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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.

Donna O'Connor | Robertson County News
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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Vegetable Field Day, an afternoon of learning

Leon County Master Gardeners were well represented at the Vegetable Field Day in New Baden, TX on June 21, sharpening their knowledge and skills on vegetables, melons, irrigation, insect and weed control. The overall attendance was excellent and included eleven Leon County Master Gardeners and three guests for the half-day event at Rusty Sikes’ vegetable and fruit farm.

The speakers included the owner/operator of the farm, Rusty Sikes, Dr. Joe Masabni - State Extension Vegetable Specialist, and David Williams - a long time commercial grower in Robertson County. Topics included preparing the soil for gardening season, use of plastic for weed control, irrigation systems for small producers, feeding nutrients through the irrigation system, keeping herbicide and insecticide use to a minimum, nematodes and heirloom varieties of vegetables and melons. Mr. Sikes’ two-acre commercial garden featured 21 varieties of tomatoes and other vegetable and melon variety plots.

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Texans no longer stuck with two stickers

Come next March, Texas drivers will no longer be required to have an inspection sticker on their windshield, but vehicles will still be required to get the once-over.

Department of Motor Vehicles Director Whitney Brewster told a Senate panel Monday that separate stickers will no longer be needed for the inspection and auto registration. A single sticker will be proof of both.

The Houston Chronicle reports an owner must complete the inspection - which includes state vehicle safety and emissions tests - within 90 days of when the registration expires.

Drivers will eventually have to show proof of a valid inspection to renew their vehicle registration.

Officials say Texas will save about $2 million with the change, primarily in oversight and sticker costs.

Local Report | Robertson County News

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Big fun for second annual Juneteenth Celebration

Next Generation has Juneteenth celebrations down. For the second year in a row, event organizer LaTonya Darnell and the rest of the Next Generation crew have put together a two-day event worthy of the holiday.

This year as last, the family-friendly celebration started with a softball tournament—8 teams from Cameron, Franklin, Hearne and Rockdale competing for the glory. In the end, the Franklin teams walked off with the trophies and the glory with the Rejects taking first place, The Click taking second, and Re-Roe winning third place honors.

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Polish Festival Days this weekend

Bremond, a friendly Texas town proud of its Polish heritage, invites you to their 27th annual Polish Festival Days (Polski Dzien) on Friday and Saturday, June 27 & 28, 2014.   See a bit of Polish tradition and culture and taste some Polish food.

This Polish Festival is full of fun starting on Friday night with the Polish Festival Days Beauty Pageant held at the Bremond ISD Cafeteria starting at 6:00 p.m. and free entertainment on Main Street with music by the Fence Post Pickers of Franklin starting at 8:00 p.m. Food and arts & crafts vendors and the BBQ Cook-off contestants set up on Friday as well.

Saturday’s events include the Polish Pickle 5K Run at 8:00 a.m. and a parade with cash prizes starting at 10:30 a.m.

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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.

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