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Thu
11
Oct
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Big Country EC Operation Round Up Program: Here to Meet Needs in Our Communities

For four years now, Big Country Electric Cooperative (BCEC) members’ Operation Round Up change contributions have helped families and service organizations locally. The Operation Round Up program has contributed more than $200,000 to our local communities through organizations who provide charitable and educational services, as well as families with demonstrated financial need. Operation Round Up is supported by BCEC members whose electric bills are “Rounded Up” to the nearest dollar. The “Round Up” amount goes into the Operation Round Up fund for distribution in the counties we serve: Borden, Fisher, Garza, Haskell, Jones, Kent, Mitchell, Nolan, Scurry, Shackelford, Stonewall and Throckmorton. Every penny stays in our local counties, benefiting folks right here at home.

Thu
11
Oct
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Fisher County Historical News

By Roenna Thomas

The monthly meeting of the Fisher County Historical Commission was attended by 15 members at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 2nd. A brief business part of the meeting was followed with an interesting presentation concluding Zenita Gardner’s ranch series.

Ms. Gardner’s presentation on the Two Circles Bar Ranch was based on an under-graduate thesis written in 1935 by Ms. Josie Baird. The ranch was started in the late 1870’s when J.J. Hinson selected an approximately 50 mile by 30 mile section of open range which covered the entire area of Kent County and small parts of Scurry,

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Wed
05
Sep
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Fisher County Historical News

By Roenna Thomas

The Fisher County Historical Commission was delighted with a surprise guest speaker, Mary Mahaffey. Mrs. Mahaffey from the Fisher County Food Bank presented a short program and answered many questions about the Food Bank, which was started by churches and concerned citizens of Fisher County in the 1980’s along with a Clothes Closet in Roby. The Food Pantry is kept open by donations from groups, businesses and individuals. All monies earned at the Clothes Closet go to buy commodities for the Food Bank. The Food Bank and Clothes Closet are staffed with unpaid volunteers.

The food bank does buy some of their food from the Abilene Food Bank and Thriftway (at cost) in Rotan. Food drives are another good source for the food bank, but they have slowed significantly in past months.

Wed
05
Sep
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Stonewall Senior Citizens cook breakfast for hungry hunters

The Stonewall Senior Citizens Center opened early over the weekend, preparing the most important meal of the day for camo-clad hunters on the opening day of hunting season.

Although the center is known to deliver meals to local residents all throughout the year, serving the Hunter’s Appreciation Breakfast is just one more of the many ways the center gives back to its community. Although originally started by Stephanie Mullen and the Chamber of Commerce, the breakfast was picked up by the center after the chamber disbanded.

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Thu
30
Aug
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Youth Night back at Aspermont’s Central Baptist Church

While Kolby Bradshaw practices is skills on the swing, Axel Ellis give the camera two thumbs up for the first day of Youth service kicks off for the 2018-19 school year at Centeral Baptist Church in Aspermont, Texas.

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Thu
30
Aug
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It was Picture Day for the Rotan Class of 1955

Class of 55 Bob Rivers, Max Garland, Robert Phillips, front row Patsy Blunt Lawrence, Mary Jo Pope Parks, and Carol McCoullah Holland Next year they will meet on August 16-18, 2019 at MCM Elegante Suites for every class from the 1950’s.

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Thu
16
Aug
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Local youth center bids Godspeed to beloved co-founder

By Jeff Hurt

As co-founder of No Need For Need and director of Roby youth center the Hub for almost a decade, August 22 will be Shannon Wilburn’s last day, as her walk with Christ is taking her to Atlanta.

Wilburn went to San Angelo State on a basketball scholarship, earned her degree, and later became a coach and teacher, a trait she assumed she would do for the rest of her life. When her father, Jim passed away in 2006, thoughts of home and of her mother pulled at her heart.

Raised in a household embracing the teachings of scripture, Shannon learned in her earliest memories the answers to life's struggles are often discovered through prayer. So she prayed about it and simply walked away from a number of coaching opportunities to return home.

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Thu
09
Aug
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BayWa Renewable Energy and local residents celebrate American Wind Week

Jay Strickland, Rolf Miller and Josh Franklin, Representatives from BayWa renewable energy were on hand earlier this week at the Mozart Wind Farm located north of Rotan, answering questions, educating landowners and taxpayers about the benefits of wind energy, and treating everyone to outstanding barbecue from 5-C Barbecue out of Rule.

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Thu
02
Aug
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County Conservation Partners Host Local Work Group Meeting

Roby, Texas, July 30, 2018—The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Fisher County and the Upper Clear Fork Soil and Water Conservation District cordially invite the public to attend their FY19 Local Working Group (LWG) meeting August 13, 2018, 1:00 p.m.

The purpose of this annual LWG meeting is to set local conservation priorities and bring conservation stakeholders together to discuss conservation topics and issues relevant to helping Fisher County farmers and ranchers better conserve on-farm natural resources.

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Wed
25
Jul
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Fisher County Hospital gets big check and begins negotiations with energy company

Hospital CEO Leanne Martinez informed the FCH board members of a payment totaling just under $1 million the hospital received the morning prior to Monday night’s meeting. The funds were due to Medicare underpayments for 2017.

Martinez said the hospital used a portion of the funds to make the necessary payments to bring the hospital up to date, approximately $167,000 in bills, leaving the district just under $800,000 in the general account. She said the hospital would soon be making investments not seen in quite some time.

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