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08/26/2021

Commissioners Get to Work on Cooks Lane in Franklin

Laura Chesner
Freelance Writer
Franklin Advocate

ROBCO - Commissioner Donald Threadgill was still absent from Commissioners Court due to illness, and while he was missed, the rest of the Commissioners continued to get to work on important county business in his absence. Judge Charles Ellison gave those an update on Threadgill and Commissioner Ty Rampy mentioned the Threadgills in his opening convocation prayer.
The Commissioners have been hard at work to complete the annual county budget in several workshops in the past weeks. The budget will be prepared and ready for public hearing on September 7th at 6:00 pm. After approving the minutes of the past meetings and budget workshops, Stephanie Sanders was happy to update the court on the School Records Project that her office has taken on. The entirety of the county’s school records, going back decades, have been scanned and uploaded. The last step in the project is for Kofile Technologies, the company the county contracted to do the project, to index all of the files so that they will be viewable and searchable. The Commissioners unanimously approved the funds to complete the massive project.
Rebekah Callaway, Election Administrator for Robertson County, is gearing up for upcoming November elections. She addressed the court regarding election dates, times and polling locations and asked if they wanted to make any changes from previous years. They were happy to keep things as they are as last year was a difficult year for voting, and the county had no problems or complications during the election cycle. Eary voting will be held in Franklin at the election office and in Hearne at The Depot for two weeks in October. Voters can submit their ballots at these location from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm from October 18-23 and October 25-29. The regular five locations in Robertson county will be open 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on November 2nd at the five usual polling locations in Hearne, Franklin, Bremond, Calvert, Wheelock, Benchley and Seale. All registered voters in Robertson County can vote at either early voting location and if any voter is unsure of where their voting location is for election day, Calloway encourages them to contact her at the Election Office. You can call her at (979) 828-5726, or email [email protected] and she will be happy to answer your voting questions.
Erik Maiorano began addressing the court with a COVID update. There has been an uptick in cases as well as fatalities in Robertson County. There are currently 2,021 current confirmed cases in the county and the deaths from COVID has risen to a total of 51 lives lost. The Emergency Management team announced that the second dose clinic at the Calvert Fire Department will take place on August 28 and they will also be offering some first doses available at the clinic as well. The Texas Department of State Health Services will have medical experts on hand to answer any questions or concerns people might have about the vaccine and the clinic will have first doses of both the Moderna Vaccine and the Pfizer Vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine was recently granted full authorization by the FDA. When the FDA approves a drug, it means the agency has determined, based on substantial evidence, that the drug is effective for its intended use, and that the benefits of the drug outweigh its risks when used according to the product’s approved labeling. James Taylor asked Maiorano about when the county could expect booster doses for those who have been vaccinated and might want to get a booster shot. Maiorano said he had no new information yet, but is in regular communication with TDSHS about the booster shots that the President announced recently would be available. Taylor also asked about the sanitation routine for the County offices, and Stephanie Sanders explained that the reopen plan submitted by Judge Russ included regular sanitizing. A staff member is scheduled to work after the close of day to sanitize the entire courthouse and the tax office.
Maiorano also had good news regarding the replacement lights and sound on the emergency vehicle. It is currently being updated and the actual cost is going to be substantially less than the original price quoted.
Charles Palcer outlined some of the maintenance issues he’s dealt with in the past couple of weeks, including a rapid repair to a plumbing pipe above Judge Russ’s office. Two of the four replacement compressors have been installed in the Courthouse and the other two are set to arrive and be installed in a few weeks time. The maintenance truck had a few issues, but they were fixed with minimal monetary outlay.
Chuck Hairston addressed the court regarding Cooks Lane repairs. Social Media had been full of complaints about the condition of the road and as soon as he was made aware of the problem, Hairston got to work immediately. After consulting legal and his budget, Hairston got the issue on the agenda and all the assembled commissioners gladly approved the funds to have the road repaired.
Constable Danny Williamson addressed the court regarding a possible addition to court fees for civil filers. The fee would add $20.00 to civil filings as a “bailiff fee”. Williamson said that many of the surrounding counties of their size have levied this fee to offset the time Constables must spend in court. James Taylor objected to adding a new fee as the constables are required to be in court and it seemed unfair to him to add the fee for something that was mandatory. Other commissioners were for the added fee as it could possibly bring more revenue to the county. The commissioners voted to add the fee with Taylor being the only dissenting vote.
Many items were tabled, so that Donald Threadgill could be present when they were presented to court. Threadgill has the most experience with HOT funds and the court prefers to have his expertise when dealing with HOT funds requests and reimbursements. The only other contentious item on the agenda was a presentation by Julie Prescott of Kologik LLC. The firm provides software that allows real time alerts to be sent and received from any county building to each other and to law enforcement. The commissioners wanted to know what they were actually getting for their money, besides just the software. Prescott said that the software is regularly updated and that the company relies on the end users to give them helpful ideas to improve their software. Prescott suggested that the county employees run scenarios with law enforcement to test the software and its usefulness. Hairston and Taylor felt that the company should offer more hands-on support for the price that the county pays for the service. Prescott reminded the court that the cancellation date had come in May, which caused the commissioners to decide to do more research on the system and table the agenda item for a date in the future. Judge Ellison remarked on the excellent security provided to the courthouse by the two officers that keep an eye on the courthouse. “We have two outstanding officers who keep a sharp eye on us every day,” said Ellison.

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Our Franklin Family/Community is the best!
Franklin Baptist Church is hosting their 2nd “We ❤️ Franklin” day this coming Sunday! From 4-7 they will be giving away school supplies, have free haircuts, and dental checks! They will also have games, face painting and free food (hamburgers and sausage wraps).

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07/30/2021
2021 Mumford Volleyball Schedule UPDATED 6.17.21
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06/08/2021

This month's specials from DTC!

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06/03/2021

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Man injured by lightning strike in Robertson County
05/27/2021
Man injured by lightning strike in Robertson County

Man injured by lightning strike in Robertson County

HEARNE, Texas (KBTX) -The Robertson County Sheriff’s Office says a man was struck by lightning Tuesday afternoon on a ranch off Highway 6 near OSR. It happened as storms were moving across the area just before 2:00 p.m. Officials say the man was working on the ranch and was conscious...

Multiple Law Enforcement Agencies Involved In 45 Minute Chase Through Bryan And College Station
05/27/2021
Multiple Law Enforcement Agencies Involved In 45 Minute Chase Through Bryan And College Station

Multiple Law Enforcement Agencies Involved In 45 Minute Chase Through Bryan And College Station

A Bryan woman described by a Bryan police officer as being intoxicated is accused of leading multiple law enforcement agencies on a 45 minute pursuit. The chase began Tuesday around four in the morning at a convenience store at Highway 21 and the freeway. The pursuit, at speeds up to...

ROBERTSON COUNTY – Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers on Thursday investigated a one-vehicle crash on FM 2...
05/27/2021

ROBERTSON COUNTY – Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers on Thursday investigated a one-vehicle crash on FM 2549.

The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 6:00 a.m., a 2001 Chevrolet small pickup truck traveling westbound began to leave the roadway into the westbound ditch, the driver overcorrected went across the roadway into the eastbound ditch and struck a tree.

The driver, 37-year-old Martin Benitez Centeno from Hearn, was pronounced deceased on scene by Justice of the Peace Ramona Aguirre.

This is an ongoing investigation. There is no additional information available at this time.

ROBERTSON COUNTY – Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers on Thursday investigated a one-vehicle crash on FM 2549.

The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 6:00 a.m., a 2001 Chevrolet small pickup truck traveling westbound began to leave the roadway into the westbound ditch, the driver overcorrected went across the roadway into the eastbound ditch and struck a tree.

The driver, 37-year-old Martin Benitez Centeno from Hearn, was pronounced deceased on scene by Justice of the Peace Ramona Aguirre.

This is an ongoing investigation. There is no additional information available at this time.

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PLEASE SHARE. Let's spread the word, great show lineup for May!

04/15/2021

I’m so excited to have a dry cleaners in Franklin again!!! Fatboy’s Dry Cleaning & Laundry on the square is having their ribbon cutting and grand opening April 10th at 11 a.m.

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I have never seen a framed Facebook post in a local business. Newspaper advertising is still the best resource for your business.

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We are updating our master business file for the Franklin community. if you want your free listing in the Franklin Area-...
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We are updating our master business file for the Franklin community. if you want your free listing in the Franklin Area-Wide Business Directory, please send an email to [email protected] and include:

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This is a FREE listing to promote your business in the full-color pocket magazine-style glossy Franklin Business Directory, so hurry and send the email so we can be sure that you are listed.

Do not assume we have your information, sending us the latest information is the only way to ensure that your listing is correct.

Please share this with your friends so that we can get as many Franklin area-wide businesses listed properly.

We are updating our master business file for the Franklin community. if you want your free listing in the Franklin Area-Wide Business Directory, please send an email to [email protected] and include:

Business Name:
Address:
Phone:
Email:
Website:
Facebook:

This is a FREE listing to promote your business in the full-color pocket magazine-style glossy Franklin Business Directory, so hurry and send the email so we can be sure that you are listed.

Do not assume we have your information, sending us the latest information is the only way to ensure that your listing is correct.

Please share this with your friends so that we can get as many Franklin area-wide businesses listed properly.

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Due to weather, we will be closed on Monday. My cell is 979 250 2733 if you need the newspaper

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🚨!!COMMITMENT ALERT!! 🚨Congratulations to Keegan Wilson! Texas Lutheran commit! #RecruitFranklin

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Robertson County: Covid-19 UpdateDennis PhillipsPublisherFranklin AdvocateAs of 1/22/2021: 11:20 a.m.The  Texas Departme...
01/22/2021

Robertson County: Covid-19 Update

Dennis Phillips
Publisher
Franklin Advocate

As of 1/22/2021: 11:20 a.m.

The Texas Department of Health and Human Services is reporting 809 active COVID-19 cases with 930 recovered cases. Of that 265 have been deemed as "probable with 118 active cases at this time.

26 total deaths have been attributed to COVID-19 according to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services.

Probable Cases are defined as a person who has either tested positive through an antigen test or has a combination of symptoms and a known exposure to someone with COVID-19 without a more likely diagnosis. Texas uses the probable case definition adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In Texas, 1,917,513 total confirmed cases are reported with 271,130 reported as probable. Texas is currently reporting 376,769 total active cases with 33,285 fatalities attributed to COVID-19.

Demographics for confirmed cases indicated that the highest at-risk statistically is males between the ages of 30-39 years old of Hispanic origin according to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services.

Demographics for Texas Fatalities indicates that the at-risk is Males, 80+ years in the age of Hispanic origin.

Ed. note: All data provided by the Texas Department of Health and Human Services.

Robertson County: Covid-19 Update

Dennis Phillips
Publisher
Franklin Advocate

As of 1/22/2021: 11:20 a.m.

The Texas Department of Health and Human Services is reporting 809 active COVID-19 cases with 930 recovered cases. Of that 265 have been deemed as "probable with 118 active cases at this time.

26 total deaths have been attributed to COVID-19 according to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services.

Probable Cases are defined as a person who has either tested positive through an antigen test or has a combination of symptoms and a known exposure to someone with COVID-19 without a more likely diagnosis. Texas uses the probable case definition adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In Texas, 1,917,513 total confirmed cases are reported with 271,130 reported as probable. Texas is currently reporting 376,769 total active cases with 33,285 fatalities attributed to COVID-19.

Demographics for confirmed cases indicated that the highest at-risk statistically is males between the ages of 30-39 years old of Hispanic origin according to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services.

Demographics for Texas Fatalities indicates that the at-risk is Males, 80+ years in the age of Hispanic origin.

Ed. note: All data provided by the Texas Department of Health and Human Services.

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Newspapers are leaving social media and for good reasonAs advertising dollars dwindle for newspapers, tech duopolies Goo...
01/11/2021

Newspapers are leaving social media and for good reason

As advertising dollars dwindle for newspapers, tech duopolies Google with Facebook are geared to enjoy the lion's share of advertising revenue without doing any of the hard work.

For the past decade, newspapers have continued to feed social media with free content, driving readers to the online conglomerates at the cost of their own business.

“The problem,” writes News Media Alliance president David Chavern in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, “is that today’s internet distribution systems distort the flow of economic value derived from good reporting.” Publishers, editors, and reporters put in the real work, while Facebook and Google reap the benefits.

More and more, newspapers throughout the United States are pulling the plug on free content for Facebook, removing their accounts, and limiting access to Google through web-based block program coding.

According to Chavern, now is the right time because of the industry’s heightened frustration with the platforms. Over the last few years, Facebook has offered programs to publishers with the promise of a more sustainable outlook. Instant Articles—which lets media brands publish natively to Facebook—was an experiment publishers felt obligated to try. But Chavern says it ultimately showed little success. “Instant Articles was a huge disappointment,” he says. “You don’t want more disappointment.”

Similarly, Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages, or AMP, the program has not yielded the revenue boost some news outlets wanted, despite high hopes. The sense of complete and utter frustration among media companies, Chavern says, started to hit a boiling point a little over a year ago.

More and more Publishers have come to realize that the revenue streams from these types of so-called media outlets have yet to be realized and doubt that they ever will come to fruition.

Though media companies have finally woken up to the Google/Facebook threat, they still have a daunting fight ahead. First, they have to get government approval to band together, which would be no small feat in a climate of widespread media antipathy.

Chavern is hopeful, though: While President Trump may routinely denounce CNN and NBC as “fake news,” the News Media Alliance president points to the fact that many legislators still have good relationships with their local media. The key is local media outlets, not a national chain outlet that sensationalizes news for ratings.

For Chavern, the imperative now is to save the journalism that remains. If things continue to go the way they’re going, the news business model will be destroyed, and journalism along with it. “If you can’t sustain a legitimate news business, the news will be replaced with junk,” he says.

Community newspapers are finding less of a reason to post on social media. "It is important to keep our readers informed of issues that affect their everyday life," stated Dennis Phillips, Publisher of the Robertson County News in Hearne, Texas. "But when business owners began to believe that their social media ads are more effective, which they are not, that is when community newspaper owners need to assess their market coverage."

Phillips, a community newspaper publisher for 20 years in Texas explained the total reach of social media in his community of 17,000.

"It is simple math based on Facebook's published algorithm. Example: You have 500 friends on Facebook and you post a weekly special for your business. At most 50 people will see that post. Now if you want to pay Facebook to reach more people, you can. For the same money, you can reach up to 17,000 people in the Robertson County News," said Phillips. "With people turning away from social media, the most bang for your advertising dollar will always be your local community newspaper."

In a recent poll issued by the Associated Press, 89.3% of readers of a community newspaper trust what they read in that newspaper. That statistic is far higher than any other news media including Television, Radio, and Online news outlets.

"Basically we write a newspaper about our neighbors, friends, and families. A community newspaper is just that, a newspaper about a community. Of, By and for the community," said Phillips.

Newspapers are leaving social media and for good reason

As advertising dollars dwindle for newspapers, tech duopolies Google with Facebook are geared to enjoy the lion's share of advertising revenue without doing any of the hard work.

For the past decade, newspapers have continued to feed social media with free content, driving readers to the online conglomerates at the cost of their own business.

“The problem,” writes News Media Alliance president David Chavern in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, “is that today’s internet distribution systems distort the flow of economic value derived from good reporting.” Publishers, editors, and reporters put in the real work, while Facebook and Google reap the benefits.

More and more, newspapers throughout the United States are pulling the plug on free content for Facebook, removing their accounts, and limiting access to Google through web-based block program coding.

According to Chavern, now is the right time because of the industry’s heightened frustration with the platforms. Over the last few years, Facebook has offered programs to publishers with the promise of a more sustainable outlook. Instant Articles—which lets media brands publish natively to Facebook—was an experiment publishers felt obligated to try. But Chavern says it ultimately showed little success. “Instant Articles was a huge disappointment,” he says. “You don’t want more disappointment.”

Similarly, Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages, or AMP, the program has not yielded the revenue boost some news outlets wanted, despite high hopes. The sense of complete and utter frustration among media companies, Chavern says, started to hit a boiling point a little over a year ago.

More and more Publishers have come to realize that the revenue streams from these types of so-called media outlets have yet to be realized and doubt that they ever will come to fruition.

Though media companies have finally woken up to the Google/Facebook threat, they still have a daunting fight ahead. First, they have to get government approval to band together, which would be no small feat in a climate of widespread media antipathy.

Chavern is hopeful, though: While President Trump may routinely denounce CNN and NBC as “fake news,” the News Media Alliance president points to the fact that many legislators still have good relationships with their local media. The key is local media outlets, not a national chain outlet that sensationalizes news for ratings.

For Chavern, the imperative now is to save the journalism that remains. If things continue to go the way they’re going, the news business model will be destroyed, and journalism along with it. “If you can’t sustain a legitimate news business, the news will be replaced with junk,” he says.

Community newspapers are finding less of a reason to post on social media. "It is important to keep our readers informed of issues that affect their everyday life," stated Dennis Phillips, Publisher of the Robertson County News in Hearne, Texas. "But when business owners began to believe that their social media ads are more effective, which they are not, that is when community newspaper owners need to assess their market coverage."

Phillips, a community newspaper publisher for 20 years in Texas explained the total reach of social media in his community of 17,000.

"It is simple math based on Facebook's published algorithm. Example: You have 500 friends on Facebook and you post a weekly special for your business. At most 50 people will see that post. Now if you want to pay Facebook to reach more people, you can. For the same money, you can reach up to 17,000 people in the Robertson County News," said Phillips. "With people turning away from social media, the most bang for your advertising dollar will always be your local community newspaper."

In a recent poll issued by the Associated Press, 89.3% of readers of a community newspaper trust what they read in that newspaper. That statistic is far higher than any other news media including Television, Radio, and Online news outlets.

"Basically we write a newspaper about our neighbors, friends, and families. A community newspaper is just that, a newspaper about a community. Of, By and for the community," said Phillips.

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