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Wed
22
Jun

What will Google do for Rotan ISD?

Rotan ISD Superintendent, Greg Decker proposed the purchase of new Google laptops at last week’s school board meeting. The school has been looking at new technology and opportunities to use the technology due to a big push for project based learning. 

   Project based learning is a teaching method where students spend longer periods of time investigating solutions to complex problems or situations. Through this process, the students gain a deeper understanding of the world, and gain a well-rounded skill set on how to work within it.

   One of the most pivotal changes between Project based learning and the more traditional teaching methods is the use of technology. 

Wed
22
Jun

TCEQ to survey local river

A group of scientists from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and Texas A&M University will be conducting a 2-month survey on a segment of the Brazos River that runs through Fisher County. 

   In the past few weeks, residents along the Double Mountain have been receiving letters about an upcoming recreational use attainability analysis in the Brazos River basin. A team of scientists is expected to be conducting a series of measurements along 148 miles of river stretching from the junction of the Salt Fork Brazos River in Stonewall County to the junction of the North Fork Double Mountain Brazos River in Kent County. 

   The purpose of the survey is to determine the recreational use of the river. In 2010 the river was listed as having elevated levels of E. coli bacteria. The river’s water quality tested at 146 colony forming units (CFU). In 2014 the water tested at 186 CFU. 

Wed
22
Jun

School set to take over community center in Roby

ROBY, TX - Roby CISD Superintendent, Heath Dickson informed the board they were in the final stages of negotiations with the city and are scheduled to take over the Roby Community Center on July 1st.

   The community center’s popularity has declined in the last few years, suffering around $3,500 in losing revenue last year. After a number of repairs to the building, costing the city around $16,000, the city began to look at whether continuing to operate the center was in the city’s best interest. 

   At the council meeting in November, the members of the Roby City Council and City Manager, Jack Brown agreed: Donating the building to a worthy organization or individual was something they should explore. They opened the opportunity up to the public, and collected letters from interested parties. 

Wed
15
Jun

Fisher County students out-perform state on STAAR test

 Even though the state has run into numerous issues regarding the STAAR test this year, Roby CISD and Rotan ISD administrations were proud to present to the respective school boards: Fisher County students achieved high marks.

   “I’m very proud of our students and our teachers, and I think once you hear the scores, you’ll be pleased as well,” said Rotan Superintendent Greg Decker.

   Rotan ISD test scores are as follows:

5th grade math 95% 

5th grade reading 74%

8th grade reading 86%

8th grade math 78%

 All of these test scores are substantially higher than those of last year.

   Algebra one 90%

Biology 100%

English 1 89%

English 2 75%

US history 100%

Wed
15
Jun

City bids farewell to Fire Marshal Bennett

After practically a lifetime of service, Fire Marshal, Charlie (Red) Bennett officially turned in his resignation to the Rotan City Council at the monthly meeting last week.

   

   Red presented a letter to the council stating: 

    

   Madam Mayor and members of the council, I have en   joyed my 6 years as Fire Marshal for the City of Rotan. With his         letter, I offer my retirement to you. Thanks again, Red Bennet

   

   The emotional Red spoke to the council: “I had a birthday. I turned 75, and I’ve been fighting fire all these years.”

Wed
15
Jun

Commissioners work out final touches for new jail

During the meeting of the commissioners court last Monday, the commissioners implemented countywide facility policies and began working through the final stages of the new jail. The new jail also accepted the first residents as Sheriff J.A. Robinson reported that there were 5 in jail and that they were waiting to be heard in district court.

   The commissioners voted on the policy resolution, which designated all county buildings as no smoking facilities. Additionally, all county buildings will be restricted to allowing only service animals inside the buildings. The latter of the policies affects G.W. the dog, which has lived at the county jail for the last couple of years. G.W. was left at the jail some time ago, and was basically adopted by the Sheriff’s department.

Wed
15
Jun

Angry citizen says feral hogs still an issue

Local Rotan resident, Don Mansker appeared before the Rotan City Council last week to once again speak his mind regarding the feral hog pen across from his house. He has spoke to the council on several occasions over the past months, and he his upset that the council has taken no action to remedy his issue. 

   Mansker demanded to know what the city had decided to do about the hog pens near his house. Mansker went as far as making accusations that the council had been burying the dead hog carcasses for the pen owner, Sherrie Murdock.

   The council denied this accusation.

   Mansker stated he has been putting up with the hogs for years and is upset with the city for not doing anything about it. Mansker proceeded to read from a magazine article stating the health dangers concerning wild hogs including bubonic plague and anthrax.

Wed
08
Jun

Masthead Photo of the Week

Laura Posey captured this beautiful photo of a storm rolling into Fisher County on May 28, 2016.

Wed
25
May

Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch appreciates fire

Dozens of people from all over the state toured the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch to listen and learn about how the ranch has combined mechanical, chemical, and natural ways to improve the habitat for all wildlife, especially the quail. The focus of the tour, however, was the use of fire as a viable tool for wildlife and vegetation management. The folks out at the ranch were kind enough to let me tag along as we toured the diversity of the vegetation created by the proper use of fire as a tool. 
   The group of people ranged from state and federal employees, to local landowners and elected officials, as Fisher County Judge, Ken Holt was on hand to better understand all aspects of land management in the county. There were, retired medical doctors, range technicians, newly minted interns, and everywhere you turned it seemed like you were standing next to another Ph.D, everyone listening and learning about fire.
Wed
25
May

Will solar energy make Fisher County home?

 Local landowner, Lindsey Hooper, spoke at a special meeting of the Commissioners Court Monday, where he informed the court on negotiations with, Innovative Solar Systems, LLC, a solar power company out of Ashville, NC, which could bring big money to the county. Hooper is doing a great deal of legwork for the company so that he might make it easier for them to move forward with the deal. His goal is to provide the decision makers at Innovative Solar with as much information up front as to reduce back and fourth questions later. However he needed the county to agree to upgrade 1.4 miles of road before the company will agree to a deal.

   Hooper’s ranch stretches out in the neighborhood of the Newman Cemetery. Hooper purchased the land from Bill Huddelston 2 years ago. The land had a 750 kva transformer line stretching across it. Hooper admits the line was a bit of a concern for running cattle on the land, but decided to make the purchase anyway.

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