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Big Country Electric Cooperative (BCEC) is Prepared to Meet Members' Needs; Annual Meeting Canceled as Precaution

Like you, the directors and leadership of Big Country Electric Cooperative (BCEC) are well-aware of the COVID-19/Coronavirus turmoil that is prevalent in the world around us. Despite what uncertainties may lie ahead, BCEC’s goal is to operate business as usual in service to our members – with an abundance of caution. Operating with an abundance of caution does require us to do a few things differently, with each of us exercising good judgement. BCEC is moving forward responsibly, day-by-day.

Response to this virus is everchanging and BCEC leadership is actively monitoring it. As of March 17, 2020, our lobbies will remain open for businessas-usual. If circumstances in our area change, we may reevaluate that. Please follow us on Facebook or check our website, bigcountry.coop, for timely updates or changes.

Please keep in mind that there are a variety of ways for to communicate with BCEC during this time of “social distancing”:

 

Fri
13
Mar
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Aspermont and Rotan OAP companies advance to bi-district

Aspermont and Rotan OAP companies advance to bi-district

Rotan ISD One Act Play Cast, Crew and Directors for ‘Twelve Angry Jurors” COURTESY PHOTO

Students involved in Aspermont and Rotan one-actplay troupes received top honors last week as both schools advance to the bi-district competition scheduled for later this month.

The always competitive Aspermont OAP company brings Mandy Conner’s “Unclaimed” to the stage this year. The play depicts haunting images, humor, humanity and the darker side of the circus and the lives of its performers and sideshow freaks, loosely based on the events leading up to the Hartford Circus Fire of 1944.

Rotan ISD’s OAP troupe is presenting a mixed-gender adaptation of Reginald Rose’s original 1955 play “12 Angry Men.” Tempers flare in this heated courtroom drama when a single dissenting juror brings new perspectives on the evidence in the efforts of convincing the other 11 to find “reasonable doubt” while the life of a 19-year-old-man rests in their hands.

Fri
13
Mar
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Stonewall Memorial Hospital looking to drop Athena to prevent future losses

Since switching to Athena in 2018, the Stonewall Memorial Hospital District has faced numerous challenges with the system on the financial side of record keeping, and with the discovery of thousands in revenue losses, the administration is looking at returning to CPSI, the district’s previous service provider.

“It has come to our attention that we are missing significant amounts of revenue,” said hospital CEO Billie Carter, when she spoke to the SMH board last month, explaining that internal financial reports show an estimated loss of roughly $500,000 in claims.

Carter said it was discovered when the finance department began processing tax forms, and while they are continuing to look into the issue, attempting to pinpoint where the losses are happening, it appears supply charges and other charges are simply disappearing.

Fri
13
Mar
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Windfarm agrees to pay $50K for new Fisher Co. Show Barn

A clerical error when reading the payment schedule for Mesquite Star LLC’s tax abatement agreement with Fisher County, resulted in a request for an agreement amendment and the county receiving a $50,000 payment to honor the request. The commissioners agreed to postpone the company’s first annual payment until the end of the year, and the $50,000 will be made payable to the Fisher County Junior Livestock Association to assist with constructing a new show barn.

The county first held a public hearing in September 2018 when Mesquite Star Special LLC submitted its tax abatement application. Mesquite Star is a company established through the combined efforts of Hill Country Wind Power out of Plano, and — at the time — NRG Energy Inc.

Fri
06
Mar
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Stonewall Hospital seeks millions in loans to cover construction cost overruns

Stonewall Hospital seeks millions in loans to cover construction cost overruns

The Stonewall Living Center patiently awaits its grand opening later this month, and hospital district officials hope the new facility will generate revenues to aid in repaying millions in unanticipated costs.. (PHOTOS BY STEVEN ELLIS)

As the date grows near for the official ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of the Stonewall Living Center anticipated later this month, the SMH administration and board are struggling to come up with the near $2 million in additional costs and keep money in the bank to operate.

During last month’s board meeting, SMH CEO Billie Carter broke the news to the district’s board of directors that although the construction on the now three-year-long project was nearing an end, the final cost was going to exceed the bond amount by roughly $2 million by the time all the work is completed.

Fri
06
Mar
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Roby CISD Board gets an ethics lesson

In preparation for hosting its own bond election in May, the Roby CISD Board of Trustees underwent ethics training Monday to better understand differences between providing the public with information and advocating for or against the proposed bond, especially in regards to the use of public funds.

Mike Holmberg with WRA Architects out of Dallas conducted Monday night’s ethics training, as the district prepares to host a special election in May. WRA joined the ranks alongside Live Oak Public Finance and Gallagher Construction Services in August 2019 and was instrumental in assisting the district’s 22-member committee preparing the bond proposal earlier this year.

Fri
06
Mar
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Petition to affect Fisher County

A petition is going around Fisher County that could change the way county roads are maintained, that is, provided the petition can gather enough signatures to make the November ballot and muster enough votes to win the election.

It is unknown at present where the petition originated or the individual(s) responsible for its creation. The implications of the petition, however, could have a major impact on the future operations regarding county roads across the entire county.

The document, drafted by “qualified and duly registered voters of Fisher County,” is petitioning the Fisher County Commissioners Court to put the answer to the question of adopting the option to create a county road and bridge department in the hands of the voters. The creation of such a department is a road management system outlined in the Texas Transportation Code.

Fri
28
Feb
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Students hang around to learn about TSTC Wind Energy Program

Students hang around to learn

Rotan Senior Brian Williams rappelled down the side of TSTC’s mobile climb unit like a pro in Aspermont Monday.

Students from Aspermont, Rotan, and Jayton came out to learn about the wind industry and the 15-tuition free scholarships being offered exclusively to Kent, Fisher, and Stonewall residents. TSTC instructors, recruiters, and current undergraduates shared valuable knowledge about the school’s wind technician program, and students had the chance to strap on equipment for a real-world experience.

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Fri
28
Feb
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March Primary closes in to determine party candidates and decide some local races

March Primary closes in to determine party candidates and decide some local races

FISHER COUNTY COMMISSIONER
PRECINCT 1 CANDIDATES INCUMBANT, GORDON PIPPIN (R)

With early voting wrapping up at the end of the week, Democrat and Republican parties will focus on the March Primary next Tuesday, and although the outcome will determine party winners and May run-off candidates, local races in Fisher County will reach a final outcome.

Early voting ends this Friday, February 28. Early voters in Fisher County can cast their ballots at Rotan City Hall located at 302 W. Sammy Baugh Ave. or the Fisher County Courthouse in Roby until polls officially close at 5 p.m. Stonewall County residents can vote at the Stonewall County Courthouse in Aspermont, also until 5 p.m. on Friday.

Contested races in Fisher County are for the offices of Fisher Co. Precinct 1 Commissioner between incumbent Gordon Pippin (R) and candidate Dakota Rasberry (R) and Fisher Co. Precinct 3 Commissioner’s office between incumbent Preston Martin (R) and candidate Georgie McGough (R).

Fri
28
Feb
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Fisher Co. Employee arrested in Sweetwater drug bust

Fisher Co. Employee arrested in Sweetwater drug bust

Burbe May

In response to a call of the alleged misuse of a credit card, the Sweetwater Police Department arrested two Fisher County residents along with another individual last week, each now facing multiple charges including manufacturing/delivery of a controlled substance and engaging in criminal activity.

The Sweetwater Police Department received a call about the fraudulent use of a credit card on Sunday, February 16, which resulted in a search of the Ecolo Lodge Motel in Sweetwater. Working with hotel management, officers... entered the room in question during the investigation.

Officers noted a strong smell of marijuana in the air and Cristo Simmons (Fisher Co.) attempting to flush evidence down the toilet. However, the attempt failed and the evidence was recovered. Along with tampering with evidence charge, Simmons also received a charge for resisting arrest.

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