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FCH reports best finances in years

The Fisher County Hospital District annual financial report Deborah Whitley with BKD has delivered to the directors last week was one of the best she has presented in years with over a $150,000 shift in net position at the end of 2019.

“I want everything you hear to be a good thing because it was a good year,” said Deborah Whitley last week, as she reviewed the annual financial report with the Fisher County Hospital Board of Directors via telephone conference due to COVID-19 restrictions. “A lot of hard work was done.”

She commended the administration, staff, and board members alike on their work in making difficult decisions during the past few years that have ultimately resulted in improved financial footing. Whitley said it was the cleanest set of numbers as she has seen in a long time and one of the best audit reports the district has received in the last three or four years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rotan graduate kicks off new opportunity as a college athlete

Rotan graduate kicks off new opportunity as a college athlete

Gaberial Daniel

While there are no more small-town Friday Night Lights for this 2019 Rotan graduate, there is still an opportunity for time on the gridiron for Gaberial Daniel, who recently signed an offer to play for the Lake Houston Panthers.

Having played football for Rotan all his life, Daniel is most experienced as the Yellowhammer’s starting quarterback and occasional running back. “In six-man, everyone plays a little bit of every position. It really has to be a team effort,” said Daniel.

Wanting to stay close to home and support his youngest sister, Ana, through her freshman year of high school, Daniel enrolled at Western Texas College in Snyder. After his first year at WTC, Gaberial and his girlfriend, Faith, decided to move to Columbus, TX, where he had hopes as a walk-on at Blinn University.

 

 

 

 

 

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Local Schools continue planning for next year

While school officials are still sifting through the aftermath of 2020, they are also trying to plan for every contingency looking toward the next school year, and as the state continues to urge districts to rethink school calendars, superintendents and trustees have discussed several options but are not yet sold on year-round-school.

Since closing campuses under executive orders in mid-March, school officials have been forced to adapt to continuously evolving educational situations. Educators across the state have reviewed numerous fact sheets, presentations, reports, and engaged in regular conference calls with Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath, and many remain undecided on what the 2020-21 school year might look like.

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FISHER COUNTY RULES FOR FIREWORKS

No popping fireworks after 11 pm except on the 4th of July. Only on the 4th of July will you be allowed to pop fireworks until midnight. Violations of these rules could result in a citation for disorderly conduct. Please be considerate of others and please be extremely careful in this dry weather to avoid starting any fires. Fisher County is in a burn ban and you will be liable for starting any fires. Have a happy and safe 4th of July!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Roby Cemetery Association takes fundraising online

Roby Cemetery Association takes fundraising online

In the effort to generate funding for its perpetual care of the Roby Cemetery, the Roby Cemetery Association (RCA) recently launched a GoFundMe page, hoping to reach a wider range of people to supplement revenue declines from traditional mail services.

RCA Vice President Gil Cherry said that for years, the association was successful with annual fundraising with sending out letters through the mail. However, in recent years there are more and more letters returning as not deliverable.

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Rotan ISD Softball Field vandalized

Rotan ISD Softball Field vandalized

Late night joyride leaves the Rotan school with over $7500 in repair bills for the softball field. (Photo by Dillan Cullifer Photography)

The Rotan ISD Softball Field was vandalized last week when a vehicle spun doughnuts through grass and dirt Wednesday night, causing roughly $7,500 and has community members pooling money to offer a substantial reward for anyone providing information that leads to an arrest.

Rotan and surrounding areas had received a decent amount of rainfall going into the middle of last week, and the soil at the Rotan ISD Softball Field was soft. The damage was discovered Thursday, June 18, as it was clear that vehicle tires had carved several circular impressions into the diamond’s surface. Individual(s) also left behind several empty beer containers, the same brand as found strewn about the little league area directly across from the softball field’s entrance.

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Fire destroys Aspermont First Baptist Church

Fire destroys Aspermont First Baptist Church

Stonewall County Emergency personnel work to contain the fire that swept through the First Baptist Church of Aspermont. (Photo by Steven Ellis)

Fire destroys Aspermont First Baptist Church

Aspermont resident, John Jouet, sifts through the remains of his boyhood church after Saturday morning's fire

Fire destroys Aspermont First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church of Aspermont Pastor , Kenny Platte, submtted this photo.

Fire destroys Aspermont First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church of Aspermont after Saturday morning's fire.

In the first hour of Saturday, June 19, emergency personnel responded to reports of a fire at the First Baptist Church of Aspermont, but were unable to combat the astonishing rate of spread, as the structure collapsed around 1 a.m. Although the main sanctuary, baptistery, church organ, and several classrooms and storerooms were lost, no one was injured in the fire.

Long time Aspermont resident, Troy Swink said the wind was starting to pick up with the approaching thunderstorms that passed through the area last Friday night. Within the hour, lightning was dropping from the sky for miles in all directions and the wind was pushing 30 MPH with some gusts over 50 MPH.

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Big Country EC Operation Round Up Program: Here to Meet Needs in Our Communities

For five years now, Big Country Electric Cooperative (BCEC) members’ Operation Round Up change contributions have helped families and service organizations locally. Since 2015, the Operation Round Up program has contributed more than $290,000 to our local communities through organizations who provide charitable and educational services, as well as families with demonstrated financial need. Operation Round Up is supported by BCEC members whose electric bills are “Rounded Up” to the nearest dollar. The “Round Up” amount goes into the Operation Round Up fund for distribution in the counties we serve: Borden, Fisher, Garza, Haskell, Jones, Kent, Mitchell, Nolan, Scurry, Shackelford, Stonewall and Throckmorton. Every penny stays in our local counties, benefiting folks right here at home.

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Roby pool restricted for locals only

Roby pool restricted for locals only

Roby City Manager Jack Brown said the city pool was more difficult to clean and repaint this year, and although the challenges set opening day a little further into the summer than usual, the pool should be filled and ready for swimmers this weekend.

The Roby City Council ended last week with a meeting on Friday, where it agreed to open the city pool but will restrict attendance to only students from the Roby School district, and remaining open will be subject to change as testing for COVID-19 continues.

Roby City Manager Jack Brown said that although there remains pending tests in the county, he could see little harm in preparing the Roby City Pool to open as usual this summer. Brown said the pool has been recently drained, sanitized, and could be filled probably be ready to open this week should the council agree.

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Hicks to stand trial in shooting death of dog

Although facing the Stonewall County Grand Jury indictment almost a year ago, Cody Hicks will finally be getting his day in court to defend against the charge of Cruelty to Non-livestock Animals. As Texas Courts are prohibited from holding jury trials until August 1, the 39th Judicial District Court will schedule the trial... eventually.

With multiple docket changes due to scheduling issues and court suspensions due to COVID-19 restrictions, Hicks’ pretrial hearing was scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 16, at the Haskell County Courthouse. However, the call went out mid-Monday morning the hearing had been canceled.

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