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Fri
24
Oct
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Columbus Village residents could face higher rent

In a letter from Jane Grubbs, the authorized agent for Columbus - 80 aka Columbus Village Apartments dated October 10 to resident’s notification has been made to HUD (The Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development) with the intent to repay all loans.

Owners of Columbus - 80 are required to give 150-day notice to residents as well as HUD with their intent to repay the loans essentially turning the property into a privately owned development.

Intent means that Columbus - 80 will no longer be required to adhere to HUD with regards to rent restrictions or requirements once repayment of the loan has been made and this repayment could result in a rent increase to local tenants.

For more information you can contact Jane Grubbs at (713) 522-3330 and you can also contact the local HUD office, Russell W. Brandes, Property Manager at 713-718-3144.

Fri
24
Oct
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Tips and treats make for a great Halloween

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Trick-or-treating—going from house to house in search of candy and other goodies has been a popular Halloween tradition in the United States and other countries for an estimated 100 years. From the ancient Celtic festivals, early Roman Catholic holidays, medieval practices and even British politics. Halloween has its roots in the ancient, pre-Christian Celtic festival of Samhain, which was celebrated on the night of October 31. By the ninth century, Christianity had spread into Celtic lands, where it gradually blended with older pagan rites. In 1000 A.D., the church designated November 2 as All Souls’ Day, a time for honoring the dead. Poor people would visit the houses of wealthier families and receive pastries called soul cakes in exchange for a promise to pray for the souls of the homeowners’ dead relatives, known as souling, the practice was later taken up by children, who would go from door to door asking for gifts such as food, money and ale.

Fri
24
Oct
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All for a good Gause

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Photo By John Mackie Matysiak | Robertson County NewsBarbara Paschall, Sue Taylor Debbie Todd and Jennifer Mulac make up the all woman Gause Volunteer Fire Department.

Recently, the Gause volunteer fire department’s repeater crashed, from either lightning or electricity, and is in urgent need of being replaced.
With the crash, the department is not able to reach dispatch in case of emergency. They currently have to use their cell phones for communication.
Debbie Todd, fire chief, says it takes anywhere from twelve to fifteen minutes to contact everyone…the possible time difference between life and death.
Sue Taylor, assist fire chief, said that last week an elderly woman crash into a ditch in the early morning hours. The victim sat there for over forty minutes before they were able to arrive.

The ambulance coming from Rockdale beat them there when they were only a mile away.

Fri
24
Oct
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Bee attack victim addresses council

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Just a couple of weeks ago Clark Rudy, owner of C&C Storage was fending for his life when he was attacked by bees while mowing grass at his place of business on Hwy. 79. Rudy was stung more than 300 times, “I guess I disturbed a couple of bees,” Rudy began to lighten the air. “I want to thank the Hearne Police Department, Hearne Volunteer Fire Department and the Robertson County EMS. I know that without these people I would not be here today. They all did a phenomenal job.”

Rudy was also at council to ask that the buildings that were holding the nest be torn down. “I’m concerned about the kids that walk in front of my business on their way to school everyday. If you stand and watch you can see the bees are still there, I’d like it torn down.”

Tue
21
Oct
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Ellison cleared by polygraph test in Austin

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Recently accused Charles Ellison (Rep.) was cleared with a polygraph test issued by Bilingual Polygraph Services of Austin, Texas. Democratic Chair Nelda Calhoun recently accused Ellison of offering a $5 per vote bribe. Ellison was accused of offering the payment for votes to two individuals at a food bank in Hearne on September 25.

According to Calhoun’s’ letter to Robertson County DA / CA Coty Siegert Calhoun states it was her “personal goal to promote honesty and fairness in the election process.” According to Siegert, with Ellison now cleared by a polygraph examination, the actions of Calhoun appear to be politically motivated to discredit Ellison.

Mon
13
Oct
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Robertson County Republicans to host Chili Supper Fundraiser

This Thursday evening, october 16  should be on your calendar. The 3rd Annual Robertson County Republicans to host Chili Supper Fundraiser will allow us to put very important advertising in the local Robertson County newspapers promoting our Candidates in the upcoming general election.  

The party will have some great silent auction items as well as a robust live auction but can certainly use more items if you would want to donate.  

Remember, they must have lots of folks present who will bid on the items, so please come on out to the Pridgeon Center Thursday night at 6:30 pm.

The chili will be freshly cooked by the Robertson County Sheriff, Gerald Yezak and all of the fixins will be on the table.  Whether you want to make Frito Pie (a Texas favorite) or add beans, cheese, chopped onion or whatever, there will also be various cakes for dessert.  

Tickets are $10. at the door or you can get tickets from a candidate, or one of your precinct chairs.

Fri
03
Oct
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RV source to open on TX 6 between B/CS and Hearne

RV Source, the company that bought the former Country RV sales and service location at 10212 Highway 6 South, will soon bring renewed, high-visibility vitality to an area between Hearne and Bryan/College Station. This company is now setting up its Robertson County operations. With new RVs arriving daily (brand names like Starcraft, Palomino, Sierra, and Wildcat), grand opening excitement is building.

Mark your calendars for this Saturday, October 4! That’s when this newest Hearne Chamber of Commerce member will be flinging open its doors with a huge grand opening celebration. On this day, take a look in RVs of varying price ranges. Talk with manufacturers’ representatives and enjoy free hot dogs, chili, and soft drinks. There is also going to be plenty of things to keep the kids busy, like bounces and face painting.

Fri
03
Oct
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Robertson County Tax Rate unchanged

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Photo By Dennis Phillips | Robertson County NewsCounty Commissioner Donald Threadgill lends his signature to the adopted county budget. With all signature secured, the budget was filled, on time, and is available in the District Clerk’s office for the public to view.

The Robertson County Commissioner’s Court met to finalize the county budget. After weeks of discussions and number crunching, the county signed the budget to keep the county moving forward. The budget reflects a 0% increase in property tax rate for the coming year. The rate will remain at .43773 per $100.00 of property value. The rate is divided with .41329 going to the general fund and .02444 to debt service.

Fri
03
Oct
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Southern Bancshares Consolidates Holdings, Creating South Star Bank, S.S.B.

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Local Photo | Robertson County NewsNorman Koch was recently elected Regional President of the new South Star Bank.

Southern Bancshares, Inc., a Houston, TX-based financial services holding company and majority owner of Lone Star Bank, First Star Bank, and Texas Star Bank – all State Savings Banks (S.S.B.) – has reached a definitive agreement to consolidate the three organizations under a new name: South Star Bank, S.S.B. All three banks enter the consolidation with a 5-Star rating by industry analyst Bauer Financial (www.bauerfinancial.com). Shareholders have approved the consolidation. Regulatory approval is expected to be granted Q4, 2014. Operations under the new name are scheduled to begin Q1, 2015 with approximately $650 million in assets.

Thu
18
Sep
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Hearne Tax Rate remains the same

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Photo By Dennis Phillips | Robertson County NewsVirgil Blankenship addresses the Hearne City Council this past Tuesday to discuss trash burning.

After a bit of standard housekeeping the Hearne City Council approved the 2014 Property Tax rate at $0.71039 per $100 of value. This rate matches that of 2013 and according to the council has remained the same for the past six tax cycles. This means that the total tax increase for the year is 0%. The breakdown is $0.38684 for maintenance and operations and  .32355 for payments of principal and interest on General Fund and Enterprise Fund Debt of the City.

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