Columns/Opinions

Fri
08
Jan

Tears from an American President

By Dennis Phillips

If you are a democrat, agree with the President’s new gun executive action or a fan of Hillary Clinton or President Obama supporter; please do not take offense to this column. There will be no need for offense because this column is not about the issue of gun control or the new Presidential action announced Tuesday.

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Fri
08
Jan

Texas sues EPA over new ozone standards

By Ed Sterling

The State of Texas and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on Dec. 23 filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over its new ozone standards rule. Eight other states have filed separate lawsuits against the new rule: Arizona, Arkansas, Kentucky, New Mexico, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Utah and Wisconsin.

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Fri
01
Jan

Hearne’s steady progress continues, New Year’s traditions

By Kent Brunette

 

With a new Tractor Supply in the works, Oak Tree Inn expansion, a new Hearne Extended Stay Hotel under development, an under-construction Still waters RV Resort, Corn Collision Center expansion, UP’s planned Brazos Yard between Hearne and Mumford, National Gypsum’s planned manufacturing plant north of Calvert, and a new Hearne Convention, Events, Meetings, and Trainings Centre on the way, 2016 promises to be a banner year for our town.
 
Fri
01
Jan

New ‘open carry’ legislation takes effect on Jan. 1

By Ed Sterling

 

The coming of the 2016 brings heightened interest statewide in two new laws in particular that were passed by the 84th Texas Legislature in June 2015. The first is HB 910, a law conditionally allowing the “open carry” of handguns in public places. It will take effect on Jan. 1.
 
Fri
25
Dec

Governor takes action to stem illegal border crossings

By Ed Sterling

Quoting U.S. Border Patrol data regarding illegal border crossings, Gov. Greg Abbott on Dec. 15 said the number of apprehensions through October and November “are on average two to three times higher than last year.” 

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Fri
25
Dec

Events Centre, Pentimento, and American Pickers

By Kent Brunette

The Texas Department of Agriculture has granted the City of Hearne one of eight statewide $350,000 Community Enhancement Fund awards for 2015. This money will be used on the new Hearne Meetings, Events, and Training Centre next to the historic depot.

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Fri
18
Dec

It’s like no other feeling

By Dennis Phillips

As a publisher you only hope that you get the opportunity to chronicle the events of a football team going all the way to the State Championship.  

Fri
18
Dec

Abbott backs Cruz’s filing of legislation addressing refugees

By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott was in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 8 to participate in a news conference with U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz, RTexas, who rolled out his proposed State Refugee Security Act. 

 

Fri
11
Dec

Things that make me go Hmmm…

By Dennis Phillips

I consider myself an informed person. I keep up with current events through many sources or media, both online and off. Often I find myself shaking my head in disbelief as well as amazed by humanity both good and bad. Currently there is so much I feel overwhelmed by the world around me that I just want to close the front door to my house, shut down the computer, turn off the TV and read a book to escape the bombardment.

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Fri
11
Dec

Paxton amends approach to resettlement of refugees

By Ed Sterling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Dec. 4 withdrew his request for a temporary restraining order to put a hold on the federal government’s plan to relocate Syrian refugee families in Texas. Paxton, as the state’s chief law enforcement officer, initiated the court action on behalf of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, the state agency potentially most involved with the resettlement process.

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