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Bussey signs commitment with Texas A&M

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Terry Bussey, surrounded by friends and family, officially signs his commitment to the Texas A&M Aggies.

Terry Bussey made it official on Wednesday. The five-star athlete from Timpson High School committed to Texas A&M after flirting with LSU and Georgia. Bussey appeared in front of a media onslaught surrounded by his family, fellow teammates, administration, and the coaches of the Timpson Bears. Bussey complimented Texas A&M, stating that his decision was influenced by the marketing and networking capabilities of the university, which ultimately won the star athlete over. Georgia and LSU remained in the top running for the recruit, but ultimately, Bussey decided to run with the Aggies remaining closer to home. It is a well-known fact surrounding Bussey that family is essential to the young star, and the opportunity of a first-rate education from one of the nation’s leading engineering programs sealed the deal for the Aggies. When asked about his position on the field, Bussey noted that he felt he would see starting time under the Aggie’s newly revamped program under new head coach Mike Elko: “some on defense, some on offense and special teams,” he stated. “It was perfect to get to know the people (Texas A&M Coaching staff). They have put together a great group of staff, and I enjoyed meeting some of the players as well,” said Bussey. “It was a tough decision; Georgia and LSU are great schools,” said Bussey. “I feel Texas A&M will help me overall in life; there are just good people over there,” Bussey responded when asked what put Texas A&M over the top. Bussey, ranked No. 11 nationally in the Class of 2024 in the 247Sports Composite, committed to the Aggies in late September but started to look around after Texas A&M fired head coach Jimbo Fisher. He never officially decommitted, but new coach Mike Elko and his staff had to battle to secure the services of the nation’s top-ranked athlete. Bussey is considered one of the best All-Around Athletes in the college recruitment arena for 2024. Football, Basketball, and Track are all highlights on Bussey’s high school resume. In his senior year, Bussey qualified for 5 UIL Track events, only missing the event due to a sustained injury earlier in the football season. According to the coaching staff at Timpson, Bussey performed in both basketball and track with a torn Meniscus that was repaired. He is the only top-100 player in Texas A&M’s class, ranked No. 22. Bussey is explosive and skilled enough to excel in the defensive backfield or at receiver at the next level. He also should be an immediate impact return specialist.

Mass Gathering Ordinances Discussed, No Action Taken In Court

Laura Chesner
Staff Writer
Robertson County News

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Terry Bussey, surrounded by friends and family, officially signs his commitment to the Texas A&M Aggies.

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Commissioners discuss potential mass gathering ordinances that would regulate such events as trail rides and Aggie Bonfire.

The regular meeting of the Robertson County Commissioners began with a comment from a citizen. Mr. C explained that while he was pleased to see that there were potential solar infrastructure projects coming to the area, he wished to remind the commissioners that the location of some of the potential projects are near the recharge zone of the Simsboro aquifer. The Simsboro provides fresh water to much of the northern part of Robertson County and beyond and it is important to keep recharge zones free of certain infrastructure in order to keep the water clean and soaking into the ground. He suggested that the commissioners get in touch with the Brazos Valley Groundwater Conservation District to see if they have any information about what mitigation might need to be done to keep the recharge zone safe. Judge Scarpinato thanked him for his comments before continuing with the agenda. Elections were on the agenda, as the primary season begins in two weeks, with the first day of early voting to begin at 8:00 am on February 20. Rebekah Callaway submitted the final list of offices for election, polling places and voting dates and times to the court for the record. Callaway explained that there were some minor changes to early voting locations with Precinct 23 in Hearne would be able to cast their vote at the VFW hall in Hearne and Precinct 6 in Franklin will cast their vote at the Worship Center.  Billy Huggins relayed to the court that he is working on a grant with the ESD for upgrades to communications equipment for Robertson County Fire and EMT. Huggins is still searching for grants for upgrades to the law enforcement communications equipment, and is alo inquiring with DPS on the possibility of purchasing some gently used equipment for local law enforcement.  Constable Danny Williamson submitted his annual racial profiling report for his precinct, which after a thorough reading, the commissioners had no questions and voted to record his report. Williamson also expressed to the commissioners that he had recently had the opportunity to sell some old rifles that were not being used by his office. He was able to purchase a non-lethal bean bag weapon for his officers to use. Williamson feels that the non-lethal weapon is a much better fit for the needs of his officers. Chuck Hairston addressed those gathered regarding the flooding of the bridge off Pin Oak Road in his precinct. The damage to the bridge is substantial enough that Hairston will have to marshall some resources and close off the road at some point next week to make repairs. Hairston coordinated with Karen Box of the Sheriff’s office to make sure that the road closure will be announced through the Sheriff’s office text notification system. Hairston also requested a letter of intent from the court to send to a tractor supplier for a limb tractor. His precinct has the funds to pay for the tractor and will get a good deal for the tractor and wanted to lock in the lower price, which the commissioner approved. The annual order authorizing the sale of fireworks to celebrate Texas Independence Day passed without comment. Commissioners also discussed potential ordinances and orders regarding special events and mass gatherings. The commissioners understand that each municipality in the county have their own ordinances for mass gatherings that regulate various gatherings that take place outside of the city limits, but within the county. Robertson County currently hosts many types of mass gatherings, from Aggie Bonfire to various trail rides, and the commissioners feel that they should make sure that these events are safe and permitted. No action was taken at this meeting, but the commissioners committed to looking at state and city regulations from the area and working with their legal department to come up with fair ordinances to vote on at a future meeting.

Hearne ISD Presents “A Night with the Stars” Gala Fundraiser

Roy McCoy
Publisher
Robertson County News

The Hearne Independent School District (ISD) is set to dazzle the community with its upcoming event, “A Night with the Stars.” This glamorous gala aims to raise funds for Hearne ISD special programs and initiatives. Scheduled for Saturday, March 2nd, from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM, the event promises an evening of elegance and entertainment at the scenic Wind Dancer Retreat, located at 8755 Burch Lane in Bryan, TX. Tickets for “A Night with the Stars” are priced at $40 per person or $75 per couple, offering attendees an opportunity to support Hearne ISD while enjoying an unforgettable night out. Additionally, table sponsorships are available for $350, accommodating a group of 10 people. Guests can look forward to an exciting lineup of activities, including a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction featuring a variety of coveted items up for bid. Those interested in purchasing tickets or donating items for the silent auction are encouraged to text 512-270-9448 for more information. Don’t miss your chance to shine bright at “A Night with the Stars” while making a meaningful contribution to Hearne ISD’s special programs. Reserve your tickets today and prepare for an unforgettable evening of philanthropy and celebration.

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Crossroads Nursing Facility and Rehabilitation to Host Special Event with Guest Speaker Hazel Embra

Roy McCoy
Publisher
Robertson County News

In a celebration that merges history, love, and community spirit, Crossroads Nursing Facility and Rehabilitation is set to host a special event on February 15 at 2:30 p.m., featuring guest speaker Hazel Embra. Located at 611 Rose Marie Blvd in Hearne, the event will bring together residents, staff, and community members for an afternoon of inspiration and camaraderie. The event is uniquely crafted to intertwine a Black History Program with the spirit of Valentine’s Day. On this occasion, Hazel Embra, esteemed as the guest speaker, will share insights and stories that reflect on the rich tapestry of Black history. Ms. Embra’s presence promises to add a touch of wisdom and inspiration to the event. To further enhance the celebration, Ramona Carroll and Joyce Richardson will be actively participating in the event, contributing to the overall festive atmosphere. These dedicated individuals will join forces to distribute gifts to all residents at Crossroads, creating a sense of warmth and connection. The event goes beyond the confines of the nursing facility, inviting community members to participate and contribute to the program. Those who wish to lend a helping hand in putting together this special day are encouraged to join and share in the joyous occasion. The brainchild behind this thoughtful event is Laura Garcia, the Activities Director at Crossroads Nursing Facility. With meticulous planning and a passion for creating meaningful experiences, Garcia has orchestrated an event that resonates with the residents and embodies the spirit of community. Crossroads Nursing Facility and Rehabilitation, known for its commitment to providing compassionate care, opens its doors to friends and neighbors, welcoming them to be part of this unique celebration. The combination of Black history, Valentine’s Day, and a captivating guest speaker makes this event a standout on the community calendar. As the community gathers at 611 Rose Marie Blvd on February 15 at 2:30 p.m., the Crossroads Nursing Facility and Rehabilitation anticipates an afternoon filled with inspiration, love, and a shared sense of community. Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this special occasion that brings together history and heartfelt celebrations in the heart of Hearne.

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