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Fri
22
Feb
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Aspermont students win $10K in national competition

Pictured L- r: Kelly Lowack, Justin Martin, Kade Morris, (Teacher ) Allison Martin, School Board President Lacy English, Wesley Koenig, Caleb Beck, Kylie Chesser

Coca-Cola Regional Manager Will Hogan, along with district manager, Charlie Curry, were in Aspermont last week, presenting a $10,000 to the district as six AISD students were among only a handful of grand-prize winners in POWERADE’s Power Your School program.

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Fri
15
Feb
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Employee loss won’t affect Fisher Co. Jail reopening

Fisher County Sheriff Allen Arnwine reported Monday, that one of the three jailers attending the training course was unable to pass the final examination for certification and was no longer employed with the department. However, the loss of the jailer is not anticipated to prolong reopening the jail, which is expected to be operational later this month.

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Fri
15
Feb
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Rotan School board changes rules mid-year

The Rotan ISD board of trustees unanimously voted in favor of changes to the student handbook Monday night, despite at least two members having not reviewed those changes.

Within days of Superintendent Greg Decker’s contract renewal in a split vote last month, the administration cracked down on a number of high school students that were deemed in violation of the school’s dress code.

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Fri
15
Feb
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Aspermont man sentenced in child injury case

Triston Lee Douglas Thompson (23) of Aspermont was pled guilty to the charge of injury to a child last week. The third-degree felony comes with a potential sentence of 2-10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine, however, District Judge Shane Hadaway suspended the confinement sentence and placed Thompson on six years of probation.

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Thu
07
Feb
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Undefeated Lady Hornets earn District Championship Title

BY JEFF HURT

Despite low pre-season rankings, the Aspermont Lady Hornets went 12 – 0 in an undefeated climb to become district champs, winning their final district game against Rule in a 37 – 66 victory Tuesday night.

When the preseason rankings were published, Aspermont was not even ranked among the top three. However, Hornet seniors Kenadee Shugart, Mady Milloy, Karlie Oldham, and Gracie English were not even remotely deterred. They said they appreciated being the underdog, looking at it as an opportunity.

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Thu
07
Feb
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Rotan ISD closes due to illnesses

BY JEFF HURT

Faced with a combination of illness, the most prevalent of which are flu, strep throat, and an unknown illness that mimics flu-like symptoms, the Rotan ISD administration has closed school February 7 and 8. Classes are scheduled to resume on Monday, February 11 at the regular time.

Rotan ISD Superintendent Greg Decker said that roughly between 18% to 20% of the student population has already been affected by illness and are currently absent. In the best interest of the overall health and well being of the school and community, as well as preserving the educational environment of the district, he decided to close campuses for the reminder of the week.

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Thu
31
Jan
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Staffing problems cause jail closure

BY JEFF HURT

From the closing of the decaying 1928 jail to the construction of the law enforcement center that took its place just two years ago, Fisher County officials have faced one obstacle after another. From the budget shortfalls, failed jail inspection, and sheriff’s resignation of last year, to this year’s indicted employees, staffing shortages, and temporary—but ongoing—jail closure, the facility continues raising tough questions that have no simple answers.

While the jail has created numerous issues for the county to navigate since opening its doors in the summer of 2016, none has been more persistent than maintaining the necessary staff to operate the facility.

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Thu
31
Jan
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Nomadic Newspaper working hard off the coast of Texas

Pictured are Josh Jones and David Shipp on ExxonMobil’s Galveston 209 offshore production platform, with Ensco 87 jack up rig attached in the back ground. Galveston 209 is located ~20 miles SE of Galveston Island. This Location was also Home away from home to former Fisher county resident John Wayne Jones.

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Thu
31
Jan
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Local hospitals prepare for negotiations

Fisher and Stonewall hospital administrators met with those from around the state at a conference in Austin recently regarding managed-care contracting negotiations that could affect hospital revenues and alter the health services provided at local facilities.

The State Office of Rural Health (TORCH) provided the free-of-charge conference for the singular purpose of helping to prepare rural administrators for the foreseeable negotiations between corporate insurance companies. Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) is spearheading the renegotiations, and there is an increasing number of insurance companies in line behind them.

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Thu
24
Jan
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January School Board Appreciation Month

In recognition of School Board Appreciation Month, trustees from Aspermont, Roby and Rotan school districts were shown, well... appreciation during their respective meetings this month.

While serving board members do not receive monetary compensation for their service, district administrations often use School Board Appreciation month to honor board members by furnishing meals, desserts, and giving other small gifts.

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