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Fri
25
Sep

One hundred and one, WOW!

By Margaret Salvaggio

The Calvert Senior Center which is located at, 208 W. Texas Street in Calvert, Texas was the happening place for this month of September for celebrating birthdays, playing bingo, dealing cards and shooting to the moon with dominos and of course cake! Among our celebrities was Ms. Clara Miller, celebrating her 101st birthday.

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Fri
18
Sep

It’s not a bonus, it’s accounting

by Dennis Phillips
 
There has been some confusion concerning the budgeted pay periods for the non-hourly employees and elected officials of Robertson County. In most years there are 26 paydays or pay periods, but once every 10 or 11 years, it happens, 27 pay periods. This is not abnormal, it happens for all Texas counties and here is why. Every 10 or 11th year, the accounting has to add an extra pay period to catch up to the budget. This is generated by a leap year and the fact that the budget is set in September. Basically, all entities that set a budget in September annually face the additional pay period.
 
Fri
18
Sep

Hearne ISD extends Immunizations Compliance

by Jan Todd Batson
 
Hearne Independent School District school nurse, Mary Cortez, LVN, encourages everyone to check their child’s immunization records. If you believe that immunizations are up to date, send or bring by that updated record to your child’s school nurse office. If you are new to the district, make certain your child’s school has received a copy of their immunization record from their previous school. You will need to make an appointment for your child to receive needed immunizations with one of the health clinics.
 
Fri
18
Sep

The County nears end of budgeting cycle Burn ban remains in effect

by Melissa Freeman
 
After brief public hearings over the proposed County tax rate of .475 and the County Clerk and District Clerk’s preservation and restoration of records plans, the Robertson County Commissioners’ Court handled a number of routine matters typical of the close of a fiscal year. During the tax rate hearing, resident Cathy Lazarus suggested again that the County pay off its outstanding debt with reserve funds and use the debt payment to hire an additional sheriff’s deputy. She also pointed put that frozen taxable properties (frozen because the resident is 65 or older) are not properly figured into the total tax levy. Refiguring the levy and paying off the debit would allow the County to decrease the tax hike, she said.
 
Fri
18
Sep

A good step to better heath

by Dennis Phillips
 
It is proven, a better health practice for employees makes for a better work environment. It can lower insurance premiums, reduce claims against a businesses health insurance policy. Keeping employees healthy makes for a healthier business. Robertson County Treasurer Mindy Turner has spearheaded a program to keep county employees healthier and to have a little fun in the process.
 
Fri
11
Sep

Commissioners face concerned citizens in tax rate public hearing

By Melissa Freeman
 
Though the first of two required public hearings over the proposed county tax rate did not fill the courtroom with tax payers as it has previous years, several citizens voiced their concerns about the tax rate and county priorities during Monday’s 9 am hearing. Citizens’ chief concerns were the following: that county employees were receiving a bonus this year because the 2015 – 16 fiscal year has 27 rather than 26 pay periods (thus salaries were not frozen as the county
Fri
11
Sep

Sheriff K9 Unit 1 - Bad Guys 0

Robertson County Sheriff Deputy Wes Edwards and K-9 Pablo conducted a traffic stop roughly 1/2 mile south of JS Tire this past Tuesday evening that led to the arrest of an individual who had in his possession marijuana, pipes as well as other illegal drug use related items.
 
Fri
11
Sep

Honoring the fallen

By Margaret Salvaggio

The call came into the Robertson County News office on Friday, September 4, around 10:30 a.m. notifying the paper that the Hearne Police Department was going to have a time of remembrance at 11:00 a.m. for the fallen Brother Deputy Goforth that was being laid to rest at about that time in Houston.
 
Fri
11
Sep

City tax rate proposed to remain the same

By Dennis Phillips

With the opening of the first of two scheduled public hearings, Mayor Ruben Gomez announced the councils’ intention to unchange the tax rate. Currently set at 0.71039 per $100 value, residents can look forward to a property tax bill tat will mirror 2014. “We have held this tax rate since 2010,” said Mayor Gomez, “the proposed budget will keep the rate the same.”
 
Fri
04
Sep

Labor Day Holiday for Hearne students and teachers

By Jan Todd Batson

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