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08
Nov
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Western Texas College to Unearth Time Capsule at 50th Anniversary Celebration

Western Texas College to Unearth Time Capsule at 50th Anniversary Celebration

The Western Texas College arch in the center of campus. (Courtesy Photo)

SNYDER— Western Texas College is pleased to announce that they will celebrate their 50th Anniversary on Monday, November 18, 2019. The event will take place in the WTC courtyard at 11:00 a.m.

WTC Alumni, the community, students, former and current faculty and staff are all welcome to attend. The event is free for everyone.

During the 10th Anniversary celebration on November 18, 1979, Western Texas College students, faculty, and staff buried a time capsule to be opened on the 50th anniversary of the College in 2019.

“We’re very excited to see what’s in it,” said Dr. Barb Beebe, College President. “Especially since we don’t know what was put into it in 1979.”

In addition to unearthing the time capsule, WTC will present the Distinguished Alumni Award for 2019.

Fri
01
Nov
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Community Fall Festival a success

Community Fall Festival a success

Fall Festival Committee: Right to left: Becky Davis, Paige Terry, Jenna Posey, Nicole Hjelmervik, Jade Crawford, Amy Young (Coure

The Fisher County Community Fall Festival took place in Roby over the weekend, where people traveled in from neighboring towns to have a little fun, do a little trick or treating, play some games, eat plenty of food, meet up with old friends and make a few new ones.

Event coordinator and Fall Fest Committee President Jenna Posey said this year’s festival was bigger than last year and ran smoothly with help from people in neighboring communities all around. As additional business and volunteers are showing interest after this year’s event, Posey said the committee already has ideas for next year.

Posey said trick or treating involves a lot of driving nowadays and liked the idea of trunk or treating she knew many churches were hosting. She saw it as an opportunity to bring people together and provide a safe place where kids can have fun, show off their costumes, and still get Halloween candy.

Fri
01
Nov
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2019 Roby National Honor Society Inductees

2019 Roby National Honor Society Inductees

Current Members in Gold L-R: Lucy Alls, Hailey Moore, Caitlin Benson, Brady Faucett, Shawn Howell, Kolby Gilbreath. New Inductees in White L-R: Flor Carlos, Payton Dickson, Zena Hargrove, Houston Harris, Lauren LaCoste, Joie Morris, Catherine Whiteley

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Fri
11
Oct
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Stonewall County 4-H Local Food Show

Stonewall County 4-H Local Food Show

Madalyn Gonzales
(by Melissa Ribelin)

On Sunday, October 6, 2019, twenty-two 4-Her’s competed in the Local Stonewall County 4-H Food Show Competition.

The Food Show Theme for this year was Food from around the Word. This Food Show challenged the competitors to prepare a dish that came from any other country but the United States. The 4-Her’s used their creativity and the entries came from Italy, Spain, China, Brazil, Africa, France, Turkey and Germany to name a few. This event focuses on 4-H members’ ability to properly prepare a dish in one of four different categories, present orally the nutritional value and preparation techniques to a judge, and demonstrate food safety and proper food handling.

The Junior and Intermediate division 4-Her’s placing first in their age group and category will advance to the District competition on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Wilbarger Auditorium in Vernon, Texas.

Fri
04
Oct
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2019 Rotan National Honor Society Inductees

2019 Rotan National Honor Society Inductees

Back row L-R: Cole Van-Poppel, Kaden Dycus, Koy Bell, Mya Gentry. Front row L-R: Cissa Dixon, Felicia Carrillo, Andrea Flores, Danesha Gentry, Alejandra Perales-Garcia

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Fri
27
Sep
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Roby Cross Country Results from Rotan meet 9/18

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Roby JH Finishers in Top 10

Pictured L-R: Clayton Hounshell 9th, Rafael Fortuna 3rd, Cisco Jimenez 1st, Hailee Garmer 5th, Chasity Benson 1st, Ivy Espinoza 10th, and Lilly Benson 2nd. In Addition, Boys JH team won 2nd: Cisco Jimenez, Rafael Fortuna, Clayton Hounshell, Daniel Perales, Mason Pasley. JH Girls won 1st: Chasity Benson, Lilly Benson, Hailee Garmer, Ivy Espinoza, Gemma Noell.

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Fri
27
Sep
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Area HS Counselors Learn What TSTC Offers Students

(ABILENE, Texas) – Texas State Technical College hosted over 30 high school counselors and career and technical education (CTE) instructors from across West Texas on Friday at the 2019 Counselor Update.

The event served as an opportunity for representatives from various school districts to learn about the programs and services that TSTC offers students.

“The update is a chance to get everyone up to speed about new programs, program changes, career opportunities awaiting these students, and provide information on all the exciting things we have to offer their students,” Chris Johnson, TSTC lead recruiter for West Texas, said.

Guests toured programs offered at the aviation maintenance hangar and new Industrial Technology Center.

Fri
20
Sep
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Rotan's Buyer's Club receives $2500 donation

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Kelly Cleveland, along with her grandson Beckett Pipes, (Photo by David Posey)

Each year Bayer Science Seed Company has a drawing for those who enter to give away $2500 to a person who enters their contest and nominates a nonprofit organization. This year's winner was Kelly Cleveland. Kelly nominated the Rotan Buyers Club for the donation.

The purpose of the Grow Communities Program is to partner with farmers to make a positive impact in farm communities across the country by supporting local nonprofit organizations. Since the program began in 2010, more than $33 million has been directed to organizations across rural America.

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Fri
20
Sep
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911 First Responders appreciation dinner

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Weathersbee-Ray and Adams-Foster-Ray funeral homes hosted a 911 First Responders appreciation dinner last Tuesday, September 10 at the Hamlin Fire Department Training Center. It was a way to “Thank you” to the volunteer fire departments, police and sheriff departments, hospital and EMS personnel who serve and protect the citizens of Fisher and Jones counties.

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Thu
12
Sep
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Cross Roads Baptist to Celebrate 110th Anniversary

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Cross Roads Baptist Church will celebrate 110 years Sunday, September 15th at 10:30 a.m. Barry Sartain will return to lead the music and Tony Gruben will speak. A “PotLuck Lunch” will follow the morning worship service. Cross Roads Baptist Church was organized on September 19, 1909 after preaching service by Bro. J.M. Rankin. The meeting was held in the Cross Roads School House. When the school district consolidated with Rotan Independent School District in 1925, the building was deeded to the Church and has been a place of worship since that time. The church was first called the Liberty Missionary Baptist Church. It was organized with 22 charter members. These were:

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