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30
Nov
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City of Rotan welcomes new mayor

Pete Garcia Sr. (middle) is surrounded by his family, brother Floyd Garcia Jr., (left) and son Pete Garcia Jr. (right) who came watch him be sworn as the newly elected Mayor of Rotan (Courtesy photo submitted by Pete Garcia, Jr.)

Mayor-elect Pete Garcia took his oath of office last week, as former Mayor Marisa Nowlin said goodbye to the council as Garcia officially stepped into the duties of Rotan City Mayor.

Garcia said he has always considered Nowlin to be a good friend and felt as though she was doing a good job as mayor. When he heard that she was not planning to seek reelection, he felt it was the right time to offer his candidacy.

Born and raised in Rotan, Garcia graduated from Rotan High School before enlisting in the US Marine Corps in 1971. He spent four years on active duty and an additional four in the reserves. He said he loved his time in service to his country and could have spent a full 20.

“I traveled the world,” said Garcia. And although his military career took him from West Texas to Okinawa Japan, the Caribbean and Mediterranean, he would eventually return home to work the family land with his father. He would also learn a new application for his military training.

Fri
30
Nov
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Looking for angels in Aspermont

are also accepted and can be left at the Bank. There is also a Facebook page for the Aspermont Angel tree for more information.

Angels adorn Christmas trees at the First National Bank and high school office in Aspermont, and members of the community have the opportunity to truly give during this season of giving.

When Aspermont ISD Principal Zach Morris and his wife Shayla lived in Lubbock, each year they would pick an angel from the tree at South Plains Mall in order to help a local family. When they moved back home, they picked from the tree in Abilene.

The couple began talking about how there were plenty of kids within their own town that could benefit, so they got together with other community members and started their own Angel tree program. That was 12 years ago, and the project is still going strong, helping dozens of families each year.

Fri
23
Nov
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Resident asks City of Rotan to cover damages

Rotan resident, Augustine (Junior) Soliz spoke to the Council about reimbursement for damages done when a city sewer line backed up into his house. The council also canvassed the votes for council and mayoral election earlier this month.

Mr. Soliz explained to the councilmembers how not long after moving into his home in 2015 and the incident that occurred when the city's sewer line was damaged in the alleyway. As the line was connected to his house, the sewage backup into his residence and caused significant damage.

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Fri
23
Nov
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Nomadic Newspaper relaxes in the Maui

Riley and Mollie Branch visited Windsor Castle and St. George’s Chapel in the United Kingdom. This chapel is the burial place of many famous Kings and Queens of England and the location of the recent wedding of Prince Harry and Megan Markle, now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

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Fri
23
Nov
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Stonewall Commissioners vote on lease to affect school funding

The Stonewall Commissioners voted in favor of a lease agreement that would allow for oil production on school-owned land, possibly adding additional funding to the school district’s coffers. Stonewall County Judge Ronnie Moorhead said he was surprised to receive a request from a landman, inquiring about land reported to be owned by Stonewall County on behalf of Aspermont ISD. This would be land that was granted to counties for the purpose of the establishing a permanent school fund back in the 1800s.

Moorhead said he had assumed this land would have been sold off years ago—as is the case with most school districts across the state, and the request was at first to be considered a mistake. However, upon a deeper look and additional information, the request proved to be valid.

Thu
15
Nov
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Private Bennett: Through the eyes of a “body-bagger”

By Jeff Hurt

The term “hero” is most often used in its literal definition, equated with those like valiant, fearless, and noble, our subconscious flashing images of warriors or champions. We rank our American soldiers among such heroes, caretakers of liberty. Protectors. Servicemen and servicewomen, who work, fight, and too often die so that we may live our lives with the luxury of freedom.

It seems leaders from every generation have coined some variation of the phrase: Old men get you into war, and young men die.

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Thu
15
Nov
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Major Larry Coats: A Solider, Husband & Teacher

By Jeff Hurt

When he graduated from Abilene Cooper High School in 1970, Larry Coats had enough funds for one full year of college. He was desperately looking for an opportunity to pay for his remaining years at McMurry University and discovered the Army's ROTC scholarship, took the test, and scored high.

Over the next three years, Coats earned a bachelor's degree in history and a double minor in political science and English courtesy of the old G.I. Bill. He later earned a Masters degree in public administration. “Only because that's what the Army wanted me to do,” said Coats.

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Thu
08
Nov
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Nomadic Newspaper relaxes in the Maui

Roger & Josie Blackwelder vactioned with their children and grandchildren in Kihei, Maui Pictured aboveBack: Dominic LaValle, Amy LaValle, Josie, Roger, Laura West, Laramie West Front (kids): Luke Lavalle, Holden West, Porter West 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. publisher@dmchronicle.com

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Thu
08
Nov
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Elections shift National and Local government

As Democrats take control of the House and Republics win the Senate in Washington, the balance of powers continue to shift, but locally, with a majority vote in favor of Aspermont’s liquor election, and 56% of the registered voters in Fisher County casting their ballots, local governments can expect plenty of changes moving into 2019.

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Thu
08
Nov
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New Coffee Shop Hopes to Help Brew a Better Community

Although the owners Samantha and Garreth Pipes had a soft opening last week, the new coffee shop, the Stomping Grounds, located in the heart of Rotan’s downtown Main Street, will officially have its grand opening on Thursday. The business is different than most in town, as it is the only non-profit store around. Although the Pipes’ own the building and are the driving force behind the establishment, outside of the building lease—which only goes to cover the cost of the building— they receive no other payment. They accept no paycheck and no share of the profits.

“The only thing we take from this is the pleasure of serving others,” said Samantha. The idea started a few years ago when Samantha and her sister, Alice—who lives in the equally small town of Throckmorton— began talking about wanting to do something to help build their respective communities.

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