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04
Sep
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Grass fire grazes Gause church building

Photo By Dennis Phillips | Robertson County NewsThe volunteer fire department and Pastor Jerry Burns evaluate the damage done to an old a/c unit that was near the start of the grass fire at The Gause Full Gospel Church.

On Wednesday July 27 it was a hotter day than normal for the Gause Full Gospel Church. Many residents and those passing by saw the billowing smoke and thought the church had to be engulfed in flames. While there was quite a bit of smoke, the fire did not catch the building on fire. A fire started near an old air conditioning unit that was non-operational and sitting on the concrete porch beside the church building waiting for disposal after replacing the outdated unit with a new one. The fire department was called out and they put out a small grass fire running beside the building, but they did not do an investigation, as there was no property damage so the precise origin of the fire is still unknown.

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04
Sep
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Hearne Council approves 2014-2015 budget

Making quick work of a rather short agenda the Hearne City Council approved the 2014-2015 budget which will go into effect on October 1, 2014.

Having tabled the routine issue of paying the cities bills at the previous meeting, the council did move forward to approve bill payment as well as accept the minutes from the prior three meetings, two of which were not held do to no quorum present to conduct the meeting.

The hot button topic surrounding the city council meetings has been regarding a petition filed by local residents to place councilwoman Maxine Vaughn on the November ballot for a recall election. Effectively removing her from office due to lack of confidence. While two meetings to address this issue failed due to lack of quorum of council members, the issue was addressed at the regular meeting on September 2.

Thu
04
Sep
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Cool winner at Ace Hardware

Photo By Margaret Salvaggio | Robertson County NewsChris Zeig was the big winner out at Ace Hardware in Hearne this Labor Day weekend. Chris won a Yeti cooler as part of the stores promotional give-a-way. Customers spending more than $25 were given a chance to win the cooler. Martha Rogers from Bella Vista, Arkansas pulled the winning ticket on Saturday.

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04
Sep
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St. Francis of Assisi Fish Fry

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church is holding their 12th annual Fall Fish and Shrimp Fry this Saturday, September 6 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Pridgeon Community Center.

There will be live music and karaoke. Plates are $10.00 in advance or $12.50 at the door, kids 12 & under are 1/2 price. This fundraiser benefits their building fund. In addition to the Fish Fry, they are selling 800 raffle tickets at $20 each. The prize is a Kubota Commander Zero Turn lawn Mower or $5000 gift certificate or store credit to Normangee Tractor or $5000 gift certificate or store credit to M&M Farm Supply or $5000 pre-paid Visa cards. The raffle drawing will be at 8:00 p.m. the night of the Fish Fry. Please contact Steve Cox at 979-828-4000 or Mike Bertrand at 979-777-9528 for more information. Raffle tickets are being sold at M&M Farm Supply. Come join us for a great community event.

Donna O'Connor | Robertson County News

Fri
29
Aug
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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

Fri
29
Aug
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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

Thu
14
Aug
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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.”

Thu
14
Aug
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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.

Thu
14
Aug
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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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24
Jul
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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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