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Rental property devastated by fire

Local fire departments were called out to a house on fire on 701 first street in Hearne Monday June 10. The fire is under investigation. Further information has not been provided at this time. Zeke Bermudez / Robertson County News

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Robertson County Grand Jury Report

• Dylan Dwayne Putnam, indicted for Possession of a Controlled Substance – Less Than One Gram.
• Javora Genell Stewart, indicted for Endangering A Child.
• Bryan Keith Herzog, indicted for Hindering Apprehension.
• Larry Darnell White, indicted for Possession of a Controlled Substance – More Than Four Grams But Less Than Two Hundred Grams; Possession of a Controlled Substance – More Than Four Hundred Grams.
• Leonard Frank Fields, indicted for Possession of a Controlled Substance – More Than Four Hundred Grams.
• Petrick Leshane Jones, indicted for Aggravated Assault With a Deadly Weapon.
• James Arness Sapp, indicted for Evading Arrest With a Motor Vehicle.
• Christopher Daryl Edwards, indicted for Burglary of a Building.
• Georgia Marie Franklin, indicted for Evading Arrest With A Motor Vehicle.
• Tonya Michele Arevalo, indicted for Forgery – Check; Credit Card/Debit Card Abuse.

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4 The Cause

Kenneth Riels, Ben Luster, Jamie Thomason, and Miranda Salazar make up the Brookshire Brothers golf team at the Robertson County Charity Golf Classic this past Saturday. More pictures on page 5. Zeke Bermudez / Robertson County News

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New nursing home to be built in Hearne

Creative Solutions in Health Care plans to build an eighty-bed, state-of-the-art nursing home in Hearne on seventeen acres at the intersection of Hackberry Street and Rose Marie Boulevard that the company recently purchased from the City of Hearne.  A tentative golden shovel ground-breaking is planned for Tuesday, July 16.
“We are excited about opening a facility that will serve Hearne and surrounding communities,” commented Gary Blake, Creative Solutions’ founder and owner.  “I am especially excited about building this facility in Hearne since my aunt and uncle, Charlie and Naomi Blake, were very active members of Hearne’s business community years ago.  This facility continues a family tradition of involvement in this area.”

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Mayor Gomez locks in lower electric rates for Hearne

As with all commodities, electricity can be lowered by the price of gas. With this in mind Hearne’s Mayor, Ruben Gomez re-entered into negotiation with the city’s electric provider, American Electric Power, securing lower rates for utility customers of Hearne.
Having negotiated a lower rate a little over a year ago, Mayor Gomez recently solidified an even lower rate that will carry the residents of Hearne into 2018. The overall reduction, .02¢ per kilowatt, but customers will not see that reduction all at once or on every bill.
From May 2013 (prorated) to the final bill in December 2014, customers will receive a .5¢ reduction. This reduction will be executed on the final bill in December 2014 and then again December 2015. Customers will get a break on their electric bills, just in time for Christmas.

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City of Hearne grants Blackshear $200,000 for improvements

Plans for an update at the Blackshear School have been set into action by a loan given to the Blackshear Alumni Association. This loan comes with great privilege and hard work.
Blackshear has been approved for a $200,000 loan with performance agreements. The loan will be split into two halves, the first half will be provided when the renovations begin. The second half of the money will be provided after six months. The application for the loan had to have specific requirements in order to be considered. The school had to provide a detailed list of improvements including equipment needed, financial statements for the last few years, financial statements for the last quarter, a map of the property, a business plan, and a tax certificate.

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City Hall is growing Mushrooms

Chlorophyllum molybdites, or the common Toadstool mushroom, were found outside of Hearne City hall. This mushroom is a spore-bearing fruiting body of fungus. It has an umbrella-like cap. The cap is very poisonous to eat. If ingested it can be very bad, maybe even fatal.
Some symptoms of eating these wild mushrooms are vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, stomach cramps, weakness, and sweating. If you or someone you know has ingested one of these mushrooms they should seek immediate medical help.
If you spot these wild mushrooms you should pick them, or kick them, and discard them in the trash. These mushrooms are spread by the wind blowing the spores.
To prevent them from growing in your yard make sure you clean up pet waste, dispose of rotting mulch, and have old tree stumps ground. These mushrooms may not harm your yard in any way, but they could harm your loved ones.

 

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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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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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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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