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Aspermont ISD receives funds for high school restoration

Aspermont ISD receives funds for high school restoration

Aspermont ISD is wrapping up a substantial restoration project of its aging high school building, and with the county court’s release of funding, the district’s Permanent School Fund will cover the recent project’s costs while continuing to grow for future projects.

Stonewall County Judge Ronnie Moorhead was surprised in 2018 when Silver Creek Permian Operating Company submitted a bid for oil production on schoolowned land, as Aspermont ISD was listed as the owner of 50% of the mineral rights on almost 180 acres in Cochran County.

The Texas Constitution of 1876 established the Permanent School Fund (PSF) to ease the tax burden of citizens for funding public education. The state gave counties four leagues of land—each spanning over 4,000 acres—in the efforts to help school districts populate their areas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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06
Aug
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One-cent tax increase balances FCH’s budget:

In preparation for the 2021 Fiscal Year, the Fisher County Board of Directors reviewed the budget and recently released tax rates last week, agreeing on a $.01 tax increase to balance the $10.4 million budget.

When Fisher County Hospital CFO Debbie Hull received the certified tax numbers from the county’s appraisal district late on July 24, she discovered new terminology used to describe the tax rates.

What has been formerly referred to as the Effective Rate has been renamed the “no new revenue tax rate.” When levied, this tax rate should generate approximately an equal amount to the prior year’s tax rate. While this was true with past years’ effective rates, Hull said by her calculations, the no-new-revenue rate actually generates a good deal less than the one the hospital set in 2019.

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06
Aug
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Fisher Court to discuss jail closure

The Fisher County Court is expected to resume last month’s discussion about whether to continue budgeting for jail operations or close the facility in efforts to spend tax dollars more efficiently when the commissioners return to their review of FY-2021’s proposed budget next Monday.

When the state forced the decaying 1928 jail to permanently close in 2013, Fisher County was left with few options: Build a facility for booking and holding — and transfer inmates to another county — or construct a new jail to keep inmates locally. After almost a year of discussion, 75% of the Fisher County voters approved a $6.7 million bond in 2014 for the construction of the Fisher County Law Enforcement Center.

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06
Aug
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Teams prepare for an uncertain 2020 Sports Season

Teams prepare for an uncertain 2020 Sports Season

Aspermont Hornets Football

Teams prepare for an uncertain 2020 Sports Season

Roby Lions Football

Teams prepare for an uncertain 2020 Sports Season

Rotan Yellowhammers Football

Teams prepare for an uncertain 2020 Sports Season
Teams prepare for an uncertain 2020 Sports Season
Teams prepare for an uncertain 2020 Sports Season

As schools across the state are deciding the best approach for education as the first day of school approaches, coaches and players are getting back into shape for competition in the hope they will have the chance to finish this year’s sports seasons.

Aspermont Hornet Coach Mark Weaver said there have been a total of 21 players come out for the teams this year. The Hornets went 6 – 4 in 2019 and went two-for-two in district play.

Weaver said this year’s crop is a younger group, but the boys are working hard to get better each day to be competitive and want to be successful against the teams scheduled this year. The Hornets will start at the Jayton Gridiron and play Valley, then Jayton, Benjamin, Lueders, Abilene TLC, and then a tough Knox City squad.

“Our schedule is tough with some good teams that will get us ready for district play. It will be... tough,” said Weaver. “I think everyone will be competitive and it will be a dog fight to get out of district.”

Fri
31
Jul
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New Rotan business celebrates grand opening

New Rotan business celebrates grand opening

Friends, family and members of the Fisher County Chamber of Commerce celebrated the Grand Opening of Comprehensive Land Management & Ekdahl-Nelson Real Estate with an official ribbon cutting downtown Rotan last Friday July 24th. Afterwards everyone gathered for refreshments and to tour the new storefront.

The Downtown Rotan office of Comprehensive Land Management and Ekdahl-Nelson Real Estate officially welcomed everyone through its doors in a grand opening Saturday, a celebration, months in the making for business owner Rory Burroughs.

Burroughs and LaRissa Place have spent more hours than not over the past six months, working on transforming the inside of the downtown building into functioning office space. Burroughs said it was great to finally open, and the tremendous turnout was even better than anticipated.

“I actually felt like I only got to visit with a third of the people because there were so many,” said Rory.

 

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31
Jul
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Aspermont ISD to release backto-school guidlines

The Aspermont ISD Board of Trustees met earlier this week, and while AISD is one of the last districts in the region to amend its school calendar, they will be one of the first to release guidelines for returning to school amidst the spread of Covid-19.

Like in neighboring districts, the AISD Board approved changes to the 2020- 2021 school calendar, more specifically, the length of the day. AISD Superintendent Zach Morris shared with the board members discussions had with other superintendents in the region, saying... most schools are trying to find ways to schedule extra days, and he, personally, would feel more comfortable with some additional days built into AISD’s 2021 calendar.

 

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Fisher Co. Commissioners to consider closing jail

As Fisher County has roughly six weeks left before adopting the FY 2021 budget in September, the commissioners are looking at possibly saving taxpayer dollars by closing the county jail during this budget cycle.

The Fisher County Law Enforcement Center (LEC) has faced a variety of issues since opening in the summer of 2016. Saddled with controversy shortly after breaking ground, the jail continues to provide obstacles for county officials to overcome. One of the more persistent issues the jail faces is the struggle to keep staffing within state compliance guidelines.

In the early stages of COVID-19 beginning its spread across Texas, the commissioners met in an emergency meeting, where after hearing a brief report from Fisher County Sheriff Allen Arnwine, the court voted unanimously to voluntarily close — or depopulate — the jail in mid-March.

 

Thu
23
Jul
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NOMADIC NEWSPAPER STOPS TO SMELL THE ROSES IN SAN ANGELO

Nomadic Newspaper stops to smell the roses in San Angelo

The Double Mountian Chronicle continues its journey with Robert Kelly and Paula Shields, enjoying a special “Texas Tour” stop at the International Water Lilly Collection in San Angelo Texas. Located on the cool shady banks of the Concho River, it is one of the world's foremost waterlily collections, and contains rare hybrids & old favorites.

If you are traveling somewhere that you think is interesting and exciting or going to meet someone famous, or interesting we would like to invite you to take along the Double Mountain Chronicle, snap a photograph and send it to us to publish in the newspaper with a brief description. You can email the photo to: publisher@dmchronicle.com. 325.933.8129.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thu
23
Jul
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Rotan ISD approves $15 million bond proposal

Rotan ISD approves $15 million bond proposal

The Rotan ISD Trustees met with the district’s bond committee during the board’s July meeting last week, where after review and discussion of the roughly $15 million construction project, the board accepted the proposal in preparation for the anticipated bond election in November.

With Fisher County taxing entities still in negotiations regarding BayWa r.e.’s planned 100-turbine expansion of its 30-mile-wide Mozart wind farm — located primarily within the Rotan School

District — trustees have been considering the possibility of a bond election since December 2018. More recently, a citizenmajority bond committee has been consulting with engineers, architects, and financial advisors to determine how funds might be spent.

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23
Jul
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Roby CISD Trustees shut public out of salary schedule discussions

With questions from the press about proper justification for executive session still hanging in the air, the Roby CISD Trustees retreated behind closed doors last week, spending a half-hour discussing the allocation of almost $12,000 to increase pay for personnel across three categories on the 2021 employee salary schedule.

With 22 items on the agenda for discussion, 13 of which requiring action, last week’s Roby CISD Agenda was a little longer than average. The only one that raised concern was the solitary topic listed under executive session: Roby CISD Employee Salary Schedule for the 2021 Academic School Year.

The Double Mountain Chronicle reached out to the administration before the meeting with concerns that the salary schedule failed to meet the exemption requirements for executive session, and DMC Editor Jeff Hurt publicly voiced those concerns again prior to the board closing the doors to the public last Monday night.

 

 

 

 

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