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Tue
21
Nov
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Business as usual for area Commissioner Courts

By Jeff Hurt

Commissioner Gordon Pippin raised an issue with the court earlier this month, saying it does no good to accept fuel bids if no one will participate in the purchasing process from the agreed upon vendor.

“We put it up for bids, and we accepted bids, and we awarded that bid, so it’s only right to do what this court decided to do. We voted to do it,” said Pippin.

Additionally, Pippin said the company would not honor the bid if not everyone was going to participate in the purchasing process.

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Tue
21
Nov
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County Judge Honored for Education Efforts

Fisher County Judge Ken Holt has been honored by the Texas Judicial Academy for going the extra mile to be prepared to handle his duties as county judge.

Judge Holt was inducted on November 16 as a Fellow in the Texas Judicial Academy during the 2017 Fall Judicial Education Session.

The Texas Judicial Academy, a partnership between the Texas Tech University School of Law and the Texas Association of Counties, recognizes judges who attain significant judicial education above that required by state law as Fellows each year.

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Thu
16
Nov
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Rotan Yellowhammer band returns home from State marching contest

“You have changed the culture. You have raised the bar, setting a standard of diligence and cooperation. We are so proud of you!”

By Kyndra Vaught

The Rotan Yellowhammer marching band competed at the state marching contest last week, missing the finals by only a single point.

The band's director Jessica Watkins said she was more than proud of her band.

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Thu
16
Nov
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Aspermont Ballerina ~ Grace Ann Alston

Chasing her dreams one pointe at a time

By Kyndra Vaught

Many little girls have dreams of becoming a ballerina. They fall asleep to visions of tutus, glitter, and flying across the brightly lit stage in a crowded auditorium. But the life of a ballerina is more physically and mentally demanding than the time-stopping and graceful dancing reveals, and more often than not, these childhood dreams are replaced as reality begins to take shape.

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Thu
16
Nov
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Jayton City councilman resigns

By Jeff Hurt

Jayton City Councilman Ray Hall informed the council that Monday night’s meeting would be the last he would attend. Hall said he was finalizing paperwork on a house in neighboring Girard and would soon be relocating, and thus no longer be eligible to sit on the Jayton City Council.

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Thu
09
Nov
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From the Double Mountain to the Núi Bà Đen: Neighbors in war and peace

By Jeff Hurt

Kent and Stonewall counties can be found side by side on the Texas map. Each county seat courthouse housing the office of neighboring judges, two men, who decades before they took the oath to serve their county, took an oath to serve their country. It would be years before they would meet face-to-face, but their paths have always been—and probably will forever be—intertwined in loyalty, duty, patriotism, and honor.

Growing up in Dickens County and attending school in Spur, young Jim White had no idea that as he waited on the Jayton Courthouse Square for the bus to arrive to take his brother off to the Army, an equally young Ronnie Moorhead was already on board.

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Thu
02
Nov
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HACKED!

Jayton-Girard ISD sign saga

By Jeff Hurt

Jayton-Girard Director of Technology Roger Smetak addressed public concerns about the school’s marquee sign, informing the trustees about digital sabotage and how the school was dealing with the issue.

Throughout the month of October, the sign at the school’s entrance read September. Superintendent Trig Overbo said after numerous phone calls from the public, and being unable to correct the issue, the sign was turned off. The sign is controlled through a wireless internet connection, and what was originally thought to be a simple software issue has proven to be a much more serious problem.

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Thu
02
Nov
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National Gypsum to double city water sales

By Jeff Hurt

Public Works Director Rodney Denton informed the council last month that National Gypsum was asking the city for a water rate, as plant upgrades will require more water, but the council held off on decisions until more information could be gathered.

National Gypsum’s Director of Corporate Communications Nancy Spurlock confirmed the company was in the process of making improvements to the Rotan plant. She said it would be a two-phase project, with the first improvements already in the works this year, and the second phase slated for next year.

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Thu
02
Nov
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Fisher Co. Hospital undecided on decreasing retirement

By Jeff Hurt

The Fisher County Hospital Board heard from representatives from TCDRS last week but remained undecided on whether or not to decrease contributions to the employee retirement plan.

In recent months, the hospital made significant cuts to its budget, now leaving the trustees with a decision to reduce the amount the hospital contributes to employee retirement or pay more into the program than ever before.

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Thu
26
Oct
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State-bound Yellowhammer Band returns to Alamodome

By Kyndra Vaught

In October of 2015, the Rotan Yellowhammer Band made history when they made their first trip to the Alamodome to compete at the state marching contest. This year, the band has once again qualified for the state meet under the direction of Rotan’s new director Jessica Watkins. The Yellowhammer Band will be the second band of fourteen to play Monday, November 6th, taking the field at 8:14 a.m. shortly after the Ropes ISD band.

Unlike other University Interscholastic League (U.I.L) events, the State Marching Band Contest is held every other year. The decision to hold the state contest in alternating years was made in 1991.

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