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Fri
14
Oct

Fisher County Historical Society gets new addition

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An antique, walk-behind plow, donated by the family of James E. Beck from Sylvester, became a permanent fixture at the Fisher County Historical Society last Thursday. 

    County workers Hal Mullett and Mike Jones from Fisher County Precinct 1 assisted, 

Tractor operator, Jerry Fry, set the plow into its new home outside the historical society’s building in downtown Roby.

   In the early days of cultivation, plows were made up of three separate parts: The coulter, which cut a thin strip into the soil, the share, which widened the strip, and the moulderboard, which overturned the soil. As farmers moved west, the dense grassland proved a problem for the plows of the time. 

Fri
14
Oct

No election in November for Fisher County Hospital Board

At the August meeting of the Fisher County Hospital Board, members discussed the fact there will be no need for an election this November as the incumbents will be running unopposed. Each of the 3 incumbents, Linda Deen, Beverly Rister, and Terry Coker have filed for reelection and are slated to be sworn in at the hospital board’s November meeting. 

   The Fisher County Hospital conducted a budget hearing prior to the meeting. Although no one was present for public comment, tahe board discussed the absence of money budgeted for regarding the proposed work by McKinstry earlier this year. 

Fri
14
Oct

High speed chase ends in crash

 A call to the Jones County Sheriff’s Department regarding an aggravated kidnapping sent law enforcement on a high speed chase that involved ramming cars, shooting at police, ultimately ending in a crash, that sent one to the hospital and the other to jail Tuesday night.

   The call came in about a male suspect forced a woman in a car—a Nissan 300 or Nissan 280-Z—at gunpoint, somewhere on FM-600 near Avoca. The vehicle was spotted headed westbound on Hwy-180 just outside the city limits, and turned right on Hwy-277 towards Stamford. 

   According to police, the driver opened fire on law enforcement personnel while driving around the Jones County Courthouse in Anson. No injuries have been reported regarding the fired shots. 

Fri
14
Oct

Fatal Crash takes the life of Fisher County man

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In the morning hours of August 18th, Jack C. Price (61) from Rotan was killed when his vehicle crashed north of Rotan.

   He was traveling south on Hwy​-​70​,​ north of Rotan. The road conditions were wet and rainy, and he was unable to negotiate a curve when his vehicle went into a skid. The vehicle went off the west side of the road, into a barrow ditch, and rolled several times.

   Jack’s funeral was held over the weekend at the Rotan Church of Christ and was attended by a large portion of the community.

   Jack was dedicated to serving his community through a strong work ethic, gentle in his demeanor, expressing faith in God, love of family, and genuine interest in the lives of his neighbor. This made him the kind of person anyone, from any community, could aspire to be more like.

   Fisher County will truly miss his presence.

Fri
14
Oct

Paragliders touch down in Fisher County

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Fisher County received unexpected visitors last Wednesday when members of a sport paragliding competition began landing in fields throughout the county. 

   The first call came in from Rotan on the evening of August 17th. Macy Morales reported a paraglider had touched down, practically in her backyard. 

   This individual would turn out to be the competition’s organizer and former Paragliding World Record Holder, David Prentice. David broke the world record in Zapata, TX. He held it for 26 hours before it was broken.

   “I also hold the record for the shortest amount of time to hold a record,” joked David.

   As we rushed to catch up with David, the second call came in, which resulted in the Chronicle meeting, Chandler Papas, paragliding competitor and friend of Prentice.  

Fri
14
Oct

Family rebuilds with help from neighbors

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 Nearing the final stages of rebuilding after a devastating house fire in November, the Rivas family received much needed supplies from United States Gypsum Co. in Sweetwater.

   When the Rivas house caught fire in the late evening hours of November 9th and burned through the a.m. hours of the 10th. The 100-year-old house had been the home of, Roy Rivas, and his wife, Minnie, for more than 50 years.  It was the place where they had raised 12 children.   

   “We’ve lost everything,” said Roy. “Now I’ve got nothing but memories.”

   But the story would later get picked up by news outlets in the surrounding areas and retold throughout the state. People from all over pitched in to lend a hand. 

Fri
14
Oct

Sheriff Robinson Resigns

Sheriff Robinson officially turned in his written resignation to county at the commissioners court special meeting last Monday.

   Robinson’s resignation letter consisted of a single sentence:

   “I hereby announce my intent to resign as Fisher County Sheriff with an effective date of August 31, 2016.”

   Robinson graduated from Rotan High School in 1966, joined the Army, and served his country for 22 years before winning the Bronze Starr, retiring as Master Sergeant, and returning home to serve at home. Sheriff J.A. Robinson has been serving the county for 24 years, 7 as Fisher County Sheriff.

   The court accepted Robinson’s resignation. 

   The court briefly went into closed session to discuss Robinson’s successor. Until a newly elected sheriff takes over in January, the court must appoint for the unexpired term.  

Fri
14
Oct

Rotan City Council tables grant fund match

Last week, the Rotan City Council tabled the vote for setting a dollar amount on a fund match that will be listed the city’s application to the Texas Park and Wildlife Grant. 

   City Administrator, Carla Thornton received some additional information only minutes before the meeting, and had not had the chance to go over them yet. She wanted to be able to present the council with the all of the information before proceeding with setting a dollar amount for the grant.

   The Texas Parks and Wildlife Grant is a match grant the city plans to use to renovate the playground at the city park. 

Fri
14
Oct

DP&R votes to go with City

At the August 10th, special meeting held at the Rotan Lion’s Club, DP&R members unanimously voted to turn their lines over to the City of Rotan.

   The DP&R water board approached the City of Rotan more than a month ago, hoping the city would consider absorbing the DP&R lines. Members of the board spoke to the council in recent years, but were unable to negotiate a mutual agreement. However, Charlie Cleveland retired and left DP&R without a licensed operator, prompting them to return to the negotiation table. 

   City officials and DP&R board members have been working on the matter for weeks, asking each other questions, learning new information, and working through logistics on a number of issues, but eventually the DP&R board, city officials, and attorneys representing both parties reached an agreement for the city to take over the lines.

Fri
14
Oct

City has no plans for old Callan Hospital buiding

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Concerns about the declining state of the old Callan Hospital, a building that serves as part museum and part public library, was again the topic of discussion at the Rotan City Council meeting last week.

   Glynetta Callan and Dot Harris had an earlier meeting with Mayor Nowlin regarding the The Rotan Public Library and Callan Museum.

   Nowlin reported to the city council about a number of issues including a portion of the ceiling that was falling in one of the rooms on the museum side.

   Nowlin said Callan and Harris would be looking into trying to get some grant money to help sustain the building, but Nowlin would like the council to consider another options, including finding another location for the library.

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