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Bitmain continues plans for Rockdale facility

Cryptocurrency miner Bitmain Technologies confirmed it will move forward with a planned facility in Rockdale after reports that the company was suspending operations. A former employee of the company recently told Milam County officials that Bitmain was going to suspend plans for its large cryptocur


Man arrested after Milam County manhunt

CAMERON — The Milam County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies captured a man Tuesday morning who allegedly ran from a traffic stop Monday. Demechetist Garner, 35, was charged with evading arrest after a manhunt that continued until 7:15 p.m. Monday and began again Tuesday morning af


Smith County Sheriff's Office, Texas Game Wardens searching for suspect in recent high-speed chases

SMITH COUNTY, Texas — The Smith County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Game Wardens are currently on the lookout for a Tyler man who is wanted for multiple criminal offenses.


Woman sues city of Taylor for $1 million, blames potholes for crash

A Harris County woman is suing the city of Taylor for $1 million after saying that she received serious injuries when potholes and bumps on one of its roads caused her to crash.


Pretrial date set for Rockdale capital murder suspect

The pretrial date for the capital murder suspect accused of brutally killing 20-month-old Patricia Ann Rader at a Rockdale home is scheduled for 10 a.m. on June 21. The Milam County District Attorney’s Office will seek the death penalty for Shawn Vincent Boniello, 30, if he is convicted in the Dec.


Taylor ISD employee arrested for theft

On Tuesday, a Taylor ISD employee was put behind bars for theft. According to police reports, John Wuensche, 48, of Taylor, was arrested under a warrant and charged with theft by a public servant, a third-degree felony. He was the Maintenance Director at Taylor ISD.


Rockdale votes to fix water problem with rate hikes

Rockdale's city council voted unanimously to raise water rates in order to fix its problems with red water. KXAN Investigator Erin Cargile was in Rockdale for the decision and explains how it will affect residents.


Central Texas Teen who killed boy, 15, sentenced to prison

BELTON, Texas (KWTX) A Bell County teenager was sentenced Wednesday to serve a 45-year prison term after he pleaded guilty to the 2017 murder of a 15-year-old Temple boy. Judge Fancy Jezek, in Belton’s 426th District Court, sentenced Edgar Lopez-Benitez, 17, to serve 45 years for the death of Andrew


Eagles tied with Bulldogs...claw deep

Hearne Eagles (4-0) vs. Thorndale Bulldogs (4-0) on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. in Thorndale. Both teams have managed to thread their way through the first four games of district play unscathed.


Bitmain Technologies Closes Down its Texas Base

Facing what is now an uncertain future, China-based Bitmain Technologies, once the largest manufacturer of crypto mining hardware is closing down yet another office. Per reports from Texas Public Radio, Bitmain is closing its cryptocurrency mining facility and data center in Rockdale, Texas.


Bodies discovered in Oklahoma identified as Texas residents

OKFUSKEE COUNTY, Okla. – Authorities say two bodies found this week in shallow graves in rural Oklahoma have been positively identified as a missing woman and man from central Texas.


Chinese-owned cryptocurrency company suspends local operations

ROCKDALE, Texas (KWTX) Bitmain Technologies, which purchased part of the old Alcoa plant to house a data center, announced last week it would temporarily suspend operations at the Rockdale location amid changes at headquarters.


Armed Robbery at Hearne Valero

The Robertson County Crime Stoppers nee YOUR help. On Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at approximately 9:30 a.m. an individual dressed in black pants, black hooded sweat shirt and with a purple in color face covering entered into the Valero Gas Station located at 102 South Market Street in Hearne and robb


Police: Employee stole scrap metal for years from Taylor school district

A Taylor man is accused of stealing scrap metal worth $7,500 from the Taylor school district when he was the district's maintenance director, according to an arrest affidavit released Thursday.


More Layoffs: Bitcoin Mining Giant Bitmain Makes Cuts in Amsterdam & Texas

Bitmain’s problems continue, as the world’s largest bitcoin mining firm has announced a fresh round of layoffs. Bitmain is rumored to have lost over $700 million in Q4 2018, and late last month reports broke out that the Chinese mining giant is set to fire 50% of its workforce. Later, the company sh


Bitcoin Price Analysis: Bitmain Downsizing, BTC Dec Gains May Prop Bulls

When Bitcoin was changing hands at around $8,000 apiece, Bitmain announced what it said would be the biggest data center in the US. After launch, the $500 million mining facility would employ 400 people from Rockdale. However, with falling BTC prices and the giant chip set manufacturer preparing for


US soldier from Texas dies of wounds from attack in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (KWTX) Sgt. Cameron A. Meddock, 26, of Spearman, died Thursday in Landstuhl, Germany of wounds he suffered in a small arms attack on Jan. 13 in Jawand District, Badghis Province, Afghanistan, the military said Friday.


Buechele in NCAA transfer database, Rising leaves Longhorns

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ A Texas school spokesman says backup quarterback Shane Buechele has put his name in the NCAA transfer database and freshman Cameron Rising has informed the team he will transfer.


No. 5 Franklin rolls past Rockdale

FRANKLIN, Texas -- The fifth ranked Franklin Lady Lions basketball team beat Rockdale 62-18 Friday night in a district 19-3A game at Lion Gym. Jessie Medcalf led Franklin in scoring with 23 points. Tiana Wade finished with 16 points. Ciara Wade scored 10 points. Anna Harmon led Rockdale in scoring w


McKinney couple arrested in southeast Texas in connection with indecency with a child investigation

McKINNEY, Texas — A McKinney couple was arrested in southeast Texas last week in connection with a McKinney investigation for indecency with a child, police announced earlier today.