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03
Apr
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Shots fired in Rotan leaves one injured; one dead

The Fisher County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call early Monday morning, where an unknown number of shots were fired, and the confusing scene left one man dead, sent another to the hospital, and another to jail. The Fisher County Sheriff’s Department released some information regarding the incident, although much continues to be under investigation.

On Monday, March 30, at approximately 4:04 am, the Fisher County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call about one male subject with a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the 800 block of Lee Street in Rotan. Deputies responded along with EMS crews from the Fisher County Hospital to find one unresponsive male who suffered from a single gunshot wound, along with two other male subjects.

 

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03
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Allegations of nepotism at Stonewall Memorial

In the midst of construction delays, record keeping issues, and working with city and county officials to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Stonewall Memorial Hospital administrators and board members answered questions regarding perceived nepotism and the recent publication of hospital staff salaries.

Although the 2019-20 budget was approved months ago, it wasn’t until early January that issues were raised about salaries, and allegations of nepotism within the district began spreading through the community. While hospital personnel has continued to be reluctant to discuss the matter, the issues seem to stem from increases in salaries with hospital CEO Billie Carter and those directly or indirectly related to her.

 

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Thu
02
Apr

AMENDED ORDER OF COUNTY JUDGE OF STONEWALL COUNTY, TEXAS FOR MANDATORY SHELTER-IN-PLACE

AMENDED ORDER OF COUNTY JUDGE OF STONEWALL COUNTY, TEXAS

FOR MANDATORY SHELTER-IN-PLACE

Fri
27
Mar
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Stonewall considers countywide curfew

Stonewall considers countywide curfew

Stonewall Commissioner court practices social distancing while deliberating county-wide curfew

The Stonewall County Commissioners discussed whether or not to approve more stringent limitations for the county on Monday, including the possibility of a countywide curfew. Although commissioners agreed they did not feel further citizen restrictions were necessary at present, the court did approve altering courthouse hours and limiting public interaction.

Stonewall County Judge Ronnie Moorhead took “extraordinary measures” last week when he declared a local state of disaster due to the spread of COVID-19 after officials in Lubbock reported two confirmed cases at Lubbock’s University Medical Center last Tuesday evening.

Fri
27
Mar
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Local hospitals prepare for COVID-19

Local hospitals prepare for COVID-19

Paramedic, Judson Sconce, takes his shift to help screen individuals that are visiting the hospital, clinic or pharmacy at Fisher County Hospital.

Although local hospital districts began initiating protocols last week, as the COVID-19 virus continues to spread across the state and into rural areas, healthcare professionals say it is more important now than ever before to protect public health and safety.

“It seems like we’re doing twenty things at once with COVID,” said Stonewall Memorial Hospital CEO Billie Carter, as hospitals began initiating protocols after President Trump asked all hospitals to activate emergency preparedness plans almost two weeks ago. Since then, medical professionals and hospital staff has been preparing to combat the inevitable spread of the coronavirus.

Fri
27
Mar
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HEALTH & SAFETY TIPS TO PROTECT AGAINST COVID-19

• Boost your immunity with Vitamin C and stay well hydrated.

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27
Mar
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Roby CISD moves bond election to November

In the wake of the COVID-19, the Roby CISD Board of Trustees met in an emergency meeting last week to discuss several issues related to recent orders and proclamations issued from the governor’s office, including voting to reschedule the anticipated May Bond Election to fall in line with November’s Presidential Election.

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Fri
27
Mar
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Rotan ISD strikes Multi-Million Dollar Deal

The Rotan ISD Board of Trustees met Monday night, and while maintaining social distancing and adhering to legal counsel’s restricted travel made communication challenging, the board unanimously approved the 313 Agreement with BayWa r.e. that will bring millions to the district.

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Fri
20
Mar
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LOCAL SCHOOLS CLOSE: Uncertain about the future educational

LOCAL SCHOOLS CLOSE: Uncertain about the future educational

Although still three months left in the traditional school year, classrooms sit empty due to the spread of COVID-19 virus, possibly for the rest of 2019-2020.

Students and teachers returned from spring break earlier this week, and while Roby CISD extended its break through Wednesday, Aspermont and Rotan school districts have implemented several changes from schedules to instructional hours and courses to daily release times. However, by mid-week superintendents were making official announcements that schools would be closing, uncertain on when — or if — classes will resume on campuses.

Since Sunday, Superintendents across the state have been participating in daily telephone conference calls with Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath, sharing information gathered at local levels as well as offering guidance received from state and national health care professionals.

Although school closures for the remainder of the school year have been a consideration, at present Morath has not required it, instead, ceding local control to superintendents based on the needs of their respective communities.

 

Fri
20
Mar
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LOCAL HOSPITALS APPLY EMERGENCY PLANS

On the heels of the White House exercising authorities to declare a national response to the coronavirus and President Trump asking all hospitals to activate its emergency preparedness plan, local hospitals are working to help protect patients and staff from potential infection while continuing to provide healthcare services to their communities.

The Fisher and Stonewall hospital districts, their respective clinics, Gibson Care Center in Stonewall Co. and Heritage House in Fisher Co. are partnering with Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Texas Hospital Association (THA) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

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