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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.

Tue
09
Sep
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Former Hearne Cop No Billed by Robertson County Grand Jury

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The Robertson County Grand Jury has No Billed former Hearne Officer Stephen Stem for the shooting of Pearlie Golden, 93. Needing 9 votes, the Grand Jury deliberated and heard witness testimony for more than 4 1/2 hours today.

Robertson County DA W. Coty Siegert presented the Texas Rangers investigation findings to the Jury and though those records will soon be available for public request, currently that information is withheld from the public until the officially conclusion of the case is filled.

11 of 12 members of the Grand Jury did appear today, opposed to reports posted on other media sites, one member was recused do to the fact that member is also an elected official and serves as a council person for the City of Hearne.

The City of Hearne took immediate action in firing Officer Stem at the recommendation from City Attorney Bryan Russ just a few days after the incident.

Thu
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.

Thu
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.

Thu
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

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