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Thu
16
Aug
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Fisher County Commissioners approve raises and courthouse upgrade

By Jeff Hurt

After lifting the countywide burn ban Monday, the Fisher County Commissioners approved a 5% raise for county employees and new carpet for the courthouse.

County Auditor Becky Mauldin presented the court with monthly bills, which the commissioners approved as she explained line item transfers for each of the four precincts as well as the Sheriff's Department.

Mauldin said the Sheriff's Department budget would continue to be amended until the end of the year. On average, however, county offices across the board have spent roughly 80% of their budget with only weeks left in the fiscal year.

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Thu
16
Aug
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DOLLAR GENERAL NOW OPEN IN ASPERMONT

Major discount retailer will celebrate the grand opening on Saturday, August 18

Dollar General’s newest store at 701 S. Broadway St. in Aspermont is now open. In its new location, Dollar General will offer area residents a convenient new place to shop for everyday essentials at low prices.

Dollar General will celebrate the store’s official grand opening on Saturday, August 18 at 8 a.m. with free prizes and special deals. Additionally, the first 50 adult shoppers at the store will receive a $10 Dollar General gift card and the first 200 shoppers will receive a Dollar General tote bag with complimentary product samples, among other giveaways.

Thu
16
Aug
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Fisher County Historical News

By Roenna Thomas

The Fisher County Historical Commission was attended by 18 members and 6 visitors at the August 7th monthly meeting in Roby.

A short business meeting was followed by a much anticipated program to Zenita Gardner’s 18 Ranch Series from the Life and Times in West Texas by Sidney William Bryan. The presentation followed his family’s 450 mile trek from Louisiana to Fisher County, down through his years in Fisher County and its surrounding areas. Times were indeed hard, but Mr. Bryan’s book was full of humorous antidotes; and the program successfully conveyed the friendliness of rural neighbors in Fisher County.

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Thu
09
Aug
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Double Mountain Chronicle wins top honors from Texas Press Association

The Double Mountain Chronicle officially received a number of awards from the Texas Press Association, including the 2018 Better Newspaper Contest’s Sweepstakes award.

The Chronicle’s publisher, Patricia Hurt was notified in May, when she received an email from the TPA congratulating the newspaper on winning a first place award, and alluded to the possibility of more. The official results were announced in late June, when the awards were presented at the TPA retreat at the La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa in Montgomery.

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Thu
09
Aug
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Roby grads receive white coats upon induction to medical school

By Jeff Hurt

Roby graduates, Brooke Estes and Lorenzo Ramirez, donned their first white coat Friday at the Lubbock Center, officially beginning their journey in becoming doctors with the class of 2022.

The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine received more than 4,000 applications from all over the world. After months of reviewing, analyzing, and interviewing those students hoping to become future doctors, the administration narrowed the pool, selecting less than 200 for the class of 2022.

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Thu
02
Aug
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Fisher County Food pantry: Desperate for donations

By Jeff Hurt

Fisher County Food Pantry Director Mary Mahaffey is asking local residents to please consider donating canned food at local drop-off points or organizing food drives in their community in order to help the local food pantry continue to offer assistance to families in need.

Started in the 1980s by a group of churches in Roby who saw a need within the county, the Fisher County Food Pantry depends heavily on donations. The pantry focuses on assisting seniors over 60 and disabled individuals, but often help others in need with emergency boxes—usually about three to five a month—and while food donations are always welcome, Mahaffey said monetary donations are needed even more.

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Thu
02
Aug
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To Sell or Not to Sell: “Booze” is the question

By Steven Ellis

An application for petition for the legal sale of all alcoholic beverages including mixed drinks was filed with the Aspermont City Secretary recently. As one might expect, views vary concerning the selling of alcohol within Aspermont’s City Limits.

Local resident, Brandon Kolb submitted the original application for the petition in early July. The application required the signatures of 10 registered voters before the city could issue a petition. It took little time for Kolb to meet the requirements and exchange the application for a petition.

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Tue
31
Jul

Fisher County Producers Have Until Aug. 1 to Submit FSA County Committee Nominations

Roby, Texas, July 24, 2018 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Executive Director for Fisher County, Dennis Cumbie, today reminded farmers and ranchers that they have until Aug. 1, 2018, to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees.

County committees are made up of farmers and ranchers elected by other producers in their communities to guide the delivery of farm programs at the local level. Committee members play a critical role in the day-to-day operations of FSA.

"The Aug. 1 deadline is quickly approaching,” said Cumbie. "If you know of a great candidate or want to nominate yourself to serve on your local county committee, visit your FSA office before the deadline to submit the nomination form. I especially encourage the nomination of beginning farmers and ranchers, as well as women and minorities. This is your opportunity to have a say in how federal programs are delivered in your county.”

Wed
25
Jul
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Local golfer named in youth golf invitational

Zach Morgan from Roby headed south this week to compete in the West Texas Junior Champions Tour, which was held at the Quicksand Golf Course in San Angelo, July 26 and 27.

Morgan is a sophomore at Roby High School in class of 2021, where he plays on the school’s varsity golf team. Although, he quickly pick up the techniques of the game under the tutelage of Sweetwater Golf Course Pro Don Timm, Morgan has been playing the sport less than a year.

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Wed
25
Jul
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Texas Sales Tax Holiday is Aug. 10-12

AUSTIN) — Whether you’re in need of book bags, blackboard chalk or bell-bottom pants, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is reminding shoppers they can save money on those and certain other items during the state’s sales tax holiday. This year, the sales tax holiday is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10-12.

The law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced below $100 from sales tax, saving shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend during the weekend.

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