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Fri
21
Feb
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TSTC promotes 15 local wind energy scholarships

“The benefit of the whole thing is to keep people local. That’s the vision,” said TSTC Vice President of Sales Kim Porter. “Because we have this opportunity, and BayWa was so gracious to provide these scholarships, it gives kids a chance to get an education, come back to where their roots are, and make good money.”

Representatives from Texas State Technical College (TSTC) and BayWa r.e. Global will be in Aspermont next week, where they will share information about the future of wind energy to students, residents, and local officials, promoting 15 tuition-free scholarships to TSTC’s wind energy technician program. These scholarships are only available to Kent, Fisher, and Stonewall county residents, and everyone is invited to attend the presentation.

Fri
21
Feb
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AMA TechTel celebrates grand opening in Aspermont

AMA TechTel celebrates grand opening in Aspermont

Josh Constancio & Brider Bush of Ama TechTell present Aspermont Fire Chief, Jimmy Pittcock, a $500 check for the Aspermont VFD

High-speed internet and telephone provider AMA TechTel thanked Aspermont residents for welcoming them to the neighborhood by celebrating the company’s grand opening last week at the Stonewall Senior Citizens’ Center.

Residents from the Aspermont and the surrounding area joined members of AMA TechTel staff for burgers, drinks, and sweets, as the company is now officially open for business. AMA contracted with the city back in May, looking to expand its services into 16 additional communities in the region.

Texas-based AMA TechTel is headquartered in Amarillo and has been in business since 2000, currently offering services to roughly 120 towns across the state. AMA operates a wireless telephone and internet service, specializing in rural communities generally partnering with smaller cities like Aspermont.

Fri
21
Feb
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Reluctant trustees leave Roby CISD in the dark

During a near five-hour school board meeting last week, the Roby CISD trustees spent roughly two of those hours in executive session discussing principal contract renewals, but when a call for a motion was met with silence and the meeting adjourned, administrators and district residents were left with more questions than answers about the future leadership of the Roby School District.

While discussions to call for a bond election, an increased cost for the district’s track resurfacing, as well as other school business were all on the agenda during last Thursday’s school board meeting, the biggest bombshell of the night dropped in the final minutes before adjournment.

Fri
14
Feb
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New superintendent for Stonewall County roads

After a little less than 45 minutes behind closed doors Monday, the Stonewall County Commissioners hired a new foreman to oversee the county’s road and bridge department. The court voted unanimously in favor of hiring Jackie Morrow to replace former road superintendent Don Nail, who resigned some months ago.

The court recently appointed Commissioner David Hoy as interim supervisor until a fulltime replacement could be hired. He has been evaluating roads and making assessments of work to be done in the upcoming months. It is anticipated Hoy will continue working alongside Morrow during the transition and will be providing regular reports to the court.

It was also reported that the repair work done to County Road 460 was completed and holding up nicely against the recent snowmelt and rainfall.

Fri
14
Feb
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It was Snow Fun!

It was Snow Fun!

Everleigh Hurt from Hobbs, Texas perfected her snow angels during last Wednesday's Snow Day

With snowfall ranging from 10 inches around Roby and Rotan to as much as 18 inches reported in the Peacock area, motorists avoided the roads, businesses called off workdays, schools closed, and kids—and many parents—bundled up for the outdoors and took advantage of the rare snowfall that blanketed the Double Mountain Region last week.

After dropping inches of snow over the Great Basin and Rockies, a series of storms moved into the area last Tuesday, leaving little more than a thin layer of ice on the roadways and slush in the fields. Temperatures dropped into the 20s as second storm stretching from Texas to Missouri moved into the area late Tuesday night, bringing the first measurable snowfall of the year.

Fri
14
Feb
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Gordon Pippin seeks re-election of Fisher County Precinct 1

Gordon Pippin seeks re-election of Fisher County Precinct 1

Gordon Pippin is announcing his candidacy for re-election as Precinct 1 Commissioner and is seeking your vote in the March 3 Primary Election.

Commissioner Pippin began serving Fisher County as a road-hand when he was 16-years-old, operating equipment in the summer months while attending McCaulley High School. After graduation, he went to work full-time, working for the county for most of the next decade.

“I've had the fortunate opportunity to work with a lot of knowledgeable people in Fisher County over the years,” said Pippin.

He started a business of his own in 1995 where he learned the value of balancing hard work and finances. He ran for office in 2004 and he successfully won the race against the incumbent almost 16 years ago.

“We have improved the roads in my precinct dramatically, and the county finances as a whole are better than they have been in years,” said Pippin.

Fri
07
Feb
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Preston Martin seeks re-election of Fisher County Precinct 3

Preston Martin seeks re-election of Fisher County Precinct 3

Preston Martin has announced his candidacy for re-election as Fisher County Commissioner, Precinct 3. Born and raised in Fisher County. He is a fourth generation farmer/rancher. He is the owner/operator of Martin's Feed & Garden for the last 20 years. He has gained extensive experience in maintaining and operating heavy equipment. He has learned to operate within the confines of a limited budget.

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Fri
07
Feb
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Aspermont Town Hall Meeting tackles community clean-up

Aspermont Town Hall Meeting tackles community clean-up

The meeting will address items including code enforcements for dilapidated structures.

The Aspermont City Council, along with city administrators and members of the public will have a chance to voice concerns, ask questions and hear the answers from Danny Barrett of Texas Communities Group during a town hall meeting next week at the Aspermont ISD Elementary Cafetorium.

Danny Barrett with Texas Communities Group (TCG) first spoke to the Aspermont City Council in December, explaining how his organization could assist the city with tackling issues associated with decaying properties. TCG works with municipalities to identify properties, and through a variety of methods, helps entities get properties back into the economy.

Fri
07
Feb
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Voting by mail may cause issues for some Fisher County Democrats

While the Democratic and Republican parties are getting out applications for voters to cast ballots by mail, registered Fisher County Democrats won’t find local candidates on their mail-in ballots as local contested races consist of only four Republicans. However, voters still have time to get the mail-in ballots they need to make their vote count in the 2020 March Primary.

Absentee — or mailin — voters are those who meet one of three specific criteria: 65 years of age or older, having a disability, or expecting to be absent from the county. Although, those who meet these criteria, reside in Fisher County precincts 1 and 3, and belong to the Democratic Party, may wish to request a Republican ballot to participate in local elections.

Fri
31
Jan
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Fisher Co. Sheriff ’s Dept. recover stolen vehicle

In response to a call from the Hamlin Police Department, the Fisher County Sheriff’s Department tracked down a stolen vehicle in Rotan last Thursday, and after a brief search of the property, located and arrested the perpetrator of the crime.

Hamlin PD notified the Fisher County Sheriff’s Department to be on the lookout for a white, 1989, GMC half-ton truck that was stolen Thursday and last seen last leaving Hamlin on Hwy 92 headed toward Rotan. HPD reported that Ringo Amador Jr. (18) from Hamlin swiped the keys and took off in the truck following a family dispute at his parents’ residence.

Police said Amador left the home but soon after returned and parked briefly in the driveway behind his parents’ newer vehicle. He then reversed the truck and crashed the half-ton GMC into the rear of the vehicle, causing significant damage, before driving away.

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