County Life

Thu
10
Jan
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Kids, Communities, and Cakes

We get inundated every day with incredible amounts of negative clutter. Whether it’s the news, television shows, or the firehose of information on social media, listen to it long enough and you’ll start to believe some pretty glum things. Kids are lazy and unambitious and never do anything but play on their phones. Everyone is more concerned with their own self-interest than the good of the world.

Well, if you want to be optimistic about the work ethic of our youth, spend some time at a local junior livestock show. While you’re there, you’ll also learn about the generosity of local communities. The experience might reassure you about the general future of America.

Thu
10
Jan
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Local Lions Clubs Promote Literacy

Rotan 1st grade class was excitied to show off their Dr. Suess books that were given to them from the Lions Club. COURTESY PHOTO)

Thursday, December 20th, Roby Lions Club continued to promote literacy and reading with their semi-annual distribution of books to each child in Early Education through Grade 5 for their holiday reading enjoyment. This year Rotan Lions Club joined Roby in this project and also received books for the same age group in Rotan. These books were donated by First Book through grants awarded to the clubs. The clubs were responsible for shipping charges. This activity is part of the Lions Clubs International Reading Action Program, a global campaign that focuses on implementing reading and education projects to help increase literacy rates worldwide.

Fri
21
Dec
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Rotan Christmas Parade Lights up Downtown

The residents of Rotan lined Main Street last week for the annual Christmas Parade. With almost 20 parade contestants, great food, fun for the kids, and live music for everyone, there was plenty of good tidings to spread around.

The parade was led by the Rotan Yellowhammer Marching Band, and kids cheered and waved as Santa rode by. This year’s parade consisted of some of the best floats seen in town in years with smiling faces of children oohing and aahing between scrambling to fill their pockets with candy.

Many storefronts moved their business to the sidewalks and joined several vendors, caterers, and local artisans from around the region, who were set up with street displays and happy to help you find that perfect item. Hot stew and cornbread was provided by the marching band as part of a fundraising event to help cover the cost of their spring trip.

Fri
21
Dec
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Zach Morris named as Aspermont ISD’s lone finalist

With former AISD Superintendent Tim Bartram’s final day falling last Friday, the trustees met in executive session during Monday night’s regular meeting, whereupon they named long-time Aspermont Principal and coach, Zach Morris, as lone finalist.

Bartram was named lone finalist for Hull-Daisetta ISD in November and accepted the offered contract earlier this month. The Aspermont Trustees agreed in early December to look at the possibility of hiring Bartram’s replacement internally.

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Fri
14
Dec
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Christmas dinner on the Upper Brazos in 1872

“In the fall of 1872, I took a contract to locate 600 sections of land for the Houston and Texas Central Railroad, on what showed in all our geographies of that day, as Llano Estacado desert lands, without wood or water….I outfitted my party in Waco. This brace consisted of sixteen men and three ox teams. I was to be jointed by a similar party from San Antonio up near Camp Colorado or Fort Griffin

I began my survey at the mouth of the Sweetwater Creek, where it falls into the Elm Fork (Note—this is Clear Fork of the Brazos) of the Brazos, about the Southwest corner of Jones and the Southeast corner of Fisher. It was a cold, sleety day and we were hunting and surveying along the creek in search of a corner to make our starting connections…

Fri
07
Dec
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Fisher County Historical News

Zenita Gardner, Aubrey Nell Cauble and Barbara Head help tie candy sacks destined for the Fisher County Food Bank.

On Tuesday, December 4th, the Fisher County Historical Commission met for their annual Christmas Party. Christmas carols were sung and stories of past Christmas’ were shared.

Members formed an assembly line of sorts and filled bags of candy for the Fisher County Food Bank’s December deliveries. Continuing in the mood of sharing the Christmas Dice Exchange Game was played with everyone ending the game with a different gift than the one the one they had originally chosen.

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Fri
30
Nov
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Roby students learn cutting-edge technology

Blog - The Blue Frog - is the first project created by the new 3-D printer (Courtesy Photo)

Students at Roby CISD received a new piece of technology this week when the much-anticipated Dremel 3-D printer arrived. Although its primary use will be part of the school’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) program, teachers say the tool’s applications can be used in several other areas of education.

Wanting to provide more experiences for students in her CTE courses, Roby teacher, Michele Terry presented the idea of purchasing the 3-D printer using state funds the school receives through the Carl Perkins Act. These are federal funds the state grants to improve postsecondary career and technical education programs.

The goal is to develop and improve the academic, career, and technical skills of those students enrolled in technical education programs across the nation. Terry said she plans to use the printer in all her classes to give students an opportunity to work with some of the most up-to-date technology they wouldn’t normally have the chance to use.

Fri
30
Nov
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Anne Pettus Shelbourne DAR Chapter honors Good Citizens

Roby Senior, hallie Rose Edmondson (Courtesy Photo)

Raychel Anderle of Rotan High School and Hallie Rose Edmondson of Roby High School are the Fisher County recipients of the 2018 – 2019 Good Citizen Award and Scholarship Contest given each year by the Anne Pettus Shelbourne Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The Good Citizen committee was created by a Resolution of the Congress of 1934. Raychel and Hallie were honored at a tea, on November 10, 2018, held at the First Baptist Church in Rotan. In attendance were: Catherine Weatherman, Carolyn Hargrove, Annie Weems, Mary Ann Marshall, Dot Harris, Zenita Gardner, Roenna Thomas, Susan Martinez, Randy Martin, Lenice Dennis, Cindy Fryar, Tessa Edmondson, Hallie Edmondson, Diltzie Edmondson, Zena Hargrove, Patsy Lawrence and Emilia Brewer. Raychel and Hallie received a pin, certificate, and wallet card.

Fri
23
Nov
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Roby National Honor Society’s Canned Food Drive Success!

Roby CISD’s National Honor Society has another successful food drive for the Fisher County Food Pantry. This year they collected over 4,200 cans of food and $1,000 in cash.

“All the kids worked really hard to sort out over 4,000 cans and put them on the shelves.” said Mary Mahaffey, Director of the Food Pantry.

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Thu
15
Nov
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3rd Annual Stonewall County Livestock Association Goat Roping Winners

The 3rd annual Stonewall County Livestock Association Goat Roping held last Saturday was a big success, with lots of ropers and great concession food. Much fun was enjoyed by all.

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