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Joe Sifuentes garners Masonic Lodge honors

Local Photo | Robertson County NewsJoe Sifuentes was recently named Worshipful Master of his local Masonic Lodge chapter.

Joe Sifuentes, Hearne product and proud of it, rose to the top of his local Masonic Lodge chapter, the Ennis, TX lodge, by being elected “Worshipful Master” of his chapter in July. In addition to his Lodge leadership, Sifuentes has held positions with the Shriners International as part of the peace officers unit, with the Scottish Rite, and the Knights of St. Andrews. He is a thirty second Degree Scottish Rite Mason.
As a law enforcement professional, Sifuentes retired after 35 years with the Ennis PD, over 12 of those years as a member of the Ennis S.W.A.T. team. He concluded his career with the rank of Patrol Sergeant Supervisor and that history of leadership made him a natural to lead his lodge.

Melissa Freeman | Robertson County News

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Franklin ISD increases salaries and decreases tax rate

Franklin ISD school board researched the salary schedule of 6 different local school districts. It was done to bring Franklin teacher salaries up to a comparable to average or above average rate. The district then made a local adjustment across the years of service to increase salaries. Those funds came from the local allocation and not from state funds allotted.
The school board lowered the district tax rate by .03¢ to $1.23 this year. Superintendent Lowry, stated, “We anticipate it to continue to come down in the next few years.” He indicated that 9 years ago the tax rate was $1.50, which is .27¢ higher than the current year. The property values have increased this year on some properties, which may cause property owners to not realize that the rate has actually decreased. Mr. Lowry indicated that, “as a district we have no bearing on the property values”.

Donna O'Connor | Robertson County News

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Don’t Text & Drive poster garners RCEMS donation and positive message

Photo By Ashley Phillips | Robertson County NewsChris Lamb accepts a $1,000 donation from Robertson County News Publisher Dennis Phillips.

“The EMS Poster was the first thing we produced when Teresa and I arrived in Robertson County in 2012. It is one of the most important issues facing us today, especially the teenagers in America,” said Robertson County News Publisher Dennis Phillips. “It is important to share the message, instill the importance in our youth that texting while driving can kill them. It is so simple, just pull over to the side of the road or wait until you are done driving.”

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Sheriff’s office utilizes technology to solve burglary/thefts

Local Report | Robertson County News

On Wednesday, August 6, Deputy Sheriff Investigators Steve Misterek and Mike Fisher with the Robertson County Sheriffs Office made a discovery of a couple of off-road utility vehicles that were hidden in a wooded area near Benchley. The UTV’s were reported stolen from a nearby ranch about a week earlier.

With cooperation from the landowner and the victim of the theft, the investigators stalked out the area where the UTV’s were hidden with game cameras and planted “GPS” tracking devices in the UTV’s. Roughly 24 hours later the “alerts” went off on our cell phones said Sheriff Gerald Yezak.

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Sheriff Yezak honored by Commissioners’ Court

Photo By Lilsa Yezak | Robertson County NewsSteve Westbrook and Sheriff Gerald Yezak, Yezak was voted Sergeant-at-Arms for the Sheriff’s Association of Texas.

Melissa Freeman | Robertson County News

On Monday, in addition to handling its regular County business, the Robertson County Commissioners’ Court had the privilege of thanking Robertson County Sheriff Gerald Yezak for adding prestige to the County and its law enforcement. Yezak was voted Sergeant-at-Arms for the Sheriff’s Association of Texas which means he is in line to become the Association’s president in 2018, his inauguration already slated for the Gaylord Hotel in Grapevine.

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Black smoke, rancid odor pours over Reynolds Lane

Photo By Dennis Phillips | Robertson County News An overview photo of the burn pit located at the end of Reynolds Lane and maintained by the City of Hearne.

As one Hearne resident described, “smoke just covered the entire area all the way to the New Baden Road. The rancid odor was terrible and I still can not breathe.”

Dale Brannon lives on Reynolds Lane in Hearne, just about a tenth of a mile from a burn pit that is currently in use by the City of Hearne.

“The pit is for limbs, leaves and trees the city removes,” said City Manager Pee Wee Drake early Wednesday, but evidence would contradict that statement.

At the end of Reynolds Lane is a large fire pit, a pit that was filled with burning brush, trees and limbs, as should be according to Drake. Surrounding the pit is wire mesh from a matress box spring, old tires, remenates of plastic, household items and other toxic items made from plastics.

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A “Goatastic” time had by all

Photo By Donna O'Connor | Robertson County News Jesse McClure helps Aiden learn how to rope a steer at the Robertson County Cowboy Church Goat Extravaganza.

Robertson County Cowboy Church “Goat Extravaganza” had a big turnout and could not have asked for better weather. The Extravaganza began at 5:00 p.m. and the temperature was 81 degrees in July. 96 kids, young and young at heart, participated in the two and a half hour event on Saturday, July 19. Events included the stick horse race, which included “Mopstang” horses for the young at heart.

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2014 Campaign kicks off with first Annual “Glow Run”

Photo By Donna O'Connor | Robertson County NewsAmanda Bush crosses the 5K Glow Run finish line in First place.

The Robertson County Relay For Life Organization kicked off the 2014 campaign with a “5K GLOW RUN” at Franklin Ranch Park. The event held Saturday, July 19th, started at 9:30 p.m. and was a glowing success.

Approximately $700 was raised for the American Cancer Society by entry fees, the sale of glow sticks, T-shirts and donations.

The 31 participants enjoyed mild temperatures, a cool breeze and a beautiful sunset. Participants came from as far away as Austin and were 2 months old to 65 years young. The entire FBC Insurance office, including 2-month-old Aliana, ran or walked in support of Relay for Life. Rick and Cindy Dunlap from Buffalo, Texas came to run as part of the IRunFor movement, running for Kristine and Liliana,

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Suspicious fire erupts at Lakeway Manor

Photo By Dennis Phillips | Robertson County News
With the gas tank ignited, Joe Templeton of the Hearne VFD along side Alex Neil of the Christoval VFD work to get the blaze under control and protect the surrounding area.

At first, the call appeared a standard fire call out for a truck on fire out at Lakeway Manor. Located in a vacant lot that housed a burned out singlewide trailer, located behind a lot of trees and scrub bushes was a truck, engulfed in flames.

Alex Neil of the Christoval Volunteer Fire Department was first on the scene. Having just finished a three day training course at Texas A&M for TEEX, Neil and his family were heading home. “I spotted the black smoke from about 20 miles away,” said Neil, who donned his gear to pitch in and help. Neil wasted little time in lending a hand, at first to the investigation, then to the extinguishing of the blaze.

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Law enforcement departments earns back more than $14,000

Local Photo | Robertson County News
Robertson County DA, Coty Siegert presents Robertson County Sheriff Gerald Yezak with a check for $9,796.00.

Dennis Phillips | Robertson County News

The Robertson County DA’s office handed out checks this past week for work well done by two law enforcement agencies in Robertson County.

The Robertson County Sheriff’s Office received $9,796.00 for property seizure that lead to the sale of land. The Property was the result of the largest marijuana bust in Robertson County back in May of 2011.

The Robertson County’s Sheriff’s office along with the Texas Department of Public Service used a helicopter to identify the property owned by Bernardo Lara, 67 of Bryan. On the 20-acre track of land, in the southern part of the county near Benchley, officers uncovered 1,336 marijuana plants valued at $400,000.00.

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