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Thu
27
Jul

Rotan Hires new Band Director

By Kyndra Vaught

Rotan ISD welcomes Jessica Watkins as the new band director.

Watkins, a graduate of McMurry University has been teaching at Wylie ISD in Abilene. She accepted the head band director position with Rotan ISD in July.

“When the Rotan position opened up I knew I was ready for a head position. I’ve been teaching for about 5 years. I was excited to see this position open.”

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Thu
27
Jul

Nomadic Newspaper travels back to Ireland then jumps over to the Highlands of Scotland!

Larry and Beverly Landes, along with our local newspaper, in front of Blarney Castle, Ireland. “We climbed 132 small circular stone steps to the top of the castle and kissed the Blarney Stone. We spent two weeks touring Scotland and Ireland to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. We traveled with my cousin, Shirley and her husband Jerry Hodges from Snyder. The Highlands of Scotland were probably some of our favorite places of the trip. Everything was absolutely beautiful. It was the trip of a lifetime.”

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Thu
27
Jul

Tensions rise over Fisher County budget

By Jeff Hurt

Commissioners spent a good deal of time during a series of meetings—stretching from last week into the current—working on drafting a proposed budget before the August submission date and tensions flared before the court adjourned.

On the Thursday morning this edition was printed, the county returned to the still open budget workshop carried over from Wednesday, where the county’s third party auditor James E. Rodgers & Co. is scheduled to present the annual audit report to the court.

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Thu
20
Jul

Congratulations, Mr. Vice President

Local FFA students attend State Convention in Corpus Christi

by Kyndra Vaught

Last week, students from across the state traveled to Corpus Christi to participate in the State FFA Convention, where Clay Cole from Roby was elected to the Texas State Officer Team, the first representative of the Double Mountain District to be elected in more than five years.

The road to becoming a state officer is challenging. One must participate in several rounds of interviews, a popular vote, and give two speeches in front of fellow members. Forty-one students began this journey and from there they were narrowed down to the top ten.

Clay said he remembered being a freshman attending his first district banquet wondering how those kids had enough courage to give their speeches or sing in the talent competition. Looking back he too use to be scared to speak in front of people. Now he hopes to inspire students to step out and follow their dreams.

Thu
20
Jul

Sheriff’s Dept. over budget: Sheriff asks for $350,000 more

by Jeff Hurt

Fisher County Sheriff H.T. Fillingim had a lengthy discussion with the commissioners Monday, and despite department shortfalls, proposed a $350,000 budget increase for 2018.

The county made significant cuts to its budget over the past few years, and per the outside audit report back in March, the cuts helped to reduce the county’s long-term debt by more than $300,000. County Auditor Becky Mauldin informed the commissioners that if they adhere to the cuts made last year, and the tax rate stays the same—which she anticipates it will—the county will be on track to create a $71,000 cushion at the end of the year.

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Thu
20
Jul

Nomadic Newspaper mixes Business with fun in China!

After spending last week in Hawaii our local newspaper took a trip over the ocean to Beijing, China with a group of students studying abroad from the Business Department of Abilene Christian University. Ridgdon Terry, a 2015 graduate of Roby High School, along with his friends had this photo taken in front of The Nest building. This was where the 2008 Summer Olympics were held. Ridg, is the son of Jeremy and Shannon Terry.

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Thu
13
Jul

Fisher County Hurricanes head to State track meet in McAllen

By Adrian Daniel

Hurricanes captured a total of of 22 medals and qualified a total of 16 kids for the State track meet July 27-30th in McAllen, Texas. Zachary Morgan placed 2nd in both the mile and the 800 M for 16U. Anna Daniels placed 1st in the 200 M , 2nd in the 100 M and 3rd in the long jump in the 14U division. Hudson Smith placed 3rd in the 800 M for 10 U Division, Joselynn Williams won the 10 girls shot put and Whitney Lambren placed 2nd. Paxton Carrillo was 5th in the 400 M dash in 10 U

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Thu
13
Jul

Kent County Celebrates America

Kent County Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual 4th of July Festivities this past weekend. The events began at 6pm downtown Jayton, in the Kent County State Bank parking lot. Families and friends all came together to participate in variety of games hosted by the Chamber.

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Thu
13
Jul

Nomadic Newspaper enjoys the island life in Hawaii

Mike and Pat Porter took a trip to Hawaii with their son-in-law and daughter, Wayne and Tonya Jones and our local Newspaper a couple of weeks ago. After touring Honolulu for a few days they headed over to the big island of Hawaii “We saw Pearl Harbour and the Missouri (where WWII came to an end), visited the only Royal Palace in the United States, a pineapple plantation, a coffee plantation, ate lunch at the top of a volcano, attended a Luau and went to church in the oldest church there

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Thu
06
Jul

Flyballers WIN July 4th Softball Tournament

The Rotan Community Service League put on another successful 4th of July celebration in the park this year. The softball tournament began at 7am and had 9 teams compete this year for the Championship title. The FlyBallers (pictured above) claimed that title with a winning score of 9-6. Clinton Williams, of the RCSL, looks forward to next year’s festivities.

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