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Fri
20
Dec

Iconic lounge destroyed by early morning fire

In the early hours of Friday, December 13 a fire broke out at the historic Nugget Lounge on old Franklin Highway just outside of Hearne. According to sources at the scene, the fire appeared to have started around the outside air conditioning unit.
It was reported that the fire seemed contained until the front door was opened by fire fighters and at that time, the entire building became engulfed. According to eye witness reports, the buildings structure took a little under two hours to collapse.
Fire crews from Hearne, Franklin, Calvert, and Blackjack were called to the scene at roughly 6:00 a.m. and worked more than 4 hours to extinguish the blaze that completely destroyed the more than 50 year old business.
General manager and operator for more than 16 years, Donna Hancock, worked to create a home-style atmosphere for the iconic lounge.

Fri
20
Dec

Santa lands in downtown Hearne for Christmas Parade

On Saturday, December 14 the residents of the city of Hearne could be found on the side of Magnolia Street and many streets adjacent for the annual Christmas Parade.
This year the parade was themed “Christmas through the Decades” so contestants were urged to choose a year accordingly.
Parade participants consisted of Hearne, Blackjack, and Calvert fire and police vehicles, many floats from various groups, cars of all years, makes, and models, church groups, Hearne ISD band and cheerleaders, and last but not least Santa portrayed by Anthony Lott.
The parade route began at the corner of Post Oak and Second Street, turned left on to Magnolia, left on Fifth Street, left on Cedar Street, left on Third Street, and ending with a left on Post Oak in front of Brookshire Brothers.
The parade judges were Ramona Aguirre, Officer Webb of the Hearne PD, and Lashaonda Drake, manager of the Hearne Sonic.

Fri
06
Dec

Hitch-em up in Calvert

The Pike Crazy Horse Riders have a solution for horses running loose in west Calvert. And it’s a workable one. On Sunday, the Riders erected a hitching post in Trojan purple in the park just west of the softball diamonds. Then they scattered hay in preparation for four-legged visitors.
As local hoops wizards heated up the basketball court across the street, the Crazy Horse Riders poured the Quickcrete and secured the hitching post with “Pike” in the middle in honor or Mozelle “Pike” Williams, the rider who, along with fellow rider John Morrow, is remembered every year in June when the Riders hold their annual trail ride around and through Calvert. The hitching post, designed and assembled by master welder James Carter, takes that memorializing a step farther—makes it more tangible. Erected in the spot where the Riders begin their June 29th ride, it provides a way to hitch horses until all the riders are ready.

Fri
06
Dec

Encana Oil and Gas helps the Holiday Feast of Sharing

Representatives from Encana Oil & Gas recently presented a check for $4,000 to Melissa Williams, owner of the Lone Star Burger Bar, to assist with the staging of this year’s Holiday Feast of Sharing in Franklin.
Kristen Thornburg and Bridgett Gauntt of Encana delivered the check to Williams, who will use the funds to purchase food for an expected 1,500 traditional Thanksgiving meals that will be prepared and delivered by volunteers to those in need throughout the city.
Encana has supported the Holiday Feast of Sharing for the past four holiday seasons, with the event serving more and more families every year. In addition to food deliveries, the Holiday Feast of Sharing also delivers gifts to children in need, and this year that number may surpass 300 youth in the Franklin area.

Fri
06
Dec

City approves tougher property maintenance regulations

Though changes will not go into effect immediately, the Hearne City Council voted Monday night to strengthen its ordinance “relating to overgrown properties.” Adopting an ordinance similar to Bryan’s, the Council agreed unanimously to fine residents who let their property become trashy and/or overgrown. The new ordinance must be posted and residents given time to learn about the changes, but after due diligence is made, residents can expect to be informed if their properties need to be cleaned up. Residents who do not respond to the warning can expect to be summoned to the Hearne Municipal Court.
In other business, the Council approved the purchase, using 4B funds, of $3,000 in holiday garland for decorating the Depot. Mayor Ruben Gomez explained that, in the past, the City had purchased garland from Walmart and it had started to fall apart after two weeks. This heavy duty garland is guaranteed for five years.

Tue
26
Nov

Road conditions compromised by wet winter weather

PILE UP — Three car collision happened Friday November 22 around 4:00 p.m. on Hwy 6 in front of the Loves truck stop. The collision involved an 18-wheeler, an RV, and a small silver car. The collision report has not been released to the public at the time of publication.

Suezan Hoskins | Robertson County News

Tue
26
Nov

Commissioners lend support to Hearne’s civic center project and approve bid to build county election center

During its second regular session, the Robertson County Commissioners Court handled a number of routine matters and agreed in principal to support the city of Hearne’s efforts to convert some downtown buildings into an education and civic center. Though not asking for funds at this time, the Hearne hoped that in the near future the County would provide two to four payments totaling $60,000 from County Hotel/Motel tax (about half of the County’s collections from Hearne hotels and motels) in support of a new civic center. The County would, in turn, have a say in how the facility was managed. Hearne Economic Development Director Kent Brunette provided the County with a similar agreement from the city/county of Nacogdoches to serve as a model.
The court voted to record its contracts with both major political parties to hold primary elections. It also approved district clerk collections of $7,428.37 for September and $6,469.27 for October.

Tue
26
Nov

Thanks to Mr. Johnson

When Roy Johnson left California to become Chief Professional Officer of the Boys and Girls Club of Robertson County, the club Board felt it was struggling against almost insurmountable odds. It had raised the $100,000 the Boys and Girls Clubs of American suggested a small opening club must have, and it had tried to comply with all the requests of the BFCA Regional Director (though it took a long time for the Board to actually figure out what the Regional Director wanted), but it still wasn’t enough. The Regional Director did not think the Board had enough credibility and he didn’t think that Robertson County had what it took to sustain a Boys and Girls Club. That was three years ago—three years of continuous operation.

Thu
07
Nov
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Robertson County Election Results

Thu
07
Nov
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City-Wide Fall Clean up scheduled

The City of Hearne will be holding the fall clean up in the City on Wednesday, November 13 and Thursday, November 14. Large bulky items can place on curbside on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 until

 7:00 am Wednesday, Nov. 13. All large Piles will be recorded by date and time of pickup at each address, any pile that shows up after that will be treated as illegal dumping and violators will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Basic restriction will be no roofing materials/shingles, no paint, no tires, no batteries, no asbestos, no household trash, or hazardous waste.

Also there will be a pick up at the Citizens Collection Station located out on Vaughn Lane at Eagle Disposal.

Hours of operation are from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. You must bring a current light bill to use the facility free of charge.

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