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02
Jul
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FISHER COUNTY RULES FOR FIREWORKS

No popping fireworks after 11 pm except on the 4th of July. Only on the 4th of July will you be allowed to pop fireworks until midnight. Violations of these rules could result in a citation for disorderly conduct. Please be considerate of others and please be extremely careful in this dry weather to avoid starting any fires. Fisher County is in a burn ban and you will be liable for starting any fires. Have a happy and safe 4th of July!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thu
25
Jun
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Roby Cemetery Association takes fundraising online

Roby Cemetery Association takes fundraising online

In the effort to generate funding for its perpetual care of the Roby Cemetery, the Roby Cemetery Association (RCA) recently launched a GoFundMe page, hoping to reach a wider range of people to supplement revenue declines from traditional mail services.

RCA Vice President Gil Cherry said that for years, the association was successful with annual fundraising with sending out letters through the mail. However, in recent years there are more and more letters returning as not deliverable.

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Thu
25
Jun
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Rotan ISD Softball Field vandalized

Rotan ISD Softball Field vandalized

Late night joyride leaves the Rotan school with over $7500 in repair bills for the softball field. (Photo by Dillan Cullifer Photography)

The Rotan ISD Softball Field was vandalized last week when a vehicle spun doughnuts through grass and dirt Wednesday night, causing roughly $7,500 and has community members pooling money to offer a substantial reward for anyone providing information that leads to an arrest.

Rotan and surrounding areas had received a decent amount of rainfall going into the middle of last week, and the soil at the Rotan ISD Softball Field was soft. The damage was discovered Thursday, June 18, as it was clear that vehicle tires had carved several circular impressions into the diamond’s surface. Individual(s) also left behind several empty beer containers, the same brand as found strewn about the little league area directly across from the softball field’s entrance.

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Thu
25
Jun
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Fire destroys Aspermont First Baptist Church

Fire destroys Aspermont First Baptist Church

Stonewall County Emergency personnel work to contain the fire that swept through the First Baptist Church of Aspermont. (Photo by Steven Ellis)

Fire destroys Aspermont First Baptist Church

Aspermont resident, John Jouet, sifts through the remains of his boyhood church after Saturday morning's fire

Fire destroys Aspermont First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church of Aspermont Pastor , Kenny Platte, submtted this photo.

Fire destroys Aspermont First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church of Aspermont after Saturday morning's fire.

In the first hour of Saturday, June 19, emergency personnel responded to reports of a fire at the First Baptist Church of Aspermont, but were unable to combat the astonishing rate of spread, as the structure collapsed around 1 a.m. Although the main sanctuary, baptistery, church organ, and several classrooms and storerooms were lost, no one was injured in the fire.

Long time Aspermont resident, Troy Swink said the wind was starting to pick up with the approaching thunderstorms that passed through the area last Friday night. Within the hour, lightning was dropping from the sky for miles in all directions and the wind was pushing 30 MPH with some gusts over 50 MPH.

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Thu
18
Jun
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Big Country EC Operation Round Up Program: Here to Meet Needs in Our Communities

For five years now, Big Country Electric Cooperative (BCEC) members’ Operation Round Up change contributions have helped families and service organizations locally. Since 2015, the Operation Round Up program has contributed more than $290,000 to our local communities through organizations who provide charitable and educational services, as well as families with demonstrated financial need. Operation Round Up is supported by BCEC members whose electric bills are “Rounded Up” to the nearest dollar. The “Round Up” amount goes into the Operation Round Up fund for distribution in the counties we serve: Borden, Fisher, Garza, Haskell, Jones, Kent, Mitchell, Nolan, Scurry, Shackelford, Stonewall and Throckmorton. Every penny stays in our local counties, benefiting folks right here at home.

Thu
18
Jun
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Roby pool restricted for locals only

Roby pool restricted for locals only

Roby City Manager Jack Brown said the city pool was more difficult to clean and repaint this year, and although the challenges set opening day a little further into the summer than usual, the pool should be filled and ready for swimmers this weekend.

The Roby City Council ended last week with a meeting on Friday, where it agreed to open the city pool but will restrict attendance to only students from the Roby School district, and remaining open will be subject to change as testing for COVID-19 continues.

Roby City Manager Jack Brown said that although there remains pending tests in the county, he could see little harm in preparing the Roby City Pool to open as usual this summer. Brown said the pool has been recently drained, sanitized, and could be filled probably be ready to open this week should the council agree.

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Thu
18
Jun
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Hicks to stand trial in shooting death of dog

Although facing the Stonewall County Grand Jury indictment almost a year ago, Cody Hicks will finally be getting his day in court to defend against the charge of Cruelty to Non-livestock Animals. As Texas Courts are prohibited from holding jury trials until August 1, the 39th Judicial District Court will schedule the trial... eventually.

With multiple docket changes due to scheduling issues and court suspensions due to COVID-19 restrictions, Hicks’ pretrial hearing was scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 16, at the Haskell County Courthouse. However, the call went out mid-Monday morning the hearing had been canceled.

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Thu
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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Thu
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.

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