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Black smoke, rancid odor pours over Reynolds Lane

Photo By Dennis Phillips | Robertson County News An overview photo of the burn pit located at the end of Reynolds Lane and maintained by the City of Hearne.

As one Hearne resident described, “smoke just covered the entire area all the way to the New Baden Road. The rancid odor was terrible and I still can not breathe.”

Dale Brannon lives on Reynolds Lane in Hearne, just about a tenth of a mile from a burn pit that is currently in use by the City of Hearne.

“The pit is for limbs, leaves and trees the city removes,” said City Manager Pee Wee Drake early Wednesday, but evidence would contradict that statement.

At the end of Reynolds Lane is a large fire pit, a pit that was filled with burning brush, trees and limbs, as should be according to Drake. Surrounding the pit is wire mesh from a matress box spring, old tires, remenates of plastic, household items and other toxic items made from plastics.

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A “Goatastic” time had by all

Photo By Donna O'Connor | Robertson County News Jesse McClure helps Aiden learn how to rope a steer at the Robertson County Cowboy Church Goat Extravaganza.

Robertson County Cowboy Church “Goat Extravaganza” had a big turnout and could not have asked for better weather. The Extravaganza began at 5:00 p.m. and the temperature was 81 degrees in July. 96 kids, young and young at heart, participated in the two and a half hour event on Saturday, July 19. Events included the stick horse race, which included “Mopstang” horses for the young at heart.

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2014 Campaign kicks off with first Annual “Glow Run”

Photo By Donna O'Connor | Robertson County NewsAmanda Bush crosses the 5K Glow Run finish line in First place.

The Robertson County Relay For Life Organization kicked off the 2014 campaign with a “5K GLOW RUN” at Franklin Ranch Park. The event held Saturday, July 19th, started at 9:30 p.m. and was a glowing success.

Approximately $700 was raised for the American Cancer Society by entry fees, the sale of glow sticks, T-shirts and donations.

The 31 participants enjoyed mild temperatures, a cool breeze and a beautiful sunset. Participants came from as far away as Austin and were 2 months old to 65 years young. The entire FBC Insurance office, including 2-month-old Aliana, ran or walked in support of Relay for Life. Rick and Cindy Dunlap from Buffalo, Texas came to run as part of the IRunFor movement, running for Kristine and Liliana,

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Suspicious fire erupts at Lakeway Manor

Photo By Dennis Phillips | Robertson County News
With the gas tank ignited, Joe Templeton of the Hearne VFD along side Alex Neil of the Christoval VFD work to get the blaze under control and protect the surrounding area.

At first, the call appeared a standard fire call out for a truck on fire out at Lakeway Manor. Located in a vacant lot that housed a burned out singlewide trailer, located behind a lot of trees and scrub bushes was a truck, engulfed in flames.

Alex Neil of the Christoval Volunteer Fire Department was first on the scene. Having just finished a three day training course at Texas A&M for TEEX, Neil and his family were heading home. “I spotted the black smoke from about 20 miles away,” said Neil, who donned his gear to pitch in and help. Neil wasted little time in lending a hand, at first to the investigation, then to the extinguishing of the blaze.

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Law enforcement departments earns back more than $14,000

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Robertson County DA, Coty Siegert presents Robertson County Sheriff Gerald Yezak with a check for $9,796.00.

Dennis Phillips | Robertson County News

The Robertson County DA’s office handed out checks this past week for work well done by two law enforcement agencies in Robertson County.

The Robertson County Sheriff’s Office received $9,796.00 for property seizure that lead to the sale of land. The Property was the result of the largest marijuana bust in Robertson County back in May of 2011.

The Robertson County’s Sheriff’s office along with the Texas Department of Public Service used a helicopter to identify the property owned by Bernardo Lara, 67 of Bryan. On the 20-acre track of land, in the southern part of the county near Benchley, officers uncovered 1,336 marijuana plants valued at $400,000.00.

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New Hearne CDL office to be constructed

Kent Brunett | Robertson County News

The City of Hearne and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) have finalized the details of a proposal for DPS to operate a 2,100 square foot regional Commercial Drivers License (CDL) office on FM485 at the Hearne Industrial Park near Hearne’s POW Camp and Municipal Airport.

This new facility will serve CDL drivers in Robertson and surrounding counties. This office will also be able to accept CDL applicants from throughout the state who are just passing through or who choose to take advantage of DPS’ new CDL office and Hearne’s convenient location.

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Hit and run leaves driver with assault charge

Melissa Freeman | Robertson County News

On the evening of July 4th, a Hispanic male driving a truck on Riley Street hit a 12-year-old girl on a bicycle at 5:00 p.m. The girl was sent to the hospital, treated and released Friday night with no broken bones and no other serious injuries despite a “hard hit,” according to one of the victim’s relatives.

The driver did not stop to render aid and drove off with the bicycle still attached to his truck, dragging it for several blocks. Consequently, he was charged with aggravated assault.

Sgt. Chris Witzel was the Hearne PD officer in charge of the investigation and arrest.

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Star spangled spectacular

Photo by Donna O'Connor | Robertson County News Jaci dressed in her patriot outfit awaiting the start of the fireworks at the Ranch.

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Robertson County residents displayed their patriotism this week by flocking to Fourth of July celebrations countywide.

Franklin ISD started off the Star Spangled week on Wednesday, July 2. The Ranch’s event provided around 900 hotdogs and cold drinks compliments of the Little Dribblers and concluded with a 40 minute, spectacular firework display. There were an estimated 1,800 people in attendance confirming that this event was a great success. The community would like to thank FISD, Scott Squiers, Joe Squiers, the Ranch Crew, The Franklin Volunteer Fire Department, Robertson County EMS, and The Robertson County Sheriff’s Office for their coordinated efforts to provide such a successful and appreciated community event.

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Hearne resident arrested for car lot burglary

It’s not the first time according to Robertson County DA Coty Siegert that Sexton Daquez Curry, 21has been arrested for burglary.

Curry garnered attention when arrested this past week in Bryan when he was questioned by Bryan Police Department as to why he fled from officers. Curry’s response was “because I’m from Hearne and cops there shoot people.”

Curry having been a part of several incidents involving the Hearne Police Department was really speaking from first hand knowledge.

In December 2012 Curry was arrested for Burglary of a Habitation and convicted in January 2013. Curry was sentenced to 5 years in the Texas Department of Correction and given a chance by the Robertson County DA’s Office. Siegert assigned Curry to Boot Camp and upon successful completion of that program, Curry returned to the court where he was given the rest of his time, roughly 4 years, to serve as probation.

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One injured; air lifted to Houston after explosion

Photo by Donna O'Connor | Robertson County News The second crude oil holding tank burns as crews back away from the sight expecting a third tank to explode.

At roughly noon on Wednesday, July 9 an oil rig operation two miles northeast of Franklin, just outside of New Baden rocked the country side when one oil holding tank exploded, followed by a second. The explosion occurred near the Rabe Cutoff Rd.

One injury has been reported. A 24 year old Hispanic male was standing on top of the oil holding tank when it exploded. According to officials on the scene, the man was blown from the tank sustaining burns well over 75% of his body as well as head trauma.

According to witnesses on the scene, the man was working on the tank with an acetylene torch when the explosion occurred. The sight, which contained a pump was in it’s final days of operation and crews were on hand to take the station offline.

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