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Thu
23
Jan

Hearne Council looks to reopen vehicle registration office

The Hearne City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, January 21 to do a little house keeping and meet is special session regarding property issues.
The Council, acting on the Hearne Planning and Zoning recommendation, approved the minutes from the P&Z meeting and denied Victor Pierce’s request to open a BBQ place at 2005 S. San Gabrriel in Hearne. The lot currently is zoned residential and Pierce had asked to have the lot rezoned commercial. As Pierce is not the owner of the lot and upon investigation by the P&Z a number of family members in fact own the lot, an agreement could not be reached among the family members to allow for the BBQ place. The P&Z denied the rezoning and the City Council passed a motion to deny the BBQ place on that recommendation.

Thu
23
Jan

MLK Street in Calvert—Return to pristine

On MLK Day, about 25 youth and adults gathered on Cedar Street in Calvert Monday to get their assignments and tackle the trash on Martin Luther King Street, running a block behind and parallel. After about an hour of enthusiastic trash gathering, several blocks of MLK were transformed.
Youth leaders included members of the Calvert High School Student Council who are going for a Helping Hands Award, issued by the Texas Association of Student Councils during their annual convention in mid-April in Arlington. The MLK clean-up is only one of several service projects the CISD Student Council will be able to list. Giving out food at the local food bank, maintaining the People’s Garden, working to raising money for Little Dribblers, and a host of other projects make them a shoe-in.

Thu
16
Jan

Hearne Mayor looks at 2014

2014 is shaping up to be another good year with lots more economic progress coming Hearne’s way. As the New Year begins, 100+ new jobs and almost two million dollars in state grant money are already committed to Hearne. Even more good news is expected during the year. I wish everyone a happy and prosperous New Year. May the Good Lord continue to bless us!
Staked-out but temporarily rained-out, Creative Solutions in Health Care will soon start building its new 80-bed Hearne nursing home that will bring eighty jobs to town. Like Hearne’s DaVita Kidney Dialysis Clinic, this new facility will attract patients and employees from parts of Robertson, Brazos, Milam, and Burleson counties. Hearne has been awarded a $750,000 Texas Department of Agriculture Texas Capital Fund grant for curbs, sidewalks, and drainage along Hackberry and Rose Marie.

Thu
16
Jan

Courthouse open house set for January 25

The federal mid-term, state, and county elections are approaching quickly with less than two months before the Democratic and Republican primaries. During their Monday meeting, the Robertson County Commissioners set times for early primary voting and continued to work on a new election center which might be ready for the November 6 general election. It also set the date and time for a walk-through of the renovated Robertson County Courthouse on Saturday, January 25.
After an almost hour-long executive session over County legal matters, the court re-adjourned at 2:55 to take no action over matters discussed in closed session. Following its return to regular session, the panel approved minutes, bonds and oaths, and County Clerk collections of $22,292 for the month of December, 2013.
Next, the commissioners approved early voting locations and hours for the March 2014 Democratic and Republican Primaries, which will be February 18-28.

Fri
10
Jan

Tactical training for county peace officers

On December 18, 2013 many Robertson County Peace Officers attended the Robertson County Multi Agency Firearms Program held at the Hearne Firing range. There were over 20 peace officers that volunteered their time to learn new and different tactical situations. Among the attendees were Officers from Bremond, Calvert, Franklin, and Hearne Police, Tactical Paramedics with Robertson County EMS, Constables from all precincts, DPS officers, game wardens, and even the Sheriff.
This Particular session focused on motor vehicles and guns. Peace officers were shown which parts of cars were more safe then others to take cover and for concealment. They learned how to best shoot in and out of cars. They got to sit inside of the cars and actually have some hands on training. There were two cars available at the session; a Crown Victoria and a Chevy Beretta, both provided by Penick Wrecker Service.

Fri
10
Jan

Public hearing held for state offered funds

On Jan 2, the Robertson County Commissioner’s Court met to discuss a new grant available from the State of Texas and funds that have been allocated to the County.
The grant, $711,317.00 is part of a statewide program handed down from the Texas Legislature during the past session. The need presented to the State was for road and bridge repair assistance to counties based on damage caused by the energy sector. In the case of Robertson County, that would be the oil and gas industry.
Development of several oil and gas well site throughout Robertson County has kept commissioner’s busy repairing the roads associated with these site due to higher traffic volumes as well as the weight of big rigs that ravel these roads.

Fri
10
Jan

Olympic hopeful needs your help

Jamie Czajkowski is a member of the USA Olympic Powerlifiting team. He needs the communities help to obtain the funds necessary to go the upcoming USA meet, which will be in Denmark, Sweden.
Czajkowski became interested in Powerlifiting after a church youth group event where the youth minister was a power lifter and incorporated his sport in his way of spreading the word of God. Czajkowski was very inspired by this man and helped him decide to pursue the sport and consider being a minister to youth.
Czajkowski was attending Milano High School where the sport was not available. His neighbor, good friend, and coach Craig Jentsch told Czajkowski that if he was truly interested and would dedicate his time in the sport Jentsch would make sure the sport was available to him, which began his training under the direction of Coach Sean Connor.

Thu
02
Jan

Scott retires from First Star

On Friday, December 27, First Star Bank in Hearne held a retirement party for longtime employee Louise “Lou” Scott. Scott was an Assistant Vice President and Loan Officer. She worked at First Star Bank for 8 years.
“I’ve been in banking over 40 years and am so glad to have had this experience.” said Scott. “First Star Bank is top-notch.”
Scott was graced by her friends, family, and coworkers during her retirement party.
Scott said that she plans on traveling with her husband more now and enjoying the down time retirement will allow her to have. She said that retiring is bitter sweet because she is going to miss all of her coworkers and customers, but she is ready to be home with her family.

Suezan Hoskins \ Robertson County News

Thu
02
Jan

Owning the night; The Cotton Classic

The Mustangs from Mumford broke out of the gate, like the Mustang horses of the Old West.  In their first game to open the Cotton Christmas Classic, they ran all over the Thrall Tigers by the tune of 96-35.  Mumford jumped out to a 28-9 lead after the first quarter and led 54-15 at the half. They would stretch that lead to 81-21 after the 3rd quarter and coast home to the final of 96-35.  Aubrie King scored 24 points on 8 of 9 shooting from 3-point range.  The St. Edwards signee also had 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the game. Lakendric Hyson had 16, Seth Smitherman 13, Corey Powell 12, Dion Mack 9, Justin Shannon 6, Frank Franco 6 and James Morris 5 to pace a well-rounded Mustang attack. The aggressive Mustang defense had 12 steals and 14 deflections as they continually forced the tempo.

Thu
26
Dec

Service to the city honored

On December 19, Joe Jackson and his wife, Dorinda, were honored by Calvert VFD. Jackson has served for over 40 years to the fire department and the citizens of Calvert.  
The City of Calvert also honored Jackson with a proclamation naming December 19 as “Joe Jackson Day” and he was given key to the city.
Jackson and wife, Dorinda, were both surprised yet happy to receive this honor.

Local Report \ Robertson County News

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