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Thu
20
Feb

Chamber recognizes new restaurant

On Thursday, February 13, Hearne Chamber of Commerce and the community recognized A&M Cajun Soul Restaurant with a ceremonial ribbon cutting signifying the acceptance of the new building.
On this beautiful sunny day Melvin Arbor got to cut a big yellow ribbon in front of the new restaurant surrounded by the Hearne Chamber of Commerce, Robertson County officials, friends, and family.
Arbor and his wife, A’Lana, showed their gratitude to the Chamber of Commerce and other participants by serving Boudain balls and red beans and rice for everyone to enjoy.

Thu
20
Feb

City of Hearne receives favorable audit report

During its Tuesday night meeting, the Hearne City Council learned it had an “unqualified” or “clean” auditor’s report, meaning its auditor, the firm of Seidel, Schroeder, and Co. found no notable problems with either its bank balances or its financial practices. Though the City paid out over 11 million last year, it took in over a million more through a variety of sources of income including utilities, taxes, grants, fines and fees for services, and 4A, 4B, and Hotel/Motel Taxes (HOT funds). The HOT funds were in the red but other sources of income made up for that deficit.
The firm’s representative did point out a few problems but also noted that the city had its own fail-safe methods in place to “mitigate” those problems. For example, it has no clerk to check in and out city materials and machinery but it does have those items in a locked facility with police surveillance.

Thu
20
Feb

Remembering Tillie Hedrick

In complex times like ours, we can’t make it through a day without the work of experts in a host of fields—car experts, computer experts, education experts, medical experts, spiritual experts—but in our specialized world, one area of expertise seems to be fading away. We don’t seem to have many experts in making life good. We lost another one Saturday night.
Tillie Hedrick, like her husband Joe before her, was an expert in making life exceptionally good.

Thu
13
Feb

Sanderson Farms earned award

The Brazos Valley Groundwater Conservation District (BVGCD) awarded the “Industrial Groundwater Conservationist of the Year” award to Sanderson Farms, Inc. Brazos Processing Plant at a ceremony held prior to the February 11 Bryan City Council meeting. The award honors industrial entities that strive to reduce the impact of their groundwater use on District aquifers.
Sanderson Farms management and employees began a serious commitment in 2008 to more efficiently manage their poultry processing plant located just west of FM 2818, while protecting the vital resources and minimizing their impact on the environment. The company focused on water conservation and the implementation of new technology that would reduce the dependence on groundwater.

Thu
06
Feb

Special gift for Jill Hightower

The Praying Piecers, a local quilt guild led by Peggy Cooper, presented a wonderful gift to Mrs. Jill Hightower and her family Monday morning at the Franklin Methodist Church Activity Building. It was a quilt made from clothing once worn by her two sons, Justin and Patrick, which she lost this past summer. Mrs. Hightower’s granddaughter Ryan noticed that the way the ladies joined the fabrics was like Justin & Patrick were holding each other and that brought the family even greater comfort than they imagined.
Spurred by their personal tragedy, the Hightower family has formed a non-profit organization called the N.O.W. Foundation to help dysfunctional families overcome addiction and facilitate change by offering education and support. N.O.W. comes from the motto “Not an Option to Wait”.

Thu
06
Feb

Commissioners apply for road funds

In a special Robertson County Commissioners’ Court on Monday, the commissioners from each of the four precincts approved a “substantially complete” certificate indicating completion of the historic courthouse project with the understanding that punch list items remaining would be addressed. The panel also hammered out the specifics of a TxDOT grant offered by the state to counties with oil and gas truck road damage. The grant requires the establishment of a “reinvestment zone,” one damaged road and the property bordering it, but also provides funds for the improvement of a substantial number of miles of roads in all precincts.

Thu
06
Feb

Branch competes for the Miss Teen Waco/Austin title



Cheyenne Branch of Bremond was recently selected to participate in the 2014 Cheyenne Waco/Austin pageant competition that will take place on Sunday, February 23, 2014.
Branch learned of her acceptance into this year’s competition when the pageant announced their selections following an interview process in the Waco/Austin area. Branch submitted an application and took part in an interview session that was conducted by this year’s Waco/Austin Pageant Coordinator. 

Branch will be competing, for her share of thousands of dollars in prizes and specialty gifts that will be distributed to contestants. Branch will be competing in the Teen division, one of four divisions that will have young ladies ages 7 through 19 competing in modeling routines, which includes casual wear and formal wear.

Thu
06
Feb

Officers raid illegal gambling operation

Robertson County Constable Benny McRae along side Robertson County investigators have been working to uncover local illegal gambling operations within the County. Saturday, February 1, McRae and other unnamed officers enter 1101 S. Market St. (formerly J&R Wings) with two warrants. While no arrests were made at the time, players were identified and released.
Information surrounding the gambling operation began pouring in from citizens to McRae as early as last summer. An undercover officer used high-tech surveillance equipment to infiltrate the location as a player, recording payouts and system operations of the establishment. It took the officer a little time just to be allowed to play but according to McRae, patience paid off.
During the February 1 raid, the County seized 43 8-liner machines along with other gambling paraphernalia with an estimated value of $50,000.00 based on value search online. Officers also seized an undisclosed amount of cash.

Thu
30
Jan

Hanks turns over the keys to the historic Robertson County Courthouse

Monday’s Commissioners’ Court marked the end of a long process beginning with the construction of the courthouse annex and ending with the completion of the historic courthouse’ re-construction last week. Though a few punch list items need attention, Construction Manager Jim Hanks said that the keys had been turned over on Monday and the county offices are prepared for the movers coming on Monday, February 2. The historic jail is scheduled for completion in March, and, Judge Jan Roe reminded Hanks, the leases on all rented offices for law enforcement are up on March 31. Election Center architects met with contractors last week, said Hanks, and construction plans are nearly complete.

Thu
30
Jan

Lions Club cooks up warmth during the cold weather

On Friday, January 24 The Lions Club had a chili, cornbread, dessert, and tea supper. Plates cost $6.00 for all you can eat chili and cornbread. The supper was held in the Hearne Elementary Cafeteria.
The chili was cooked by the Hearne Elementary Cafeteria works and was enjoyed by everyone.
All proceeds the Lion’s Club raised at the chili supper went to the Lion’s Club Scholarship fund. The Lions Club has many fundraisers through out the year and this was a very successful fundraiser.
The Lions Club is headed by President, Daryl Talley.

Suezan Hoskins / Robertson County News

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