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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.

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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.

Fri
20
Dec

Santa lands in downtown Hearne for Christmas Parade

On Saturday, December 14 the residents of the city of Hearne could be found on the side of Magnolia Street and many streets adjacent for the annual Christmas Parade.
This year the parade was themed “Christmas through the Decades” so contestants were urged to choose a year accordingly.
Parade participants consisted of Hearne, Blackjack, and Calvert fire and police vehicles, many floats from various groups, cars of all years, makes, and models, church groups, Hearne ISD band and cheerleaders, and last but not least Santa portrayed by Anthony Lott.
The parade route began at the corner of Post Oak and Second Street, turned left on to Magnolia, left on Fifth Street, left on Cedar Street, left on Third Street, and ending with a left on Post Oak in front of Brookshire Brothers.
The parade judges were Ramona Aguirre, Officer Webb of the Hearne PD, and Lashaonda Drake, manager of the Hearne Sonic.

Fri
06
Dec

Hitch-em up in Calvert

The Pike Crazy Horse Riders have a solution for horses running loose in west Calvert. And it’s a workable one. On Sunday, the Riders erected a hitching post in Trojan purple in the park just west of the softball diamonds. Then they scattered hay in preparation for four-legged visitors.
As local hoops wizards heated up the basketball court across the street, the Crazy Horse Riders poured the Quickcrete and secured the hitching post with “Pike” in the middle in honor or Mozelle “Pike” Williams, the rider who, along with fellow rider John Morrow, is remembered every year in June when the Riders hold their annual trail ride around and through Calvert. The hitching post, designed and assembled by master welder James Carter, takes that memorializing a step farther—makes it more tangible. Erected in the spot where the Riders begin their June 29th ride, it provides a way to hitch horses until all the riders are ready.

Fri
06
Dec

Encana Oil and Gas helps the Holiday Feast of Sharing

Representatives from Encana Oil & Gas recently presented a check for $4,000 to Melissa Williams, owner of the Lone Star Burger Bar, to assist with the staging of this year’s Holiday Feast of Sharing in Franklin.
Kristen Thornburg and Bridgett Gauntt of Encana delivered the check to Williams, who will use the funds to purchase food for an expected 1,500 traditional Thanksgiving meals that will be prepared and delivered by volunteers to those in need throughout the city.
Encana has supported the Holiday Feast of Sharing for the past four holiday seasons, with the event serving more and more families every year. In addition to food deliveries, the Holiday Feast of Sharing also delivers gifts to children in need, and this year that number may surpass 300 youth in the Franklin area.

Fri
06
Dec

City approves tougher property maintenance regulations

Though changes will not go into effect immediately, the Hearne City Council voted Monday night to strengthen its ordinance “relating to overgrown properties.” Adopting an ordinance similar to Bryan’s, the Council agreed unanimously to fine residents who let their property become trashy and/or overgrown. The new ordinance must be posted and residents given time to learn about the changes, but after due diligence is made, residents can expect to be informed if their properties need to be cleaned up. Residents who do not respond to the warning can expect to be summoned to the Hearne Municipal Court.
In other business, the Council approved the purchase, using 4B funds, of $3,000 in holiday garland for decorating the Depot. Mayor Ruben Gomez explained that, in the past, the City had purchased garland from Walmart and it had started to fall apart after two weeks. This heavy duty garland is guaranteed for five years.

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