Columns/Opinions

Thu
26
Nov

Let’s rock Black Friday.... locally

By Dennis Phillips

Every year, just before Black Friday, I make a point of telling everyone to “Shop Locally.” As publisher of the local newspapers, it is more than my job; it is a way of life for me.  

Thu
26
Nov

Governor communicates stance on refugees to White House

By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on Nov. 16 wrote a letter to the White House, informing President Obama “the State of Texas will not accept any refugees from Syria in the wake of the deadly terrorist attack in Paris.” 

Fri
20
Nov

Will there be a new Interstate 14 through Hearne?

By Kent Brunette

“They have been talking about that for years,” was the common comment about last week’s news media reports about a possible new Interstate 14 through this area. The transportation bill pending in the U.S. Congress contains a provision that would fund the billions of dollars needed for such a highway. Transportation bills in the past have also contained similar provisions. 

 

Fri
20
Nov

5th Circuit rules immigration policy unconstitutional

By Ed Sterling

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Nov. 9 affirmed a Brownsville federal district judge’s Feb. 15, 2015, order forbidding the Obama administration’s implementation of DAPA, the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Residents Program.

 

Fri
13
Nov

Governor conditions issuance of state grants on compliance with ICE

By Ed Sterling; TPA

Gov. Greg Abbott says Texas sheriffs won’t receive grant funds from his Criminal Justice Division unless they comply with U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement notification and detention requests.

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Fri
13
Nov

2016 Pet Calendar needs your important event dates

By Dennis Phillips

The Robertson County Pet Calendar is one of the most anticipated products that Robertson County Publishing produces. Each year we run a little friendly competition on Facebook asking folks to submit their pets’ photos. We then select 13 pets (12 for the months and one for the cover) and produce a yearlong full color calendar.

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Fri
06
Nov

Governor rails against Dallas sheriff’s detention policy

By Ed Sterling
 
Gov. Greg Abbott on Oct. 26 wrote to Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, saying her “case-by-case immigrant detention plan will no longer be tolerated in Texas.” Under the sheriff’s current policy, an undocumented person who committed minor offenses is not held past their release date an extra 48 hours for federal immigration authorities.
 
Fri
06
Nov

Past housing subdivision and temporary housing

By Kent Brunette
 
Expectations were high when TNP-One was powered-up between Bremond and Calvert. With construction in 1988 and 1989, an influx of temporary workers and some locals built the two-generation units. These 175 MW power generation units were brought into service in 1990 and 1991. In operation some 25 years, many Robertson County residents have been working in the one hundred or so good jobs that this power plant and its coal mine provide within thirteen miles of Hearne. In the shadow of this new facility, an ambitious housing subdivision was planned.
 
Fri
30
Oct

Public facilities for the common good

By Kent Brunette

Hearne has a proposed rail yard to its southwest and a planned wallboard manufacturing plant to its north. It also has highly-trafficked highways and several multi-story hotels. The population center of the county, there are more people in Hearne than in Franklin, Calvert, and Bremond combined.

Fri
30
Oct

State says funding to Planned Parenthood will be cut

By Ed Sterling

The state Health and Human Services Commission notified Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas on Oct. 19 that state funding they have been receiving through the Medicaid program would be cut. 

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