on 105.1 FM Monday and Tuesday from 4-6PM each day. Bidding will also be held online. Tons of items will be auctioned off to the highest bidder during the 2-day auction. To bid online, click the Lions Club logo on the KMIL homepage. If you would rather bid by phone, listen to the auction on the radio, where phone numbers will be given out during the broadcasts. The annual Lions Club Radio Auction raises about $20,000 for the organization each year.


CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 7-11

(TEXAS) A virus sweeping the globe reached pandemic status. Here`s the latest updates:

Milam County has had a total of 157 confirmed cases, with 1 death. That makes an average death rate of .6%. The State of Texas is sitting at a total of 250,000 confirmed cases, with 3,129 deaths. That makes an average death rate of 1.25%. The United States has a total of 3.24 million, with an estimated 136,000 deaths. That makes an average death rate of 4.19%.

The State of Texas is still enforcing a mask mandate, although many sherriff`s offices across the state have been outspoken in their opposal to it, and have claimed that the order will not be enforced in their counties. The governor has claimed both that he will not pursue another shelter-in-place order, and that he would consider it, in the past few days, so it is unsure which direction the State of Texas will go in the next few weeks.


TEMPLE TEJANO ARTIST LITTLE JOE HAS COVID

(TEMPLE) A Temple native and Grammy Award winning musical artist tested positive for COVID-19. 

Little Joe Hernandez of Little Joe y La Familia announced Thursday on Facebook that he is self-isolating at home after testing positive for the virus. He tested positive July 5th and is doing well. In his post, he said he got the virus despite following all recommended safety guidelines and wearing a mask. Born in 1940 in Temple, he has been performing for over 60 years, becoming a pioneer of Tejano music. The King of the Brown Sound helped make Tejano music, with its blend of traditional norteno music, country, blues, and rock, very popular. He and his band have won 5 Grammy Awards and have been nominated for 11. 


CENTRAL TEXAS STATE FAIR CANCELLED

(BELTON) A prominent fair in Central Texas has been cancelled for the year.

The Central Texas State Fair, which is usually held in Belton each year, has been cancelled for 2020. There are currently plans for the fair to return in 2021. The fair was set for early September, but regulations regarding COVID have made it impossible to carry on operations for the year.


THEIFT AT MINE SERVICES

(ROCKDALE) Several items have been stolen from Rockdale`s Mine Services.

Milam County Crime Stoppers reported that the Sheriff`s Office is investigating a burglary at the Mine Services facility in Rockdale. The suspects stole over 20 different pieces of tools and equipment from the facility. Those with information are encouraged to contact the Milam County Crime Stoppers or the Milam County Sheriff`s Office.



TEMPLE SHOOTING

(TEMPLE) Temple Police are investigating after a Thursday afternoon shooting. 

Police responded Thursday afternoon to a shooting around the 300 block of South 23rd Street. Officers arrived to find a gunshot victim, who was taken to the hospital. A suspect was detained at the scene. No other information has been released at this time and the investigation is ongoing. 


BROWN SANTA TOURNEY SCHEDULED

(CAMERON) Milam County Sheriff Chris White and the Department`s Brown Santa Program will be hosting the 10th annual Brown Santa Golf Tournament, Saturday, July 18th.  

The program was established in 2009 by the late Milam County Sheriff David Greene, to accept donations and other charitable items to provide Christmas gifts to low income families throughout Milam County. The tournament will be held at Cameron Country Club. Tee times will be at 8AM and 1:30PM. Food, drinks, and prizes will be provided. The cost is $60 per person, though $100 will get you raffle tickets and mulligans. The tourney is also accepting hole sponsorships at $100 per hole. Those wishing to make donations can contact the sheriff`s office at 697-7033. A live auction is scheduled and there will be various other challenges throughout the day.


CAMERON YOE FFA MEMBERS RECEIVE HONORS

(CAMERON) Several members of the Yoe FFA chapter in Cameron received honors during the week.

In the week of what would have been the 92nd annual state-level convention in Dallas, a virtual program handed out awards to students across the state. Among those are five members of the Yoe FFA chapter, who received the Lone Star degree, the highest degree in the state of Texas. Those members are Colby Barton, Kincaid Callahan, Colby Green, Abigail Mayer, and Allison Willoughby. Kincaid Callahan also won the Texas Agricultural Communications award, which comes with a $1,000 scholorship and a chance to compete at the national level.



POLICE REPORT

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


(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 1 EMS call and 2 arrests:
--25 year old male of Rockdale, for assault.
--26 year old male of Rockdale, for assault on a family member and resisting arrest.


(CAMERON) Milam County Sheriff`s Office has 2 new bookings:
--Samuel Martin Wesson, 36 of Lexington, on drug charges.
--Melissa Mae Miller, 39 of Cameron, for possession of a controlled substance, and fabricating evidence.


There are currently 137 inmates in the county jail, including 59 housed for Coryell County.




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