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Wed
20
Jul

Cost of jail food leaves bad taste

A deeper look into the Fisher County Jail’s food costs reveals how cutting corners, breakdowns in communication, and lack of planning has created a challenge for the county. 

   At last week’s commissioners court meeting Judge Holt provided information to the court, which showed a cost comparison of inmate meals at the Fisher County Jail with those of surrounding counties. The report revealed Fisher County to be $3.45 more than Nolan County, and $3.83 more than Shackelford County. Out of the 6 counties on the list Nolan County was the most expensive with a cost of $1.48 per meal. Shackelford was the cheapest, costing only $1.10 per meal.

   The information left many residents wondering what is going on at the new Fisher County Jail, and why the food cost is so far outside the margins.

   The answers can be found in a series of events leading up the jail’s June 2nd opening last month. 

Wed
20
Jul

Conrad’s new wheels

Conrad Smith, from Roby, received his very own bike from the West Texas Rehabilitation Center in Abilene this month. It is a special trike designed to increase his mobility, improve brain function, and strengthen muscles, but for Conrad, it’s simply a whole lot of fun.

   4-year-old Conrad lives with his grandmother, Pamela Counts and attends Roby CISD. He started to school in Roby on his birthday two years ago. His teacher, Deena Branson has worked closely with Conrad since he started.

   At the end of this last school year, Conrad received a spelling award for his accomplishment in learning all the letters of the alphabet. 

   “He’s done really well,” said Deena. “He’s very intelligent. From when I started working with him to now, he is making great progress.”

Wed
20
Jul

County seeks updated computer software

Fisher County Auditor Becky Mauldin spoke to the commissioners court last Monday about making a change in the county’s accounting software.

   Mauldin informed the court of a budget line item transfer into the Precinct 1 account. Due to a coding error, Commissioner Preston Martin has been getting charged travel when he has not been traveling. The transfer was to reimburse Martin’s budget for the error.

   Commissioner Martin took the error in stride, joking how money leaving his account when he wasn’t ...

Fri
08
Jul

Bob Spikes: Lighting the fuse

Bob Spikes, along with H.T. Fillingim and Jeff Marburger, perform a final check on the Monday night’s Firework show.

One would be hard pressed to find another community of Rotan’s size that has a fireworks display as impressive as their annual event. People drive in from neighboring communities like Snyder, Hamlin, Sweetwater, and Abilene to see the show, and for the last 20 years Bob Spikes has been the one lighting the fuse.  

   “When I was a kid, the fireworks show was the coolest part of the 4th of July,” said Spikes. “When I got started doing it here, I wanted my kids to enjoy it the way I enjoyed it, and I did it not only for my kids but for all the kids in the community. It was special to me. It still is.”

   The event is a labor of love for Spikes, and he begins the laboring process usually around September when he starts receiving emails from the fireworks company. 

Fri
08
Jul

Rotan ISD is preparing for the 2016-2017 school year

 Earlier this month, Rotan ISD Superintendent Greg Decker discussed budget amendments with the board of trusties, their purpose, and how future plans will require additional amendments.

   Throughout the school year, many school operations have been turned over the Region 14 Service Center. The philosophy of Region 14 is, in the interest of more transparency and better tracking they should address budget amendments as they come along opposed to waiting until the end of the year and addressing the budget amendments collectively.

   There were two amendments discussed at the meeting.

   The first was to cover an overage in the... 

Fri
08
Jul

Big Country Electric Cooperative Youth Tour Winners Return from DC

Each year, Big Country Electric Cooperative sends three students to Washington, D.C., on the Government-in-Action Youth Tour. The action-packed, trip is a weeklong adventure in June for more than 1,700 high school participants from about 45 states. This all-expense-paid tour offers students opportunities to learn about the workings of their national government and visit famous landmarks.

Fri
08
Jul

Walk Across America

 While on a on a stroll that started in San Diego, CA, and will end in St. Augustine, FLA, Janet Cassidy walked through Fisher County Friday, stopping just long enough to speak about her cause with kids at the HUB in Roby.

   Janet was put on the obese scale in the 2nd grade and was tortured by fellow students most of her life. She recalled coming home from the Catholic school she was attending in Syracuse, NY, telling her mother that she “had to get out of that school.”

   Her mom relented and allowed Janet to transfer to public school, but Janet learned the way people perceived her, and the way she was treated, wasn’t limited to the students in New York Catholic schools. It seemed to be the mindset of people all throughout society, all across America. 

Fri
08
Jul

Rotan EDC helps keep local business permanent

After welcoming new member Dr. Vick Burk to the Rotan Economic Development Corporation Board (EDC), the board listened to the proposal from local business, Burri-to-go, and heard updates on the renovations of the Lance Theater. 

   The Flores family, operators of local business, Burri-to-go, originally approached EDC President Greg Pruitt about the possibility of expanding into the unused east room of the building. After giving the matter some thought, they decided to pursue purchasing the building outright and having the EDC finance the purchase.

   David Flores offered a price of $25,000 to purchase the building.

   The appraisal values the land with the improvement—which is the building—at $19,360. Calculating in the cost of the existing equipment, the EDC estimates the offered price to be reasonable.

Wed
22
Jun

Nomadic Newspapers explores Alaska.

Wayne and Tonya Jones, made sure to take along the Fisher County Chronicle on their 35th Wedding Anniversary trip. The first leg of their trip started with an 8 hour train ride to Denali Nation Park where they went on a tundra wilderness tour and saw moose, caribou, grizzly bears and Dall sheep. Here, Wayne, earned the nickname “Hawkeye’ due to spotting all the animals before anyone else. From there they went to Fairbanks and panned for gold at Gold Dredge 8. Goldstream Dredge No. 8 is a ladder dredge operated by the Fairbanks Exploration Co. from 1928 to 1959. Here they also saw the Alaskanpipeline. Then it was on to Dawson City Yukon and after to Whitehorse Yukon and on to Fraser, British Columbia. Here they boarded a train to Skaway, Alaska where they took a helicopter ride up to the Meade Glacier (pictured above). Then they hopped on a cruise ship and it was off to Glacier Bay National Park. They saw not only glaciers, but several whale, bald eagles and seals.

Wed
22
Jun

New Pastor at First United Methodist Church of Rotan

Left to right: Jennifer, Cody and Levi, age 11. Second row: Ivy, age 8
and Eli, age 9. Bottom row: Joy, age 3. (Photo and article submitted by Dot Harris)

Cody Dykes has been appointed by the Northwest Texas Conference as the new Lay Pastor for the First Untied Methodist Church of Rotan. Cody previously served as the associated pastor of the Tuscola United Methodist Church. He works as a safetly officer for TxDot, and his wife, Jennifer, works for Bowie Elementary School as a clerical aide. Cody and his family live in Abilene, and will be commuting to Rotan on the weekends. He and his family love to go camping and fishing.The Methodist Church in Rotan happily welcomes them to their congregation.

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