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Fri
06
Dec
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Area Junior High One Act Play Teams clean house at District competition

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Top row L-R: Director Trent Van Meter, Addie Mae Shugart, Tatum Polk, Katie Passmann, Zoey Cooper, Breanna Rojas, Leah Salazar, Hadley McLaury, Lizbeth Garcia, Lexi Cooper, Shelby Martin, Ciara Brannan, Emily Douglas Bottom row L-R: Hunter Bradshaw, Regan Parsons, Lalend Lara, Braden Freeman, Juan Hernandez, Jase Beauchamp, Carson Guidry, Seth Johnson

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Top row L-R: Joselyn Williams, Cali Hernandez, Brady Etheredge, Sebastian Guadiana, Dawson Shipp, Keegen Encizo, Jase Campa, Kayden Nelson, Kooper McWilliams, Abigale Mills, Director Amy Fogleman Bottom row R-L: Gemma Noell, Case Harris, Houston Few, Hailee Garmer, Chaney Smith, Chasity Benson, Jewleigh Whiteley, Lilly Benson

One-act-play director, Trent Van Meter said he told the kids at the beginning of the year it would be one of the most challenging plays attempted. With the overlap of other activities in sports, FFA, and other UIL events, students were stretched thin and the day of the contest was only the second time the young troupe had performed the play on stage.
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Fri
29
Nov
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Would you like to be thankful for a new home this Thanksgiving?

USDA Rural Development has government loans created specifically for very-low and low-income applicants to purchase an existing house, build new, or purchase and install a manufactured house.

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Fri
29
Nov
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DPS Reminds Texans to Stay Vigilant, Report Suspicious Activity

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding Texans to stay vigilant and report any suspicious behavior or activity they observe to law enforcement. With today’s threat environment, advanced warning and information can mean the difference between life and death. Texans are urged to report suspicious activity to their local law enforcement or through the iWatchTexas program, a system that captures and connects potential criminal, terroristic or school safetyrelated threats in Texas.

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Fri
29
Nov
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HAPPY Thanksgiving

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Trent Kubsch A.K.A. “Goo Goo”

Thankful for his granddad, Randy Beard.

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Matt Williams - Thankful for a community to come home and feel like he hasn’t skipped a beat, a place where eve-ryone is still warm and welcoming.

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Lora Hodges - Thankful for Jesus, my salvation, and my wonderful family.

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Johnny, Sherri, Xaybian, Xephenn, Jason, and Austin - Thankful for family, of course. And football, food, and the Dallas Cowboys.

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Allison & Shelby Martin

Thankful for family and a break from school to enjoy them.

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Candi Dycus - Thankful for Family, Friends, Robert and James

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Jose Rojas - Thankful for food, family, football, and a few days off from work to spend some time enjoying them.

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Stephanie Huston -

Thankful for Family, my kids & Grandkids, well maybe my grandkids a little more than my kids.

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Suede Burleson - Thankful for family. “My brothers and sister make me happy.”

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Will Selter & Quentin McLaury

Will is thankful his mom and dad are doing well and the birth of a new grandchild. Quentin is thankful for a wife that is getting the chance to pursue her dream.

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Cleve Cleveland - Thankful for having good health, for still being able to get up and dress himself every day, and a good job that allows him to take care of his family.

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Katrina Jarvis - Thankful for family and friends and to work for a school that puts kids first .

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Thomas Rojas - Thankful for family and friends and everything God has given him. “You never know what’s coming, so be thankful everyday for those you love.”

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Tom Dunn & Chris Haas - Tom is thankful for young, strong neighbors like Chris, who helped him load a mower in the back of his truck. Chris is thankful for a good job, family, and his wife he will soon celebrate 21 years of marriage.

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Heather Buchanan - Thankful every day for Jesus Christ and what he did for on on the Cross.

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Randall Seaton - Thankful for family, a good job, and living in the great state of Texas. “I’m blessed every day.”

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Randy & Martha Beard - Thankful for family, the property we have and the means to take care of them. Randy said he might be most thankful for great woman with which he just celebrated 38 years of marriage.

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Quaintel Williams - Thankful for family and friends

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Jimmy Ramirez - Thankful for the beautiful day, to still be alive and in good health. “I’m blessed from yesterday to tomorrow.”

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Judy Speck - Thankful for life, the Lord, family, and that we all live in a free country.

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Esteban Garcia - Thankful that everyone is alive and in good health.

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Reggie, Joy, Elliot, Jake, and Ellie Stinson -

Thankful for family and living in — and being from — Rotan.

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Buddy Atkinson -

Thankful for my health. “I spent a long time away, working in the Northern Rockies, and it’s great to be back home and around my family

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Willy Lee Daniel -

Thankful for the Lord above.

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Thu
21
Nov
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Nomadic Newspaper Soaks up the Sun in Costa Rica

Nomadic Newspaper Soaks up the Sun in Costa Rica

Back row from L to R: Slade Nicholson, Taharra Benham, Beau Benham, Wendy Nicholson, Ja-on Hillman. Front row L to R: Mindy Backsen, Brittany Huckabee, Donna Kay Huckabee, Angela Hillman.

This was an all EXPENSE paid trip that was earned by the TOP Leaders of "M" and we wanted to take a piece of Fisher county with us...SO WE DID!

We left Costa Rica with new connections, new friends, and new ideas! We were inspired to be better, do better and strive to be the best! This is a company that works TOGETHER, not alone. Costa Rica brought us even closer together! We were surrounded by humble, vibrant and caring people. We realized this is A place where everyone can win and everyone will ALWAYS cheer you on no matter what level or rank you are at.

So basically, We are living our best lives by becoming our best selves, Serving and Helping others!

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Thu
21
Nov
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Students help fill up county food pantries

Students help fill up county food pantries

Roby CISD Students donated 5,391 cans and presented a check for $2500 to the Fisher County Food Pantry this year. Courtesy Photo)

Students help fill up county food pantries

Aspermont students braved the cold to help unload the 3500 cans of food they collected (Courtesy Photo)

Dozens of high school and elementary students from Aspermont, Roby, and Rotan school districts have spent the past few weeks gathering thousands of cans and raising near as much money to assist local food banks in serving local individuals and families in need.

Spearheaded by districts’ National Honor Society students, the food drive had school gifted and talented programs, high school seniors and elementary students gathering over almost 10,000 cans of food and raising several thousand dollars. The collections were donated to local food pantries that serve hundreds of those in need across the two counties.

Food bank directors expressed their appreciation for the donations, saying what the students have collected over the past few weeks will feed those in need for months to come. County Food Pantries depends heavily on donations. The pantries focus on assisting seniors over 60 and disabled individuals but often help others in need with emergency boxes.

Thu
21
Nov
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Rotan Board President resigns

In a meeting that was otherwise full of positive news, Rotan ISD Board President Guy Nelson tendered his resignation last week, citing that despite the achievements the district has reached in academics and financial stabilization during his term, he has failed to meet his constituents’ expectations.

In the final minutes before adjourning Rotan ISD’s November 11 meeting, Nelson gave a statement — which can be read in its entirety on page 4 — officially resigning his seat on the board. In the statement, he referenced a number of points of controversy in recent months, and how the outcome of those events have made it clear that fulfilling the wishes of those who elected him to office would not be possible.

Fri
15
Nov
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Randy Jones: Sky Solider

Randy Jones: Sky Solider

RANDY JONES

The Jones family moved to Stonewall County in Covered wagons four generations ago. They were salty, tough individuals in a rough part of the country. Randy Jones was no exception to the family lineage.

He was big and scrappy like his grandfather, who was a Stonewall County Sheriff in the 1950s, and he was smart and detail-oriented like his father, who oversaw some of the most complex bridge and highway construction projects in the state. These would be the ingredients the US Army would use to build Jones into one of the most elite soldiers in the world.

As a student, Jones did well in academics and sports and earned a scholarship to Hill Junior College upon graduating high school. His parents thought he would, no doubt, transfer to Texas A&M University after two years where he would probably pursue a career in the field of engineering.

Fri
15
Nov
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Rotan native at the tip of the spear

Rotan native at the tip of the spear

JIM NOWLIN

While local school districts, churches, and other organizations joined the rest of the nation in honoring our nation’s veterans earlier this week on November 11, for a handful of Fisher County veterans, it is the day before that holds the deepest meaning. This past November 10, the United States Marine Corps celebrated its 244th birthday, older than the nation it protects.

Jim Nowlin grew up in a life of agriculture. As a farmer, his father wasn’t a prime candidate for the draft during WWII, as the nation needed agricultural production as much as soldiers and ammunition. He graduated from Rotan High School and went on to attend Texas Tech University. He hated it.

Jim had friends attending down south who encouraged him to join them in San Angelo. He thought about it and decided to skip the second semester and work. He enrolled in Angelo State later that summer.

Fri
08
Nov
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Running all the way to State

Running all the way to State

Shailyn Kendrick-Dickerson - Rotan

At the regional competition last week runners from Aspermont, Roby, and Rotan school districts earned an opportunity to compete in the UIL State Cross Country Championships this Saturday, November 9, in Round Rock.

For these young competitors, days start well before the sun is even considering rising, and each of them put more miles on their shoes in those early hours that the rest of do all week. In the darkness, the chilly — and sometimes frigid — morning air, with nothing more than their breathing, heart rate, and feet pounding to keep them company.

It has been a busy week for senior Shailyn Dickerson from Rotan. Earlier this week, Dickerson was in San Antonio where she performed at the state marching competition with the Rotan Yellowhammer Band, where afterward, she repacked her bags and was swept off to Round Rock.

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