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22
Feb
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Burn Ban in effect for Stonewall County

By Kyndra Vaught

During the regular scheduled meeting, the Stonewall County Commissioners Court enacted a 90-day burn ban that will be in effect until May 12, 2018.

Judge Moorehead recommended the ban after informing the court Governor Abbott had designated King, Cottle, Knox, and Foard counties as a disaster area due to the drought.

“Stonewall County is a contiguous county, so it qualifies our ranchers and farmers for low-interest disaster loans,” said Moorehead, adding that the country had crossed over the line into the drought area over the last week.

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Thu
22
Feb
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Nomadic Newspaper flies to Hawaii for some wedding fun!

Bob and Mickie Rivers recently spent a week in Maui, Hawaii. They took in sights like the Hana Gold Plantation, touring the island by helicopter, whale watching, exploring around 20 waterfalls, and visiting with family.

Mickie said the 60-mile drive to the waterfalls took two hours due to all the stopping on the one lane bridges to let others pass. She said for safety reasons, they had to honk while going around the curve to let other cars know they were there.

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Thu
22
Feb
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Brandon Scherwitz announces bid for Fisher County Commissioner of Precinct 4

My name is Brandon Scherwitz, and I am running for Fisher County Commissioner of Precinct 4. I am the son of Terry and Shelly Scherwitz and was raised in Fisher County Precinct 4, which is where I still currently reside. I attended Roby High School and am a graduate of the Class of 2002. I am a co-owner of Scherwitz Trucking LLC where I have gained experience in hauling road base material and repairing gravel roads. I am looking forward to working with other representatives of Fisher County in bettering the overall financial status of the county, as well as, maintaining and improving our roads.

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Thu
15
Feb
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Local Students Win Trip to Washington DC in Big Country Electric Cooperative Youth Tour Contest

In June, local students Kaley Mathis from Haskell High School and Mikel-Ann Terry and Jessy Villagomez, both from Roby High School, will be in Washington, D.C., expanding their horizons.

These three area students won Big Country Electric Cooperative’s video contest, and the prize is a place on the 2018 Government- in-Action Youth Tour, an all-expenses-paid leadership trip to the nation’s capital, June 6-15, with more than 140 fellow Texas students and 1,700 young adults from around the country. Callie Hargrove of Snyder/Borden County High School and Devin Hughes of Stamford High School are runnersup. Additionally, each winner and runner-up will receive a $1,500 scholarship.

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Thu
15
Feb
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Jayton City Council debates water charges

By Jeff Hurt

After voting for an election order and swearing in a new councilmember Monday night, the council debated over leaving surcharges in place once the city’s loan is repaid later this year.

The council voted to order an election for May 5 and approved an agreement that would allow the local school district to host the election. The council also officially swore in Jeannie Ashley as the new councilwoman to fill the vacancy left when former Councilman Ray Hall resigned in November in order to relocate to neighboring Girard.

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Thu
15
Feb
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Commissioners approve fund transfer to cover shrinking Sheriff’s budget

By Jeff Hurt

Fisher County Auditor’s Assistant Stacy Fawcett informed the commissioners the Sheriff's Department had several supply bills but no remaining money in the supply budget, forcing commissioners to once again shift the sheriff’s funds.

Fawcett filled in for County Auditor Becky Mauldin, taking the time to explain that the sheriff had some outstanding bills. The purchases were for items such as cleaning products such as Windex and bleach in addition to other supplies such as foam cups.

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Thu
08
Feb
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Lady Jaybirds District 7 Region 1 Champions!

Back row: L to R- Christy Coulter, Brooklyn Coulter, Emily Self, Katie McGee, Andrea Benavides, Julia Segura, Judah Sallee, Hannah Blankenship, Jason Blankenship.

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Thu
08
Feb
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Lady Lions District 13 Region 2 Champions!

Hallie Rose Edmondson, Kaylee Weaver, Hope Lambert, Peyton Shipp, Kolbi Helm, Paige Schomber, Alexis Rios, Emilea Cole, Emily Branson, Coach Lisa Schumacher.

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Thu
08
Feb
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Kevin Stuart for Fisher County Commissioner Precinct 4

To the Taxpayers of Fisher County:

I am running for commissioner of Precinct 4 and plan to take care of the roads and financial business for the county.

I am the son of Jerry (Scooter) and Linda Singley Stuart and have lived in Fisher County all my life. My parents have also lived here all their lives. The Stuart family came from Mississippi and started farming here in the early 1900s. The river place east of Roby was purchased by my great grandfather in 1917 and is still in the family today.

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Thu
01
Feb
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Patient volume creates challenges for Stonewall Memorial

By Jeff Hurt

Hospital District Administrator Andy Kolb, along with a number of medical staff, spoke to the board of trustees last week about how an increasing number of patients seeking care is creating scheduling strains, and the nature of care being sought is causing concern.

Kolb used the Stonewall Rural Health Clinic as an example, saying that on a typical week, they may see 45 to 50 patients. However, in the week prior to the meeting, the clinic had closer to 80 patients. Additionally, where they would normally have around 90 outpatient labs, during that same week they had 196 by Thursday.

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