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Hearne city council tables street renaming

Though last on the agenda, the idea to rename Alamo / Brazos Streets to Martin Luther King, Jr. street met with the most enthusiasm at Tuesday night’s Hearne City Council meeting. While many appeared in council chambers in support of the proposed renaming, jus as many showed to oppose. At the direction of City Manager Pee Wee Drake, community members that proposed the renaming were instructed to gather names on a petition, specifically from those whose homes faced Alamo Street. Having more signatures than actual homes indicated that the city tax roll was used for property owners as well as residents. “Some were not home,” said Mrs. Darnell presented the argument for the renaming, “I knocked on doors and got the signatures that I could.”

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06
Jun
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It pays to be drug free

Hearne High School senior, Juana Esqueda, was awarded the first ever ZT Scholarship at graduation Friday night.  The scholarship fund, established by the Zero Tolerance Youth Coalition through the Brazos Valley Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse, was generated to reward the courage and leadership of graduating seniors who have exemplified a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.  Youth coalition members raised money through fundraising starting in the Spring, and with the generous help of caring community members the total amount awarded totaled to $725.
Michael Chism, the coalition’s organizer, said, “There’s two messages we want to send to young people with this scholarship: one, that it pays to be drug free- literally. And two, that the people of this community care deeply about your ability to pursue a higher education.”

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06
Jun
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Franklin students learn water conservation from BVGCD staff

On May 30, one hundred and thirty 4th and 5th graders from Franklin ISD went to a Water Conservation Field Day at the Franklin Ranch. The field day was to help the student s learn more about the water cycle and how to conserve water. It also gave them hands on real life scenarios and activities.

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06
Jun
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Ace Hardware is coming to downtown Hearne

“A new 7,000 square foot Ace Hardware Store plans to open in downtown Hearne by year’s end,” says Keith Jentsch.  After months of planning and paperwork, the new store is being opened in the former Western Auto/Allen Hardware store location at the southeastern corner of Third and Magnolia Streets.
Jentsch’s family has owned and operated businesses in this one block stretch of Third Street for the past sixty years.  It all began with the 1954 opening of Hearne Auto in the structure that is currently occupied by the Robertson County News.  Then, family patriarch Marlin Jentsch re-outfitted and moved into the old hospital across the street.  In 1969, Jentsch Motors opened a couple of blocks north on the highway.  Later, the Lou’s Fashion Shop/Ruiz Cleaners buildings were added to the Third Street enterprise.  A 2013 addition of the two-story building on the corner represents a logical progression for this long-time family business.

Thu
23
May

Calvert Chamber hears B/CS relevance

 

Special guest speaker Royce Hickman educated the 20 plus in attendance at last Monday's Calvert Chamber of Commerce meeting in the new VFD meeting room. Hickman is the President / CEO of the Bryan / College Station Chamber of Commerce and was invited to speak by Calvert Chamber President Carla Barker.

Primarily focused on the impact of B/CS directly related to Calvert.

Thu
23
May

Tour of homes spotlights Calvert

Bronwyn McGlothlin shows from where the design for her house came.

 

The Home Tour portion of Calvert’s marvelous May weekend featured more homes and other historic structures than any similar event in recent history.  On Saturday, visitors packed Calvert’s downtown and east side, getting looks at Victorian and Edwardian homes that are completely renovated, in the midst of renovation, or a gleam in its owner/renovator’s eyes.

Bronwyn McGlothlin’s Queen Anne style cottage is a Calvert classic—poster perfect and unique.  From its gracious and comfy front porches, unique chimney—a brick masterpiece that defines the façade—McGlothlin’s Queen Anne has been featured in several publications (including MIT’s coverage of historic structures) as THE example of a Queen Anne cottage.  Though it achieves over twice the height of what one would think of as a “cottage” and has a cellar to boot, it was probably a little too narrow (only 3 bedrooms and a sitting room on the second floor) to put it in the “house” or “mansion” category.

Thu
23
May

Constable finds weapons, cash and drugs during routine traffic stop

Handguns, money and rifles found in the vehicle of Kyle Yoder during a routine traffic stop south of Hearne in Robertson County.

 

During his routine patrols on Thursday, May 16, Constable for Precinct 2, Benny McRae noticed a vehicle driving well below the posted speed limit on Highway 6 south, and causing traffic problems. After pulling over the vehicle and approaching the passenger side door, Officer McRae said that when the window rolled down he could smell, “the distinct odor of burned marijuana.” Proceeding with the stop, McRae noticed a rifle in the back seat of the vehicle in plain view and called for assistance.

When assistance from the State Troopers arrived, Officer McRae proceeded to arrest the driver, Kyle Harrison Yoder, from Arvada, TX for driving while intoxicated. During the search of Yoder’s vehicle, McRae discovered under two ounces of marijuana, five rifles, four handguns, several magazines loaded with ammunition, scopes, ammunition and thousands of dollars in cash.

Thu
16
May

Hearne airport selling AvGas

 

Pilots in the central Texas skies can now log-on to airnav.com to see that Hearne Municipal Airport is selling AvGAS fuel for $4.79 a gallon which is one of the lowest aviation fuel prices in this area. A 75/25 TxDOT Aviation grant, together with matching funds provided by Robertson County along with Hearne’s 4A Sales Tax Board, made Hearne’s brand new, years-in-the-making, fuel farm possible without the expenditure of budgeted city funds.

Hearne formerly sold AvGAS.  But, outdated tanks and an old pump coupled with an unreliable credit card reader required a city staffer to do the pumping and pilots to hitch rides into town to pay for their fuel.  Today’s glistening new state-of-the-art, self-service, fuel farm is open 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, 365-days a year.

Thu
16
May

Public concern over actions of Calvert PD dominates Council meeting

 

The Calvert City Council opened its May meeting to a packed, standing-room-only council chamber as citizens and first responders came to express their frustration over recent incidents involving the Calvert Police Department.

Following the invocation and pledge, City Superintendent Kevin O’Carroll opened the meeting by reporting that Dollar General was about to begin construction and that the problems that had caused some recent power outages—booster pumps that had caught on fire--had been temporarily fixed. Replacing the booster pumps, however, would be expensive. A Brazos Valley Council of Governments sewer grant totaling $233,000 had been awarded to Calvert, and a problem with a lift station had been resolved.

Calvert Police Chief Nancy Juvrud reported that a recent drug bust had netted 20 grams of cocaine and an assortment of pills—all controlled substances—hidden in a child safety seat with the child in the seat.

Thu
16
May

Election results – light turnout at polls for city and school elections

LaTonya Darnell joins the Hearne School Board as its newest member

 

Of the over 9,000 registered voters in Robertson County, only 776 voted in recent local elections. These elections decided on city council places, school board members and a large bond for Franklin schools.

In Bremond, Ricky Swick will return for another term as Mayor and she will be joined in the council chambers by Melissa Wilganowski, Lee Roy McMahon and Leah Allen.

In Franklin, Charles Ellison returns as Mayor of Franklin and Wayne Bush and Raymond Hawkins will be joining him in the counsel chambers. The 12 million dollar bond passed with 79% voting for the measure. Franklin ISD will be seeing construction start in a few months.

Hearne ISD welcomes LaTonya Marie Darnell to the board and Sylvia Montelongo retains her seat on the school board. Darnell attended the most recent school board meeting and is excited to get to work. “I’m going to study and learn as much as I can to help my city,” said Darnell.

 

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