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Thu
14
Aug
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It seems like yesterday he made me smile

In 1977, I was all of 12 years old. In that time, television was purer, fewer channels to choose from, pretty much everyone was watching the same things. Monday Night Baseball/Football, Johnny Carson, and the news was then brought to us by Camel Cigarettes courtesy of Walter Cronkite and the CBS News team.

For kids, we were routine with shows like Batman, The Monkees, The Waltons and Happy Days. While Dad and Mom tuned into Gunsmoke, we were watching the Duke Boys (and girl) tear up the roads of Hazzard County.

I remember the episode of Happy Days as if it were yesterday. I looked up the date; it was 1977, not so much yesterday after all. Robin Williams made an appearance as Mork from Ork. The show was a two-parter, the cliffhanger was The Fonz frozen by Mork, but what we as kids were seeing was one of the very first television debuts of a comedic mastermind.

Thu
10
Jul
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Last chance, get those ballots turned in

I love Best of the Best month. It is always fun in the office to watch the ballots come flooding in from all over the county. The goal, get your favorite business, person or service the banner for the year.

Each year, The Robertson County News hosts a “Best of Robertson County” reader’s poll where you the reader have the chance to vote for your favorite businesses or persons.
Last year more than 1000 ballots hit the box in the news office, and 2014 is shaping up to be no different. In fact, already more than 800 ballots are here and this is the last week, so I expect many, many more.

The task can be a bit daunting for the news staff. We hand count each ballot and take on a new appreciation of the work that Trudy Hancock and her staff at the Robertson County Elections Administration face with every election.

Thu
10
Jul
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Have a blessed day; now fire me if you dare!

Dr. James Snyder | Robertson County News

For me, watching television is not an obsession; it is more like a distraction. I do not follow every little bit on the television screen. For me it is not a matter of life or death, it is just a matter of recreation. I know that nothing on TV is real. We can be in the middle of the next program and I do not realize that the first program has ended. Talk about confusing!
When something does catch my attention, boy does it have my attention.

“Did you,” I ask my wife, “hear that?”

“What?” She said with a very confused look on her face.

So I had to explain the news story that I just happened to catch. I do not know all of the details, I was not paying that much attention, just that someone was fired from their job for saying to a customer, “Have a blessed day.”

My wife then asked the question I was thinking. “What is wrong with telling someone to have a blessed day?”

Thu
26
Jun
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Law enforcement role model

Last week I promised to tell the story of former Police Chief J.C. Gore of Ballinger, Texas.
Having taken the job of General Manager of the Ballinger Ledger 6 years ago, I had the pleasure of working with the Chief of Police in Ballinger as well as Winters, Texas. But this story is about the Ballinger Police Chief.
Having faced all the problems of hiring in a small rural Texas City, the same problems that seem to plague every small Texas rural city, Chief Gore came up with the best recruitment program that served his community, and still serves his community to this day.
It all started so simply. Chief Gore set up a booth at the high school for career day. His intentions were to find two seniors that fit his needs and the needs of his police force. His requirements were a 3.3 grade point average and a desire for police work. That first year he also took a look at the junior, sophomore and freshmen class to spot potential recruits.

Thu
12
Jun
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The switch on my behind saved time

My father was not much different from any of the father’s during that time and they all believed in the biblical admonition, “Spare the rod and spoil the child.” These fathers were united in making sure none of their children would be spoiled.

One rule we had in the house I did not fully agree with was, if you got a spanking in school (and in those days we got spankings in school) you got a spanking at home. Talk about double dipping!

The assumption was that the teacher was right and that the one receiving the spanking was wrong. Back then, 99.9% of the time that was true. The spanker was in charge, the spankee took it like a man and you know where.

Thu
12
Jun
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An American horror story is closed

If you are a Facebook user; this week cyber-rumors spread like a wildfire that Charles Manson had been granted parole, so to set the record straight, this news is from 2012.

“I was very pleased that we will never hear from Charlie Manson again,” Debra Tate, sister of slain actress Sharon Tate told reporters. “I don’t have to see him again. For this one, it’s over.”
This marks the end for victims of Charles Manson and “The Family” as the California Parole Board “could find nothing as far as suitability” for Manson’s parole, according to one commissioner.

The two commission panel took 80 minutes to deliberate Manson’s parole concluding not only to deny but to schedule the mass murderer’s next hearing 15 years from now. This is the maximum amount of time allowable by the Sate of California law. Manson will be 92 years old should he live long enough to see the hearing.

Fri
06
Jun
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The War on Common Sense

Listening to news programs, particularly the yakity-yak-my-view-is-the-only-right-view programs you might come away with the idea that there is a war on everything.

Most of the time, someone is for a certain “war” because of some political advantage it will give him or her in the public’s eye.

Is it just me or have you noticed people will create a war on something just to get in the limelight? They are not against something they just know someone is; that someone is someone that goes to the polls and votes, and they want their vote.

The greatest war going on in our society today is the war on common sense. There, I said it. And I stand by what I said. There is a tremendous attack on common sense in our society today.

I must confess that common sense is not as common as it once was and perhaps never was. I like to think that somewhere along the line a few good people have entertained common sense.

Fri
06
Jun
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We all just know better

We all know better. If you live in Robertson County, you know where the police in Calvert are sitting, everyday with speed detectors. There are only two ways into town, and lets face it, they are on one end or the other, all times of the day and night.

Since I know better, I really can’t complain, well except for a few minor issues. This past Sunday I was headed to Dallas when Calvert Officer Mike Hoyt pulled me over for speeding. He was a nice enough fellow, set about doing his job, but offered little explanation for the obvious speed trap that Calvert has become, only stating that there were no speed traps in Calvert.

Well, here is where a lot of folks and I can quickly disagree.

Several businesses offer a 10% discount if you present your speeding ticket at the checkout counter. The Rusty Duck, the local wine / beer pub in fact offers two free beverages if you present your speeding ticket. Now what is that saying about the lack of a speed traps in Calvert?

Thu
22
May
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Letters to the Editor 5/22/2014

To whom it may concern:

I have lived in Hearne, TX for 6 years now. I have found it to be relatively quiet until recently. The tragic events that surrounded the death of Pearlie Golden on May 6, 2014 have shaken this small community and have caused a potentially volatile situation. As a resident and as a mother, I feel that it is imperative for the inflammatory speech and threats of violence to end. I feel that only one side of this story is being told though, and there has been a disturbing bias in the media. That is why I am writing this letter.

I want to begin by stating that I have never had the opportunity to meet either Ms. Golden or Officer Stem. I am praying for all involved along with their families. I can only imagine what they are going through, and I hope they find peace no matter what the outcome of the numerous investigations that are currently ongoing.

Thu
15
May
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Letters to the Editor 5/15/2014

Dear Editor,
SHAME on the officials in Hearne TX for firing the police officer who shot and killed an ARMED 93 yr old woman when SHE was the one who first held the gun on the policeman!!!!!!!!!! Do people think that because she was 93 that she could kill the officer?

I recently had a ride-along with a sheriff’s deputy here in my county and they could face death each and every time they go out! They try to keep us safe from all the idiots out there with loaded guns, knives, etc.....and you fire the man!!!!!!!! Would you feel better if he had not shot her and she had shot him to death?????

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