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11
Jun
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Stonewall County braces for a tough budget year

The Stonewall County Commissioners reviewed the upcoming budget for the 2021 Fiscal Year, and while the certified appraisal values will not be released until next month, the county is anticipating a tight budget cycle.

“It’s next year I’m worried about,” said Stonewall County Judge Ronnie Moorhead during Monday’s commissioners court meeting. He informed the court that preliminary figures received from the county appraisal district predict a roughly$30 million reduction in appraised mineral values going into this budget cycle. Moorhead said he does not expect those numbers to change much by the time the certified values are released sometime next month.

It has been a long time since the oil and gas industry was seeing prices of near $114 per barrel like it was in April 2011. Nevertheless, oil prices hovered around the mid-fifties per barrel during most of 2019, and in mid-February of 2020, prices were over $53 per barrel.

 

 

 

 

 

Thu
11
Jun
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NOMADIC NEWSPAPER IS BACK ENJOYING A BEACH OUTING IN PORT ARANSAS

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The Double Mountian Chronicle went along with Robert and Paula Kelly on a beach outing to Port Aransas. "Under the current ever so lightly relaxed travel restrictions we thought its time to enjoy what Texas has to offer."

If you are traveling somewhere that you think is interesting and exciting or going to meet someone famous, or interesting we would like to invite you to take along the Double Mountain Chronicle, snap a photograph and send it to us to publish in the newspaper with a brief description. You can email the photo to: publisher@dmchronicle.com. 325.933.8129.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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11
Jun
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Fisher Commissioners divided over big-ticket purchases

Commissioners for precincts 2 and 3 got a jump-start on this year’s budget cycle Monday, hoping to gain approval for new road machinery, but were unsuccessful in garnering a vote for the half-million-dollar combined purchase.

Precinct 3 Commissioner Preston Martin was successful last month when the court approved allowing him to designate his 1998 model road grader as a surplus item and putting the 22-year-old machine up for sale. Equally unsuccessful during Monday’s meeting was Precinct 2 Commissioner Dexter Elrod, who proposed trading his aging machine toward the purchase of a replacement.

Thu
11
Jun
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Fisher County pursues litigation

With the approval of the commissioners on Monday, Fisher County Attorney Michael Hall will soon file suit against J&I Freight out of Abilene in the efforts to cover costs associated with damaged power lines at the courthouse.

Last August, while delivering pallets of copy paper to the Fisher County Courthouse, J&I Freight’s box truck’s clearance was unable to get beneath the power lines on the west side of the courthouse. The truck contacted the lines, dislodging them and damaging the power pole.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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11
Jun
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Shot fired through Stonewall residents’ window

It was a close call last week when a stray bullet was fired through the Giles’ window. The Stonewall County Sheriff’s Department, along with the State Game Warden, conducted a search of the area and confiscated a rifle to conduct ballistic test as part of an ongoing investigation.

George Gilles and his wife were relaxing at home on the evening of June 2 when the 5.56 round broke through their bedroom window. The bullet passed only two feet from Mrs. Giles, ricocheting off a dresser, and imbedding itself in a door jam. Giles called law enforcement officials, who conducted a search of the area.

 

 

 

 

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Thu
04
Jun
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Photo of the Week "About to Cool Off"

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“Sterling Addition”, still clean & shiny before rolling in the mud and water! Photo taken by Susan Perales of their 28-yr-old stud.Have a favorite photo from life around Fisher or Stonewall counties?

Send it to us for consideration as the Photo of the Week.

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04
Jun
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ASBDC to Host Pregnancy Care Center Mobile Unit

Aspermont, Texas, June 1st, Double Mountain Outreach Services of the Aspermont Small Business Development Center, Inc. (ASBDC) will host the Pregnancy Care Center of the Northern Big Country (PCC of NBC) as they bring their mobile unit, lovingly referred to as “Hope,” on Monday, June 8, 2020. Hope will arrive and be open to welcome guests from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the office of ASBDC in Aspermont. Community members are invited out to tour the mobile unit or to receive services as necessary.

Free and confidential pregnancy testing as well as ultrasounds will be available to expectant mothers of all ages. Free diapers and wipes will be provided as well. No appointment is necessary. Simply come out to the ASBDC office and look for “Hope” to see what PCC of NBC has to offer.

Thu
04
Jun
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Aspermont officials take oath and review good financial audit

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Council members Jackie Bingham (R) and Matt Frazier (L) are sworn into office by Aspermont City Secretary Tammy Gentry. Councilman Chris Lipham (seated) received unanimous votes to retain his appointment as Mayor Pro-tem in the council’s first official action after the May Election.

Although the City of Aspermont canceled its May Election as incumbents ran unopposed, councilmembers officially took their oaths of office to keep their seats for another few years. The city’s CPA and financial auditor was also present during the late May meeting, presenting a clean annual report and reviewing the city’s solid finances. Council members Jackie Bingham and Matt Frazier each ran unopposed during the City of Aspermont’s 2020 Election, nevertheless, to make their council position official, each took their oaths during the council’s May meeting. In the council’s first official action of the new election cycle, Councilman Chris Lipham received unanimous votes to retain his position as Mayor Pro-tem.

Thu
04
Jun
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Rotan ISD takes steps toward bond election

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Rotan ISD board members look on as Steve Risser (L) and Robb Sidebottom (R) with Gallagher Construction point out a few of the district’s more severe drainage issues.

Rotan ISD has been inching toward the possibility of a bond election for months, and with the culmination of a management team and a bond committee, the administration is taking the next steps toward deciding where to focus future facility priorities.

In a special-called meeting last week, the trustees heard presentations from Mike Holmberg and Weston Emmert, partners with WRA Architects as well as Business Development Directors Robb Sidebottom and Steve Risser with Gallagher Construction.

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Thu
28
May
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Remembering them

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A letter that was found while going through old papers belonging to Bonnie Opal Phillips (Hobbs, Texas) when her son, Calvin Phillips, enlisted in the Army Air Corps - This is why they are called the "Greatest Generation"

The above is a letter Colonel W.A. Robertson issued to all the young soldiers that were about to enter into duty under his command. In essence, it provided the men who were to serve under him an explanation of what to expect in training and encouragement of his belief that his young airmen would defeat the enemy. It reminded them that the reason for training, for fighting, was to ensure the sovereignty of our country and the freedom it bestows.

The letter was drafted long before the modern word processor, and as a result, words that would today be italicized for infuses were underlined in the letter. There are five words underlined in total, the last of which is: Live. “... so that we can fight for our country and live for our country,” wrote Robertson.

 

 

 

 

 

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