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Thu
14
Sep

A humbling experience: Hurricane Harvey relief through the eyes of an extension agent

By Jeff Hurt

When Stonewall County Extension Agent Cody Myers was called down the Texas coastline to assist with Hurricane Harvey relief, he didn’t know what to expect. What he experienced, would not be soon forgotten.

Baylor County Extension Agents Josh Kouns and Dale Dunlap, along with Kent County Extension Agent Brandon Cave joined Myers as the four of them traveled to Angleton, Texas, the county seat of Brazoria County.

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Thu
14
Sep

Fisher County Hospital faces difficult decisions for employee retirement

By Jeff Hurt

Having recently passed a budget with significant cuts, the Fisher County Hospital Board must now decide whether they will have to reduce the amount the hospital contributes to employee retirement or pay more into the program than ever before.

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Thu
07
Sep

Volunteers are always welcome at the Fisher County Food Pantry

On the third Thursday of each month, 10 to 15 volunteers turn out to stuff boxes full of much-needed food. Delivering thousands of pounds of food to dozens of homes throughout the county, the Fisher County Food Pantry is working hard to meet the needs of its fellow neighbors.

Around 10:30 am, Director, Mary Mahaffey opens up the doors to the fellowship hall at the First Baptist Church in Roby, Texas to begin counting food supplies and getting things organized while the other volunteers begin trickling in to help. The atmosphere is one full of friendly smiles, hugs and conversations.

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Thu
07
Sep

Concerned citizens & frustrated officials:

A look inside the Fisher County Sheriff’s Dept. part I

By Jeff Hurt

Vague information, half-truths, and hardball tactics from the Fisher County Sheriff’s Department have many government officials frustrated, and with increasing criminal activity many citizens claim to be ignored by the department, the Chronicle took a deeper look into just what is going on within the county’s law enforcement community.

During the August commissioners court meeting, Judge Holt asked a reoccurring question, one that has been repeated for over a year now:

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Thu
07
Sep

Kent County Commissioners grant raises to everyone but a select few

By Jeff Hurt

After a public hearing covering tax rates for the upcoming year, the commissioners court spent a good deal of time analyzing how to best calculate revenue versus expenditures while preparing the county budget last Friday.

Judge White said it had come to his attention, many county employees were hoping for salary increases this year, and after lengthy discussions, the commissioners granted pay raises across all departments but their own.

White said although the court had factored in a number of pay increases this year, there were some employees in some departments who did not receive a step in pay. White said some personnel had approached him, asking for the court to reconsider before the final budget was approved.

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Thu
31
Aug

Late night crash sends four to hospital

by Jeff Hurt

In the 10 o’clock hour emergency personnel responded to a car crash in downtown Rotan Monday night, where all involved were taken to Fisher County Hospital and later released with minor injuries.

A white Mercury Grand Marquis was traveling westbound on Sammy Baugh Avenue around 10:30 p.m. when it collided with the northbound Ford Edge at the intersection of Sammy Baugh Avenue and Garfield Avenue.

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Thu
31
Aug

Fisher, Kent and Stonewall Citizens prepare donations for disastor relief

by Kyndra Vaught

Last Thursday night tragedy struck the great state of Texas as the first category four hurricane since 1961 made its way to land in Texas.

Homes destroyed, possessions gone, and lives lost. Although not as deadly as the Galveston Hurricane of 1900, Hurricane Harvey is becoming one of the worst and costliest storms to hit the United States.

On Monday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott activated the entire Texas National Guard to help rescue people from flooded areas, increasing the number of deployed service members to over 12,000.

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Thu
31
Aug

Jayton-Girard ISD puts brakes on $700K concession stand

by Jeff Hurt

After receiving sealed bids that revealed a construction cost of over $750,000 for a new concession stand, the J/G Board looked into how material substitutions would affect the bottom line before voting to hold off on the project last week.

Robert Cameron with BGR—the project’s architect—spoke to the board and said he was as surprised as anyone to hear the bids were more than twice his estimated cost.

“I stand before you a humbled man because when were in the design phase of this project, I would have sworn we were designing to about $300 per square foot. I would have given you my right leg that would have got you built. $475 a square foot just knocked me away, just like everybody else.”

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Thu
24
Aug

Celebrating 60 years with the Wilson Motors family

By Jeff Hurt

SNYDER, TEXAS: Wilson Motors of Snyder commemorated its 60th year anniversary Saturday, and employees, friends, and long-time customers came out to spend a little time in celebration with the Wilson family.

“We’re proud to be here. It’s been a pretty good run,” said William “Bill” Wilson III.

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Thu
24
Aug

High octane, mud slinging good times

By Jeff Hurt

The earth trembled once again over the weekend, as almost 30 high-performance trucks tested their mettle against the viscosity of West Texas mud at the Red Dirt Mud Bog at the Rotan Rodeo Arena Saturday.

What began as an annual event some years ago, the popularity of the mud bog continues to grow. Each one is a little bigger, a little more involved, and a whole lot of fun.

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