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Fairy Yardmothers grant school grounds wish

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Lola Gholson, Bobbie Hill, Brenda Vahlenkamp, Melissa Ribelin, Belinda Hecht, Lana Snipes, Claire Clark, TeriJo Gonzales & Glenda Hill (not pictured) - Courtesy Photo

Aspermont ISD’s campuses are getting a woman’s touch as nine local residents team up with contractors, school administrators and students to spread a little beauty, and with a little luck, inspire a community. They call themselves the Fairy Yardmothers, and their magic wands come in the form of shovels, picks, and rakes, and the wishes they grant require a little more work than a flick and a swish.

It started only a few weeks ago when the group’s leader — although she would not admit it and the others would not deny it — Belinda Hecht sent out a group message to seven local women.

“I called smart, resourceful, dependable friends,” said Hecht, reaching out to Lola Gholson, Brenda Vahlenkamp, Lana Snipes, Melissa Ribelin, Clair Clarke, TeriJo Gonzales, and Glenda Hill. It was Glenda who suggested the group also contact her daughter-in-law, Bobbie Hill, who readily agreed, making nine women in total.

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Event packed weekend around Double Mountains

No excuse for staying inside this Saturday, as activities are abundant with just about anything you might be looking for either down the block, around the corner, or just down the road.

Got a little bit of extra cash burning a hole in your pocket? Anything from cupcakes to combines is up for sale this weekend. In Fisher County, the annual Rotan Farm Sale will get kicked off around 7:30 a.m. at the Old Rodeo Grounds 3/4 mile west of Rotan on FM 611.

The sale is much more than an opportunity for local farmers to auction off surplus equipment, it’s a social event where auctioneers call out bids while onlookers can mingle in conversation, sharing stories, or grabbing something to feed their faces and wet their whistles from local concession stands.

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12
Apr
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No decision on Roby daycare

School officials once again engaged in serious discussion at Roby CISD’s board meeting Monday night, and although new financial and logistical information was presented, trustees raised new questions that needed answers before moving forward. Superintendent Keith Cook assured the trustees he would gather additional information to consider at next month’s meeting, where it is anticipated the board will make a final decision.

During last month’s meeting, Cook explained and the board discussed some general information about operating a daycare facility. Cook informed trustees about application and initial licensing fees, criminal background checks for employees, and other expenses. He also informed the board of basic facility and staffing guidelines, in addition to fire marshal and Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) inspections.

Fri
05
Apr
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Big Country Electric Cooperative Operation Round Up Program: Here to Meet Needs in Our Communities

For four years now, Big Country Electric Cooperative (BCEC) members’ Operation Round Up change contributions have helped families and service organizations locally. Since 2015, the Operation Round Up program has contributed more than $240,000 to our local communities through organizations who provide charitable and educational services, as well as families with demonstrated financial need.

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Apr
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Stonewall SO turns traffic stop to drug bust

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Anson K-9 Police Officer Zeuss was paramount in the Stonewall County Sheriff Department’s discovery of 15,479 grams of Pharmaceutical-grade codeine during Monday’s arrest. (Courtesy Photo)

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The Stonewall County Sheriff’s Department uncovered over 15,000 grams of pharmacygrade codeine Monday. (Courtesy Photo)

After calls about a reckless driver resulted in a traffic stop Monday evening, a K-9 unit was called in, where more than 15,000 grams of liquid codeine was discovered. The Stonewall County Sheriff’s Department arrested the driver from Liberal KS on several charges.

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Fri
29
Mar
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Aspermont EDC/ IDC tables funding for local daycare

The Aspermont EDC/IDC board of trustees met last week, where they agreed to lift the lien on a local daycare property for the possibility of sale but tabled an interested party’s proposal for funding the purchase.

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Mar
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Fisher County Sheriff‘s Office Network Held for Ransom

A computer system at the Fisher County Sheriff’s Department was exposed to an email phishing scheme early this month, where a number of files were infected with ransomware, and literally, held in ransom. Although it appears limited, an investigation into the extent of the damage — as well as for those responsible — is underway, and while the county has paid no demands, commissioners are taking precautions against future attacks.

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Fri
22
Mar
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Morris and Koenig finished Top 8 in State Cross X Debate

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Aspermont ISD Senior, Karter Morris and Sophomore, Mattie Koenig competed at the State UIL CX Debate Meet Monday and Tuesday of this week finishing in the top 8. The pair won three out of four rounds on Monday advancing them into the octo-finals/elimination round where they finished as State Quarterfinalists. Congratulations!

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Mar
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Water tower repair unavoidable for Rotan

Rotan Director of Public Works Rodney Denton presented the city council with an update on Rotan proper’s water distribution system last week. He also warned that the city’s water storage system was in desperate need of repair and suggested making the repairs in stages.

The larger of Rotan’s water towers was installed in the early 1960s. The smaller tank that stands adjacent to the Rotan ISD campuses dates back to the late 1920s and can be seen prominently in some of the earliest photographs of the community.

Denton said despite its age, the older tower is in better structural condition. Texas Commission on Environmental Quality recently inspected each of the city’s water storage tanks, and Denton said there would be issues requiring attention sooner rather than later.

He said it has been about 10 years since the last time the tanks were refurbished. Each tower would be high-pressure blasted inside and out, have any damaged areas repaired, and repainted.

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Mar
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City of Aspermont cancels election

In near record-setting time, the Aspermont City Council met for less than ten minutes Tuesday night, discussing — and ultimately approving — city ordinances to officially cancel the upcoming May elections.

Mayor Pro Tem Chris Lipham read the ordinances for the benefit of the council, for those in attendance and as a matter of official record, outlining the reasons for canceling elections for city council positions.

When the filing deadline to run for office expired, the City of Aspermont had received only a single application for candidacy for mayor and only three for city council.

Therefore, each of the candidates would resume or assume the duties of the elected office automatically in May.

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