Cameron man draws jail term in robbery

An 18-year-old Cameron man, accused of robbing the North Travis Cefco in Cameron almost a year ago drew a 90-day county jail term in 20th District Court last week.

Willie Joe Bell III had submitted an open plea to the court on a charge of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. He also drew 10 years unadjudicated probation.

Probation conditions include not setting foot on any Cefco property, have no contact with the victim and pay $1,669.40 in restitution.

In other 20th District Court action during the week, Juan A. Garza, 32, also known as Juan Alberto Graza, of Eagle Pass pleaded guilty to felony theft by check and drew a two-year state jail term, probated four years and ordered to pay $3,694.38 restitution. The sentence will begin after he has completed serving another sentence.

Historic cemetery due designation from state

The Texas Historical Commission has designated the Moss- Ragsdale Cemetery near Rockdale as a Historic Texas Cemetery.

A commemoration ceremony is set for 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the cemetery, 1142 County Road 412B.

Speakers will include Lynn Forney Young, recording secretary of the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), her husband, Steve, the landowners and representatives of the Historical Commission.

Representatives of lineage societies will place markers for veterans of 1912, the Texas Revolution and the Civil War.

The public is invited to attend.

MDD board discusses project application

Forms for submitting project applications to the Rockdale Municipal Development District (MDD) were a topic of discussion as directors met in regular session Thursday at City Hall.

Project forms are available online at

It was the first monthly session with Tom Manskey, new MDD executive director.

Rockdale set to host Nature Fest in April

Rockdale’s Fair Park will host the free Third Annual Milam County Nature Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 14 at Rockdale Fair Park, rain or shine.

The Nature Photo Contest submission deadline has been extended to Wednesday, April 4.

Entry criteria and forms are available at the AgriLife Extension Office in Cameron, the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce, or at

Winners will be announced at the Festival.

The Nature Festival will have exhibits and demonstrations and hands-on activities for children.

Presentations by experts will be held inside the New Salem building and will include the value of bats, how to build bat houses, attracting hummingbirds and butterflies, wildflower legends, folklore and the impacts of drought on fish and wildlife resources.

The event is conducted by our local El Camino Real Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists.

County changes method for courthouse cleaning

CAMERON—Milam County commissioners, meeting in regular session Monday, changed the method for hiring courthouse janitorial services.

Commissioners adopted a budget function moving $20,000 from janitorial services to a line item known as cleaning services.

County Judge Dave Barkemeyer said the goal is to eventually contract out cleaning services.

In other business, commissioners designated April 14 as Milam County Nature Festival Day and approved a resolution to join a possible regional healthcare partnership.

Primary ballot-by-mail demand ‘lags behind’

CAMERON—Eligible Milam County residents are slow to inquire about ballots by mail for the May 29th primaries. The county’s election clerk thinks the prime reason is probably the uncertainty caused by the state redistricting battle.

“In past elections we would have five phone calls per day asking for information or requesting ballots by mail,” Sherry Mueck said. “We’ve probably had less than 20 total this year.”

Just for the record, the primaries are set for May 29 and the first day to request a ballot by mail is March 30.

Final day to request a mail-in ballot is May 22. “Requests must be received that day, not postmarked,” Mueck said.

Applications for requesting a ballot by mail may be picked up in person at the county clerk’s office in Cameron or downloaded at the Texas Secretary of State’s website,

Questions may be directed to the Milam County Clerk’s office at 254-697-2664.

Manor Oaks hosting hunt for Easter eggs

Manor Oaks Nursing Center and Rehab. 222 South FM 487 (Wilcox) will host an Easter egg hunt for area youngsters at 4 p.m. April 5.

Participants are invited to bring an Easter basket and hunt for eggs which will be placed around the nursing home grounds.

GOP women, Tea Party to meet with candidates

MILANO— Milam County Republican Women and the Milam County Tea Party will gather in a combined session at 6 p.m. Tuesday (April 3) in the Milano Senior Citizens Center, according to Bill Whitmire, county Republican chair.

“This meeting will feature our local Republican candidates as well as several candidates in the state and federal elections,” he said.

Special Guest will be Tom Leppert, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate and a former Mayor of Dallas, Whitmire said.

“This meeting will be an excellent opportunity for voters to meet candidates involved in the local races and learn more about the various candidates in the state and federal elections,” he said.

Thorndale trustees okay 2012 election contract

THORNDALE—Trustees in the Thorndale ISD met in regular session last Wednesday and okayed a contract with Milam for use of election equipment for the May 12 trustee election.

Candidates also drew for the ballot order for that election.

Trustees heard an energy conservation presentation from Gregory Zaleski of Way Companies.

In other business, the board discussed, but took no action on offering an early resignation incentive to district employees, and accepted two transfer students.

Blood drive scheduled April 11 at Milano High

MILANO—The American Red Cross will conduct a blood drive from 12-noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, in the Milano High School theatre room.

Prospective donors may sign up in the high school front office or call 512-455-9333 to schedule an appointment.

Photo IDs are required and donors will receive T-shirts.

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