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Fri
23
Aug
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Sparks fly as Fisher County officials debate budget

Fisher County Commissioners have been holding special meetings for weeks, combing through the budget and attempting to squeeze every dollar out of a narrowing revenue stream. As commissioners and county officials hotly debated department needs during Monday’s budget workshop, they pointed accusatory fingers, made and rescinded motions, and shifted, added, subtracted and reallocated funds, ending at the same bottom line where they began.

Earlier this month, Fisher commissioners discussed levying taxes at the rollback rate for the first time in years. The primary contributing factor was the incredible drop in tax revenue anticipated from wind farms this year.

Fri
23
Aug
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Nomadic Newspaper Visits Good Friends !

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Young Noah proves not all long journeys are measured in mile. Diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS), a critical congenital heart defect. On his 100th day in the hospital and his 45th day on the transplant list, Noah got his life-saving heart transplant.

Noah has continued to make significant improvements in the weeks since the surgery. His recent cardiac picture looked great, and doctors are hoping to get rid of many medications moving forward.

Fri
16
Aug
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State Sen. Charles Perry to host a Stonewall County Town Hall Meeting

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Sen. Perry will be hosting a town hall meeting at the Stonewall County Senior Center in Aspermont from 1:00PM until 2:00PM on August 22nd.

"Rural Texas had a number of big victories this legislative session regarding water, healthcare, education, and agriculture that will positively impact West Texas for years to come. This town hall will give me a chance to share more about these accomplishments, and hear directly from those I represent," said Sen. Perry.

The 86th Legislative Session recently concluded. Sen. Perry currently chairs the Senate Committee on Water & Rural Affairs and is Vice-Chair of the Health & Human Services Committee. He also sits on the Senate Committees for Agriculture, Criminal Justice, Finance, Transportation, and Redistricting.

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Fri
16
Aug
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Rotan ISD is back in session

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Rotan ISD 5th Grade girls made sure to document their first day back to school with a group photo Monday morning. Pictured above - Back row left to right: Arianna Fillingim, Gracie Sartain, Joey Lujan, Valeria Perales, Rebecca Braune, Talyn Lewis, Abigail Rivers - Bottom row left to right: Kayme Elrod, Avery Gonzalez, Melanie McArthur (Courtesy Photo from Rotan ISD)

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Fri
16
Aug
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Stonewall respond to interest in Airport

Stonewall County Judge Ronnie Moorhead informed the court Monday that he has been approached by a total of three individuals inquiring about long-term hangar access at the county-owned airport. Commissioners agreed they are open to allow for the construction of new facilities, but also want to assure the county is protected within any potential agreements.

During the past few months, a group of residents has expressed a desire to possibly construct hangars to store their aircraft. As the county has limited structures available for such storage, the commissioners are entertaining the proposal that interested parties be allowed to construct private hangars near runway access points.

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Fri
09
Aug
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Gridiron contenders meet sweltering two-a-day grindstone

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As the August temperatures have climbed in the triple digits in this part of West Texas, coaches and players are conditioning hard in preparation for this year’s upcoming football season.

The biggest change this year will be at the home of the Roby Lions as goalposts are being moved and new lines being drawn. This will be the inaugural year — although competing as an outlaw team — for the Lions to compete in the six-man classification.

This year’s football season should prove to be a significant learning experience for the16 players fielding the outlaw six-man team and Coach Angel Pantoja in his first time coaching a sixman team. Pantoja said he is looking forward to meeting the challenges of learning the new system and terminology.

“Obviously there’s a learning curve,” he said, but reinforced the idea that many fundamentals are the same, and the Lions will have plenty to offer the teams they will compete against this year.

Fri
09
Aug
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Roby Community Park welcomes everyone to Back to School Bash

The public works project nearing five years in progress, the Roby First Baptist Church will officially dedicate the completed park downtown to the community this Friday. With bouncyhouses, water slides, cookouts, bake sales, and an evening movie, the Back to School Bash is a community-wide event for a good cause.

Church congregant Cory Davis has overseen several fundraising events to benefit young people throughout the community. He said one of the reasons the church began the park project was to offer a place and purpose for community interaction.

It began almost five years ago when after discussing building a park, the church appointed a small group of church members to establish a park committee. As the years stretched on, virtually everyone in the church has been involved in some way.

Fri
09
Aug
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Drop in tax revenue makes for tough decisions in Fisher County

For the first time in years, Fisher County commissioners are looking to levy taxes at the rollback rate, make significant budget cuts, or settle for a deficit budget this year. The primary contributing factor was the incredible drop in tax revenue expected from the wind farm this year.

For the past decade, Fisher County has received a payment in lieu of taxes for the Mozart Wind Farm. Although no longer receiving the $338,000 payment was expected, the county was not expecting the farm to receive a tax break when it had to begin paying taxes.

In the preliminary valuations, the county appraisal district (CAD) presented some weeks ago, the county was looking to receive over $1 million in tax revenue. However, the certified values released at the end of last month show a sharp drop, with the company paying only $285,000 in taxes.

Fri
02
Aug
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Fisher County Masons donate to local organizations

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Freddy Rasberry, Carter Edmondson, and Norman Matthies

The Fisher County Masonic Lodge recently gave out contribution checks to a number of organizations in the county. Worshipful Master Kim Pease said it was the most money the lodge has been able to donate at one time.

Although the Masons assist several local community groups throughout the county in a numerous ways, each year, the lodge donates funds raised through fundraising efforts. Much of those funds are generated through the sale of raffle tickets for a Henry .22 rifle.

Lodge members sell tickets for the raffle at the annual Rattlesnake Roundup held annually in Sweetwater. This year was exceptionally good for the organization, and the raffle raised more money than in years past, providing the opportunity for the lodge to donate $2,000 this year.

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Fri
02
Aug
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Fisher County Hospital reacts to Hamlin Hospital closure

On the heels of the Hamlin hospital’s announcement it would close its doors at the end of July, Fisher County Hospital CEO Leanne Martinez discussed with the board last week about promoting the Fisher County facility to community members.

As ongoing changes continue to ripple through the healthcare industry and more and more hospitals are being forced to close their doors, Martinez said the news the Hamlin hospital would also soon close hits close to home. She went on to explain to the board how she thought it would be a good time to reach out to community members about how important it is to keep the FCH open for business.

Martinez explained that it’s more than just the jobs the hospital brings to Fisher County; it is about the services the facility extends to the community. She said that it is easy to take the hospital for granted because it is an institution that has always been in the community.

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