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Thu
30
Jan

The RCCC celebrates four years of achievement

During its annual banquet on Thursday night, as the snow and sleet fell on Hearne’s First Baptist Church’s Family Life Center, the Robertson County Community Coalition celebrated four years of successes spearheaded by RCCC’s professional leadership: Carrie Kenney Archer and Michael Chism.

Thu
30
Jan

Thompson pleas in Johnson murder case

The murder of Hank Johnson has come to a close. Trae Thompson entered a plea and accepted 15 months for Criminally Negligent Homicide this week in a Robertson County Courtroom. Thompson, sentenced to 15 months for the 5-year-old murder, has roughly 7 months remaining of his sentence. Thompson received credit for time served awaiting trial for the 2008 murder, however Robertson County DA and Thompson attorney reached an agreement negating the necessity of a trial.
“I have mixed emotions,” said Sandy Johnson, mother of the victim, “I’m grateful that it is over and done with. We (the family) gets closure, but Hank’s murderer got the bare minimum.”
Thompson in fact could have been sentenced to 24 months, the maximum punishment for Criminally Negligent Homicide.

Thu
23
Jan

Rev. Donald Adams remembered

In Hearne, it’s hard to find a life that Rev. Donald Adams has not touched in some good and sweet way. Here’s my story.
When I first came to Hearne to be the Robertson County newspapers reporter, General Manager John Melvin told me to go to the Hearne school board meeting. No one had covered HISD trustee deliberations in a while. I learned the time and date but somehow got the impression (probably the wrong impression) that the District was not interested in my covering Board meetings.

Thu
23
Jan

Calvert City Council initiates Police Chief “conditions”

The Calvert City Council met in special session Tuesday evening to review the performance of Police Chief Nancy Juvrud and agree to settle out of court pending litigation involving a former police officer.
In the “reports” section, City Superintendent Kevin O’Carroll reported that dollar stores construction was well underway, that he was waiting for oil mix to finish the city’s paving projects, and that 10 major water leaks had occurred during the recent freeze and all had been quickly repaired. Chief Juvrud proposed that the city develop an ordinance that would require all horse owners to register their animal with an accompanying photo so that horses on the loose could be identified and returned.

Thu
23
Jan

City approves increasing Municipal Court fines

First on the city Council agenda was to add handicap parking on N. Center Street. Bob Jarvis was present at the meeting to tell the city Council how important it was to have the additional handicap parking. The Council approved adding the handicap parking and repainting the parking stripes on N. Center Street.
The next thing the Council discussed was the Methodist Church drainage issues and handicap parking. The Council agreed to meet with the church officials to discuss what can be done before doing anything further.
The third item on the cities agenda was to approve a 14-foot by 48-foot mobile home to be moved on to a lot on Wheelock Street in Franklin. Council member Molly Hedrick pointed out how confusing the current ordinance is on the size of the allowed mobile homes, but the rest of the Council agreed that Jason Clay’s mobile home was no issue to move on to the lot. Along with approving the mobile home, the Council approved updating the ordinance.

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.

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