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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.

Thu
08
Aug
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Five families lose home to blaze

“Please, let the firefighters know what a great job they all did,” said Fire Investigator Lt. Janine Mather. Mather is with the State of Texas Fire Marshall’s office and is responsible for investigating fires within 20 Texas counties, including Robertson.
On Saturday, August 3, Calvert Fire Chief Joe Jackson and volunteer firefighter Zeke Bermudez were the first to respond to the call. “I told the chief we needed back up, he told me Hearne was on the way,” said Bermudez. Along with Hearne Fire Department, Bremond as well as Franklin responded to the blaze at 5:55 p.m.
The blaze engulfed eight apartments and displaced five families when it was finally extinguished six hours later. All residents were accounted for and no injuries were sustained.

Thu
08
Aug
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Drug sting nets 5; 4 more sought by authorities

In open commissioner’s court last Thursday, Coty Siegert, Robertson County/District Attorney announced the success of a recent methamphetamine drug operation that netted 19 indictments and have already landed 5 in jail. Warrants for four other suspects involved have been issued. All suspects are from Robertson County.
Richard Paul Lehoski of Hearne has been charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance greater than 1 gram, but less than 4 grams, a 2nd degree felony.
Douglas Carl Herwald of Hearne faces one count with intent to deliver and two counts of delivery of a controlled substance greater than 1 gram, but less than 4 grams, a 2nd degree felony. He also faces one count of possession of controlled substance less than 1 gram, a state jail felony.

Wed
31
Jul
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EMS poster now available at the Franklin EMS station

Suezan Hoskins / Robertson County News

Wed
31
Jul
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Pastry, pies and cookies always help

Dennis Phillips / Robertson County News

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