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14
Jun
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Cissa Dixon - NBHA Texas Dist. 14 5D Champion

Cissa Dixon, freshman at Rotan ISD, is the 2017 National Barrel Horse Association Texas District 14 5D champion.

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14
Jun
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Fisher County anticipates less funding approaching budget season

By Jeff Hurt

Fisher County Judge Ken Holt informed the court preliminary numbers from the county appraisal district suggest the county can expect almost $90,000 less in tax revenue this year but is hopeful personnel salary and other budget increases will still be possible.

Holt said looking over each department's budget proposal, it appears just about every department remained about the same. Most departments also requested increases in pay for personnel, and Holt said he was inclined to support the raises but recommended waiting to see the CAD’s official numbers before deliberating the matter too deeply.

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14
Jun
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Aspermont ISD Board fills vacancies while Fisher Co. schools prepare for elections

By Jeff Hurt

The AISD School Board met in a special called meeting Monday night to appoint new board members, filling vacancies left in recent weeks, while in neighboring Fisher County, Rotan and Roby school districts contracted with the county clerk’s office for services regarding the November 6 election.

Aspermont ISD Trustees withdrew behind closed doors to discuss appointing new members or holding an election to fill the two vacancies on the board. Upon reconvening, the five remaining members voted unanimously to appoint: Lorenzo Calamaco and Debbie Moorhead to those vacancies.

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Thu
07
Jun
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Challenges ahead for Fisher County Hospital

By Jeff Hurt

The Fisher County Hospital received the 2017 financial audit report last week, and the news was not good, as the facility suffered significant losses. Although the administration made numerous budget cuts in the months leading up to the 2018 year, first quarter reports show operation expenses continue to exceed revenues.

Deborah Whitley with BKD CPAs & Advisors presented the 2017 financial report, informing the FCH board on how the hospital stood financially compared to last year, changes within the healthcare industry, and discussed what the hospital should look at moving forward into the 2018 year.

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07
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Stonewall Commissioners reduce activity center rental and decline property bid

By Jeff Hurt

The Stonewall County Commissioners Court declined the single bid on property west of town, and after hearing how local residents felt the deposit for renting the activity center was too high, reduced the fee by half.

The commissioners reviewed a recent bid on struck-off property the Stonewall County Appraisal District (CAD) recently received. Judge Ronnie Moorhead said the CAD advertise the property, received a single bid of $1,000, and held that bid for the appropriate amount of time before bringing it to the court for the commissioners’ approval.

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07
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Texas A&M Forest Service Presents Cost Share Check to Stonewall VFD

By: Jimmy Pittcock
(ASPERMONT, TEXAS) Nick Dawson, Regional Coordinator for the Texas Forest Service, presented The Stonewall County Volunteer Fire Department with a check for $200,000 which was applied to the cost of the new fire truck which was delivered to the department on May 14.

The department received cost share assistance under the Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program, (HB 2604). The Rural VFD Assistance Program is a cost-share program funded by the Texas State Legislature. It provides funding to rural VFDs for the acquisition of firefighting vehicles, fire and rescue equipment, protective clothing, dry-hydrants, computer systems and firefighter training. The assistance was approved in October of 2016 following submission of an application filled out by the local department.

Thu
31
May
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A year on foreign soil: Rotan bids farewell to exchange student

By Kyndra Vaught

When students imagine their senior year, most don’t picture leaving their families and moving over 5,000 miles away from home to a new country, and the thought of sacrificing a year of high school to embark on an adventure alone, only to return for two more years of school would never cross their minds. But that was the case for 2018 Rotan graduate Philip Schwarz.

Philip grew up in the small town of Warmensteinach, Germany. He is the son of Andreas and Ukike Schwarz, and oldest of three children.

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Thu
31
May
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Building contractor selected: SMH Nursing Home to break ground soon

By Jeff Hurt

The Stonewall Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees approved the contractor bid last week for the new nursing home construction, and board members and administration agree they cannot break ground soon enough.

The board has been working towards constructing a new nursing home to replace the aging facility the county currently operates for more than a year. The hospital acquisitioned 10.42 acres north of the current hospital facility for the construction last April.

After overcoming obstacles from the beginning, the hospital continued to move forward and began the search for construction contractors back in January. Phil Scott, principal CFO with GSC Architects out of Austin—the hospital district’s architectural firm—created a construction manager at risk questionnaire.

Thu
24
May
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2017-2018 Valedictorians & Salutatorians

Aspermont, Rotan, and Jayton-Girard ISD's announced their 2017- 2018 Valedictorian and Salutatorian earlier this week. Zoe Calamaco, daughter of Lorenzo and Nichole Calamoco, has been named Aspermont ISD's Valedictorian with a GPA of 3.70 and Alfonso Chavez, son of Miguel Chavero and Lidia Chavez, as Salutatorian with a GPA of 3.34. Aspermont ISD will hold their Graduation ceremony this Friday, May 25th, at 8:00 PM in the school auditorium. Rotan ISD's Caleb Rosenblad, son of Tommy and Sherry Rosenblad, was named Valedictorianwiht a 96.2 GPA, and Bailey Halems, daughter of Josh and Jody Helms, is the Salutatorian with a 96.06 GPA. Rotan will host their graduation Friday, May 25th, in the auditorium beginning at 7:00 PM.

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Thu
24
May
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Oil spill on Double Mountain Fork of Brazos River

By Jeff Hurt

The Fisher County Sheriff’s Department received initial calls from local land managers around 3 p.m. Friday, May 18, reporting spilled oil flowing down the Double Mountain Fork of the Brazos River. Although no residue has been observed since Monday, May 22, the Railroad Commission continues to search for the source of the spill. As reports continued, in the hours that followed, a virtual alphabet soup of government agencies was called into action. In addition to Fisher and Stonewall county sheriff’s departments and the State Game Warden, calls were made to the Texas

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