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26
Jun
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Newspaper garners three awards at Texas Press Association convention

This past Saturday, the staff of the Robertson County News attended the 2014 Texas Press Association annual summer convention.
The convention scheduled each summer is to announce the winners of the previous year’s publication awards better known as the Better Texas Newspaper Contest.

This year 159 newspapers submitted 1,566 entries. The contest is broken into 10 divisions in which newspapers can compete against papers of similar size.

Weeklies compete under a unique division system in which the total number of weekly entrants is divided into five divisions based on descending circulation — this year 103 weeklies entered so there were 21 newspapers each in Divisions 6-8 and 20 newspapers in Divisions 9 and 10. The Robertson County News falls into the division 7 categories, 2500-2999 circulations.

Thu
26
Jun
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Awesome new fire engine for Hearne Fire Department

For over a year now the Hearne Volunteer Fire Department has anticipated the arrival of their new fire engine. Members of the fire department went to Bradenton Florida to sit down with a Pierce Mfg sales representative to construct their new engine.

After planning and waiting the Hearne Volunteer Fire Department received their new engine on June 16.

This new fire engine has cab seating and a compressed air foam system. This system is designed to add foam with water to help smother a fire.
Pierce Mfg placed the Hearne Volunteer Fire Department logo on the seats inside the truck as well a on the back.

As of Monday June 23 the new engine was serviced and ready to use. This new engine replaced the engine that caught fire a few months ago.
Pierce Mfg has been manufacturing fire engines since 1913.

Thu
26
Jun
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WANTED

Robertson County Crime Stoppers and Calvert police department need your help finding Sam Eddie McClenton. McClenton is currently wanted for arson and assault family violence. Crime Stoppers also needs your help finding Ralph Ballard. Ballard is currently wanted for sexual assault of a child.

If you or someone you know has information on McClenton or Ballard’s location please call crime stoppers at (800) 299-0191, this information could be worth up to $500.00. You may also text your tip by texting your tip and this code word rctip to c-r-i-m-e-s (274637). You will remain anonymous and will not have to give your name or your phone number.

Thu
12
Jun
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City of Calvert approves “historic” ordinance codification/enforcement

Justice of the Peace Precinct 1, Keith Foltermann administers the oath of office to Calvert Mayor Marcus Greaves.

During its June regular City Council meeting, Calvert seated its newly elected mayor, Marcus Greaves, and two city council members; Bobbie Jean Alford and James Evans, after all three were returned to their seats on the council after the recent city/school board elections. Omar Babers was also elected to keep his seat but was not able to attend the Monday evening meeting.

Also, in a move Alford called “historic,” the city adopted, pending legal review, a new “ordinance codification of codes,” its first in many years.

Thu
12
Jun
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Commissioners hammer out plans for TxDOT grant

Monday was a long day for Robertson County Commissioners as they met first in a workshop and then as the Court to make plans for spending TxDOT funds allocated to Texas counties with oil and gas truck damage—an opportunity Judge Jan Roe and the court jumped on a few months ago. Though commissioners have to do a little more work to “seal the deal,” like making precise measurements and listing likely contractors and charges, the County will soon see some additional funds in its Road and Bridge funds.

Thu
12
Jun
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Mumford Post Office closing

The Mumford Post Office will shut it’s doors on July 1.

The perceived benefits of living in rural America are obvious to many—a slower pace of life, clean air most of the time, lots of room for kids and pets and grow and express themselves, and lots of room for gardens and fresh veggies. But some Mumford residents may experience one disadvantage beginning July 1—a 20 to 30 mile drive round trip to get their mail after the Mumford post office closes.

Thu
12
Jun
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St. Philip’s Episcopal Hearne welcomes new minister

Rev. Millard E. “Skip” Stutts

The Rev. Millard E. “Skip” Stutts will be the pastor at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Hearne.

His first Sunday will be at 11:00 a.m. on June 15 and the church members are excited to have him. Stutts currently is serving as a chaplain for Hospice Brazos Valley.

He was baptized and confirmed in the Episcopal Church, then ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for which he pastored rural churches for more than 22 years.

He and his wife, Lynn, graduated from Texas A&M University. He served at Malmstrom AFB as a Missile Launch Control Officer, and then was an instructor at the USAF Officer Training School in San Antonio before going to seminary in 1990.

St. Philip’s Episcopal Church is located at 408 Cedar Street in Hearne. The phone number for the church is (979) 279-5372. The church one of the historical churches in Hearne.

Suezan Hoskins | Robertson County News

Thu
12
Jun
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Hot enough to take a plunge

Christopher is about to hit the water after jumping off of the high dive at the Hearne Community Pool.

It’s that time of the year again when the kids are out of school and parents need to keep their kids occupied during the week. Well parents the Hearne Community Pool is open for the summer.

The pool hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. There is also a Wednesday teen night from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. for teens ages 13 through 19 and Thursday Family Night from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

The pool cost $3.00 per day per person or you can buy a summer pass for $90.00.

The pool is also available for renting. You can call the City of Hearne at (979) 279-3461 to schedule your time at the pool. It cost $200 to rent for two hours and $50 per hour after that. They ask for a $200 deposit which is returned to you if the pool area is clean after your scheduled time.

Fri
06
Jun
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Council approves funds for newspaper office

The Hearne City Council met in regular session Tuesday evening to address a short agenda. With a full council table, the bills and previous agenda were quickly approved.

The second reading to approve 4A project funds for a proposed RV park on FM 485 was quickly tabled. “I would like a little more time to study the project,” said newly elected councilperson Hazel Embra. Having made a motion to table, the Mayor opened the item for discussion. “While I can not vote I would be happy to answer any questions, “ said Councilperson Mike Werlinger. However Embra preferred to just ask for more time to study the project. The vote: Embra, Rattler, and White for tabling the item, Vaughn and Gomez against and Werlinger abstained.

Thu
29
May
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Brotherhood Ride drives through Robertson County

On Wednesday May 28 the Brotherhood Ride cycled through Robertson County.

The Brotherhood Ride is a group of first responders that get together to honor the fallen heroes. Each year they chose a tragic event to honor and this year they are honoring the 19 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2013. The ride started on May 22 in Eunice, Louisiana and will end in Houston, Texas on May 30.

They began their ride in Eunice, Louisiana on day one and ended in Jasper, Texas. On day two they began n Jasper and ended in Alto, Texas. Day three they began in Alto and ended in Tyler, Texas. Day four they began in Tyler and ended in Dallas. Day five they began in Dallas and ended in West, Texas. Day six they began in West and ended in Bryan, Texas. Day seven they began in Bryan and ended in Montgomery, Texas, and on day eight they began in Montgomery and will end in Houston, Texas.

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