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Fri
24
Oct
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All for a good Gause

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Photo By John Mackie Matysiak | Robertson County NewsBarbara Paschall, Sue Taylor Debbie Todd and Jennifer Mulac make up the all woman Gause Volunteer Fire Department.

Recently, the Gause volunteer fire department’s repeater crashed, from either lightning or electricity, and is in urgent need of being replaced.
With the crash, the department is not able to reach dispatch in case of emergency. They currently have to use their cell phones for communication.
Debbie Todd, fire chief, says it takes anywhere from twelve to fifteen minutes to contact everyone…the possible time difference between life and death.
Sue Taylor, assist fire chief, said that last week an elderly woman crash into a ditch in the early morning hours. The victim sat there for over forty minutes before they were able to arrive.

The ambulance coming from Rockdale beat them there when they were only a mile away.

Fri
24
Oct
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Bee attack victim addresses council

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Just a couple of weeks ago Clark Rudy, owner of C&C Storage was fending for his life when he was attacked by bees while mowing grass at his place of business on Hwy. 79. Rudy was stung more than 300 times, “I guess I disturbed a couple of bees,” Rudy began to lighten the air. “I want to thank the Hearne Police Department, Hearne Volunteer Fire Department and the Robertson County EMS. I know that without these people I would not be here today. They all did a phenomenal job.”

Rudy was also at council to ask that the buildings that were holding the nest be torn down. “I’m concerned about the kids that walk in front of my business on their way to school everyday. If you stand and watch you can see the bees are still there, I’d like it torn down.”

Tue
21
Oct
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Ellison cleared by polygraph test in Austin

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Recently accused Charles Ellison (Rep.) was cleared with a polygraph test issued by Bilingual Polygraph Services of Austin, Texas. Democratic Chair Nelda Calhoun recently accused Ellison of offering a $5 per vote bribe. Ellison was accused of offering the payment for votes to two individuals at a food bank in Hearne on September 25.

According to Calhoun’s’ letter to Robertson County DA / CA Coty Siegert Calhoun states it was her “personal goal to promote honesty and fairness in the election process.” According to Siegert, with Ellison now cleared by a polygraph examination, the actions of Calhoun appear to be politically motivated to discredit Ellison.

Mon
13
Oct
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Robertson County Republicans to host Chili Supper Fundraiser

This Thursday evening, october 16  should be on your calendar. The 3rd Annual Robertson County Republicans to host Chili Supper Fundraiser will allow us to put very important advertising in the local Robertson County newspapers promoting our Candidates in the upcoming general election.  

The party will have some great silent auction items as well as a robust live auction but can certainly use more items if you would want to donate.  

Remember, they must have lots of folks present who will bid on the items, so please come on out to the Pridgeon Center Thursday night at 6:30 pm.

The chili will be freshly cooked by the Robertson County Sheriff, Gerald Yezak and all of the fixins will be on the table.  Whether you want to make Frito Pie (a Texas favorite) or add beans, cheese, chopped onion or whatever, there will also be various cakes for dessert.  

Tickets are $10. at the door or you can get tickets from a candidate, or one of your precinct chairs.

Fri
03
Oct
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RV source to open on TX 6 between B/CS and Hearne

RV Source, the company that bought the former Country RV sales and service location at 10212 Highway 6 South, will soon bring renewed, high-visibility vitality to an area between Hearne and Bryan/College Station. This company is now setting up its Robertson County operations. With new RVs arriving daily (brand names like Starcraft, Palomino, Sierra, and Wildcat), grand opening excitement is building.

Mark your calendars for this Saturday, October 4! That’s when this newest Hearne Chamber of Commerce member will be flinging open its doors with a huge grand opening celebration. On this day, take a look in RVs of varying price ranges. Talk with manufacturers’ representatives and enjoy free hot dogs, chili, and soft drinks. There is also going to be plenty of things to keep the kids busy, like bounces and face painting.

Fri
03
Oct
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Robertson County Tax Rate unchanged

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Photo By Dennis Phillips | Robertson County NewsCounty Commissioner Donald Threadgill lends his signature to the adopted county budget. With all signature secured, the budget was filled, on time, and is available in the District Clerk’s office for the public to view.

The Robertson County Commissioner’s Court met to finalize the county budget. After weeks of discussions and number crunching, the county signed the budget to keep the county moving forward. The budget reflects a 0% increase in property tax rate for the coming year. The rate will remain at .43773 per $100.00 of property value. The rate is divided with .41329 going to the general fund and .02444 to debt service.

Fri
03
Oct
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Southern Bancshares Consolidates Holdings, Creating South Star Bank, S.S.B.

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Local Photo | Robertson County NewsNorman Koch was recently elected Regional President of the new South Star Bank.

Southern Bancshares, Inc., a Houston, TX-based financial services holding company and majority owner of Lone Star Bank, First Star Bank, and Texas Star Bank – all State Savings Banks (S.S.B.) – has reached a definitive agreement to consolidate the three organizations under a new name: South Star Bank, S.S.B. All three banks enter the consolidation with a 5-Star rating by industry analyst Bauer Financial (www.bauerfinancial.com). Shareholders have approved the consolidation. Regulatory approval is expected to be granted Q4, 2014. Operations under the new name are scheduled to begin Q1, 2015 with approximately $650 million in assets.

Thu
18
Sep
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Hearne Tax Rate remains the same

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Photo By Dennis Phillips | Robertson County NewsVirgil Blankenship addresses the Hearne City Council this past Tuesday to discuss trash burning.

After a bit of standard housekeeping the Hearne City Council approved the 2014 Property Tax rate at $0.71039 per $100 of value. This rate matches that of 2013 and according to the council has remained the same for the past six tax cycles. This means that the total tax increase for the year is 0%. The breakdown is $0.38684 for maintenance and operations and  .32355 for payments of principal and interest on General Fund and Enterprise Fund Debt of the City.

Tue
09
Sep
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Former Hearne Cop No Billed by Robertson County Grand Jury

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The Robertson County Grand Jury has No Billed former Hearne Officer Stephen Stem for the shooting of Pearlie Golden, 93. Needing 9 votes, the Grand Jury deliberated and heard witness testimony for more than 4 1/2 hours today.

Robertson County DA W. Coty Siegert presented the Texas Rangers investigation findings to the Jury and though those records will soon be available for public request, currently that information is withheld from the public until the officially conclusion of the case is filled.

11 of 12 members of the Grand Jury did appear today, opposed to reports posted on other media sites, one member was recused do to the fact that member is also an elected official and serves as a council person for the City of Hearne.

The City of Hearne took immediate action in firing Officer Stem at the recommendation from City Attorney Bryan Russ just a few days after the incident.

Thu
04
Sep
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Grass fire grazes Gause church building

Photo By Dennis Phillips | Robertson County NewsThe volunteer fire department and Pastor Jerry Burns evaluate the damage done to an old a/c unit that was near the start of the grass fire at The Gause Full Gospel Church.

On Wednesday July 27 it was a hotter day than normal for the Gause Full Gospel Church. Many residents and those passing by saw the billowing smoke and thought the church had to be engulfed in flames. While there was quite a bit of smoke, the fire did not catch the building on fire. A fire started near an old air conditioning unit that was non-operational and sitting on the concrete porch beside the church building waiting for disposal after replacing the outdated unit with a new one. The fire department was called out and they put out a small grass fire running beside the building, but they did not do an investigation, as there was no property damage so the precise origin of the fire is still unknown.

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