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City of Aspermont debate problem properties

City of Aspermont debate problem properties

The Aspermont City Council heard from Danny Barrett with the Texas Communities Group last week on how the city could tackle issues with properties and, over time, work to clean up the community and possibly generate some revenue.

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Fri
20
Dec
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Communities spread Christmas Cheer

Communities spread Christmas Cheer

Rotan Angel Tree Gifts

School districts, churches, businesses, and community groups across the Double Mountain Region, are each, in their own way, working to making sure no one is without during this holiday season.

Going on 15 years, the Aspermont School District has been working with the First National Bank of Aspermont to put up Angel Trees. Community members have picked angels from the tree each ear, assisting dozens of families in need. It has been more than a worthwhile effort that the community seems to enjoy just as much as recipients.

“This is such a good community,” said AISD Superintendent Zach Morris. “Even though some years we cant’ help as many families as we would like, we always have lots of support.”

This is the fifth year Rotan ISD has put up an Angel Tree, and Counselor Katrina Jarvis said this year has been the most successful yet. She said they expect to assist roughly 40 families in the community during this holiday season.

Fri
20
Dec
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Stonewall County and TxDOT form emergency co-op

Representatives from the Texas Department of Transportation (TX-DOT) met with Stonewall County officials last week, proposing a cooperative arrangement during some emergency situations.

Thomas Criswell with TxDOT spoke to commissioners during last week’s meeting, asking for the court to consider lending assistance in the occurrence of an unusually bad storm incident. Criswell explained that the cooperative agreement would be purely precautionary, as the county has not experienced any above a stage three storm.

If an unusually strong storm event were to occur, however, Criswell said the state would like to already have measures in place to best address damaged roads. Although TxDOT would oversee the emergency operation, the county would be responsible for its part of the processes. However, Criswell assured officials the county’s part would be limited to its own resources and capability.

Fri
20
Dec
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FBC of Rotan offers Christmas Day lunch

The First Baptist Church of Rotan will be hosting — what the congregation hopes to be an annual — lunch on Christmas Day, and everyone is invited out to enjoy an afternoon of great food and fellowship with their extended family of community members.

Local business owner and FBC member Marissa Nowlin was talking with her family about Christmas arrangements. Her children are have begun lives of their own and are now scattered across the country and will not be able to be home for Christmas day. Despite the fact she had her husband, a German exchange student, and family and friends that would be around during the holiday season, the separation from her children and grandchildren left her feeling a bit lonely.

Fri
13
Dec
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Fisher court debates unexpected funds

Fisher court debates unexpected funds

Fisher County Auditor Becky Mauldin informed commissioners Monday that the county recently received around $2,600 in revenue from pipeline agreements/permits. While the commissioners agreed to allocate the funds to the affected precinct’s budget, how to distribute future funds became a catalyst for debate.

Prior to allocation, the county auditor must certify funds received from a new source after the beginning of the fiscal year, as such revenue was not included when adopting the annual budget. Additionally, the court agreed this most recent payment should be funneled back into Precinct 4, as the pipeline in question is located within that precinct.

Fri
13
Dec
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Stonewall Commissioner resigns office

After 11 years of public service, Stonewall County Commissioner David Hoy officially announced his retirement Monday, ultimately resigning his office with a year left in his term. Although the court took no official steps to fill the vacancy during the meeting, it is possible David Coy — the solitary candidate filed for the upcoming 2020 election — could be appointed to the office.

The court was surprised by the announcement, as although Hoy did not file to run for re-election, officials did anticipate him serving out the remainder of his term. Hoy admitted it was not an easy decision, one he carefully considered over the past several months.

“I’ve been thinking on this a long time and I just don’t feel it anymore. I don’t feel good anymore,” said Hoy. “I can hardly get around anymore, and I just want to unload some.”

In his official retirement letter, Hoy stated:

Fri
13
Dec
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Local Candidates prepare for 2020 Primaries

The filing deadline to run for office in the upcoming March 2020 primary election expired this Monday, December 9. A total of five officials in both Fisher and Stonewall counties are up for election in 2020. Commissioner seats for precincts one and three, county attorney, county sheriff and tax assessor/ collector were up during this election cycle.

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Fri
06
Dec
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Political filing deadline next week

Next Monday, December 9 is the last day to file to run for office in the upcoming March 2020 primary election. A total of five officials in both Fisher and Stonewall counties are up for election in 2020. Commissioners for precincts one and three, county attorney, sheriff and tax assessor/collector are will up for grabs during this election cycle.

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Fri
06
Dec
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Roby CISD Bond Committee discusses school renovation

Roby CISD Bond Committee discusses school renovation
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Just before the Thanksgiving break, the 22-member bond committee met to discuss the anticipated bond for the upcoming May election. Members toured were the Roby CISD facilities and discussed where bond money might best improve the school for future generations of students in late October and further narrowed those ideas just before the Thanksgiving break.

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Fri
06
Dec
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Fisher County welcomes cost-saving program

The Fisher County Commissioners met with Charlene Heydinger, president of the Texas PACE Authority. The court was unanimous in its approval of intent, and commissioners are anticipated to officially adopt the program next month.

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