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Rotan ISD prepares for tough decisions

At the Rotan ISD board meeting last week, Superintendent Greg Decker informed the trustees, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) gave the district a superior financial rating, but the school will still need to undergo program changes and reduce staff next year. Each year Rotan ISD submits data to TEA regarding the financial information—including the school’s most recent audit report— along with school operation information. TEA compiles the data, and based on their conclusions, rates school districts across the state on their financial merit.

 

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Investigators search for body at McCaulley

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Late Monday night, the Fisher Co. Sheriff’s Department received a call, informing them that a body had been possibly dumped along the railroad right-of-way in McCaulley, prompting police to search the area. Unable to conduct a proper search in the middle of the night with limited resources, the sheriff’s department waited for daylight, and after a precursory survey of the area, called in additional resources from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ).

 

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Roby 1st Baptist Church welcomes new pastor

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Just two short months ago Tyler Shields and his wife Cindy were operating their own remodeling business in Amarillo, and but after being asked to fill the pastor’s position at First Baptist Church in Roby, he jumped at the opportunity. He and Cindy packed up their three daughters: Rebecca, Natalie, and Clara and moved to Roby. Tyler said, “It’s obvious that God was bringing me here.” The only question in Tyler’s mind was why the church had called him. He said his resume was almost nonexistent. He felt sure there must have been many other qualified candidates for the job. In fact, the church received around 40 resumes, and after getting to know each of them, the church decided Tyler would be a good fit for the congregation.

 

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Fisher County Senior Citizen Center and area churches combine forces to deliver extra Christmas cheer.

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With Christmas around the corner, the Fisher County Senior Citizen Director asked local churches if they would help bring some extra cheer to our county’s homebound population this year. “They really floored us with their generosity” said Fisher County Senior Citizen Director Emilia Garcia, “This is the first year and we hope to continue so that our local home bounds can have a little something at Christmas”.

 

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Sheriff’s Dept. warns public about telephone scam

After receiving a number of phone calls, the Fisher County Sheriff’s Dept. issued an alert to the public about a possible telephone scam. Sheriff H.T. Fillingim wants the citizens of Fisher County to be aware of individuals who have been making calls across the county that police say may be designed to gather information in preparation for a potential crime.

 

Fillingim said a number of local residents have been receiving calls from individuals claiming to be employees of Fed-Ex, UPS, and other like agencies, telling callers they have a package that needs to be delivered and ask whether there is anyone home at the residence.

 

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Blood drive in Rotan on December 19

A blood drive will take place in Rotan on Monday, December 19. The Meek Blood Center bloodmobile will be parked at the Fisher County Chronicle office from 1p.m. until 6 p.m. Meek Blood Center supplies all of the blood used for patient care at Fisher County Hospital.

 

“Blood shortages occur most often during the holidays,” said Frances Baker, Meek Blood Center donor recruiter. The hour it takes to donate blood could give someone another Christmas or New Year with family and friends..”

 

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Smile for the Camera!

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Stormy and Courtney Rasberry snap photos of their daughter, Rayleigh Jae, with Santa Claus at the Roby Christmas Parade festivities Saturday night.

 

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Family killed in tragic fire receives long overdue memorial

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Forty plus people braved the wind and cold Saturday morning in memory of the Perez family, who were tragically killed in a house fire 67 years ago.

 

The Perez family were migrant workers who came to Rotan in order to work through the cotton season. It was cold the night of December 14th, 1949, and the Perez family huddled together in a single room of the transient worker shack 8 miles north of Rotan. They had built a small fire in a number two washbasin in order to heat the small space.

 

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Housing Authority fights to keep rental fees low

Rotan’s housing authority is granted an exception to the federal government’s imposed nationwide flat rent, allowing Rotan to rent property below the national standard. In January 2015, President Barack Obama signed a bill— the 2015 Appropriations Act— that required every housing authority to set their rent at no less than 80% of the fair market rent.

 

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Nomadic Newspaper running for a worthy cause in Memphis, TN!

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Jeff and Phiny Posey holding the Fisher County Chronicle, stand in front of the Peabody hotel lobby Christmas tree after participating and the Saint Jude marathon in Memphis, TN. This is the 3rd year they have ran a 5K with team Cotton. The Cotton Board office is in Memphis, TN and Jeff is the Treasurer of the Cotton Board of Directors. Four years ago, Emily Wyonzek an employee, started a group called “Team Cotton” with the office staff to participate and raise money for St. Jude. It quickly grew to include the Cotton Board members, as well. This year Team Cotton had 28 runners and raised over $7,000. There was over 26,000 runners for the 2016 marathon and over $10 million was raised for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

 

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