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Fri
06
Sep
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Red Hatters “Puttin’ on the Ritz”

Once a day each month in Calvert, there is a party with ‘Puttin on the Ritz’, Red Hatters. All women of all ages are invited.  If you are under 50 you wear pink, over 50 you wear purple and red.  Everyone is invited to join.  You do not have to go to every party but when you have attended one of these fun days you will want to attend each month.
On August 15, they had lunch at Cindi B’s new cafe.
Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, grilled cheese sandwiches, chicken salad, and peach cobbler served in a ice cream cone were just some of the delicious foods that were offered with a smile. 
The door prize was given to Olivia Washburn.
After lunch a few members drove to Bryan to enjoy a movie and eat popcorn.
If you would like to join in the fun, let a Red Hatter know.

Local Report / Robertson County News

Fri
06
Sep
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The 411 on 911

On July 22, Chris Lamb, Chief of EMS and Director of Operations proposed new software to improve dispatching services for Robertson County. The goal was to implement new software but Lamb got more than he bargained for. “I just want to go back to taking care of the people of Robertson County,” said Lamb in open court, “I don’t care about all the politics. I’m spending more time dealing with the rumors than helping people.”
Lamb was just one of many that had had their fill of rumors that swelled throughout the county regarding a possible consolidation of 911 services.
Judge Jan Roe addressed the court to outline what had transpired over the previous 30+ days regarding the Sheriff’s office, 911 dispatching and to quell any rumors. This would be the third time the Judge told the same story, in open court.
Judge Jan Roe’s idea:
1. Buy the new 911 dispatch software.

Fri
06
Sep
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Standoff ends; suspects still on the run

According to Sheriff Gerald Yezak, three suspects were identified by Hearne PD at the Love’s Truck Stop on Hwy. 6 in Hearne just past 10:30 p.m. this past Monday night.
According to Hearne PD, at least one of the suspects was identified as having felony warrants and the possibility of armed and dangerous. While attempting to stop the vehicle, the driver with the warrants kept driving leading the Hearne PD on a high speed chase to a residential neighborhood in Calvert. It is believed that the key suspect is wanted for the August 16 armed robbery of the Texas Bank and Trust branch at Highway 21 in Bryan.
The driver and two passengers ditched the vehicle in the front yard of a residential home on Cottonwood Street.
According the Hearne PD, one suspect was captured and later released, believed to be a passenger in the vehicle. It was believed at the time that the remaining to suspects hid in the home as police surrounded the residents.

Sat
31
Aug
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Yard of the Month

Melissa Freeman / Robertson County News

Don Coleman standing behind the feature he created. That is one of the reasons Dona and Debra received yard of the month for August by the Green Thumb Garden Club.

Sat
31
Aug
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Commissioners retain burn ban, approve tower clock, and return to budget challenges

The Robertson County Commissioners took a brief break from budget discussions to handle routine business items Monday afternoon.  It began the session with a public hearing over the District and County Court’s continuing efforts to scan and maintain all of their records going back to the 1800’s in digital format.  When no one responded to Judge Jan Roe’s request for questions or comments, the hearing closed and, 10 minutes later, the regular session began.  

The court recorded office revenues of over $38,600 for the County Clerk’s office, and $13,848.20 for the District Clerk’s office. The panel also agreed to allow the District Clerk to raise filing fees from $5 to $10 per archive filing.  It approved a tax refund for a resident who had overpaid and agreed to hold a referendum during the May election cycle over the proposal to build a new jail.

Sat
31
Aug
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Wilson BBQ Fund-raiser slated

David Scott “Scotty” Wilson passed away very suddenly and unexpected. He was a employee at Carquest for 13 years and was happily married for 18 years to his wife Sandy Wilson. He has a son and a grandson.

Scotty was born on December 16, 1959 in Hearne, but soon moved to Waco with his family. Scotty graduated from McGregor High school in 1978. In 1989 he moved back to Hearne. 

Before working at Carquest Scotty made cabinets at Raymart in Waco, he also worked at Lowes for a couple of years.

Scotty loved to share tales about his fishing adventures. He not only loved to fish, but he loved to hunt and be outdoors.

Scotty was a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan.

There will be a BBQ benefit in Scotty’s honor to help raise money for his family.

Sat
31
Aug
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Commissioners “cut to the bone” to avoid a steep tax hike

As the deadline to finalize the County’s 2013-2014 budget approaches, the Robertson County Commissioners have been scrambling to find hundreds of thousands of dollars more to cut from an already lean (compared to budgets of the past few years) budget.  This particular need came from a recent decision—or at least a hope—to minimize a necessary tax increase to two cents on every $100 valuation.  That hope dimmed on Monday, despite some determined efforts to cut spending.

Thu
08
Aug
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Local loses house in fire

On August 5, 2013 at approximately 4:45am, Hearne Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to 301 S. Alamo St. in Hearne in reference to a structure fire. Upon arrival, the wood frame home was engulfed in flames and had already been evacuated by Hearne Police Department. Calvert Volunteer Fire Department was also dispatched for mutual aid to help contain the blaze. The home was a total loss. The homeowner was identified as 76-year-old Charles Williams of Hearne. No injuries where reported. American Red Cross has been notified to assist the homeowner. The cause of the fire is unknown.
A fund has been set up at First Victoria Bank for Charles E. Williams. This is to help defray costs related to his home burning and loss of all of his belongings. All First Victoria Bank branches can receive donations.

Local Report / Robertson County News

Thu
08
Aug
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Dry weather equals Burn Ban

Thu
08
Aug
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Voting law changes; what you need to know to vote this November

With the passing of Senate Bill 14 a new requirement was created for voters to show photo identification when voting. The November 5, Constitutional Amendment vote will be the first to implement these new requirements. The Robertson County Election Department and Elections Administrator Trudy Hancock are encouraging all Robertson County voters to head to the ballots on November 5. “It is the first time with the new ID requirements and this is an excellent opportunity for residents to make sure they comply with these new laws.” Traditionally, voter turnout is low for straight constitutional ballots, however the elections office is hoping to use this election date to better streamline the voting process before the primary elections in May 2014.

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