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11
Oct
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Aspermont ISD Government class observe county government first hand

By Jeff Hurt

The Stonewall County commissioners had guests in the courtroom Tuesday, as students from the AISD dual-credit government course were present in order to get a real-world view of how local government operates. Commissioners reviewed the quarterly investment reports, discussed future operations, and approved bids for struck-off property among the day’s agenda items.

In her quarterly investment report, County Treasurer Anya Mullen informed the court how the County only had to extract a little over $20,000 from the CD. She went on to explain how this was, in fact, good news considering the IT work and new deputy sheriff vehicles, and helping the fire department purchase a new truck, which was not budgeted for at the beginning of the year.

Thu
11
Oct
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Fisher County Commissioners accept resignation and learns of jail issues

By Jeff Hurt
The Fisher County Commissioners accepted County Treasurer Shana Haas’ resignation during Tuesday’s meeting as well as approving the cost of security improvements at the jail. The court also agreed to leave County Road 250 open to the public.

In her statement to the court, Haas said: “With the joyful heart, I, Shana Haas, am resigning as Fisher County Treas., effective October 19. At that time, Gina Parks, the treasurer-elect, will be ready and willing to take over the position as Fisher County Treas. Thank you.”

The commissioners accepted the resignation unanimously and went on to appoint Parks for the remainder of the unexpired term.

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Thu
11
Oct
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2018 Rotan Homecoming King & Queen

Seniors, Gaberial Daniel & Citlali Garcia-Perales joined the Rotan Homecoming royality last Friday night during the football halkftime show when they were crowned as the Rotan Homecoming King and Queen of 2018.

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Thu
04
Oct
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Stonewall Wellness Center under new leadership

Stonewall Memorial Hospital CEO Andy Kolb recommended the board allow the SMH Wellness Center to fall under the management of the district’s non-profit foundation. His goal is to see a new director take the center in a direction that may better serve the community and the district as a whole.

With the recent retirement announcement of Ellen Abernathy, the center’s current director, Kolb said this is a good opportunity to transfer operations while ensuring community involvement. Additionally, with the SMHD foundation assuming the responsibility of the facility, the district stands to save roughly $19,000 annually.

However, the foundation cannot support the center based solely on memberships from the community. But Kolb said they recently learned the hospital can give its employees a $20 per month membership—set up under the employee benefit plan—that would be an allowable cost where 67% of membership could be funneled to the Wellness Center’s operational fund.

Thu
04
Oct
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Stanaland vs Stanaland: Football Family Showdown

As John Stanaland prepares the Rotan Yellowhammers for this upcoming Friday night’s homecoming game against Jayton, his older brother, Josh will be cheering his encouragement from the sidelines... for the opposing team, as coach of the Jaybirds.

The Stanaland family has produced three generations of Jayton athletes, and Josh and John grew up with 6-man football in their blood. Their dad was a starting middle linebacker for the Jaybirds in the 1970s, and cousins, uncles, and nephews were all involved with Jayton football growing up.

Simply said: The Stanalands are a football family.

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Thu
27
Sep
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We Love to Read!

Rotan ISD 2nd graders love going to the library. When these four boys came in with their class they were excited to be able to read their books to everyone.

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Thu
27
Sep
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Rotan 2019 Homecoming week to kick off

By Kyndra Vaught

Monday begins Homecoming Week for the Rotan Yellowhammers with six days of activities for students and alumni.

On Monday, the students will dress up as a twin. Tuesday is Hawaiian Day. Wednesday students will rock their favorite collage gear.

Thursday is throwback-Thursday, and Friday, students will show their school pride by sporting the orange and white.

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Thu
27
Sep
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Aspermont accepts councilman’s resignation and prepares for liquor election

By Jeff Hurt

The Aspermont City Council met on Monday to officially accept the resignation of Councilman Ralph Riddle and appoint a judge and clerks for the city’s upcoming liquor election in November. The council also adopted this year’s tax rate before hearing about raininduced plumbing issues.

The Council was unanimous in its acceptance of Riddle’s resignation. He will soon be relocating to Lubbock, and as he will no longer be residing within the city limits of Aspermont must forfeit his seat on the Council.

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Thu
20
Sep
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U.S. Representative Jodey Arrington holds a townhall meeting in Aspermont

By Jeff Hurt

Congressman Jodey Arrington slipped into the Stonewall Senior Citizens Center in Aspermont Monday for a town hall meeting. Arrington engaged in an almost two-hour discussion with local residents about tax codes, health care, immigration, the Farm Bill, and what he is doing to help bring back old-fashioned concepts of “civility” to Washington.

Much of the discussion between Arrington and the audience was in regards to health care reform. He said as much as he disagreed with Pres. Obama, Arrington said he felt like he truly wanted affordable health care.

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Thu
20
Sep
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High water bills an issue for some Rotan residents

By Jeff Hurt

Jerry “Cotton” Clawson spoke to the Rotan City Council in open forum last week regarding discrepancies in his water bill over the previous four months, and Director of Public Works Rodney Denton confirmed it was not an isolated incident.

Clawson said his water meter reading has almost doubled from readings of the previous year, although there was the same number of people using what he felt was approximately the same amount of water. He explained how they have been using bottled water from the local grocery store for the last five years, only using city water for washing clothes, cooking, and bathing purposes.

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