Columns/Opinions

Fri
18
Mar

Full 5th Circuit to hear Texas voter ID case

By Ed Sterling
 
The entire U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals will review Texas’ controversial voter identification law. A majority of the judges of the Fifth Circuit on March 9 voted in support of an “en banc” rehearing of oral arguments in Veasey v. Abbott, a case challenging the law. No date for the rehearing has been set.
 

 

Fri
11
Mar

License plate office and new events centre

By Kent Brunette

The incoming Robertson County Tax Assessor/Collector needs to lead the charge to reopen Hearne’s license plate office. Theresa Rucker and Mike “Duba” Brewer face each other in the May 24 Democratic Party run-off election. Local residents should ask both of these candidates if they will support reopening his important Hearne office. 

 

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Fri
11
Mar

Cruz, Clinton emerge as winners in Texas primaries

By Ed Sterling

March 1 Super Tuesday election returns osted by the Texas Secretary of State’s Elections Division show 2.8 million (about 20 percent) of the state’s 14.2 million registered voters cast a ballot in the Republican Party Presidential Primary. 

 

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Fri
04
Mar

Frontier felons fight over private fort

By Bartee Haile

Lt. William Whiting and his saddle-sore cavalrymen were warmly welcomed to Fort Leaton on Mar. 24, 1849 by the proprietor, who hoped to talk the army into making his private hideaway on the Rio Grande an official border outpost.

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Fri
04
Mar

Court dismisses indictment against former governor

By Ed Sterling

Former Gov. Rick Perry is no longer facing criminal charges. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Feb. 24 ordered the dismissal of a 2014 felony indictment of Perry by a Travis County grand jury.

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Fri
26
Feb

Residential real estate market

By Kent Brunette

Market value residential places to rent in Hearne are few and far between. Bart Lockhart, Michael Werlinger, Tommy Horlen, Jimmy Penick, Ben Spiller, and Kathy Bastani sometimes have market value rental units.

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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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