Columns/Opinions

Fri
26
Feb

University president sets campus carry policies

By Ed Sterling

University of Texas at Austin President Gregory L. Fenves has adopted policies to implement Senate Bill 11, the campus handgun carry law that goes into effect on Aug. 1.

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Fri
19
Feb

Commercial real estate market

By Kent Brunette

The new high visibility Tractor Supply structure on combined TX 6/US 79 is drawing lots of attention, as it grows day-by-day. The building itself will be 20,000 square feet. With the outdoor display spaces included, the facility will have over 40,000 total square feet. Harold and Betty Anderson’s house at the rear of the property is gone. With all of the activities next door, little notice is being given to the 24-room, two-story Oak Tree Inn expansion to the north. The exterior of this new hotel wing is now built awaiting painting. The inside corridors and rooms are being finished-out. 

Fri
19
Feb

City, school elections salted for Hearne voters in April. 1966

By Ed Sterling

Two elections of vital importance are scheduled in early April for the voters of Hearne and the Hearne Independent School, District. In the school elections on April 2 two school board members are to be elected and in the city election April 5 three aldermen must be elected. The term of Odis Hoyt and Milton Aalen as school board members expire this year and both informed The Democrat they would ask seek re-election Hoyt was appointed to the board last year to fill the unexpired term of Fred Ferrara who resigned to run for city alderman.

Fri
12
Feb

More downtown changes coming; outside companies investing in our community

By Kent Brunette

Big Gas at Fifth and TX 6 was vacant in the years before it became CEFCO. Across Fifth Street, the empty bank bookkeeping building became Hearne’s new library. Bit by bit, downtown is being revitalized. The city enhanced downtown’s looks by installing streetlights, trashcans, and park benches to help encourage downtown investment.

 

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Fri
12
Feb

Governor, congressman seek details on border security cuts

By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott and U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-McAllen, are asking U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson for detailed information regarding border security cuts. 

 

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Fri
05
Feb

Partnerships and working together are helping Hearne grow

By Kent Brunette

Hearne’s economy is prospering and it shows. Just drive around town and look at new businesses and restored homes along with swimming pool, golf course, park, and little league improvements. Hearne’s ever-growing sales and hotel/motel tax revenues are at record-breaking highs. New jobs exist today that weren’t around 10 years ago. Despite Hearne’s sometimes tumultuous environment, slowly, but surely, the town is progressing economically. 

 

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Fri
05
Feb

TxDOT awaits go-ahead signal for gridlock-reducing projects

By Ed Sterling

The Texas Department of Transportation on Jan. 27 reported that on average, Texas drivers in five of the state’s largest metropolitan areas lose about 52 hours and $1,200 annually due to traffic congestion. 

 

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Fri
29
Jan

Class act in Carolina

By Dennis Phillips

In Carolina a tradition has begun and the impact has garnered the attention of local as well as national media. 

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Fri
29
Jan

Governor meets with Prime Minister Netanyahu

By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on Jan. 18 met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a business development tour in Israel. Abbott said in a news release that the meeting was “to discuss Texas and Israel’s historic bond” and how he can further solidify their relationship. 

 

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Fri
22
Jan

Hearne’s sales tax allocations surpass more populace neighboring towns

By Kent Brunette

According to the Texas Comptroller’s website, Hearne’s sales tax allocations have quadrupled in the past twenty years. Starting at $233,726 in 1995, ten years later these city sales tax allocations had jumped to $581,696.69 in 2005. Another ten years later, these sales tax allocations are weighing-in at a whopping $1,107,965. For two years in a row, Hearne’s sales tax allocations have topped $1 million a year. 

 

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