Columns/Opinions

Fri
08
Apr

Great western “stiffened lesser mortals” spines

By Bartee Haile

As nervous American soldiers spent April 7, 1846 building Fort Texas from the ground up, Sarah Bowman calmly cooked three square meals for “her boys.” Facts about the early life of the frontier fable are scarce. It is believed she was born Sarah Knight between 1812 and 1817 in Tennessee or Missouri. Over the years, she picked up many surnames from a long list of boyfriends and husbands.

 

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Fri
08
Apr

Senate Finance chair confirms behavioral health budget

By Ed Sterling

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission will have some $6.7 billion to fund the state’s behavioral health services efforts during the 2016-2017 fiscal biennium. Senate Finance Committee Chair Jane Nelson, at a March 30 meeting of the committee, confirmed the $6.7 billion, using figures provided by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and the 10-member Legislative Budget Board. In the 2014-2015 state budget the amount for behavioral health funding was an estimated $6.2 billion.

 

Fri
01
Apr

Frontier Texans found something funny to laugh about

By Bartee Haile
 
On Mar. 31, 1879, A West Texas judge fined a local hell-raiser five dollars for a drunken spree that left a bystander short an ear and ordered the inebriated victim to fork over five cents for winking at the sharpshooter, when he bent down to pick up the body part. What little law that existed on the Lone Star frontier was often dispensed with a humorous touch. The most gruesome event could tickle the funny bone of those adventurous souls living on the edge of civilization. Well aware the next day might be their last; they found a way to laugh to keep from crying.
 
Fri
01
Apr

New economic development and more jobs

By Kent Brunette
 
Building on a series of past advances, Hearne’s incremental economic development progress continues. Hearne’s 4A and 4B Sales Tax Boards had Tuesday meetings scheduled to discuss two new economic developments that will bring new or improved facilities, sales taxes, and expanded or new jobs to Hearne. Truss Works South, currently operating on Fulton Street, is expanding its Hearne operations.
 
Fri
25
Mar

Spring has sprung

By Kent Brunette

Cherry Demolition is the contractor hired by the Hearne ISD School Board to tear down the old Hearne School. All of the structures have been reduced to rubble, except for the football stadium, band hall, a metal building near the practice field, and the former superintendent’s office. Weekdays, the firm has two big pieces of machinery loading a continuous stream of big trucks with debris. 

 

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Fri
25
Mar

Paxton seeks halt to regional haze rules

By Ed Sterling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on March 18 asked an appeals court to prevent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from implementing new regional haze regulations until a trial of the state’s pending lawsuit challenging the new rules. 

 

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Fri
18
Mar

Economic progress, transportation and local election

By Kent Brunette
 
If you notice more people around, it’s because one of the county’s two power plants is in the midst of a routine maintenance shutdown. This year’s shutdown is bringing some one thousand temporary workers to the county for about a sixweek period.
 
 

 

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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