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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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26
Jun
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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

Thu
26
Jun
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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.

Thu
26
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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.

Thu
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
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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.

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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.

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