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31
May
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2019 Texas Agriculture Aviation Association Operator of the Year

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Pictured: Bart Roye TAAA President, Vance Lakey, Herbert Lakey, and Brad Lakey

Herbert Lakey started his "cropdusting" career in 1967 and he flew many years down in the Rio Grande Valley. When the farmers back home found out that Herb was a spray pilot they hounded him enough that in 1988 Herb along with Ben Holcomb started Tri-County Sprayers. For the first year or so he ran off a grass strip at his house in Sylvester. In 1991 Herb bought out and acquired a hanger from B&W Spraying Service at the Hamlin Municipal airport. Since then there have been many improvements from enlarging and raising the existing hanger to building a drive-thru loading facility.

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Fri
31
May
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Local residents stranded after heavy rains was out road along county line

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Washed out on County Road 460 (Photo by Rodney Denton, Rotan Public Works Director)

As storms continued to move through the region, Stonewall Commissioner Gary Meador said it was all but a disaster when the sky dropped around five inches of rain over the course of a single evening and washed out County Road 460 north of Rotan last week.

“I wouldn’t say we’re throwing up our hands, but it’s gonna take a drought before we’re able to fix this road,” said Meador in a meeting with commissioners Tuesday. Meador said heavy machinery was used to push dirt into the washout, but he is doubtful it will hold with the continuous rainfall.

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Fri
31
May
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Rotan ISD Board hold special meeting before graduation but decline proposal

Just two hours before graduates were scheduled to cross the stage, the Rotan ISD trustees met to hear a proposal to restructure the administration, possibly save the district thousands, and increase Superintendent Decker’s salary by almost 30%. The board voted against the proposal in a 5 – 2 vote in time to hand out diplomas.

Before resending into closed session, trustees unanimously approved hiring two new teachers. The board welcomed, Destiny Gruben to the elementary campus. Superintendent Greg Decker informed the board that Gruben is finishing up at McMurry University and completed a majority of her student teaching at Rotan ISD.

Fri
24
May
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Rotan I.S.D. announces 2019 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

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Rotan ISD 2019 Valedictorian, Citlali Perales-Garcia

Rotan ISD officially released only the names of their 2019 Valedictorian and Salutatorian late Wednesday afternoon. Citlali Garcia-Perales was named the 2019 Valedictorian. Citlali is the daughter of Jorge Perales, and Martha B. Garcia. Citlali was unable to get in touch with school administration in order to acquire her gpa before this newspaper went to print.

Kade Corn was named the 2019 Salutatorian with a GPA of 3.862056. Kade is the son of Buffy and Britt Sipe of Rotan and Kelly Corn.

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Fri
24
May
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AISD swears in new members before business

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New Aspermont School Board member, Ray Bradley was sworn in during the meeting, Monday night

The Aspermont ISD School Board welcomed three members into office Tuesday night. Trustees went on to elect board officers before moving onto regular business in the last week of school before graduation this Friday.Jared Bell, Lorenzo Calamaco, and Ray Bradley each took their oaths of office shortly after the meeting was called to order. It was the first meeting of the AISD board since the May 4 election. Once sworn in, the board’s first action was the election of officers, where no changes in the board’s structure were made.

Without delving too deeply into the dozens of revisions, Superintendent Zack Morris touched on some of the highlights of TASB’s Update 59, including everything from handling school leftovers in the cafeteria, to monitoring certain special education activities, student records, record keeping, and the use of metal detectors.

Fri
24
May
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Much Ado about Muddin'

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For weeks the county has been caught in a crossfire between the Fisher County Chamber of Commerce and the newly formed Red Dirt Mud Bog LLC. Contract agreements, insurance coverage, and talks of potential litigation have kept county officials behind closed doors, where they debated in elevated voices prior to reaching an agreement last week.

Fans of the local Red Dirt Mud Bog will be pleased to know this year’s event will, once again, be held at the rodeo grounds in Rotan, land officially known as the Sheriff’s Posse Arena. The first mud bog of 2019 is scheduled for the month of June, provided the coordinators present the necessary event insurance coverage.

While the Fisher County Chamber of Commerce has co-sponsored the mud bog since it relocated to the arena about two years ago, due to concerns about insurance coverage, potential lawsuits and under the advisement of other rural committee organizations, the chamber will not sponsor the upcoming summer events.

Fri
17
May
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New Aspermont Mayor sworn in and council partners with communication company

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Steven Ellis being sworn by Aspermont City Secretary, Tammy Gibson, during Tuesday's meeting

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Chad Criswell, Lane Smith & Chris Lipham were sworn by Aspermont City Secretary, Tammy Gibson, during Tuesday's meeting

Newly elected officials took their oaths of office Tuesday night before resuming last month’s discussions with high-speed internet and telephone provider AMA TechTel. The council approved a partnership with the company pending the outcome of contract negotiations.

Josh Constancio, Director of Communication with AMA TechTel assured the council that negotiating with cities legal counsel was commonplace, and AMA is flexible with the contract and is willing to negotiate in order for the council members to be satisfied. He said did not foresee any issues with the city and AMA reaching a favorable outcome.

Fri
17
May
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Fisher County Jail reopens for business

The Fisher County Law Enforcement Center officially began housing inmates again on May 1st, but while still suffering from the effects of cyber attack some weeks ago, it will be a few more weeks before the facility is operating at 100%.

Sheriff Alan Arnwine voluntarily closed the jail near the end of 2018 when staffing number fell below minimum state guidelines for the second time last year. Inmates were transported to Scurry County and Arnwine worked to rebuild the jail’s employee roster.

Jailers attended numerous training programs logging dozens of educational hours and earning state certifications and were prepared to reopen by March. However, before the facility could finalize state compliancy measures, the sheriff’s department computer network was attacked by cybercriminals.

Fri
17
May
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Roby CISD & Aspermont ISD announce 2019 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

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Aspermont ISD 2019 Salutatorian, Clayton Martin - with a GPA of 3.83

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Roby CISD 2019 Valedictorian, Emily Branson - with a GPA of 103.975

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Roby CISD 2019 Salutatorian, Hallie Rose Edmondson - with a GPA of 102.675

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Aspermont ISD 2019 Valedictorian, Karter Morris - with a GPA of 4.19

Roby and Aspermont school districts announced valedictorian and salutatorian recipients earlier this week, and while Rotan ISD won’t be revealing winners until next week, each of the schools are preparing for upcoming baccalaureate and graduation ceremonies.

Aspermont ISD’s 2018-19 Valedictorian recipient is Karter Morris with a GPA of 4.19. Clayton Martin is this year’s Salutatorian with a GPA of 3.83. AISD’s graduation ceremony is scheduled to take place on May 24 at 8 p.m.

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Thu
09
May
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Academic students return from State UIL JEFF HURT

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l to r: Luis Chavez, Clayton Martin, Allison Martin (Teacher), Niraj Bhakti, and Karter Morris

Five students from Aspermont ISD recently returned from the University of Texas, where they competed in the State UIL Academic meet to bring home medals in individual and team events. Superintendent Zach Morris was pleased with the academic success AISD has achieved over the past several years and the challenges of repeated trips to the state competition. He went on to say how impressed he was with the students, and while he and the staff are continuously challenging students, the students dedicated themselves to rising to meet those challenges. “Anytime kids can see success, especially at the highest level, it is rewarding for all involved,” said Morris. “As educators, we are here to create those opportunities in as many ways as possible every day.” He went on to say how this level of student success isn’t achieved quickly, saying it is something you have to contribute time and effort to on a daily basis.

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