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25
Apr
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Digging up the past

About 60 Blinn students under the direction of Drs. Michelle Raizor and Dawn Marshall visited Camp Hearne on Friday with garden trowels and earth sifting frames. They dug and sifted through areas around a mess hall in Compound One, near the Kneeling Lady Foundation.

The students found the usual large number of 1940s nails, some sheets of ancient-looking tin, a lot of pieces of Camp clay pipes and a marble that was probably part of the decorative boarder around a flower bed. During the dig this time last year, the Blinn class students found a lot of connecting pieces—hardware from German rucksacks and combat belts, pieces that would have held knives, canteens, gun holsters, etc.

Fri
25
Apr
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Working together for the common good

Robertson County and City of Hearne officials share a common desire to create jobs and develop greater opportunities for county residents to work near their homes. In addition, these entities routinely explore opportunities to pool governmental resources to reduce expenses and promote the common good.

The city and county have long collaborated on trying to get and keep quality health care (Rob Co EMS, St. Joseph Express, and BVCAA) available to local residents. The county has gotten two water grants to help the city better serve rural customers south of town.

Fri
25
Apr
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Hearne School Board in marathon session

The Hearne School Board began its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 pm but most members did not leave the building until after 10:30 pm following a closed session of about two and a half hours. On its return to open session, it renewed most of its probationary and term contract employee contracts, renewed Elementary Principal Brock McGrew’s contract, but terminated the contracts of Stephanie Sanders and Assistant Junior High School Principal Caronda Williams. It accepted the resignations of Lindsey Barth, Rebecca Belovosky, Antonio Miller, Stephanie Sanders, Arli Shults, and Reba Wagenfuhr-Taylor. No specific mention was made of Principal Jonathan Wells who is currently on administrative leave.

Thu
17
Apr
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Calvert School Board faces frustrated community

The Calvert School Board faced a frustrated, often angry group of parents and concerned citizens on Tuesday night during its April regular meeting. Several parents asked to speak during the Board’s open session but many made clear they had hoped for much more. A petition had been circulated the week before asking the board to address three issues: “Need for certified teachers, behavior of the Athletic Department Staff, and maintenance and condition of school buses.”

Thu
17
Apr
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Robertson County Arrest Report

• Gonzales, Andrew Gus of Hearne was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana less than 2 ounces by HPD.

• Williams, Donald Edward III of Hearne was arrested and charged with Possession of a controlled substance PG 1 less than 1 gram, display fictitious license plate, and assault by contact by CONST 2.

• Barker, Barney Boyd II of Bryan was arrested and charged with driving while license invalid with previous conviction or suspension by CONST 2.

• Bynum, Michael Keith of Bryan is on Hold for Brazos County by RCSO.

• Gober, Cody Dwayne of Franklin is on Hold for Hood County by RCSO.

•Henry, Damikeal Lajavious of Longview was arrested and charged with burglary of habitation by RCSO.

•Mata, Jamie of Marshall was arrested and charged with Probation Violation by RCSO.

Thu
17
Apr
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Fire devastates home

Flames could be seen from miles away as a two-story house on Old Hearne Rd. and River Ridge Rd. burned to the ground Thursday night, April 10. Fortunately, the family of 5 got out safely. The fire was reported to volunteer fire departments across the county just before 7 pm. Neighbors reported an explosion before flames erupted from the house. Units, many bringing tanker trucks full of water, responded within minutes—Hearne was first on the scene followed by the Blackjack and Wheelock VFD’s. Next Calvert and Bremond, along with one of the Brazos County precinct fire departments, were called to the scene. Fortunately, a hydrant was nearby so trucks were able to pour lots of fire unto the fire, which was already spreading to nearby lots.

Still, the fire was not extinguished until late Thursday night—after midnight-- and units returned the next day to put out hot spots.

Thu
17
Apr
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Hearne Council candidate lends a hand

Hearne City Council candidate Hazel Embra donned her apron and helped kids learn how to cook at the Boys and Girls Club last Tuesday. Luminant’s Steve Jenkins was on hand for a visit and he couldn’t tell what Ola Mae Redmon (Club cooking instructor), Assistant Embra, and the Club kids were making but he testified that it looked and smelled “good.” Really good.

Embra wants voters to know she is serious about helping Hearne residents and wants to extend her assistance as a member of the Hearne City Council. She is a life-long resident of Hearne, married to Deacon Donald Embra, mother of Rev. Kenneth Stewart, and the grandmother of six, great-grandmother of two. That probably explains in part why she’s handy in the kitchen—especially while helping kiddos do the cooking.

Thu
17
Apr
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Calvert, Hearne ISD relationship tested

Herne High School Principal Jonathan Wells

With a phone call, athletic competition between Hearne ISD and Calvert ISD almost came to an end. The caller identifies himself as Hearne High School Principal Jonathan Wells in a voice mail message left on Calvert ISD Athletic Director Marcus Wortham voice mail answering service.

Once identified, Wells proceeds with this message: “I was calling you to uh, let you know that Hearne, uh, will not be scheduling any athletic events, that’s volleyball, basketball uh, with Calvert. If you have any questions, you can call me back.” Wells goes on to provide a call back phone number and continues, “You can let the people in Calvert know we will not be scheduling any sporting events, uh, with Calvert. If you have any questions give me a call back. Have a great day.”

Thu
10
Apr
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First annual SSG Scott Burgess Memorial 5k

This past Saturday the first SSG Scott Burgess Memorial Walk/Run was held at the Franklin Ranch. The proceeds of the run fund a scholarship for Franklin High School Seniors.

Scott was killed in Afghanistan while serving the Army during Operation Enduring Freedom on April 4th, 2011. He left behind a wife, and two daughters, along with many other loved family and friends. Having this run each year will allow our community to take a time of remembrance of our hometown hero and the ultimate sacrifice he gave for our country.

Our generous sponsors including, The Gym, Wilson Livestock Services, Stacey Reynolds Photography, M3T Photography, Ryan and Logan Kyle, Gilbert and Teresa Vela, Gary and Mindy Turner, and BCS Trophy made this event possible.

Justin Bowen came in first in the men’s division followed by Coty Siegert, and Paul Herring. Sara Huggins came in first in the women’s division followed by Kristi Rogers, and Tonya Baker.

Thu
10
Apr
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St. Joseph Express excellent for non-emergency health care needs

Local businesses, school districts, governments, and residents alike are urged to utilize Hearne’s St. Joseph Express for their walk-in, extended-hours, non-emergency health care needs.  In a county without a hospital or emergency room, we are very fortunate to have the same type of urgent care facility in Robertson County that people have access to in much larger cities.  As with all other businesses, however, this facility needs to stay busy to remain open in Hearne and available to our community.

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