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Thu
07
Feb
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Roby CISD Teacher Spotlights

Ms. Tanya Upshaw has been teaching Kindergarten for 30 years overall with 28 years at Roby CISD. This experiment taught her students the importance of the protective layer of blubber that penguins have to keep them warm in the extreme Antarctic temperatures. Ms. Upshaw, thank you for all you do for the students at Roby Elementary.

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Thu
07
Feb
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Pulling the Sack in Fisher County Texas

The Journey of Migrants Experiencing the Harvest of King Cotton Before the Introduction of the Cotton Stripper

BY:JIM LANNING

Scene set on Prairie Lea, TX High School football field:

Joselyn: On my graduation day from Prairie Lea High School, I wore a new dress under my graduation robe--; a slender skirt instead of the ‘50’s-style full skirt with lots of can-can petticoats. I wanted to cut my hair short so I can have a bouffant-style like all the girls I saw on the Southwest Texas State Teachers College campus in San Marcos; but my grandmother threw a fit!! “Not your beautiful long hair, Mia!”, she said

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Thu
31
Jan
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Smoke from re-ignited house fire causes issues at school

As high winds moved through the area last week, thick smoke from burning debris left by a house that burned more than a year ago was pushed downhill and into the Rotan ISD school buildings.

While the smoke made for a less than perfect teaching environment, there were no major interruptions to classes, although there were numerous reports of allergen reactions, mild breathing issues, and eye irritations due to the foul-smelling vapor.

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Thu
31
Jan
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New Roby CISD National Junior Honor Society Members

RJH held its annual National Junior Honor Society induction ceremony on Janaury 23, 2019. Five eight grade students and five seventh grade students met the qualifications and were voted in to the Honor Society.

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Thu
24
Jan
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Morris eases into superintendent role

BY JEFF HURT

Aspermont ISD Board of Trustees met earlier this week in regular session, marking the first time the board has convened since Superintendent Zach Morris was officially named Superintendent earlier this month.

Morris is happy to report that the recent stock show received several positive comments due to how well organized, how family oriented and well attended the show was. He went on to express his appreciation for all of the community support and asked the trustees to please pass his compliments on.

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Thu
10
Jan
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Kids, Communities, and Cakes

We get inundated every day with incredible amounts of negative clutter. Whether it’s the news, television shows, or the firehose of information on social media, listen to it long enough and you’ll start to believe some pretty glum things. Kids are lazy and unambitious and never do anything but play on their phones. Everyone is more concerned with their own self-interest than the good of the world.

Well, if you want to be optimistic about the work ethic of our youth, spend some time at a local junior livestock show. While you’re there, you’ll also learn about the generosity of local communities. The experience might reassure you about the general future of America.

Thu
10
Jan
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Local Lions Clubs Promote Literacy

Rotan 1st grade class was excitied to show off their Dr. Suess books that were given to them from the Lions Club. COURTESY PHOTO)

Thursday, December 20th, Roby Lions Club continued to promote literacy and reading with their semi-annual distribution of books to each child in Early Education through Grade 5 for their holiday reading enjoyment. This year Rotan Lions Club joined Roby in this project and also received books for the same age group in Rotan. These books were donated by First Book through grants awarded to the clubs. The clubs were responsible for shipping charges. This activity is part of the Lions Clubs International Reading Action Program, a global campaign that focuses on implementing reading and education projects to help increase literacy rates worldwide.

Fri
21
Dec
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Rotan Christmas Parade Lights up Downtown

The residents of Rotan lined Main Street last week for the annual Christmas Parade. With almost 20 parade contestants, great food, fun for the kids, and live music for everyone, there was plenty of good tidings to spread around.

The parade was led by the Rotan Yellowhammer Marching Band, and kids cheered and waved as Santa rode by. This year’s parade consisted of some of the best floats seen in town in years with smiling faces of children oohing and aahing between scrambling to fill their pockets with candy.

Many storefronts moved their business to the sidewalks and joined several vendors, caterers, and local artisans from around the region, who were set up with street displays and happy to help you find that perfect item. Hot stew and cornbread was provided by the marching band as part of a fundraising event to help cover the cost of their spring trip.

Fri
21
Dec
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Zach Morris named as Aspermont ISD’s lone finalist

With former AISD Superintendent Tim Bartram’s final day falling last Friday, the trustees met in executive session during Monday night’s regular meeting, whereupon they named long-time Aspermont Principal and coach, Zach Morris, as lone finalist.

Bartram was named lone finalist for Hull-Daisetta ISD in November and accepted the offered contract earlier this month. The Aspermont Trustees agreed in early December to look at the possibility of hiring Bartram’s replacement internally.

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Fri
14
Dec
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Christmas dinner on the Upper Brazos in 1872

“In the fall of 1872, I took a contract to locate 600 sections of land for the Houston and Texas Central Railroad, on what showed in all our geographies of that day, as Llano Estacado desert lands, without wood or water….I outfitted my party in Waco. This brace consisted of sixteen men and three ox teams. I was to be jointed by a similar party from San Antonio up near Camp Colorado or Fort Griffin

I began my survey at the mouth of the Sweetwater Creek, where it falls into the Elm Fork (Note—this is Clear Fork of the Brazos) of the Brazos, about the Southwest corner of Jones and the Southeast corner of Fisher. It was a cold, sleety day and we were hunting and surveying along the creek in search of a corner to make our starting connections…

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