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Fri
13
May

Flour salesman rises to pinnacle of Texas politics

By Bartee Haile

An entertaining and unquestionably eccentric era in Texas politics came to an end on May 11, 1969 with the death of former governor and U.S. Senator “Pappy” O’Daniel. A job offer from a Fort Worth milling company brought the 35-year-old salesman to Texas in 1925. Three years later, a deal with a group of unemployed musicians put Wilbert Lee O’Daniel on the road to fame and fortune.

 

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Fri
06
May

Corpus Christi founder shadiest of characters

By Bartee Haile

On May 4, 1855, a Philadelphia grand jury indicted Henry L. Kinney, erstwhile smuggler and scandalous founder of Corpus Christi, for his part in a plot to invade Nicaragua.  The Pennsylvania native was 18, when he paid a visit to relatives at the Irish colony of San Patricio in 1832. He wandered back to Texas five years  later and set up shop on the western bank of the Nueces River, where it empties into Corpus Christi Bay.

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Fri
06
May

Supreme Court sends Voter ID case back to Fifth Circuit

By Ed Sterling

Texas’ voter identification law will remain in effect for now, but the U.S. Supreme Court has instructed a lower court to rule on its constitutionality before November’s election. On April 29 the Supreme Court temporarily upheld a stay granted by  the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Oct. 14. The stay has allowed the Texas law to remain in effect.

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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.”
 

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