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04
Oct
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Roby CISD sets out to ‘Make a Difference’

Roby CISD sets out to ‘Make a Difference

Misty McWilliams, Principal for Student Affairs, along with her daughter, Keegan, give the base of the flagpole a fresh coat of paint during "Make a Difference day". PHOTO SUBMITTED BY KETH COOK, ROBY CISD SUPERINTENDENT

The Roby CISD Student Council, along with its sponsor RISD Superintendent Keith Cook, and almost three-dozen volunteers opened paint cans and slathered brushes to honor National Make a Difference Day last Saturday.

Cook said the high school started a student council earlier this year, and officers President Anslee Few, Vice-president Lucy Alls, and Secretary Kolby Gilbreath were instrumental in the project coming together. As National Make a Difference Day is officially held the fourth weekend in October — overlapping Roby CISD’s homecoming festivities — the council and numerous volunteers got together a little early.

Council members, Cook, and over 30 others met at the school early Saturday morning. The district supplied paint and brushes and volunteers gave time and labor in a campus-wide beautification project. With dozens of things needing attention, just about everything from the press box to the curbs to the fire hydrants got a fresh coat of paint.

Fri
04
Oct
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Lions Club test students’ vision

Lions Club test students’ vision

Pictured l to R: Dr. Jerry Marshall, Carolyn Hargrove, Charla Wylie, Karley Briggs, Aidan Cannon, Sonya Benson, Tayden Yanez, Steve Mackey, Shyanne Gaspar, Judy Mackey, Kambrie Shelly, Elijah Norton, Ariana Alonzo, Nevaeh Rodriguez, Olivia Messick, Kayla Gonzalez, Vera Gonzales

Members of the Roby Lions Club came out to test the vision of over a hundred Rotan students Monday, unveiling new eye scanners the club has worked with neighboring organizations for over a year to acquire.

Teaming up with Lions Clubs from Snyder and Lamesa, the Roby Lions Club generated enough funds to purchase three new eye scanners, devises that had to be rented in the past. The scanners look and operate similar to a camera, with lights and sounds designed to attract the younger kids’ attention.

It simply takes a picture and computes whether a person should see an eye doctor. Although the scanners do diagnose, it works quite well at detecting major and minor vision problems.

Fri
04
Oct
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AISD employee placed on leave

Aspermont ISD has placed Coach Jerry Carreon on leave after weeks of public debate, with locals expressing both condemnation and support for the coach. The Department of Family and Protective Services also confirmed it conducted an investigation at the school, but there are no official reports linking the two incidents.

Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) representatives earlier this week confirmed the state had conducted an investigation at AISD. However, any specifics of the allegations, the investigation, the nature of any findings, or any individuals involved remain confidential by law.

Like all DFPS’s cases, school investigations begin when the department’s hotline receives a report alleging abuse or neglect of a child. Once initiated, investigators conduct interviews with the alleged victim(s), as well as the alleged perpetrator(s).

Fri
27
Sep
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2019 Rotan Homecoming King & Queen

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2019 Homecoming King, Noah Foster

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Fri
27
Sep
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Rotan ISD Board grants increase to superintendent’s pay

After a short executive session meeting to conclude last week’s Rotan ISD Board Meeting, trustees approved a superintendent salary increase in a 6-1 vote. The board also reviewed excellent attendance reports and learned of possible technology upgrades.

Rotan ISD Superintendent Greg Decker has been no stranger to debate amongst trustees regarding his contract in recent years. Despite steadily increasing test scores, improving accountability ratings, and stabilizing finances, the board has returned split votes on the chief educator for years.

Decker first faced opposition in early 2017 when board members Guy Nelson and Clinton Williams voted against his contract renewal. Williams later resigned from the board, and Nelson was the solitary vote against the extension in 2018.

Fri
27
Sep
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Aspermont ISD amend faculty handbook and hear of future improvements

Although the Aspermont ISD trustees spent almost an hour behind closed doors last week discussing recent personnel issues, no official action was taken except for amending the district’s faculty handbook. Board members also heard about educational enhancements and continuing facility improvements.

Superintendent Zach Morris explained that while the district has policies in place regarding electronic communication between teachers and students, the wording of these policies were not contained within the faculty handbook. For instance, district policy DH(LOCAL)-A states in part:

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Fri
20
Sep
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2019 Rotan Homecoming Court

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King will be announced Friday at the pep rally in Downtown Rotan at 2:15pm and Queen will be announced at halftime of the football game against Moran which begins at 7:30pm. Everyone is invited to stay for the Hogg Maulies concert at the football field immediately following the game.

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Fri
20
Sep
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City of Aspermont sets tax rate and prepares for future

The Aspermont City Council met earlier this week, officially adopting this year’s budget and levying taxes at the tax rate of .585612. The council also accepted services for the annual financial audit and approved a resolution for a five-year hazard mitigation plan.

The council reviewed the engagement letter from Roberts & McGee, CPA out of Abilene, which outlined the outside auditing services and the overall cost. Each year, city municipalities must have a third party audit city finances for accountability and transparency. The cost to the city comes in at just over $13,000, well under the cities $14,000 budgeted amount.

Fri
20
Sep
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Roby CISD Trustees prepare bond committee during regular meeting

As the district continues to prepare to potentially call for a bond election in February, last week the Roby board reviewed a list of potential individuals to serve on a committee that will oversee the aspects of bond planning to meet the district’s needs. Additionally, the trustees conducted regular business including approving the contract for future tax collections.

The board has been entertaining the idea of a bond proposal since late 2018 when John Blackburn with Live Oak Public Finance LLC initially discussed how a bond could benefit the district, and how wind energy companies could play a positive role in repaying that bond.

Thu
12
Sep
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Aspermont man murdered in South Texas

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Jonathan Tate with his wife Alicia (Courtesy Photo)

Jessie James Trevino, 47, from Haskell was arrested last week in Rio Hondo, under suspicion of the stabbing death of Jonathan Andrew Tate from Aspermont.

Law enforcement was dispatched to Twin Palms RV Resort in Rio Hondo last Tuesday around 9:20 p.m. Upon arrival, officers discovered Tate with numerous lacerations about his body. Police stated he was bleeding profusely and “in grave condition.”

Tate was transported by ambulance to the Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, where he was later pronounced dead.

Police said the primary suspect, Trevino, was taken into custody at the scene without incident. He was charged with murder and is currently being held at the Carrizales Rucker Detention Center in Olmito with a $500,000 bond.

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