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31
Jan
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Stonewall court narrows road supervisor applicants and adds to AISD fund

The Stonewall County Commissioners went into executive session Monday to review applications for the county road superintendent. Although the court narrowed the list, they took no action other than to appoint an interim until hiring a presentment replacement. The court also accepted funds that will be added to Aspermont ISD’s Permanent School Fund, which is nearing six figures.

The county has been struggling to fill the vacancy after former road foreman Don Nail’s resignation some months ago. Commissioners have been accepting applications for weeks, although there have been few candidates who met requirements and were willing to perform the duties.

Fri
31
Jan
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AISD to purchase new vehicles and expand education opportunities

AISD to purchase new vehicles and expand education opportunities

Devin Rojas. Kalei Daniel. Amelia Hecht. Kassi Hemphill. served a steak dinner to members of the Aspermont School Board for school board appreciation month.

The Aspermont School Trustees met last week during the end of school board appreciation month, and although trustees conducted Superintend Zack Morris’ annual evaluation, they did not vote an his contract. However, in other business, the board approved purchasing busses and Suburbans and heard about new programs the district has planned.

The AISD Board spent less than an hour behind closed doors last week to evaluate Superintendent Morris’ contract. However, after reconvening, trustees took no action on extending his contract. It is anticipated the board will vote on the superintendent and principal contracts during the February meeting.

However, the board did approve to procure new vehicles. Morris explained there are well over 100,000 miles racked up on the lowest mileage vehicle in the district’s fleet. Morris said the purchase of some new vehicles would be a good idea for the school.

Fri
31
Jan
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Roby Board further divided on superintendent contract

The Roby CISD Board of Trustees met in a specialcalled meeting last week, where after calling for a vote to extend his contract until 2022, Superintendent Keith Cook’s had one less favorable vote. With two board members absent, a majority vote of 3 – 2 approved the contract extension through the 2022 school year.

During the regularly scheduled board meeting held January 13, the sevenmember board convened for near two hours in executive session to discuss the superintendent’s annual evaluation and contract renewal. After reconvening the open session, the trustees returned a 6 – 1 vote in favor of extending Cook’s contract through the 2021 school year, with board member Danny Carrion being the only opposing vote.

Fri
24
Jan
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Rotan ISD extends superintendent contract

Rotan ISD extends superintendent contract

Rotan superintendent Greg Decker

The Rotan ISD Board of Trustees met last week, and although it wasn’t the longest meeting the board had behind closed doors, it was one of the smoothest votes and the first unanimous decision regarding the superintendent’s contract the board has returned in years.

With only a six-member board after the resignation of former board president Guy Nelson in November, the trustees agreed on extending Rotan ISD Superintendent Greg Decker’s contract through 2022. This is the first time the board has returned a unanimous vote on the two-year extension since 2015.

Last January the board was divided 5 – 2 in favor of Decker’s contract. Nelson and board member Millie Warren voted against it, and the board was further divided when denying a salary increase. The 2% raise was shot down 4 – 3, with board members Monica Carrillo and Hunter Helms voting alongside Nelson and Warren.

Fri
24
Jan
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Roby City Council appoints new member

Roby City Council appoints new member

Roby Mayor Eli Sepeda, swears in new council member Jerry Stuart

After more than 10 years of service, Roby City Council member, Laura Carrion resigned her office earlier this month, citing a conflict of interest with her work at the County Appraisal District. The council appointed Jerry Stuart to serve out the remainder of the term until the 2020 November Election before moving on to other city business.

Roby City Manager Jack Brown said this winter is shaping up to be a tough one on the water distribution side of city operations. He reported two unusually bad water breaks in December, the worst of which has been a continuing issue for several years. Brown said the line has cost the city more in water losses than it would have to fix the issue.

Fri
24
Jan
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Aspermont City Council draws crowd of supporters

Aspermont City Council draws crowd of supporters

The Aspermont City Council listens as residents like Marcia Duggan expressed their support for the program to clean up property with aging structures. PHOTO BY JEFF HURT

It was standing room only during Tuesday night’s Aspermont City Council meeting, where members of the public filled every chair and stood in the corridors to show their support for the council’s consideration of last month’s program proposal that could assist the city in addressing dilapidated structures.

During the December meeting last month, the council heard from Danny Barrett with the Texas Communities Group (TCG) about how the city could address issues associated with decaying properties. TCG works with municipalities to identify those properties, and using various methods, and through the process and get properties back into the economy without incurring a lot of court fees.

Fri
17
Jan
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Roby Superintendent contract approved in a split vote

Roby Superintendent contract approved in a split vote

Roby CISD Superintendent, Keith Cook

Roby CISD Superintendent Keith Cook’s contract was extended through the 2021 school year Monday night, and while a majority of board members agreed with the extension, the motion passed in a 6 – 1 vote.

Cook took the reins as the district’s chief educator in October 2018 after former Superintendent Heath Dickson’s resignation in mid-July of that year. Just two months later, Cook found himself amidst controversy that only seemed to evolve from one challenging scenario to the next.

In December, trustees from both Roby and Rotan school districts tackled the difficult topic of potential school consolidation, which thrust Cook into the literal spotlight, as his second board meeting took place in the school auditorium in front of an audience of angry community members. While wading through the delicate issue and navigating the historic rivalry between the school districts, Cook was also presented with other considerations.

Fri
17
Jan
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Nomadic Newspaper takes in a show in the Mile High City

Nomadic Newspaper takes in a show in the Mile High City

Nicole & Jonathan Hjelmervik with their daughters Maci & Kynadi

The Double Mountain Chronicle recently traveled to Denver, Colorado to attend the National Western Stock Show with the Hjelmervik family; owners and operators of Stand Alone Feed in Rotan, Texas.

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Fri
17
Jan
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Stonewall County struggles to find road superintendent

Although Stonewall Commissioners have been actively seeking a replacement for the county’s road superintendent since former road foreman Don Nail’s resignation some months ago, the county has been unable to find a suitable candidate to fill the position permanently.

While the Stonewall County Road and Bridge Department still has a complement of employees and equipment for maintaining the county’s roadways, an individual to supervise those employees, maintain the equipment, and be accountable for the department has proven difficult. Nevertheless, the work must continue, and commissioners have considered assuming road supervisor duties until a replacement can be found.

Fri
10
Jan
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A year-round Winter Wonderland

A year-round Winter Wonderland

Fredda Buckner and daughter, Angela Messick visiting the North Pole room created by Lois Smith. (PHOTOS BY JEFF HURT)

It all started with a tiny little unfinished church in Illinois almost 40 years ago. Lois Ann Smith’s good friend was a ceramics worker, and although Lois had often accompanied her to the ceramic shop, nothing really ever caught her eye. That is until the day she spied a quaint little church.

Lois asked her friend if she would be willing to clean it and fire it for her, but to her surprise, her good friend said, “no.” However, she instead offered to teach Lois how to do the work herself. “She was extremely precise,” said Lois. “She was an excellent teacher.”

Lois said would explain how the church looked in her imagination, and her friend would teach her how to achieve that vision. And just like that, Lois was hooked on ceramics. That was in 1981. A year later, she found an entire little village that was cleaned and fired, which she was able to buy at a good price.

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