Columns/Opinions

Fri
21
Nov

Spigot is open: Flow of legislative bills, resolutions begins

On Nov. 10, dozens among Texas’ 31 state senatoors and 150 state representatives, including a few members-elect who won’t be sworn for nearly two months, jumped right in and filed legislative bills in advance of the 84th regular session of the
Texas Legislature, which convenes on Tuesday, Jan. 13 
 
Fri
21
Nov

Year around is the season for giving

In my career I have been blessed to met and interact on a community level with many different people. I have met the famous, from Stevie Ray Vaughn, President George Bush and former Gov. Ann Richards, just to drop a name or two, but the
real blessings in my career is when I get to met someone that should be famous, for their deeds and the life story they share with those around them
 
Fri
14
Nov

Abbott, Patrick win top posts as Republicans dominate

Winners in the Nov. 4 general election on the whole proved that incumbency and/ or running as a Republican continue to be assets when Texas voters hit the polls.
 
Fri
14
Nov

Hearne’s growth based in new developments

New developments are now or will soon be taking place along FM485 in Robertson County. The Texas Department of Transportation will be building a new FM485 bridge over the Little Brazos River in 2015. A multi-month detour will direct 
all vehicles around this construction.
 
Fri
24
Oct
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What is Government Transparency?

It is the catch phrase of the local election, it is the catch phrase of the decade — Local Government Transparency.

You have heard that phrase tossed around a lot these days and it is a phrase that has echoed through Robertson County often taking center stage for this election, but what is it, what is a .pdf file, what does transparency mean for Robertson County.

Robertson County is transparent, just not very user friendly. Any record filled in the County or District Clerks offices are available for your inspection. You just have to go to the office and pull the records you want and read them. You can take a picture with your camera phone of the documents or even bring in your laptop and hand-held scanner and scan the documents that you want.

Fri
03
Oct
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Letters To The Editor - 10/2/2014

Ed. Note: This is a combination of two letters sent by Cathy Lazarus. These are printed in the order they were received.

Fri
03
Oct
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The state of our union

September has proven to be an amazing month for the Robertson County News. I wanted to take a minute to recap and bring everyone up to speed on just what has been going on.

As many know, we are now located in our new building at 114 W. Fourth Street in historic downtown Hearne. Having the need for a new location, the City of Hearne offered up for bid the old Smith-Welch Library building. Winning the bid for $23,000.00 the process of renovation and relocation began. With the help of the Hearne 4A and 4B boards, we were granted $30,000.00 to help with the restoration of the building. I want to personally thank Mayor Ruben Gomez and Kent Brunette for all their hard work to help us achieve our goals of staying in downtown where this newspaper has been located for 126 years. Without these two guys, along with all the city council members and board members, this would not have been possible.

Thu
18
Sep
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Letters To The Editor 09/18/2014

Dear Editor,
I recently sent an email to the County public information officer, Judge Jan Roe.  For clarity, I created a table to detail the exact data I was seeking.  This request was looking for specific figures for property market value, certified taxable value, tax rate, and a few other figures related to assessing and collecting our taxes.  I asked for these figures by year from 2004-2014.  I really did not expect these figures to be difficult to obtain and certainly did not intend for the County to fill in the chart as presented.  I said an Excel or other spreadsheet file would be fine.

A week later I received a reply from Brian Russ, Jr. that said the County was not obligated to provide the public information in the format requested and I could make an appointment at the courthouse to inspect the public records. 

Thu
18
Sep
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Progress is the sure sign of success

Moving forward, never being afraid to take calculated risks and daring chances seem to be a theme followed by many successful businesses.

Look at Coke, a well established American company that has had it’s ups and downs, but never shied away from change, or taking risk. Can you remember the Pepsi Challenge? That was a very taxing time on the carbonated beverage leader. A smart, witty advertising campaign that forced Coke-A-Cola to rethink it’s marketing and ultimately it’s base product.

In this case, welcome New Coke. New Coke was a brief, 3-month epic failure, however the fine folks at Coke knew they needed to do something to compete with the Pepsi Challenge. The point is, New Coke was a success within it’s own failure. What followed was a mountain of news coverage; publicity that over-shadowed the Pepsi Challenge and the results were right on the money, literally.

Thu
04
Sep
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A new day for an old friend

Every now and then, things just need a second chance. I’m excited to announce that starting in the third week of September the Franklin Advocate website will launch a new e-edition of the Franklin Advocate. This is just the first step in a long process of re-creating and old friend. But you have to start somewhere. Subscriptions to the e-edition will be available when the website goes live.

This week, we are moving into our new office in Franklin for the Advocate. It is located in the same shopping center as the new Pizza Hut. Partnering with K&H Signs, Kevin and I will be sharing an office to help grow both our businesses and we would love for you to stop in and visit when the doors open in a week or two. Just keep an eye out, we have a lot of work to
do to get the office ready for visitors, but y’all are more like family, so come on by.

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