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12
Sep
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Rotan ISD prepares for homecoming festivities

As Rotan ISD’s homecoming game is little more than one week away, the district is preparing to welcome home alumni and hosting a number of festivities.

Although the junior high and high school students will begin decorating for homecoming this upcoming Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m., the first officially scheduled homecoming event will be the traditional homecoming bon fire next Thursday night. Rotan ISD students will also be showing their spirit, dressing in different themed attire each day during homecoming week.

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Thu
12
Sep
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Stonewall plans for future hazards

The Stonewall County Commissioners approved the regional hazard mitigation plan Monday, an almost 500-page document designed to streamline disaster recovery and serve as a basis for potential grant funding in the future.

Jay Hardaway with H2O Partners, Inc. has been working with the West Central Texas Council of Governments (COG) on the plan for more than two years and was on hand to speak with Stonewall officials earlier this week. As required by FEMA and the Texas Department of Emergency Management, cities and counties across the state are required to update their hazard mitigation action plan every five years.

Fri
06
Sep
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15 tuition-free scholarships coming to Fisher, Kent, and Stonewall counties

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Judges from Fisher, Kent, and Stonewall counties met with representatives from Texas State Technical College last week to discuss how to structure 15 scholarships for the college’s Wind Technology Program. The goal is to offer an opportunity for five locals from each county to attend the program tuition-free, paid for through agreements with wind-energy company, BayWa.

The German-based BayWa R.E. first began preliminary discussions back in June of 2018 about expanding its existing wind farm through portions of each of the three counties. The company submitted applications for possible tax abetments. Stonewall County officials had more on their minds than simply generating revenue, they wanted to create and assure opportunity.

Fri
06
Sep
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Nomadic Newspaper Tours Southern Europe

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Back L-R: Laura West, Laramie West, Roger Blackwelder, Dominic LaValle, Amy LaValle. Front L-R: Holden West, Porter West, Josie Blackwelder, Luke LaValle.

Roger and Josie Blackwelder, decided to beat the Texas heat with a family vacation touring southern Europe along with their daughters' families, the LaValles and Wests.

They visited such locales as Salzburg, the Alsace region of France, the mighty Neuschwanstein castle, and the Amalfi coast in Italy.

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Fri
06
Sep
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Stonewall Memorial Hospital approved lower tax rate

Financial reports showing an unusually low hospital cash flow didn’t concern board members enough to consider raising taxes to cover the 2019-20 budget cycle. With minimal changes from last year, the SMH board voted last week on the effective tax rate again this year.

Although anticipated to bring roughly the same amount of tax revenue for the district as last year, the approved .586793 effective rate will be costing the Stonewall taxpayers slightly less than last year. As the construction on the new Stonewall Living Center continues to progress, the administration said any potential revenues are not factored into the budget but would certainly be welcome.

Stonewall Hospital CFO Lou Robbins informed the board last month’s bottom line was not what he had hoped, but it was almost exactly the same as the prior year’s report. As it has been in the last few monthly reports, Robbins said his most urgent concern is the low cash flow.

Fri
30
Aug
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Roby CISD approves budget and prepares for bond election

Although controversial discussions regarding teacher salary schedules have slowed budget talks for Roby CISD in recent months, the board stretched local and state dollars as far as possible without going in the red and approved this year’s budget during Monday night’s meeting. The trustees also adopted adopt this year’s compressed tax rate before approving contracted services in preparation for a bond election in 2020.

Roby CISD trustees have faced dozens of teachers and citizens in a series of meetings since early July and listened to concerns about how state legislation might affect local teacher salaries. It wasn’t whether teachers would receive a raise this year. The question was how much of a raise and at what cost.

Fri
30
Aug
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Aspermont citizens voice their support for AISD coach

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It was standing room only as Aspermont ISD School Board representatives listen to concerned members of the public during Monday night's Special called meeting. (Photo by Steven Ellis)

While Monday night’s special called meeting of the Aspermont School Board referenced nothing more than to address issues relating to the coaching staff, the trustees listened as several of the near 40 community members in attendance spoke on behalf of AISD Coach Jerry Carreon. The board spent more than an hour behind closed doors and took no further action upon reconvening other than to adjourn.

Since taking over as coach just three years ago, Carreon has faced varying degrees of public backlash for — what has been considered by some to be — his harsh

coaching methods. Carreon has been candid about his coaching style, confessing that he puts his teams through “hell and back,” and understands the reality that his players are not always going to like him.

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Fri
30
Aug
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Nomadic Newspaper heads to the golf course

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Luther Yanez attended the Tour Championship/FedEx Cup at the Eastlake Country Club in Atlanta, Georgia, where he performs security for the tournament. It was the home course for golf legend Bobby Jones.

Here Luther poses in front of the Bobby Jones commerative plaque.

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Fri
23
Aug
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Schools receive their Report Card

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As schools across Texas begin their junior year under the state’s A-F Accountability Rating System, administrators, teachers, parents, and community members are looking over their school district’s sophomore report cards, as the state released official results last week.

While the report cards show improvements and backslides in the Fisher and Stonewall county school districts, each of the three remains within state guidelines, some making significant improvements from last year.

One of the biggest swings in overall outcome took place at Aspermont ISD, as AISD scored a high B for 2019, ending the year with an 89. This was a 10-point increase over the 79 the district earned in year one of the system.

Fri
23
Aug
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Aspermont students bring water to future generations

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Aspermont ISD 2nd Grade Class, with a little help from Superintendent, Zach Morris, prepares to cut the ribbon for the new playground water fountain
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Aspermont Elementary students put their writing skills to work last spring in more ways than to earn test scores, as they also discovered the power of writing letters to school officials to address student needs. Last week, their hard work paid off in cool, clear, water for thirsty elementary students for years to come.

At the end of last year, AISD’s first-grade class at exercised their first amendment right with each student writing a letter to Superintendent Zach Morris in the hopes of getting a new water fountain installed on the elementary playground. Students discussed health and safety benefits of proper hydration while playing outside and plead for consideration.

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