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Thu
11
Apr

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Folks from all over Robertson County came to the courthouse to tie blue ribbons in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Laura Chesner Staff Writer [email protected] In 1983, April was proclaimed the first National Child Abuse Prevention Month. As a result, child abuse awareness activities are promoted across the country during April of each year. The Office on Child Abuse and Neglect coordinates Child Abuse Prevention Month activities at the Federal level, providing information and releasing updated national statistics about child abuse and neglect. Many governors also issue proclamations to encourage initiatives and events in their States. In 1989, the Blue Ribbon Campaign to Prevent Child Abuse began as a Virginia grandmother's tribute to her grandson who died as a result of abuse. She tied a blue ribbon to the antenna of her car as a way to remember him and to alert her community to the tragedy of child abuse. The Blue Ribbon Campaign has since expanded across the country.

Thu
04
Apr

Home invasion investigation continues

The HPD has been using their Facebook page to communicate with citizens

Laura Chesner Staff Writer [email protected] Starting last week, Hearne residents reported home invasions by a group of armed males. One of the first reports came during the weekend of the Fair. One Hearne resident reported that four men wearing hoodies and masks forced their way through his front door. The victim says that one of the suspects pulled out a pistol and held it to his head as the three others ransacked his home. His three-year-old little girl was sound asleep in another room. “I wanted to do something about it, but I didn't know if the gun was loaded or not, and I didn't know if he was going to shoot me, or shoot her,” he said. “I was helpless,” said the victim who preferred to remain anonymous. Since the initial break-in, others have been reported in Hearne and Hearne Police have been taking a pro-active role in the investigation. Sergeant Stephen Yohner is heading up the investigation into these home invasions.

Mon
01
Apr

LOST DOG: FOUND!

Thank you to everyone who looked for Maria

Praise God that Maria has been found. She survived after 6 days in the woods. A resident saw her on The Cameron Herald Newspaper Facebook, saw her in the area and returned her to the owner. The amazing part is that he would not take her reward money. Thank you for your kind and sweet spirit in helping us to locate her. It is people like you and that resident that make me want to leave the big city and move to the country.

Fri
29
Mar

Go green without having to recycle your newspaper

Laura Chesner Staff Writer [email protected] Many ecologists have said that reducing one’s carbon footprint can be as easy as changing one small thing that reduces waste. Reading your newspaper online saves valuable resources, decreases pollution and is inexpensive. The Robertson County News offers two ways to get your news online. The Editorial staff updates the Robertson County News website weekly with a partial look at the weekly paper. If you already have a paper subscription, then you can get a username and password and get a look at the full paper for no extra price. But for the person who wants to really go green, a paperless newspaper subscription is available to anyone for less than a yearly subscription that comes in the mail. “We here at the Robertson County News know that many of our subscribers care about the environment and want to do something to reduce waste,” said Publisher Dennis Phillips.

Fri
29
Mar

Hearne responds to rash of home invasions

Laura Chesner Staff Writer [email protected] Several home invasions have been reported to Hearne Police Department in recent weeks that have citizens concerned about their safety. The investigation by Hearne Police Department into this string of burglaries is currently ongoing. When reached for comment, Hearne Mayor, Ruben Gomez said that he recently met with Police Chief Thomas Williams to discuss what steps can be taken to prevent these types of instances from happening in the future. Chief Williams discussed several options with the Mayor, including specialized training for Hearne Police and dispatch and more street lights in poorly lit areas of town.

Fri
29
Mar

More high visibility changes on their way

Hearne Mayor Ruben Gomez Robertson County News Thanks to the Hearne City Council and Hearne’s 4A and 4B Sales Tax Boards, the massive old cotton compress firewall, loading docks, and concrete slabs beside the depot will soon become history. Cherry Demolition, a company out of Houston that specializes in tearing down large buildings, will soon be moving-in equipment and starting a demolition process that will likely take three or so weeks. While some noise and inconvenience are expected with a project of this size, the removal of this major longtime eyesore should help breathe new life into the area just north of the railroad tracks from downtown. Many people recall the removal of the old Hearne Lumber Company and its replacement with DaVita. Lots of visitors and residents alike are going to be amazed at what a big improvement tearing down these structures will make to the adjoining neighborhoods as well as to what people see from downtown and the highway.

Fri
29
Mar

Smith-Welch Library – more than great books

Kelly Ellison

Laura Chesner Staff Writer [email protected] Kelly Hover and Sylvia Garcia love to visit with library guests. They are always trying to find out new things for locals to enjoy and learn at the library. Recently, Sylvia decided to have a Zumba Fitness class at the library. Join her Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m. for Zumba Fit Club. The first time is free, and if you decide to come back, there is a $5.00 donation to the Smith-Welch library’s summer reading program. A great way to get fit and help kids at the same time. Hover wants to remind people that the library also offers several other services. On Tuesday afternoons, locals can meet with Miosha Sanders to get help finding government assistance. She can help you find food banks, fill out Medicaid paperwork, explain your SNAP benefits and find doctors and clinics that accept CHIP. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Kelly Ellison is still available to teach computer skills.

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