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Roby Student participates in Abilene’s White Cane Day

Roby Student participates in Abilene’s White Cane Day

Roby CISD 2nd grader, Gunner Green,(Courtesy Photo)

Roby CISD secondgrader, Gunner Green represented his school, community, and helped raise awareness for visually impaired people as he joined with peers to participate in Abilene’s White Cane Day earlier this week.

White Cane Day is an annual day by proclamation of the President of the United States to help educate the world about blindness and honor the contributions of those who have worked to bring awareness and equality to the visually impaired.

Gunner used his white cane to walk from the Methodist church to First Baptist Church in Abilene with Abilene Mayor Anthony Williams, Abilene Fire Chief Cande Flores, and several blind peers, about a mile away. Williams and Flores were blindfolded. The officials said they were relieved to reach their destination and take the blindfold off.

Fri
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Oct
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Aspermont 2019 Homecoming Royalty Crowned

Aspermont 2019 Homecoming Royalty Crowned

2019 Coming Home King and Queen , Monty MItchel and Jonita Polk Class of 1979. are photographed with Hollis Marsh and Holt Myers.

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25
Oct
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Communities prepare for Fall festivities

Communities prepare for Fall festivities

First Baptist Church of Roby’s pumpkin patch

With Halloween falling in the middle of next week, some celebrations have been moved while others have Halloween Day activities in the works. As tricker-treaters are putting the final touches on their costumes, no matter where you live, there is plenty to get out and do and see during this fall season.

Everyone is welcome to come to the First Baptist Church of Roby’s pumpkin patch for buy one get one free pumpkins on October 26. The patch has great pumpkins for carving, specialty pumpkins, and mini pumpkins too.

The City of Roby’s Community Fall Festival will be held on October 27, on the Fisher County Courthouse Square in downtown Roby. The event will begin at 5:00 p.m. and last until 7:00 p.m.

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Fri
25
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Dozens attend as AISD Board supports administration in employee grievance

Concerned community members filled the Aspermont ISD Board Room and spilled into the hallway Monday night, as trustees heard arguments from legal counsels representing AISD and Coach Jerry Carreon. Each attorney presented arguments regarding the school administration’s disciplinary actions against Carreon, and after some discussion in executive session, the trustees voted unanimously to uphold the original action.

While other school business was discussed, the large public turnout was to hear the matter of Coach Carreon’s formal grievance filed after he was replaced as the girls volleyball coach in late August following a series of complaints. The district stated that in the efforts to better support staff and address some district concerns, a change in coaching responsibilities was initiated.

Fri
18
Oct
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Roby prepares for Homecoming 2019

Roby prepares for Homecoming 2019

Junior King & Queen Nominees L-R: Kaige Covington, Lauren LaCoste, Sydney Etheredge, Braxton Coker

Next Friday kicks off the 36th Biennial Homecoming, and many Roby exes have had October 25th and 26th circled on their calendar for months, and the days are packed full of activities to welcoming those traveling lions back to the pride.

Events begin at 2:45 in the Roby CISD gymnasium with a pep rally prior to the night’s football game. Select seats will be reserved for exes. There will be a parade later in the afternoon on Friday. Line up will begin at 4:15 p.m. in the high school parking lot, and the parade will begin at five.

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Fri
18
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Water runoff threatens Stonewall Courthouse

The Stonewall County Commissioners returned from the Columbus Day weekend on Tuesday to discuss options for addressing what could prove a serious problem, hoping to redirect future rain away from the already waterdamaged courthouse.

Much like the rest of Aspermont, Stonewall County, and the surrounding area, the county courthouse isn’t used to the kind of rainfall seen earlier in this season’s spring and summer months. Storms brought dozens of unexpected inches in an unusual amount of rainfall to the area, flooding numerous fields, causing damage to infrastructures, washing out roads, and soaking the ground for months to come.

Stonewall County Judge Ronnie Moorhead said water stopped draining away from the courthouse building and simply pools around on the courthouse lawn. As spring rain washed under the foundation, the unpredictable and sandy ground began to shift, causing significant cracks in the building’s exterior.

Fri
18
Oct
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Rotan Council approves WesTex Connect proposal and prepares to submit grant application

The Rotan City Council approved a proposal from internet service provider, WesTex Connect last week, which could save the city money and should boost internet speeds across the area. City administrators also informed council members the application is ready to submit for significant funding to improve the water delivery infrastructure.

City Administrator Carla Thornton informed the council that WesTex Connect has been providing internet and communication services to rural communities throughout the region for 20 years and has recently finished installing fiber-optic cable in the Roby and Rotan areas and plan to soon lay cable toward Aspermont and expect to add an additional repeater in Stonewall County.

Thornton said the new cable is expected to improve the internet service dramatically for WesTex costumers in the area. To facilitate the improvements, the company requested the use of the city’s water tower to broadcast the fiber-optic signal.

Fri
11
Oct
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Aspermont ISD gets ready for Homecoming 2019

Aspermont ISD gets ready for Homecoming 2019

Aspermont ISD 2019 Homecoming Court Nominees: Mackenzie Rojas (Freshman) Aaliyah Miller (Senior), Shelby Calamaco (Junior) and Partricia Murguia (Sophomore)

With a Columbus Day holiday for the district, Aspermont ISD students will be showing four days of spirit leading up to next Friday night’s homecoming game pitting the Hornets against the Rotan Yellowhammers.

Tuesday, students will dress as famous duos, and Wednesday, sporting their most fashionable thrift-shop duds. On Thursday, students will dress in “class colors” with kindergarten, first and second grades wearing purple.

Third, fourth, and fifth grades will be wearing green. Sixth through twelfth grades will wear colors of blue for sixth, pink, orange, yellow, black, white, and finally, red for the senior class. The traditional bonfire will be later that night at the football field.

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Fri
11
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Yellowhammer Band earns straight first-division ratings

Yellowhammer Band earns straight first-division ratings

ROTAN YELLOWHAMMER BAND BEGINS WARM UP BEFORE TAKING THE FIELD IN LAST SATURDAY'S MARCHING CONTEST AT SAN ANGELO UNIVERSITY'S CONCHO CLASSIC

The Rotan Yellowhammer Marching Band received a full complement of first division ratings from judges at San Angelo University’s Concho Classic, also taking home third place in a total of nine schools. Yellowhammer Band Director Jessica Watkins recently began what she refers to as Bandtober, taking the 34-member group of young musicians to LaGrand Stadium in San Angelo. The group competed in the first of three consecutive competitions in the band’s effort to return to the State Marching Festival. The group earned first division ratings — the highest possible — from each of the judges at last Saturday’s Concho Classic. Watkins said she was proud of how well the band performed, saying how the students work hard and are always pushing each other. “They know when they’ve done something wrong, or when it’s not as good as they think it should have been, and they’ll fix it,” said Watkins.

Fri
11
Oct
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Roby CISD Student Council strives to make a difference in their community

Roby CISD Student Council strives to make a difference in their community

ROBY CISD JUNIOR, PAYTON DICKSON READS TO THE PRIMARY STUDENTS FOR THE ROBY READER PROGRAM. PHOTO SUBMITTED BY KETH COOK, ROBY CISD SUPERINTENDENT

Last Friday, things were a little different on the Roby CISD Elementary campus, as members of the high school student council began the Roby Reader Program, taking time during the day to read books to daycare, pre-k, kindergarten, and first-grade students. Student council sponsor, Superintendent Keith Cook said it was an effort to connect high school students to those in elementary. “Our goal is to create an opportunity to mentor young students and promote literacy.” Student council members will go to six different locations every other Friday, spending a few minutes to read to the young minds and possible student council members of future years. “Being able to do this was really gratifying. Even though we are only able to be in the classrooms for a few minutes, it is evident that we can make an impact on them just as they do to us,” said Student Council President, Anslee Few.

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