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Fri
28
Aug

County tax rate likely to increase by three cents to .475

By Melissa Freeman
With only a month left of its current fiscal year, the County is moving rapidly toward adopting a new budget and tax rate, both going into effect on October 1. Though losses to decreased mineral values have been largely made up by new business revenue (loss in value apart from industry  now totals between $130,000 and $140,000), the County power plants’ suits to lower their appraised values--one already filed and one likely to be filed in the next month--will  deny the County about two million in value until those suits are settled.
Fri
28
Aug

Hearne Elementary hosts meet the Teacher Night

By Jan Todd Batson
Excited children and parents arrived at Hearne Elementary on Thursday evening, August 20, to meet teacher they will have for the 2015-2016 school year. The building was open  from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. for anyone wishing to meet teachers, administrators, or just to find a classroom and become more familiar with the building. The 2015-2016 school year began for students on Monday, August 24. Hearne Elementary  has nineteen newly hired teachers. Mr. McGrew, elementary principal, is looking forward to a great year. 
Fri
21
Aug

Prosperity Bank stuffing the bus for local students

By Margaret Salvaggio

Prosperity Bank every year around this time has an unusual customer parked outside their building. It is big in size and has a familiar color to it, yellow, school bus yellow. The employees at the bank have helped collect school supplies for the children in our community each year for some time now. Their efforts have paid off and have helped children that can’t afford all the necessary supplies they need for their classes.

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Fri
21
Aug

Hearne students “supplied” by the community of Hearne

By Fredrick Webber

The Thirteenth Annual Hearne Back to School Rally was a great success thanks to the help and support of the local community. The Rally is to help gather school supplies for children who might have to start school without the adequate tools they need. In addition, it is a way for the community to come together and give our students the best possible start to the new year. As the committee move forward the goal will also include the following: Health and Wellness, Safety and Prevention, Sports and Clubs, After School Activities and Recreation. Hearne Back to School Rally was held on Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Gentry-Godfrey Park. 

Fri
21
Aug

FM 1373 closed to replace bridges

By Bobby Colewell

Beginning Wednesday, August 19, the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) contractor will shut down FM 1373 at Hardin Slough to replace the bridge. This closure is expected to last until December. Once Hard Slough is reopened, the contract will close down the roadway at Alligator Slough to replace that bridge as well. This closure at Alligator Slough is expected to be from December through March.  

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Fri
14
Aug

County in better shape than previously feared

In a summer than seemed to have more than its share of bad news, the County Judge Charles Ellison stated during Monday’s regular Commissioners’ Court session that earlier fears that county values would drop precipitously were overstated. He said that businesses moving into the county over the last couple of years are paying sufficient taxes to make up for losses in mineral values. Though the County may still lose revenue if its two power plants are significantly de-valued, (power plant values are being challenged) it appears it will lose less than a million in property value.
 
Fri
14
Aug

Lady Eagles hit the net for 2015

“We have talent that needs to be developed,” claims Coach Amanda Puryear as she begins her second year as head coach of the Lady Eagle volleyball team. We had a good year with the junior varsity team and have a big freshman class coming up. Puryear expects some of those freshmen to compete for varsity positions, but adds, “They’ll have to show their stuff. We have some big shoes to fill.”
 
Fri
14
Aug

The greatest show on the Earth in Hearne

The Pentecostals of Robertson County would like to thank everyone who attended Vacation Bible School held July 30 through August 3. This year our members volunteered their talents and labor to recreate The Greatest Show on Earth: Under the Big Top. Our goal is to strengthen the families of Robertson County and a great way to do this is by making a difference in the lives of children.
 
Fri
14
Aug

All in the family 2015

The fifth reunion of Poggioreale families happened this Sunday, August 9 at the Malinowsky Center next to St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Bryan, Texas. The doors opened starting at 11:00a.m. with lunch being served from12:00 noon until 2:00p.m. and then time to talk about families, finding new family members and learning how and when family members made their way to the United States.
 
Fri
14
Aug

Stepping up and standing out

Hearne has picked their Resident of the Month for August and our winner is James Taylor, owner and operator of Toodie’s BBQ. Mr. Taylor stepped up and helped the Hurricanes Little League team by donating and cooking fifteen briskets on a short notice, and asked for nothing in return.
 

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