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22
Mar
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City of Aspermont cancels election

In near record-setting time, the Aspermont City Council met for less than ten minutes Tuesday night, discussing — and ultimately approving — city ordinances to officially cancel the upcoming May elections.

Mayor Pro Tem Chris Lipham read the ordinances for the benefit of the council, for those in attendance and as a matter of official record, outlining the reasons for canceling elections for city council positions.

When the filing deadline to run for office expired, the City of Aspermont had received only a single application for candidacy for mayor and only three for city council.

Therefore, each of the candidates would resume or assume the duties of the elected office automatically in May.

Thu
14
Mar
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Edmondson & Dycus named Best Actress and Actor at District OAP

Hallie Rose Edmondson, Roby CISD Senior and Kaden Dycus, Rotan ISD Sophomore, were named Best Actress and Best Actor at the District One Act Play competition last Thursday, March 7th in Aspermont. Rotan’s production “The Boys Next Door” along with Aspermont’s production “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” advanced and will compete March 21st in Westbrook for Bi-District. Roby’s production “The Grimm Brothers Spectaculathon” was selected as Alternate. (Photo by Tessa Edmondson)

Thu
14
Mar
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Fisher County closes road and opens controversy

The Fisher County Commissioners met Monday, where they unanimously voted in favor of closing County Road 250. The court, however, tabled voting on an interlocal agreement for the Multi-county Court at Law, after learning Fisher County never approved the resolution to join the court in 2011.

The court nevertheless went on to appoint Commissioners Gordon Pippin and Preston Martin as Fisher County representatives to the multi-county court’s committee that will oversee the next few stages of the process.

Last week, commissioners — along with judges and department heads — from Fisher, Mitchell, and Nolan counties met to discuss the multi-county court’s funding structures for the shared services and each county’s contribution. If an agreement could not be reached, potential legislation could divide the payments based on each county’s population.

Fri
08
Mar
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Court of courts discuss future of Multi-county Court at Law

Officials from Fisher, Mitchell, and Nolan counties met in a court of courts Monday, discussing ideas for an interlocal agreement to fund the state’s first Multi-county Court at Law. (Staff Photo)

Officials from Fisher, Mitchell, and Nolan counties met Monday morning to deliberate about funding structures for a legal court shared by each county, as well as the fallback to potential legislation if an agreement could not be reached. The court of commissioners courts agreed to divide court expenses based on each county’s annual caseload.

It was in September 2013 when an act of Texas Legislature created the first Multi-county Court at Law to replace the Nolan County Court, which had recently dissolved. As the county with the largest population, Nolan County as named the administrator of the court and by 2015 was receiving $153,000 annual contribution from the state to fund the multi-county court.

Fri
08
Mar
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Stonewall hospital to make house calls?

In the wake of nearby home health providers closing their doors, Stonewall Memorial Hospital Administrator Andy Kolb discussed expanding the district’s services to include home health and hospice services. The board unanimously agreed with the possibility of filling the service void and gave Kolb the green light to present an official proposal.

When Accolade was bought out by a Lubbock-based company, it was announced they would be closing Accolade’s satellite office in Jayton. The decision leaves Encompass — located in Haskell — the nearest home health service provider.

Stonewall’s COO Billie Carter said if the SMH District was ever going to branch into the home health service side of the industry, this would be a good time to do so. Kolb said he talked with the district’s auditors at BKD, who agreed, recommending the district consider a hospice care service as well.

Fri
08
Mar
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Rotan Daycare to remain open

The Rotan ISD Board of Trustees reviewed financial losses at the district’s daycare, and although the board considered Superintendent Greg Decker’s recommendation to close the facility Monday night, the trustees voted to keep the doors open until all options had been thoroughly explored.

Decker said he has been having discussions with Secondary Principal Brad Hayhurst and Terry Nichols with Region 14 Service center regarding the daycare’s declining finances. Decker reported losses totaling almost $7,000 at the time of the meeting. He went on to explain that the daycare has finished in the red during each of the six years he has been with the district, ending with a loss anywhere from $15,000 - $18,000.

The problem the facility is facing is that a majority of students have applied for and been awarded funds through a state grant. The state agrees to pay for a portion of childcare services.

Fri
01
Mar
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Hallie Rose Edmondson to play for Hardin-Simmons

Pictured: Senior Hallie Rose Edmondson with parents Carter and Tessa Edmondson, and little brother Clay. Photo By: Mark Martinez

Roby athlete, Hallie Rose Edmondson officially signed to play basketball for Hardin-Simmons University Monday, taking her childhood passion to the next level of competition. From the elementary playground to the collegiate arena, Hallie Rose has developed confidence through dedication and learned basketball is much more than simply a game.

Fresh out of kindergarten, Hallie Rose Edmondson took to the basketball court with the other little dribblers in the small community of Roby. It would be there where she would develop a lifelong friendship with Emily Branson, and together, would share victories and defeats, laughter and tears as they slowly transformed from girls into women.

Branson recalled all the summers spent playing basketball together, the conversations, dreams, the fears, memories made and shared between friends. “Everything we’ve done has been together, and I’m just so proud of her.”

Fri
01
Mar
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Aspermont ISD discusses academic performance and future improvements

The Aspermont ISD board of trustees reviewed recent Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR) last week as Superintendent Zach Morris explained where the district scored and ways to improve the district overall.

The TAPR is an annual report the state requires as part of its education accountability measures. It combines STAAR test results, a school’s ability to prepare students for college, career, or military life post-graduation, high school graduation rates, as well as the district’s overall academic growth.

While AISD averaged a solid B on STAAR tests and has a traditionally high graduation rate for years, lower scores in post-graduation readiness and academic growth brought the overall rating down to a C.

Fri
01
Mar
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Rotan’s “Farm Sale” consignment auction only weeks away

Like much of rural West Texas events, the annual Rotan Farm Sale is more than an opportunity for local farmers to auction off surplus goods and unused equipment, it’s a social event that offers a chance to benefit the whole community.

It started generations ago when Fisher County farmers hosted the first annual consignment auction across from the John Deere house as a way to sell and purchase equipment. The old saying was: “If you are looking for something, you’ll find it here.”

Years later, the auction... is alive and well, although the location has moved to the larger spot at the Rotan Rodeo Grounds and the children who once played at the event are now participants. It is still a place where you get whatever it is you’re looking for and probably find something unexpected.

Fri
22
Feb
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Local Students Win Trip to Washington DC in Big Country Electric Cooperative Youth Tour Contest

HAILEY MOORE (COURTESY PHOTO)

In June, local students Callie Hargrove of Borden County ISD, Collin Guynes of Snyder ISD, and Hailey Moore of Roby ISD will be in Washington, D.C., expanding their horizons.
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