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Thu
06
Feb

Commissioners apply for road funds

In a special Robertson County Commissioners’ Court on Monday, the commissioners from each of the four precincts approved a “substantially complete” certificate indicating completion of the historic courthouse project with the understanding that punch list items remaining would be addressed. The panel also hammered out the specifics of a TxDOT grant offered by the state to counties with oil and gas truck road damage. The grant requires the establishment of a “reinvestment zone,” one damaged road and the property bordering it, but also provides funds for the improvement of a substantial number of miles of roads in all precincts.

Thu
06
Feb

Branch competes for the Miss Teen Waco/Austin title



Cheyenne Branch of Bremond was recently selected to participate in the 2014 Cheyenne Waco/Austin pageant competition that will take place on Sunday, February 23, 2014.
Branch learned of her acceptance into this year’s competition when the pageant announced their selections following an interview process in the Waco/Austin area. Branch submitted an application and took part in an interview session that was conducted by this year’s Waco/Austin Pageant Coordinator. 

Branch will be competing, for her share of thousands of dollars in prizes and specialty gifts that will be distributed to contestants. Branch will be competing in the Teen division, one of four divisions that will have young ladies ages 7 through 19 competing in modeling routines, which includes casual wear and formal wear.

Thu
06
Feb

Officers raid illegal gambling operation

Robertson County Constable Benny McRae along side Robertson County investigators have been working to uncover local illegal gambling operations within the County. Saturday, February 1, McRae and other unnamed officers enter 1101 S. Market St. (formerly J&R Wings) with two warrants. While no arrests were made at the time, players were identified and released.
Information surrounding the gambling operation began pouring in from citizens to McRae as early as last summer. An undercover officer used high-tech surveillance equipment to infiltrate the location as a player, recording payouts and system operations of the establishment. It took the officer a little time just to be allowed to play but according to McRae, patience paid off.
During the February 1 raid, the County seized 43 8-liner machines along with other gambling paraphernalia with an estimated value of $50,000.00 based on value search online. Officers also seized an undisclosed amount of cash.

Thu
30
Jan

Hanks turns over the keys to the historic Robertson County Courthouse

Monday’s Commissioners’ Court marked the end of a long process beginning with the construction of the courthouse annex and ending with the completion of the historic courthouse’ re-construction last week. Though a few punch list items need attention, Construction Manager Jim Hanks said that the keys had been turned over on Monday and the county offices are prepared for the movers coming on Monday, February 2. The historic jail is scheduled for completion in March, and, Judge Jan Roe reminded Hanks, the leases on all rented offices for law enforcement are up on March 31. Election Center architects met with contractors last week, said Hanks, and construction plans are nearly complete.

Thu
30
Jan

Lions Club cooks up warmth during the cold weather

On Friday, January 24 The Lions Club had a chili, cornbread, dessert, and tea supper. Plates cost $6.00 for all you can eat chili and cornbread. The supper was held in the Hearne Elementary Cafeteria.
The chili was cooked by the Hearne Elementary Cafeteria works and was enjoyed by everyone.
All proceeds the Lion’s Club raised at the chili supper went to the Lion’s Club Scholarship fund. The Lions Club has many fundraisers through out the year and this was a very successful fundraiser.
The Lions Club is headed by President, Daryl Talley.

Suezan Hoskins / Robertson County News

Thu
30
Jan

The RCCC celebrates four years of achievement

During its annual banquet on Thursday night, as the snow and sleet fell on Hearne’s First Baptist Church’s Family Life Center, the Robertson County Community Coalition celebrated four years of successes spearheaded by RCCC’s professional leadership: Carrie Kenney Archer and Michael Chism.

Thu
30
Jan

Thompson pleas in Johnson murder case

The murder of Hank Johnson has come to a close. Trae Thompson entered a plea and accepted 15 months for Criminally Negligent Homicide this week in a Robertson County Courtroom. Thompson, sentenced to 15 months for the 5-year-old murder, has roughly 7 months remaining of his sentence. Thompson received credit for time served awaiting trial for the 2008 murder, however Robertson County DA and Thompson attorney reached an agreement negating the necessity of a trial.
“I have mixed emotions,” said Sandy Johnson, mother of the victim, “I’m grateful that it is over and done with. We (the family) gets closure, but Hank’s murderer got the bare minimum.”
Thompson in fact could have been sentenced to 24 months, the maximum punishment for Criminally Negligent Homicide.

Thu
23
Jan

Rev. Donald Adams remembered

In Hearne, it’s hard to find a life that Rev. Donald Adams has not touched in some good and sweet way. Here’s my story.
When I first came to Hearne to be the Robertson County newspapers reporter, General Manager John Melvin told me to go to the Hearne school board meeting. No one had covered HISD trustee deliberations in a while. I learned the time and date but somehow got the impression (probably the wrong impression) that the District was not interested in my covering Board meetings.

Thu
23
Jan

Calvert City Council initiates Police Chief “conditions”

The Calvert City Council met in special session Tuesday evening to review the performance of Police Chief Nancy Juvrud and agree to settle out of court pending litigation involving a former police officer.
In the “reports” section, City Superintendent Kevin O’Carroll reported that dollar stores construction was well underway, that he was waiting for oil mix to finish the city’s paving projects, and that 10 major water leaks had occurred during the recent freeze and all had been quickly repaired. Chief Juvrud proposed that the city develop an ordinance that would require all horse owners to register their animal with an accompanying photo so that horses on the loose could be identified and returned.

Thu
23
Jan

City approves increasing Municipal Court fines

First on the city Council agenda was to add handicap parking on N. Center Street. Bob Jarvis was present at the meeting to tell the city Council how important it was to have the additional handicap parking. The Council approved adding the handicap parking and repainting the parking stripes on N. Center Street.
The next thing the Council discussed was the Methodist Church drainage issues and handicap parking. The Council agreed to meet with the church officials to discuss what can be done before doing anything further.
The third item on the cities agenda was to approve a 14-foot by 48-foot mobile home to be moved on to a lot on Wheelock Street in Franklin. Council member Molly Hedrick pointed out how confusing the current ordinance is on the size of the allowed mobile homes, but the rest of the Council agreed that Jason Clay’s mobile home was no issue to move on to the lot. Along with approving the mobile home, the Council approved updating the ordinance.

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