Officer Stem cleared and returned to duty

Officer Stem is glad to be back on duty.


At approximately 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, December 30, officers of the Hearne Police Department responded to a disturbance call at the Columbus Village Apartments on Riley St. in Hearne. Dispatch advised officers of reports that three subjects were allegedly seen in a white colored vehicle firing a gun. Officers arrived on the scene and located the vehicle and subjects matching the description given by dispatch. Officer Stephen Stem was involved in a shooting that resulted in the death of one subject. Family members have identified the deceased as 28-year-old Tederalle Satchell. A gun was recovered from the scene that did not belong to law enforcement.


Calvert Chamber of Commerce plans for Fall Fest

At the most recent members meeting of the Calvert Chamber of Commerce, members got down to planning their upcoming Fall Festival. Susan Shaw got the ball rolling with flyers to be distributed for the Fall Fest and annual Bar-B-Q cook off. She explained that with several activities planned for the event that the hope is that they could spread the different events to several spaces around town to get better walk-by traffic into Calvert retail and food establishments and historical sites. “We want people to see more of Calvert than just Main St.,” said Shaw. She also talked about the many events that will be taking place, including a children’s art contest, an IBCA sanctioned Bar-B-Q cook off, a parade, booths and games and of course Calvert Trade Days. Discover Calvert is also planning a Harvest Ball at Virginia Woods Field Park and of course, the annual Victorian Tea.


Franklin Middle School students give back to their community

Back row; Thurman Richards, Brooklyn Mack, Cary Jo Conn, Kristin Leamon, Mikki Cole, Grace Crow, Karly Leamon, Makinzie Tomascik, Colton Shields, Rylee Psencik, Bekah Wallace and John Brewster, Front row: Kylie Brantner, Reagan Hood, Natalie Philipello, Blake Leamon, Luke Ely, Jace Leamon

The student council at Franklin Middle School is big on service to their community. From taking up donations for West, to raising money for leukemia, these kids are serious about giving back. On April 26, sponsor Priscilla Siegert, and the FMS student council descended upon the Franklin Food Bank and Community Garden with some energy and the will to serve. The young people helped organize shelves, water and weed the garden and even took some time to learn a few gardening techniques. Siegert said, “I was so proud of them for getting down in the dirt to pull weeds.” 

Thurman Richards and John Brewster were extremely grateful for the help and hopes that they kids had a good time while they were there. “It was a blessing to have them here. They were helpful, respectful and they seemed to have a good time,” said Richards. The Food Bank feeds approximately 40 to 45 families per week and the community garden helps supplement the food bank with fresh produce.


Hearne VFD begins building repairs

The Hearne VFD had the old burned fire truck towed away to make way for repairs and a newer truck.

Laura Chesner
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The Hearne VFD suffered a fire in their bay a couple of months ago that damaged the building and totaled this truck. According to Richard Dawson, Hearne VFD President, the building and equipment were all insured and the insurance will be helping with repairs and replacing the ruined equipment.
The repairs to the VFD building will begin later this week or the beginning of next week. The VFD is still looking for a replacement truck that will meet their needs and have been using their other engine in the meantime. Other Volunteer Fire Departments in the area have been providing mutual aide to make sure that all the community needs are met.
The original cause of the fire is still unknown and the insurance company is still investigating.


DEA sponsoring nationwide prescription drug round-up in Robertson County

The Robertson County Community Coalition and the Drug Enforcement Administration is giving Robertson County citizens another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. On Saturday, April 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. coalition members and local law enforcement will be collecting over-the-counter and prescription medications for safe disposal at the First Baptist Church parking lot in Hearne and at the Franklin Supermarket parking lot. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Teen prescription drug abuse is on the rise across the nation—but, according to the 2012 Texas School Survey, our local efforts at reducing teen access to prescription pills are paying off. Since the first prescription pill round-up in April of 2010, students who report past month prescription pill abuse has fallen from over five percent to three percent.


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