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29
May
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“American fighting spirit” celebrated at Depot

Melissa Freeman | Robertson County News Veterans gather at the Hearne Depot to celebrate Memorial Day with guest speaker Mike Southerland.

Over fifty Robertson County residents and friends gathered at the Hearne Depot on Monday to remember those who have served—veterans of the United Stated Armed Forces and particularly those who have guaranteed our freedoms by fighting to defend them.

The commemoration began with a prayer led by American Legion Chaplain Calvin Woods, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the presenting of several awards by Chuck Carlson, the Hearne American Legion Commander and Robertson County Veterans Services Representative.

Carlson awarded this year’s Legion scholarships to Carla Hernandez of Hearne High School and Zack Vaughn of Mumford High School—finalists out of 10 or so candidates in each school.

Both plan to enter medicine, Carla as a Masters Degree pediatric nurse, Zack as a medical doctor. Carlson wishes to thank Prosperty Bank for their assistance and generosity with the legion scholarship fund.

Thu
22
May
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Standoff in Hearne ends without incident

Dennis Phillips | Robertson County News The scene Tuesday evening as negotiators work to peacefully resolve the standoff on Hwy. 6. No injuries were reported and the driver was transported to St. Joseph’s in Bryan for a diabetic condition.

UPDATE: 5/22/2014
The suspect has been identified as Paula Hyden of Bryan. It has also been confirmed that Hyden suffered a diabetic shock episode and no charges have been filled at the time of this update.
- Dennis Phillips
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A potentially dangerous situation unfolded on Hwy. 6 in Hearne Tuesday evening when a woman coming out of Bryan traveling north in the southbound lanes. The Driver originally refused to exit her vehicle when ordered to do so by the Texas Department of Public Safety officer at the scene.

Hearne Police Department along with the Bryan Police Department and SWAT units were on hand in case the situation escalated. After several hours of negotiation, the woman exited her vehicle and was transported to St. Joesph’s in Bryan due to a diabetic condition that officers believe started the event.

Thu
22
May
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Calvert Chamber looks to renovate historic Gulf Gas Station

Painting by Gaylord O’Con, sws | www.gaylordcon.com. This watercolor painted by Gaylord O’Con from Glen Rose, Texas depicts a historic Gulf Station.  A vision of the past, these types of historic renovations are becoming more popular in smaller towns. This station now stands in Edgewood, Texas.

It is a labor of love to take the care and detail required to restore a historic building. Though little is known of the Gulf Gas Station in Calvert, as I’m sure more research will take place, the Calvert Chamber has set a goal to renovate the historic building to be used as the Chambers information center and office.

Several fundraiser ideas were hatched and discussed during the general membership meeting held May 20 at the Calvert Fire Station meeting room. Ideas presented were that of a wild game / wild hog plate to be possibly held during the October 17-18 BBQ Cook Off event which is already scheduled.

Thu
22
May
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Newly elected members seated

 Melissa Freeman | Robertson County News Hearne Mayor Ruben Gomez swears in the newly elected members of the City Council. Joyce Rattler, Hazel Embra and LaShaunda White by reading and repeating the oath of office last Tuesday night.

Between 6:15 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. Tuesday night, the Hearne City Council assumed a new look and, most likely, a new stance. With the election of three new council members, the panel may be exploring new directions.

The council opened the session with old business having the incumbents approving a host of 4A and 4B recommended expenditures.

The council approved $170,000 for infrastructure improvements (sewer, water, electric, etc.) for a new 20-acre RV park on FM 485, a mile west of Love’s, half the funds from 4A and half from 4B. Councilman Michael Werlinger abstained from each vote since the property is owned by his mother, Judy Werlinger.

Thu
15
May
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Robertson County joint general election results tabulated

The Robertson County News has learned that after a recount that finished after press deadline Wednesday, Marc Catalina has edged past Joyce Rattler 507 to 505 with three provisional votes waiting verification. We will keep you updated here as the final result of that race.

Dennis Phillips | Publisher
Robertson County News

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As of Saturday night, May 10, local municipal and school district elections were decided by the following vote totals.

In Bremond, Andy Burnett took place 1 on the city council with 153 votes to Jonathan Allen’s 64 votes. For Place 5, Ira J. Gray will assume the seat with 133 votes to Larry Wilganowski’s 85. Nikki Screws ran unopposed.

Thu
15
May
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Stem named in lawsuit prior to second shooting

On April 2, according to a lawsuit filled by Blasingame Whitley, Attorneys at Law and specifically Robert A Whitley, Attorney of record for Saad Qureshi, officer Stephen Stem was named as a defendant along with Hearne Police Chief Thomas Williams and three other unidentified officers.

“We have requested and been denied the police car surveillance video to identify the other officers,” said Whitley.

On April 4, Whitley sent a litigation hold request along with a freedom of information request concerning a traffic stop conducted by officer Stem. According to that letter, Whitley outlines the stop in detail accusing Stem and the other officers of racial profiling, illegal search, and illegal detention, as the stop was longer than 30 minutes. The letter also included a notice of Qureshi’s intent to file suit for these allegations.

Thu
15
May
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City Council terminates Officer Stem

Other incidents cited as contributing factors

In a special session of the Hearne City Council held Saturday May 10 the Hearne City Council voted unanimously to terminate officer Stephen Stem.

Mayor Ruben Gomez, once calling the meeting to order addressed camera crews from across the state of Texas as well as a packed chamber of Hearne citizens. Many were in attendance, called to do so, by New Black Panther Party leader Quanell X during a rally held in front on the Hearne Police station last Thursday.

Quanell X put Hearne Mayor Gomez on the spot, demanding that the Hearne City Council “do the right thing.” “If this man does the right thing, protect him, help he get re-elected because he is not affraid to do the right thing and terminate this trigger-happy cop,” said X.

Thu
08
May
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New Black Panther party leads protest for 93-year old woman killing

Dennis Phillips | Publisher
Robertson County News

Citizens of Hearne, Texas gathered today for a peaceful protest led by Quanell X, the leader of the New Black Panther Party out of Houston, Texas.

The Rally began early with residents gathering outside a local church three blocks from the Hearne Police Department. After a prayer for a peaceful demonstration, Quanell X addressed the citizens calling for justice for the officer-involved shooting which took place this past Tuesday.

"We are not a hate group, this is not about race, this is about human beings and the life of Pearlie Golden who was taken from this world too soon," said Quanell X. "We are tiered and we are going to take a stand for what is right, we have go to stop this injustice now."

Thu
08
May
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Robertson County Arrest Report

•Jackson, Raymond Jose of Hearne was arrested and charged with abandonment/endangerment of a child without intent to return by the Hearne Police Department (HPD).

•Marquez, Juan of Bartlett was arrested and charged with Failure to Appear/Driving While Intoxicated with open container by RCSO.

•Johnson, Daniel Henry of Waco was arrested and charged with Failure to Appear/Driving While Intoxicated by RCSO.

•Stewart, Mystyr Terry, Jr. was arrested and charged with a child support and probation violation by RCSO.

•McGee, Travis Duntrel of Bremond was arrested and charged with Driving while Intoxicated by DPS.

•Davis, Khalil of Gause was arrested and charged with evading arrest/detention by foot by HPD.

•Bye, Jacob Michael of College Station was arrested and charged with Boating while Intoxicated by Texas Parks and Wildlife (TP & W).

Thu
08
May
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Pizza Hut opens in Franklin

Melissa Freeman | Robertson County News

The Franklin Chamber of Commerce led by president Steve Conrad came out in force Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. to welcome the Franklin Pizza Hut into its business community. “We’ve been talking about this for weeks!” said Conrad.

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