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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

Wed
03
Jul
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50 Years Ago - This week

Working for the Robertson County News has been pleasure beyond belief. I went exploring in the room we all call the “dungeon” and found treasures galore, file cabinets of pictures from the past to present, newspapers back to the 60’s and older. I have found a lost treasure...
The Robertson County News has decided to remove the dust and open the pages once again to bring you, the readers a part of our history from the past, 50 years ago to be exact.  So sit back and relax as we go back in time and let your mind explore the past from July 5, 1963, we bring you the news.

Wed
03
Jul
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Best of the Best of the Best

I don’t really consider the “Best of Robertson County” a contest. By definition it is, however a competition, but I prefer to think of it as a way to promote a lot of local businesses, and give them some positive feedback for all they do for the community.
Business owners get very little recognition, but day in and day out they are at their shops, restaurants or service centers providing for the needs of the people of Robertson County.
Think on it like this, when you need your tire fixed, you say thank you to the local tire company. If you are like me, you needed that tire fixed now, not in a day or two and that is what a local company provides, service.
I’ll give you another example; A few months back I got stuck on the side of the road in a ditch. You may have read that story but had it not been for the response of a local towing company, well, I may have been stuck a long time and I hate getting stuck anywhere.

Thu
13
Jun
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It's What's In The News

I love scanning World, U.S. and local Texas news headlines. For the most part, I can read a headline and decide, do I want to read the rest of the story? This method has served me for years, as I hunt the strange and unusual headlines for that little tidbit of fact that catches my attention.
For example, here’s one you may have missed. If you are a fan of the Julia Robert’s blockbuster “Erin Brockovich” then you know the movie is based on a true story. A real life-compelling story of a woman that beat the odds and utility company for one of the largest settlements in civil court. A real activist that fights the good fight for a lot of people. A mother and law clerk whose story was so compelling, a movie was made. Mrs. Brockovich-Ellis was recently arrested for DUI boating at the Boat Harbor, Las Vegas. Seems she had twice the legal limit at Lake Mead and was having difficulties parking her boat. She was released on a $1,000 bond. Makes you think about the sequel.

Thu
06
Jun
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Letter to the editor

Letter to the Editor,
The purpose of this letter to the paper is to express our gratitude to the Calvert Police Department for their swift action and response on the night of May 25th of this year.

Thu
06
Jun
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Congratulations

Every year seems to pass faster and faster, the older you get. Last week we printed the 2012-2013 Graduation section. Looking at all those kids pictures it occurred to me that not only have I been out of school for more than 25 years, but in my career I have now printed an entire round of senior photos. The kids pictures last, well, they would have been in pre-k when I started making newspapers and as you can understand, I have done a graduation section every year.
Each year, I write my column based on graduation, words of advice, thoughts for success, etc. This year I really have only one piece of advice for the graduating classes of Robertson County, Texas… slow down and enjoy it.
Success will come, if you work for it. Money will come when you earn it, but what you can not get back is the freedom to enjoy your life at the age you are right now. You will never again have the summer after graduation so slow down and soak it in.

Thu
02
May

A legend passes leaving his music for us all George Jones 1931-2013

 

Born September 12, 1931, George Glenn Jones passed away April 26, 2013 leaving a legacy of country music that inspired generations of musicians and earned millions of fans. Born in Saratoga, Jones was raised in Vidor, Texas with 6 siblings. At age nine, Jones received his first guitar as a present from his parents, soon after he was singing for coins on the streets of Beaumont. Jones landed his first gig at 16, a radio station in Jasper where he would perform live over the Texas radio waves.

Jones would enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps. Soon after the Korean War started, stationed in California, his music career would launch not long after his discharge.

Jones personality was best summed up by his alcoholism; which more often than not were the basis of well-documented antics by the country superstar.

Thu
04
Apr

New phrase, old habit

I love learning new things, and this week I learned a new phrase for an old habit.
Most of us watch a little TV. My grandmother use to call soaps her “programs.” Each day, she would tune into her programs and follow the story line. She did this up until the day she passed away.
For the working stiff, television has evolved; now our “programs” are aired at night. Dramas, reality TV, sitcoms, a new name for an old habit.
Let’s face it, since the invention of television, people have been loyal, following a program to the bitter end. How many original episodes of M*A*S*H have you seen?
The old habit has a new trick, and a new phrase. American’s are now turned on by the ability to binge on their favorite programs.
With the addition of digital television has come a whole new way of watching and keeping track of your favorite show.

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