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Fisher County schools discuss possible consolidation

Concerned Citizens address the Roby School board regarding consolidation during Monday Night’s meeting.

Trustees in both Roby and Rotan school districts tackled the controversial topic of possible school consolidation Monday night, and while taking no official action, a majority of board members said would like to examine more data, hear from experts, and deeper explore the idea in the months to come.

Roby CISD moved the open forum portion of its meeting to the school auditorium to accommodate the citizen turnout. Although the district has rules in place to limit the duration of public comment to 30 minutes, the board suspended those rules in order to allow everyone the opportunity to speak.

Most of those who addressed boards in both school districts were those who were school employees, former employees, or those who have ties to district personnel, the comments covered a wide spectrum. Some speakers voiced lesser concerns such as school colors or mascot while others focused on finances and facility division.

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Aspermont ISD conducts interviews to fill superintendent vacancy

The AISD trustees convened in a special meeting on Monday, conducting interviews in closed-session deliberations in the hopes of hiring a replacement superintendent. No action was taken upon reconvening.

With Superintendent Tim Bartram’s resignation last week, the AISD board is looking internally to possibly fill the vacancy.

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New rules imposed at Stonewall Activity Center

Due to continuing issues and rule violations at the Stonewall Activity Center, commissioners approved the forfeiture of security deposits for the violation of the center’s rules during Monday’s meeting.

Stonewall County Judge Ronnie Moorhead explained how the same group that has caused a number of issues over the years has once again created a situation, which led commissioners to reevaluate rules regarding security deposits. The court first made changes to the regulations back in March, after learning of undesirable behavior and a trend in damaging the center’s amenities.

Two years ago, a group of individuals rented the activity center and caused a fair amount of damage to the building. The following year, the same group of individuals rented the center, holding a party where alcohol was being consumed, despite the fact alcoholic beverages are explicitly forbidden under the activity centers rental agreement.

Fri
07
Dec
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Aspermont ISD Superintendent resigns Hurt

The Hull-Daisetta School Board extended a contract to AISD Superintendent Tim Bartram Wednesday, and the Aspermont trustees met earlier this week to discuss options for hiring a replacement.

The Hull-Daisetta Independent School District (HDISD) has been looking to replace Superintendent Mary Huckabay, who announced her retirement back in August. After months of searching and cooperation with the Texas Association of School Boards, Hull-Daisetta narrowed down a lengthy search to three candidates.

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07
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Fisher County Hospital swears in new member

The Fisher County Hospital Board of Trustees welcomed Sarah McLen, voting unanimously to appoint her to the vacancy left by board president Linda Deen, who also officially stepped down during last week’s meeting. McLen, along with current board members Terry Coker and Beverly Rister each took their oath of office before getting down to business.

Deen has served on the board for 16 years and the administration presented her with a gift in commemoration for those years of service from 2002 – 2018. “I knew that it was way too long,” Deen joked as she accepted it. “When I agreed to the appointment, Cle-Don said: ‘Don’t worry, Linda. It won’t be for long.’”

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07
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Stonewall County 4-Her’s “Deck the Halls” at Gibson Care Center

(Back row) Georgia Fraser, Zoey Cooper, Jody Robertson, Melissa Ribelin, Teri Gonzales (Front row)Shelby Robertson, Valley Bradley, Micah Hagins, Kami Tate, Madalyn Gonzales (PHOTO COURESY OF MELISSA RIBELIN)

On Sunday, December 2nd, Stonewall County 4-Her’s met at Gibson Care Center and decorated the dining room with Christmas Trees, Snowmen, Santa Claus, Stockings, Snowflakes, Stars, Christmas Lights, and Christmas Ornaments that they had made earlier in the week. We had a great time and really enjoyed visiting with several of the residents that joined us as we decorated.

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Stonewall 4-H cooks up a lot of spirit at District Food Challenge

Georgia Fraser, Willie Mae Shugart, Alexis Garcia, Jessi Rabel

The District 3, 4-H Food Challenge District Competition was held in Jacksboro, Texas on November 28, 2018. There were 298 kids participating this year, the largest number to have ever competed in this competition.

Seventeen kids from Stonewall County

4-H were among the large number of contestants competing in District Food Challenge.

In the junior division, Madalyn Gonzales, Graden Rabel, Brianna Hendrix, and Matti Polk otherwise known as “The Spice Kids,” competed in the nutritious snack category and “The Glamorous Grain Girls,” a group made up of Micah Hagins, Daisy Garcia, and Georgia Seton, competed in the bread and cereal category.

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Fri
30
Nov
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RA/GA Rotan Community Children’s Choir To Perform Christmas Musical

The RA/GA Rotan Community Children’s Choir will perform the Christmas musical, “Born is the King,” on Sunday, December 2, 6:00 PM in the auditorium of First Baptist Church, Rotan. The choir, comprised of 1st-6th grades, has been rehearsing since September in preparation for this seasonal musical presentation.

The choir is under the direction of Reba Bailey, retired music teacher from Snyder Elementary School, who also serves as organist and children’s choir director at First Baptist Church. Her husband, Robert, minister of music at the church, will serve as narrator for the children’s musical. Media technicians are Kirk Etheredge and James Able, members of First Baptist.

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City of Rotan welcomes new mayor

Pete Garcia Sr. (middle) is surrounded by his family, brother Floyd Garcia Jr., (left) and son Pete Garcia Jr. (right) who came watch him be sworn as the newly elected Mayor of Rotan (Courtesy photo submitted by Pete Garcia, Jr.)

Mayor-elect Pete Garcia took his oath of office last week, as former Mayor Marisa Nowlin said goodbye to the council as Garcia officially stepped into the duties of Rotan City Mayor.

Garcia said he has always considered Nowlin to be a good friend and felt as though she was doing a good job as mayor. When he heard that she was not planning to seek reelection, he felt it was the right time to offer his candidacy.

Born and raised in Rotan, Garcia graduated from Rotan High School before enlisting in the US Marine Corps in 1971. He spent four years on active duty and an additional four in the reserves. He said he loved his time in service to his country and could have spent a full 20.

“I traveled the world,” said Garcia. And although his military career took him from West Texas to Okinawa Japan, the Caribbean and Mediterranean, he would eventually return home to work the family land with his father. He would also learn a new application for his military training.

Fri
30
Nov
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Looking for angels in Aspermont

are also accepted and can be left at the Bank. There is also a Facebook page for the Aspermont Angel tree for more information.

Angels adorn Christmas trees at the First National Bank and high school office in Aspermont, and members of the community have the opportunity to truly give during this season of giving.

When Aspermont ISD Principal Zach Morris and his wife Shayla lived in Lubbock, each year they would pick an angel from the tree at South Plains Mall in order to help a local family. When they moved back home, they picked from the tree in Abilene.

The couple began talking about how there were plenty of kids within their own town that could benefit, so they got together with other community members and started their own Angel tree program. That was 12 years ago, and the project is still going strong, helping dozens of families each year.

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