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30
Aug
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Aspermont citizens voice their support for AISD coach

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It was standing room only as Aspermont ISD School Board representatives listen to concerned members of the public during Monday night's Special called meeting. (Photo by Steven Ellis)

While Monday night’s special called meeting of the Aspermont School Board referenced nothing more than to address issues relating to the coaching staff, the trustees listened as several of the near 40 community members in attendance spoke on behalf of AISD Coach Jerry Carreon. The board spent more than an hour behind closed doors and took no further action upon reconvening other than to adjourn.

Since taking over as coach just three years ago, Carreon has faced varying degrees of public backlash for — what has been considered by some to be — his harsh

coaching methods. Carreon has been candid about his coaching style, confessing that he puts his teams through “hell and back,” and understands the reality that his players are not always going to like him.

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Fri
30
Aug
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Nomadic Newspaper heads to the golf course

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Luther Yanez attended the Tour Championship/FedEx Cup at the Eastlake Country Club in Atlanta, Georgia, where he performs security for the tournament. It was the home course for golf legend Bobby Jones.

Here Luther poses in front of the Bobby Jones commerative plaque.

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Fri
23
Aug
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Schools receive their Report Card

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As schools across Texas begin their junior year under the state’s A-F Accountability Rating System, administrators, teachers, parents, and community members are looking over their school district’s sophomore report cards, as the state released official results last week.

While the report cards show improvements and backslides in the Fisher and Stonewall county school districts, each of the three remains within state guidelines, some making significant improvements from last year.

One of the biggest swings in overall outcome took place at Aspermont ISD, as AISD scored a high B for 2019, ending the year with an 89. This was a 10-point increase over the 79 the district earned in year one of the system.

Fri
23
Aug
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Aspermont students bring water to future generations

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Aspermont ISD 2nd Grade Class, with a little help from Superintendent, Zach Morris, prepares to cut the ribbon for the new playground water fountain
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Aspermont Elementary students put their writing skills to work last spring in more ways than to earn test scores, as they also discovered the power of writing letters to school officials to address student needs. Last week, their hard work paid off in cool, clear, water for thirsty elementary students for years to come.

At the end of last year, AISD’s first-grade class at exercised their first amendment right with each student writing a letter to Superintendent Zach Morris in the hopes of getting a new water fountain installed on the elementary playground. Students discussed health and safety benefits of proper hydration while playing outside and plead for consideration.

Fri
23
Aug
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Sparks fly as Fisher County officials debate budget

Fisher County Commissioners have been holding special meetings for weeks, combing through the budget and attempting to squeeze every dollar out of a narrowing revenue stream. As commissioners and county officials hotly debated department needs during Monday’s budget workshop, they pointed accusatory fingers, made and rescinded motions, and shifted, added, subtracted and reallocated funds, ending at the same bottom line where they began.

Earlier this month, Fisher commissioners discussed levying taxes at the rollback rate for the first time in years. The primary contributing factor was the incredible drop in tax revenue anticipated from wind farms this year.

Fri
23
Aug
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Nomadic Newspaper Visits Good Friends !

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Young Noah proves not all long journeys are measured in mile. Diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS), a critical congenital heart defect. On his 100th day in the hospital and his 45th day on the transplant list, Noah got his life-saving heart transplant.

Noah has continued to make significant improvements in the weeks since the surgery. His recent cardiac picture looked great, and doctors are hoping to get rid of many medications moving forward.

Fri
16
Aug
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State Sen. Charles Perry to host a Stonewall County Town Hall Meeting

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Sen. Perry will be hosting a town hall meeting at the Stonewall County Senior Center in Aspermont from 1:00PM until 2:00PM on August 22nd.

"Rural Texas had a number of big victories this legislative session regarding water, healthcare, education, and agriculture that will positively impact West Texas for years to come. This town hall will give me a chance to share more about these accomplishments, and hear directly from those I represent," said Sen. Perry.

The 86th Legislative Session recently concluded. Sen. Perry currently chairs the Senate Committee on Water & Rural Affairs and is Vice-Chair of the Health & Human Services Committee. He also sits on the Senate Committees for Agriculture, Criminal Justice, Finance, Transportation, and Redistricting.

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Fri
16
Aug
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Rotan ISD is back in session

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Rotan ISD 5th Grade girls made sure to document their first day back to school with a group photo Monday morning. Pictured above - Back row left to right: Arianna Fillingim, Gracie Sartain, Joey Lujan, Valeria Perales, Rebecca Braune, Talyn Lewis, Abigail Rivers - Bottom row left to right: Kayme Elrod, Avery Gonzalez, Melanie McArthur (Courtesy Photo from Rotan ISD)

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Fri
16
Aug
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Stonewall respond to interest in Airport

Stonewall County Judge Ronnie Moorhead informed the court Monday that he has been approached by a total of three individuals inquiring about long-term hangar access at the county-owned airport. Commissioners agreed they are open to allow for the construction of new facilities, but also want to assure the county is protected within any potential agreements.

During the past few months, a group of residents has expressed a desire to possibly construct hangars to store their aircraft. As the county has limited structures available for such storage, the commissioners are entertaining the proposal that interested parties be allowed to construct private hangars near runway access points.

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Fri
09
Aug
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Gridiron contenders meet sweltering two-a-day grindstone

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As the August temperatures have climbed in the triple digits in this part of West Texas, coaches and players are conditioning hard in preparation for this year’s upcoming football season.

The biggest change this year will be at the home of the Roby Lions as goalposts are being moved and new lines being drawn. This will be the inaugural year — although competing as an outlaw team — for the Lions to compete in the six-man classification.

This year’s football season should prove to be a significant learning experience for the16 players fielding the outlaw six-man team and Coach Angel Pantoja in his first time coaching a sixman team. Pantoja said he is looking forward to meeting the challenges of learning the new system and terminology.

“Obviously there’s a learning curve,” he said, but reinforced the idea that many fundamentals are the same, and the Lions will have plenty to offer the teams they will compete against this year.

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