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Tue
01
Apr
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Robertson County Arrest Report

Robertson County Arrest Report
Recent arrests by various law enforcement agencies in Robertson County.
• Godfrey, Kevin Aundrell of College Station was arrested on a bench warrant by RCSO.
• Brock Jr., Jerry Lee of Franklin was arrested and charged with probation violation and a second DWI by RCSO.
• Carter, Diaz Ramon of Atlanta was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana less than two ounces by RCSO.
• Schendt, Zachery of McKinney was arrested and held for a warrant from Collin County by the Pct. 4 Constable.
• Meece, Ryan Nash of Sugarland was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance between 1 and 4 grams, forgery of a financial instrument, evading arrest on foot, vehicular evading arrest, possession of marijuana less than 2 oz. by HPD.
• Hoffman, Donald Neal of Franklin was arrested on a hold from Caldwell Count by RCSO.

Tue
01
Apr
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County Election center plans in limbo

The Robertson County Commissioners’ Court experienced “sticker shock” when the panel looked at cost estimates for a new election center that was originally projected to cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $250,000. Estimates of the cost of extensive site work have driven the price tag to a projected $535,108 and put the entire project on shaky footing. Unfortunately, the current Election Center is on borrowed property and the lender, First Baptist of Franklin, may soon need its space back.
After approving minutes and an employee bond, the panel turned its attention to election matters, placing the vote canvasses of the recent Democratic and Republic primaries on the County Clerk’s record and approving County contracts with all the cities and school districts holding elections on May 10 (all municipalities and ISD’s except Franklin ISD). It also allowed an election office employee to accrue comp time at time and a half for working on Memorial Day.

Tue
01
Apr
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Spring break crowds go on Safari

Ever thought of Robertson County as a major tourist destination? Probably not. But it may have achieved that distinction over Spring Break as thousands of people drove through the Franklin Safari. Hard to believe? Owner Jason Clay does not have the final numbers but he thinks as many as 8,000 made the trek. What started out as a trickle a year and a half ago has become a flood. So why did people from Bryan/College Station, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex and even as far away as Pennsylvania decide to make Robertson County their destination? It’s not the beach, after all.
Jason gives a lot of the credit to a SuddenLink advertisement. SuddenLink shot the video and placed the ad next to programs it televises like Animal Planet and others of that ilk. It seems to have paid off. On Tuesday afternoon, cars were lined up from the entrance all the way out to Hwy. 79.

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01
Apr
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City of Hearne enters into lower electricity rate deal

Dennis Phillips
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Robertson County News

Thu
06
Mar

Miss Juarez-Perez competes for Miss Teen Texas

Miss Genie Juarez-Perez, age 16, has been chosen as a State Finalist in the National American Miss Texas Pageant to be held on June 15-16, 2014 at the beautiful Royal Sonesta in Houston, Tx. The pageant is held for girls ages 16 through 18.
The newly crowned Miss Teen Texas will receive a $1,000 cash award, the official crown and banner, a bouquet of roses, and air transportation to compete in the national pageant at Disneyland in California. She has the chance to represent the great state of Texas for the entire year. She will also tour Hollywood and walk away with a modeling scholarship.
Pageants are held for girls ages four to eighteen, in five different age groups. Contestants will compete in 4 overall categories including Formal Wear Modeling, Personal Introduction, Interview and Community Service Project. National American Miss also offers optional contests such as the Top Model Search, Talent, Actress, and so much more.

Thu
06
Mar

Roe, Ellison to face off in November

With the votes tallied, there will be no need for a runoff in the county’s top spot this year. Incumbant County Judge Jan Roe (DEM) finished with 61.13% (1,184) of the vote over Bobby Jeff Nickelson (DEM) with 38.87% (753). County Judge hopeful Charles Ellison (REP) secured 61.90% (780) over Mark Burrow (REP) with 38.10% (480). Roe and Ellison will now begin working on campaign strategy for the general election in November 2014.
Justice of the Peace Precint 3 will see a runoff between Melanie Green (REP) with 48.23% (252) against Ray Mathews (REP with 22.46% (117). A candidate needed 51% of the vote to avoid the runoff election this May. The winner will face Jana Foreman (DEM) who ran unoposed in this primary election.
Running unopposed for County Commissioner Pct. 2, incumbant Donald Threadgill (DEM) garnered 100% of the vote with 222 votes casts.

Wed
05
Mar

2014 Robertson County Primary Election Results

Robertson County 2014 March Primaries
March 4, 2014
Registered Voters: 11,117
Ballots Cast: 3,392
Voter Turnout: 30.51 %

Republican Party
United States Senator (Vote For 1)
Dwayne Stovall (REP) 11.68% 148
John Cornyn (REP) 57.06% 723
Chris Mapp (REP) 1.10% 14
Reid Reasor (REP) 1.97% 25
Steve Stockman (REP) 23.91% 303
Ken Cope (REP) 1.89% 24
Curt Cleaver (REP) 0.24% 3
Linda Vega (REP) 2.13% 27
Total Cast Votes 1,267

United States Representative, Dist 17 (Vote For 1)
Bill Flores (REP) 100.00% 1,082
Total Cast Votes 1,082

Governor (Vote For 1)
Miriam Martinez (REP) 0.99% 13
SECEDE Kilgore (REP) 1.37% 18
Lisa Fritsch (REP) 3.43% 45
Greg Abbott (REP) 94.21% 1,236
Total Cast Votes 1,312

Thu
27
Feb

Golden wins calf scramble

A calf scramble was held February 16 at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo.
4-H and FFA youth competed for $800 certificates to purchase breeding animals to exhibit in the 2015 San Antonio Junior Livestock Show. Twelve certificates were awarded to those who caught a calf.
William Golden, Jr. of Calvert, Texas, was one such winner. William is not only an active member of the Calvert FFA chapter but, he is also involved in 4-H, NHS, student council and participates in football, basketball and track. William hopes to use the certificate he won to purchase a breeding gilt for the 2015 Stock Show.
The San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo is “A volunteer organization that emphasizes agriculture and education to develop the youth of Texas.” In pursuit of its mission, the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo has committed more than $134 million to youth education since 1984 and $11.1 million in 2013.

Local Report / Robertson County News

Thu
27
Feb

Commissioners tackle Election Center challenges

With the historic courthouse reconstruction completed and the historical jail set to open at the end of March, the Court turned its attention to the proposed Election Center to be constructed a block south of the courthouse square and unanticipated drainage problems the site poses. Without extensive site preparation work, water will flood adjacent and nearby properties whenever it rains, said County Judge Jan Roe. The solution is either do the work to divert the water or build on another site. The court agreed that using another site was not an option. Any other site would be too far away from the courthouse square and other county offices need the use of the conference room the Election Center will provide. Fortunately, said Roe, construction savings reflected in courthouse construction accounts should pay for the additional site work leaving total construction costs within budget.

Thu
27
Feb

Carnegie Library up for Caldwell Country Cares Grant

The Robertson County Carnegie Library has been chosen as a finalist for the Caldwell Country Care $1,000 Grant for the month of February. For the library to receive the grant they have to be the top voted non-profit finalist, but are up against two others.
How to vote:
• Log on to www.kbtx.com
• Go to the KBTX Cares tab
• Find Caldwell Country Cares under the KBTX Cares tab
• Set up a login
• Vote for Robertson County Carnegie Library
You can log back in at any time to watch the voting progress to see who wins.
Voting begins Wednesday, February 25 and ends Friday, February 28.
The library will be having pig day story time on February 28 from 3:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. followed by Dr. Seuss’ story time on March 3 from 3:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.
On March 7 from 3:30 from 4:30 p.m. there will be craft day at the library as well.

Suezan Hoskins | Robertson County News

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