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Hall announces bid for re-election as Fisher County Attorney

Hall announces bid for re-election as Fisher County Attorney

Fisher County Attorney Michael Hall has officially announced his plans to run for reelection.

“The citizens have trusted me with this job, and I am pleased with the progress we have been able to make in these last three years, but there is still a lot more to be done,” Hall said.

Hall was elected Fisher County Attorney in 2016. He prosecutes misdemeanor crimes committed in Fisher County and handles general civil legal matters for the County. “I am excited to continue the work on behalf of the taxpayers and citizens, both in terms of seeking new sources of revenue for the County and enforcing the laws in a manner that dissuades people from committing crimes here,” Hall stated.

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08
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Yellowhammer Band just short of state finals

Yellowhammer Band just short of state finals

Drum Major, Felisia Carrillo, gets the Rotan Yellowhammer Band warmed up before competition on Tuesday.

The Rotan Yellowhammer Marching Band returned from its third consecutive trip to the UIL State Marching Championships at San Antonio’s Alamodome this week, where the band was edged out of the state finals competition by a single place.

State marching band competitions are held on alternating years in Texas, and this year’s ending was as bittersweet for the Yellowhammer Marching Band as it was in 2017, when the group missed making the finals by a single point. After 2A redistricting earlier this year, the band faced not only the strong contenders from the 2017 year but new ones—like Irion County that would go on to win the championship—that dropped in classification.

Fri
01
Nov
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Roby 2019 Homecoming King & Queens

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2019 Homecoming King and Queen: Seniors Shawn Howell and Lucy Alls.

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01
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Yellowhammer Band returns to the Alamodome

Yellowhammer Band returns to the Alamodome

It only comes around once every other year, and the 34-member group of Rotan musicians has been working since August for when it all goes down starting Monday at San Antonio’s Alamodome, as the band takes to the field to compete at the 2019 State UIL Marching Band Championship.

As Yellowhammer Band Director Jessica Watkins puts what she refers to as Bandtober behind her, she and the young musicians she conducts are looking toward November 4 and the biennial state competition. Texas state band competitions are scheduled every other year, making 2018 an off-year for the group.

The Rotan Yellowhammer Marching Band received first division ratings from each of the judges at San Angelo University’s Concho Classic, in early October against a number of prior state contenders. The group later racked up additional first division ratings and earned the honor of best overall band at the later Seymour competition.

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01
Nov
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Roby Student participates in Abilene’s White Cane Day

Roby Student participates in Abilene’s White Cane Day

Roby CISD 2nd grader, Gunner Green,(Courtesy Photo)

Roby CISD secondgrader, Gunner Green represented his school, community, and helped raise awareness for visually impaired people as he joined with peers to participate in Abilene’s White Cane Day earlier this week.

White Cane Day is an annual day by proclamation of the President of the United States to help educate the world about blindness and honor the contributions of those who have worked to bring awareness and equality to the visually impaired.

Gunner used his white cane to walk from the Methodist church to First Baptist Church in Abilene with Abilene Mayor Anthony Williams, Abilene Fire Chief Cande Flores, and several blind peers, about a mile away. Williams and Flores were blindfolded. The officials said they were relieved to reach their destination and take the blindfold off.

Fri
25
Oct
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Aspermont 2019 Homecoming Royalty Crowned

Aspermont 2019 Homecoming Royalty Crowned

2019 Coming Home King and Queen , Monty MItchel and Jonita Polk Class of 1979. are photographed with Hollis Marsh and Holt Myers.

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25
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Communities prepare for Fall festivities

Communities prepare for Fall festivities

First Baptist Church of Roby’s pumpkin patch

With Halloween falling in the middle of next week, some celebrations have been moved while others have Halloween Day activities in the works. As tricker-treaters are putting the final touches on their costumes, no matter where you live, there is plenty to get out and do and see during this fall season.

Everyone is welcome to come to the First Baptist Church of Roby’s pumpkin patch for buy one get one free pumpkins on October 26. The patch has great pumpkins for carving, specialty pumpkins, and mini pumpkins too.

The City of Roby’s Community Fall Festival will be held on October 27, on the Fisher County Courthouse Square in downtown Roby. The event will begin at 5:00 p.m. and last until 7:00 p.m.

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Fri
25
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Dozens attend as AISD Board supports administration in employee grievance

Concerned community members filled the Aspermont ISD Board Room and spilled into the hallway Monday night, as trustees heard arguments from legal counsels representing AISD and Coach Jerry Carreon. Each attorney presented arguments regarding the school administration’s disciplinary actions against Carreon, and after some discussion in executive session, the trustees voted unanimously to uphold the original action.

While other school business was discussed, the large public turnout was to hear the matter of Coach Carreon’s formal grievance filed after he was replaced as the girls volleyball coach in late August following a series of complaints. The district stated that in the efforts to better support staff and address some district concerns, a change in coaching responsibilities was initiated.

Fri
18
Oct
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Roby prepares for Homecoming 2019

Roby prepares for Homecoming 2019

Junior King & Queen Nominees L-R: Kaige Covington, Lauren LaCoste, Sydney Etheredge, Braxton Coker

Next Friday kicks off the 36th Biennial Homecoming, and many Roby exes have had October 25th and 26th circled on their calendar for months, and the days are packed full of activities to welcoming those traveling lions back to the pride.

Events begin at 2:45 in the Roby CISD gymnasium with a pep rally prior to the night’s football game. Select seats will be reserved for exes. There will be a parade later in the afternoon on Friday. Line up will begin at 4:15 p.m. in the high school parking lot, and the parade will begin at five.

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Fri
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Water runoff threatens Stonewall Courthouse

The Stonewall County Commissioners returned from the Columbus Day weekend on Tuesday to discuss options for addressing what could prove a serious problem, hoping to redirect future rain away from the already waterdamaged courthouse.

Much like the rest of Aspermont, Stonewall County, and the surrounding area, the county courthouse isn’t used to the kind of rainfall seen earlier in this season’s spring and summer months. Storms brought dozens of unexpected inches in an unusual amount of rainfall to the area, flooding numerous fields, causing damage to infrastructures, washing out roads, and soaking the ground for months to come.

Stonewall County Judge Ronnie Moorhead said water stopped draining away from the courthouse building and simply pools around on the courthouse lawn. As spring rain washed under the foundation, the unpredictable and sandy ground began to shift, causing significant cracks in the building’s exterior.

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