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Thu
10
Oct
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All the other things the shutdown effects

I have been collecting national impact information regarding the government shutdown, I bet I have a few you did not know about.
You may not get to see the Deadliest Catch this season. Without government officials to set gaming quotas for the famed crab fleet in Alaska everyone is sitting on the dock. As the delay keeps fishermen on the dock, it could mean that you will not be enjoying crab on the dinner plate. As an avid watcher of the show, I can tell you that just a few days of a delayed start for those guys means trouble. Ice packs form north of the crab grounds and begin to move down to cover the fishing grounds. The fleet in 2011 was caught in a major storm forcing many ships to cease operations and occurring costly repairs. After the 2012 season, many in Alaska recovered but still many more were hit hard, a delayed start this year may just shut a few down for good.

Thu
03
Oct
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Ask what your county can do for you

You would think I would be writing this column about the government shutting down. You would just think that if you did not live in Robertson County where many would have you believe our local government has run-a-muck.
It has not.
While rumors fly and emails are emailed, the facts just seem to keep getting lost. Well there is a solution to the problem.
Robertson County Judge Jan Roe will address the public in a sort of state of the county address on October 7. She is asking that you submit any and all questions via email to [email protected].
So I get a lot of email regarding county government as well as all governing bodies in Robertson County. ISD’s, cities, water-boards, etc. and the one thing that always makes me stop and question the validity of a submitted letter to the editor is meeting attendance. Did the letter writer attend the meeting in question?

Thu
26
Sep
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Double dipping tax not a good idea

In open commissioner’s court, Bremond ISD made a request for a county sheriff’s officer to police the campus as well as special school events, i.e football games, etc. Citing budget shortfalls of the City of Bremond, the ISD is looking for a way to help protect the kids; in other words provide security at Bremond ISD. Normally a city officer could be hired by the ISD to supply security, according to open court, the City of Bremond’s shortfall will effect the city police department.

Here’s the deal. Bremond approached the county to help pay for an officer. The Bremond ISD would pay half of the sheriff’s officer salary, the county would pay the other half. Sounds simple enough, but not when you take a look at it from a tax payers prerspective.

Thu
26
Sep
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Letter to the Editor

Dear Margaret,
Thanks SO much for sending the two issues of Robertson County News.  I’m sending a scan of the “guess who” ad to my Sister, Diane, and Brother, Gary, in San Marcos. 

It still is quite a coincidence it ran the week that Dad passed away.  I’m sure he would have been amused at that.
Also appreciate the “50 years ago” article, which reported my inclusion on the Student Council.  Gee, I guess this November is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy.  Hard to believe the time has gone so quickly.

Thu
26
Sep
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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

Thu
26
Sep
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Letter to the Editor

I would like to thank the Hearne Animal Control Officer, Ben Spiller, for his quick response last Thursday evening.

That evening I encountered a black pitbull in my chicken house. Upon inspection he had killed all of my chickens. The officer found whom the dog belonged to and full restitution was made for my loss.

In the past 10 years I have had seven instances of chickens, pigs, and shetland pony being killed or damaged by pitbull dogs, six times by pitbulls and once by a Doberman.
Five times these dogs have killed or damaged kids show pigs for the county show. They even attacked my granddaughters shetland pony that died from loss of blood.
If those dogs ever get the taste of blood your child may be next.

Adrian A. Richter

Fri
06
Sep
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Letter to the Editor

Thanks to Bobby Sullivan
Bobby Sullivan, a long time Franklin resident who passed away this week, was Camp Hearne’s resident MP—a man who moved to Robertson County because the U. S. Army made him a Military Police Officer.
Bobby, an Oklahoma native, reported to Ft. Sill in January 1943, for MP training.  Soon, he found himself bound for North Africa where he guarded prisoners in Casablanca until his company, MPED 420, loaded up prisoners for transport to New York City, then Trinidad, Colorado. After delivery, his entire unit was moved to Camp Hearne.
From June 1943 to January 1944 Bobby’s unit patrolled Camp Hearne.  That short six months changed his life forever.  He met a local schoolteacher, later married her, and never made it back to Oklahoma.

Sat
31
Aug
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Forever linked in history; past President speaks

Americans for more than 4 decades have been fascinated by the story of the Manson Family. Popular news media continues to cover the life of Charles Manson, even though it has been 40 years since his conviction for the conspiracy to commit the murders of Sharon Tate and Leno and Rosemary LaBianca carried out by members of the group known as the Manson Family and at his instruction. He was convicted of the murders through the joint-responsibility rule, which makes each member of a conspiracy guilty of crimes his fellow conspirators commit in furtherance of the conspiracy’s objective. Manson was sentenced to death on March 29, 1971. With the repeal of California’s death penalty laws, Manson has faced several parole hearings, but at 78 remains behind bars in California’s San Quentin Prison.

This story is not of Manson however, but of one of his beloved family members known as Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme.

Thu
08
Aug
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FEMA does the right thing

Every now and then, a story breaks across the wire that makes me smile. A month or so ago, FEMA announced their denial of funds for the Texas City of West. I’m sure you recall that the city was rocked by a devastating blast when the West Fertilizer Plant, centrally located within the city, exploded.
Gov. Rick Perry along with other lawmakers filled an official request for funds to help rebuild the devastated city. That request was denied, then, recently that denial has been overturned.
President Barack Obama stood by the residents of West and announced that the federal government would be there for the citizens, and it looks as though FEMA will make good on the Presidents statement.
In an outpouring of letters and editorials, FEMA has reversed its decision and will now offer the needed funds to a grateful city.

Wed
31
Jul
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to RAISE or not to RAISE

Dennis Phillips / Robertson County News

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