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Thu
09
May
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Farm Sale success for Fisher County

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While it might not have been the biggest0 farm sale held in Fisher County, it was a success for the community and for the numerous auction goers who walked away with more than they bargained for. The annual consignment auction was originally scheduled for last month, but when a significant weather system moved across the state and dumped several inches of rain, sponsors decided to reschedule for early May. Even though possible thunderstorms were in the forecast, the sale opened its gates at 7 a.m. and the first bids were being called out just after the nine o’clock hour. Somewhere in the neighborhood of $150,000 exchanged hands over the weekend as dozens of bidders attempted to one-up each other on everything from go-carts, ATVs, and pickups to welding machines, tractors, and combines. “We had less stuff, but what we had was better than the past few years,” said auction organizer, Jerry Deen. “It was a good sale and the chamber should come out pretty well

Fri
03
May
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Stonewall 4-H students speak to commissioners

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Back Row l to r: Commissioner Jan Harris, Judge Ronnie Moorhead, Commissioners David Hoy and Billie Kirk Meador Front Row, Georgia Fraser, Willie Mae Shugart, Leah Salazar, Mylee Van Meter and Keltyn Van Meter.

In final preparation for district roundup competition, local 4-H Students gave speeches and educational presentations to the Stonewall County Commissioners Monday. Stonewall County Extension Agent Cody Myers said he thought it would be a good opportunity for the students to do a little public speaking and maybe “get a few of the jitters out” before Wednesday’s competition.

In public speaking, students must choose a topic that is current and newsworthy, and then write and present a persuasive speech. In the educational presentation category, students choose from categories such as 4-H promotion or domestic animals.

Keltyn Van Meter spoke persuasively about how although the Texas state motto may be “Friendship,” and the nation’s is “In God we trust,” with the separation of church and state, it would seem we, as a society, do not live by these mottos and spoke of a need for cultural change.

Fri
03
May
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Stonewall Memorial wins second gold award

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For the second time in recent years, the TMF Health Quality Institute awarded its coveted gold award to Stonewall Memorial Hospital in recognition of holding itself to exemplary standards within its community.

TMF Health Quality Institute focuses on improving lives by improving the quality of health care through contracts with federal, state and local governments, as well as private organizations. For more than 45 years, TMF has helped health care providers and practitioners in a variety of settings improve care for their patients.

Established in 2004 for non-competitive recognition, the institute sponsors the Hospital Quality Improvement Award Program in partnership with the Arkansas Hospital Association, Oklahoma Hospital Association, Oklahoma State Office of Rural Health, Texas Hospital Association and the Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals.

Fri
03
May
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Nomadic Newspaper goes for a Run

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The Double Mountian Chronicle went for a run last weekend with Rotan native sisters Heather and Kristy Martinez at the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. The "Run to Remember" as it is called is meant to benefit the Oklahoma City National Memorial; erected to pay respects to those affected by the Oklahoma City Bombing of 1995

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Fri
26
Apr

Fisher County vocalist opens Ian Moore concert in Wichita Falls tonight

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Kyndra Lee

When six-year-old Kyndra Lee sang alongside her grandmother’s piano in church, she wouldn’t have dreamed her voice would take her so far, and although for one night only, bring her back home to open the show for Texas guitarist and well-known recording artist, Ian Moore, at the Iron Horse Pub.

While still attending Rotan High School, she sang her way to the national stage at the FFA convention in Indianapolis, into the pages of the Los Angeles Times as Miss Snake Charmer in 2013. Her voice would then take her to college in Texas and earned her admission into renowned music conservatory Berklee College of Music in Boston. After a brief hiatus, she took to the road on a southwest tour, playing dozens of shows across four states, singing alongside—interestingly enough—her grandfather’s Fender Stratocaster.

Fri
26
Apr
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Fisher County computer network worse than expected

The commissioners received an update Monday about last month’s cyber attack on the Fisher County Sheriff’s Department, also learning the county’s technology situation was much worse than originally thought and required immediate attention beyond the law enforcement center.

Sam Goldsmith with Goldsmith Solutions out of Plano met with commissioners for more than an hour behind closed doors last month to discuss the county’s computer security deficiencies and measures that could be taken to strengthen the system. The court voted unanimously in favor of the roughly $87,000 project that would address the immediate requirements to operate the department securely.

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Fri
26
Apr
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October arrests lead to April convictions

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Donald Warren Goodrum

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Cathy Vaughn Fannett

Two local criminals swept up in a joint operation between the Fisher County and Taylor county sheriff departments back in late October 2018 pled guilty to charges in recent weeks.

Over a series of weeks in the fall of 2018, a task force comprised of Fisher and Taylor counties made multiple arrests based on evidence gathered through undercover operations taking place over a year and a half. Among those arrested in October were Donald Warren Goodrum (43) and Cathy Vaughan Fannett (46).

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Fri
19
Apr
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Van Poppel pitches second perfect game of the season for 12 – 0 win against Hermleigh

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Coming off a major district victory against Ira last week, in this Tuesday’s game, the Yellowhammers won 12 – 0 over the Hermleigh Cardinals. Along with cinching a four-game winning streak, Rotan’s Cole Van Poppel pitched his second perfect game of the season.

In its most simple definition, a perfect game is when a pitcher retires each batter in order with none reaching base. According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, Van Poppel made history this week, as he became one of only seven high school pitchers in the country to have accomplished this lofty goal in a single season — the first pitcher to do so out of Texas.

There has been only one pitcher in Texas to throw two perfect games during his career. Gunner Baker from Price Carlisle TX threw a perfect game in 2012 against Miller Grove and a second against Gary in 2013.

Fri
19
Apr
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Tammy Gholson Gentry for Aspermont School Board

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To the citizens of Stonewall County:

I, Tammy Gholson Gentry, am announcing my candidacy for the Aspermont ISD Board of Trustees. I was raised in Aspermont and was a 1993 graduate of AHS. Following graduation, I pursued a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Texas Tech University and am currently employed by Stonewall Memorial Hospital. I married Clay Gentry and we have three wonderful children. Our twins, Celie and Sadie are freshman, and our son, Colt, is in 5th grade. Since moving back to Aspermont in 2006, I have been an active member of the First United Methodist Church and serve on the Ad Council and the Staff-Parish Relations Committees. I am a board member in the Stonewall County Youth Sports Association and the Aspermont Hornet Booster Club.

Fri
19
Apr
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Nomadic Newspaper relaxes in Madrid, Spain

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The Double Mountian Chronicle tagged along with J.V. & Betty Neves Martin while they visited with grandchildren Savannah & Jackson in Madrid Spain.

"We were there visiting our grand daughter who is teaching in Spain for a year. Exciting flight back with plane diverted to London for overnight repairs!" said Betty.

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