Columns/Opinions

Fri
25
Mar

Paxton seeks halt to regional haze rules

By Ed Sterling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on March 18 asked an appeals court to prevent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from implementing new regional haze regulations until a trial of the state’s pending lawsuit challenging the new rules. 

 

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Fri
18
Mar

Economic progress, transportation and local election

By Kent Brunette
 
If you notice more people around, it’s because one of the county’s two power plants is in the midst of a routine maintenance shutdown. This year’s shutdown is bringing some one thousand temporary workers to the county for about a sixweek period.
 
 

 

Fri
18
Mar

Full 5th Circuit to hear Texas voter ID case

By Ed Sterling
 
The entire U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals will review Texas’ controversial voter identification law. A majority of the judges of the Fifth Circuit on March 9 voted in support of an “en banc” rehearing of oral arguments in Veasey v. Abbott, a case challenging the law. No date for the rehearing has been set.
 

 

Fri
11
Mar

License plate office and new events centre

By Kent Brunette

The incoming Robertson County Tax Assessor/Collector needs to lead the charge to reopen Hearne’s license plate office. Theresa Rucker and Mike “Duba” Brewer face each other in the May 24 Democratic Party run-off election. Local residents should ask both of these candidates if they will support reopening his important Hearne office. 

 

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Fri
11
Mar

Cruz, Clinton emerge as winners in Texas primaries

By Ed Sterling

March 1 Super Tuesday election returns osted by the Texas Secretary of State’s Elections Division show 2.8 million (about 20 percent) of the state’s 14.2 million registered voters cast a ballot in the Republican Party Presidential Primary. 

 

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Fri
04
Mar

Frontier felons fight over private fort

By Bartee Haile

Lt. William Whiting and his saddle-sore cavalrymen were warmly welcomed to Fort Leaton on Mar. 24, 1849 by the proprietor, who hoped to talk the army into making his private hideaway on the Rio Grande an official border outpost.

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Fri
04
Mar

Court dismisses indictment against former governor

By Ed Sterling

Former Gov. Rick Perry is no longer facing criminal charges. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Feb. 24 ordered the dismissal of a 2014 felony indictment of Perry by a Travis County grand jury.

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Fri
26
Feb

Residential real estate market

By Kent Brunette

Market value residential places to rent in Hearne are few and far between. Bart Lockhart, Michael Werlinger, Tommy Horlen, Jimmy Penick, Ben Spiller, and Kathy Bastani sometimes have market value rental units.

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Fri
26
Feb

University president sets campus carry policies

By Ed Sterling

University of Texas at Austin President Gregory L. Fenves has adopted policies to implement Senate Bill 11, the campus handgun carry law that goes into effect on Aug. 1.

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Fri
19
Feb

Commercial real estate market

By Kent Brunette

The new high visibility Tractor Supply structure on combined TX 6/US 79 is drawing lots of attention, as it grows day-by-day. The building itself will be 20,000 square feet. With the outdoor display spaces included, the facility will have over 40,000 total square feet. Harold and Betty Anderson’s house at the rear of the property is gone. With all of the activities next door, little notice is being given to the 24-room, two-story Oak Tree Inn expansion to the north. The exterior of this new hotel wing is now built awaiting painting. The inside corridors and rooms are being finished-out. 

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