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Fri
29
Apr

Texas baseball great organizes black league

By Bartee Haile

Rube Foster’s American Giants played the Indianapolis ABC’s on May 2, 1920 in the first game of the new Negro National League founded by the baseball great from Texas. “White baseball has never seen anyone quite like Rube Foster,” a sports historian once wrote. “He was Christy Mathewson, John McGraw, Connie Mack, Al Spalding and Kenesaw Mountain Landis -- great pitcher, manager, owner, league organizer, czar -- all rolled into one.”

 

Fri
29
Apr

Abbott proclaims flooding disaster, adds more counties

By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on April 18 declared a state of disaster for Austin, Bastrop, Colorado, Fort Bend, Grimes, Harris, Montgomery, Waller and Wharton counties. Those counties were hit with severe storms and flooding beginning April 17, requiring the aid of emergency responders over many days.

 

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Fri
22
Apr

Are you still watching?

By Dennis Phillips
 
Seems folks took a break from watching the primaries these last two months but with the wins in New York, Clinton and Trump are back in the American spotlight. Sure a few minor primaries took center stage over the past few weeks, but little numbers add up for Bernie Sanders above all others.
 
 
Fri
22
Apr

SEC files charges naming Paxton in Servergy case

By Ed Sterling
 
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is facing civil fraud charges filed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Paxton was named in charges filed April 11 against Servergy Inc., a McKinney-based technology company incorporated in Nevada, and its founder and former chief executive officer William E. Mapp III.
 
 
Fri
22
Apr

Meetings, events, and training centre update

By Kent Brunette
 
Some of Hearne’s businesses (particularly hotels, restaurants, and gas/convenience stores) have been busy in recent weeks. First, there was the Robertson County Fair. Then, there was Aggie Parents’ Weekend. Next, Franklin hosted the National Boys’ & Girls’ Continental Little Dribblers’ Tournament. While these periodic events are great income, sales tax, and hotel/motel tax generators, the city needs something that will attract people to our town for various reasons on an on-going basis. A meetings, events, and training facility would work to increase the numbers of people who are spending money in Hearne. This would help continue to improve Hearne’s growing economy.
 
 
Fri
15
Apr

“Wet” needs to be dry

By Dennis Phillips
 
I want to share with you an article on the drug known as “wet.” This is a violent drug that acts just like PCP (phencyclidine), in fact it is PCP but has a slight difference. “Wet”, which is better defined below has reared its ugly head in Hearne with a couple of recent incidents over the last month and our attention to this problem needs to be focused to rid our streets of this violent drug. Please take a minute and share this with your children and loved ones. While this report is older, the facts remain with an increase in use since 2011.
 
Fri
15
Apr

Supreme Court rules in ‘one person, one vote’ case

By Ed Sterling
 
On a unanimous vote of 8-0, the U.S. Supreme Court on April 4 affirmed that states may continue to draw legislative districts based on total population. In the Texas case, Evenwel v. Abbott, the question presented to the high court on appeal from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas was whether the one-person, one-vote principle of the Fourteenth Amendment creates a “judicially enforceable right ensuring that the districting process does not deny voters an equal vote.”
 
Fri
08
Apr

Great western “stiffened lesser mortals” spines

By Bartee Haile

As nervous American soldiers spent April 7, 1846 building Fort Texas from the ground up, Sarah Bowman calmly cooked three square meals for “her boys.” Facts about the early life of the frontier fable are scarce. It is believed she was born Sarah Knight between 1812 and 1817 in Tennessee or Missouri. Over the years, she picked up many surnames from a long list of boyfriends and husbands.

 

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Fri
08
Apr

Senate Finance chair confirms behavioral health budget

By Ed Sterling

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission will have some $6.7 billion to fund the state’s behavioral health services efforts during the 2016-2017 fiscal biennium. Senate Finance Committee Chair Jane Nelson, at a March 30 meeting of the committee, confirmed the $6.7 billion, using figures provided by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and the 10-member Legislative Budget Board. In the 2014-2015 state budget the amount for behavioral health funding was an estimated $6.2 billion.

 

Fri
01
Apr

Frontier Texans found something funny to laugh about

By Bartee Haile
 
On Mar. 31, 1879, A West Texas judge fined a local hell-raiser five dollars for a drunken spree that left a bystander short an ear and ordered the inebriated victim to fork over five cents for winking at the sharpshooter, when he bent down to pick up the body part. What little law that existed on the Lone Star frontier was often dispensed with a humorous touch. The most gruesome event could tickle the funny bone of those adventurous souls living on the edge of civilization. Well aware the next day might be their last; they found a way to laugh to keep from crying.
 

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