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Fri
10
Jan

Public hearing held for state offered funds

On Jan 2, the Robertson County Commissioner’s Court met to discuss a new grant available from the State of Texas and funds that have been allocated to the County.
The grant, $711,317.00 is part of a statewide program handed down from the Texas Legislature during the past session. The need presented to the State was for road and bridge repair assistance to counties based on damage caused by the energy sector. In the case of Robertson County, that would be the oil and gas industry.
Development of several oil and gas well site throughout Robertson County has kept commissioner’s busy repairing the roads associated with these site due to higher traffic volumes as well as the weight of big rigs that ravel these roads.

Fri
10
Jan

Olympic hopeful needs your help

Jamie Czajkowski is a member of the USA Olympic Powerlifiting team. He needs the communities help to obtain the funds necessary to go the upcoming USA meet, which will be in Denmark, Sweden.
Czajkowski became interested in Powerlifiting after a church youth group event where the youth minister was a power lifter and incorporated his sport in his way of spreading the word of God. Czajkowski was very inspired by this man and helped him decide to pursue the sport and consider being a minister to youth.
Czajkowski was attending Milano High School where the sport was not available. His neighbor, good friend, and coach Craig Jentsch told Czajkowski that if he was truly interested and would dedicate his time in the sport Jentsch would make sure the sport was available to him, which began his training under the direction of Coach Sean Connor.

Thu
02
Jan

Scott retires from First Star

On Friday, December 27, First Star Bank in Hearne held a retirement party for longtime employee Louise “Lou” Scott. Scott was an Assistant Vice President and Loan Officer. She worked at First Star Bank for 8 years.
“I’ve been in banking over 40 years and am so glad to have had this experience.” said Scott. “First Star Bank is top-notch.”
Scott was graced by her friends, family, and coworkers during her retirement party.
Scott said that she plans on traveling with her husband more now and enjoying the down time retirement will allow her to have. She said that retiring is bitter sweet because she is going to miss all of her coworkers and customers, but she is ready to be home with her family.

Suezan Hoskins \ Robertson County News

Thu
02
Jan

Owning the night; The Cotton Classic

The Mustangs from Mumford broke out of the gate, like the Mustang horses of the Old West.  In their first game to open the Cotton Christmas Classic, they ran all over the Thrall Tigers by the tune of 96-35.  Mumford jumped out to a 28-9 lead after the first quarter and led 54-15 at the half. They would stretch that lead to 81-21 after the 3rd quarter and coast home to the final of 96-35.  Aubrie King scored 24 points on 8 of 9 shooting from 3-point range.  The St. Edwards signee also had 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the game. Lakendric Hyson had 16, Seth Smitherman 13, Corey Powell 12, Dion Mack 9, Justin Shannon 6, Frank Franco 6 and James Morris 5 to pace a well-rounded Mustang attack. The aggressive Mustang defense had 12 steals and 14 deflections as they continually forced the tempo.

Thu
26
Dec

Service to the city honored

On December 19, Joe Jackson and his wife, Dorinda, were honored by Calvert VFD. Jackson has served for over 40 years to the fire department and the citizens of Calvert.  
The City of Calvert also honored Jackson with a proclamation naming December 19 as “Joe Jackson Day” and he was given key to the city.
Jackson and wife, Dorinda, were both surprised yet happy to receive this honor.

Local Report \ Robertson County News

Thu
26
Dec

First Step Learning Center receives high TRSP honors

In October of 2013 First Step Learning Center of Hearne was recognized as a Texas Rising Star Facility for the second time.
The learning center was first recognized in October of 2010 and have been providing childcare services since 2002. The learning center also meets Texas Rising Stars childcare providers with teaching certificates. Most employees either have their teaching certificate or are in the process of receiving their teaching certificate.
The Texas Rising Star (TSR) certification is available to Licensed Center and Registered Child Care Home providers who voluntarily meet requirements that exceed the State’s Minimum Child Care Licensing Standards.
The TSR Provider certification system offers three levels of certification (Two-Star, Three-Star, and Four-Star) to encourage providers to attain progressively higher certification requirements leading to a Four-Star level.

Thu
26
Dec

Commissioners wrap up 2013, look forward to 2014

In its last regular meeting of the calendar year, the Robertson County Commissioners’ Court looked at the completion of its current construction projects slightly later than planned and the immediate commencement of its first projects of the new year, a permanent Elections Center.

Fri
20
Dec

Parade of Lights light up the town

Even with the weather being cold, The Bremond Christmas Committee hosted their annual Christmas parade and Main Street festival on Saturday, December 14, 2013. Booths were set up with goodies, nuts, pies and homemade bread.
In the parade Chamber of Commerce had a Live Nativity scene, the Christmas committee had a fireplace scene and the Bremond Middle and High School played Christmas tunes.
Prime Time Express Mounted Drill team raffled tickets for first place .270 caliber Remington Camo Rifle, second place 45 quart Yeti Cooler and third place Case pocket knife. All proceeds are for the drill team members to go to Canada to and perform in the Lion’s International Parade.
The doors were open at several shops on Main Street, one was the Bremond Museum. One on the most beautiful Christmas traditions in Bremond, the Cracow szopka (“shopkah”; plural: “shop-key”) were displayed inside. Volunteer Pam Mitchell gave insite on the history of Bremond and the Szopka.

Fri
20
Dec

Commissioners prepare for Courthouse opening

With the clock in the tower and interior spaces near completion, the Commissioners Court plans to move back into its own courtroom next month, along with county officers that will return to their home office space. On Monday, County Judge Jan Roe heard from Construction Manager Jim Hanks who said work was still progressing on time and on budget, meaning the County would be able to occupy its Historic Courthouse in January.
In other business, the Court accepted collections reports of $31,948.60 from the County Clerk’s office, $8,758.25 from the District Clerk’s office—both representing November collections. The Tax Office reported $26,344.11 collected for October.

Fri
20
Dec

Iconic lounge destroyed by early morning fire

In the early hours of Friday, December 13 a fire broke out at the historic Nugget Lounge on old Franklin Highway just outside of Hearne. According to sources at the scene, the fire appeared to have started around the outside air conditioning unit.
It was reported that the fire seemed contained until the front door was opened by fire fighters and at that time, the entire building became engulfed. According to eye witness reports, the buildings structure took a little under two hours to collapse.
Fire crews from Hearne, Franklin, Calvert, and Blackjack were called to the scene at roughly 6:00 a.m. and worked more than 4 hours to extinguish the blaze that completely destroyed the more than 50 year old business.
General manager and operator for more than 16 years, Donna Hancock, worked to create a home-style atmosphere for the iconic lounge.

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