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Sep

USDA Commits $2.5 Million to Expand New Farmer Education

 

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 22, 2015 – Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today announced that $2.5 million in grants is now available for projects to educate new and underserved farmers about more than 20 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency programs that can provide financial, disaster or technical assistance to the agricultural community. 

     The grants will be awarded to...

 

Wed
30
Sep

Fisher County Hospital pays off Medicare

 

As reported in the July 30th edition of the Rotan Advance/Roby Star Record, the Fisher County Hospital was due to repay Medicare more than $700,000. When the time came last month for the hospital to make the payment, the official number had climbed to more than $900,000.

   “It was sad,” said Debbi Hull. “Last month we had all that money in our account, and now we don’t.”

 

Wed
30
Sep

Roby Alumni return for Homecoming

 

Roby EXs from near and far returned home over the weekend to attend the 34th Biennial Homecoming Program Saturday night. The event opened up with Master of Ceremonies, Dianne Rinker Feagan’s (class of 1967) welcoming remarks. Lynn Gibson (class of 1961), gave the invocation and Roby CISD superintendent, Heath Dickson (class of 1988) gave the welcome address, to which Moody Meixner (class of 1968) gave the response.

    Sharron Kiker Davis (class of 1964) introduced the guest speaker Donnie Kiker (class of 1964) and Gay Nell McGinnis Cherry (class of 1964) read the list of memorials.

    Ms. Shirley McHaney was awarded 

Wed
30
Sep

Big County Electric Co-Op receives Governor’s award

 

Big Country Electric Co-op received the Governor’s Small Business Award at the Governor’s Small Business Forum help on Thursday, September 24th at the Abilene Civic Center.  The event was sponsored by the Texas Midwest Community Network.

    Big Country Electric Co-op was nominated by the Snyder Chamber of Commerce for its ongoing commitment to its employees, job growth, community, capital investment and service excellence.  In the nomination submitted by Executive Director Linda Molina it was stated, “Big Country is committed to providing its member-owners with reliable service at a competitive cost in a safe working environment while...

 

Wed
30
Sep

Red Dirt Reunion returns to Fisher County

 

The Red Dirt Reunion (RDR) was held this last weekend at the Rotan Rodeo Pavilion. This year marked the first anniversary of the event held by the Fisher County Chamber of Commerce. The festival was an evolution of what was known as Hog Fest, which was an annual event that included a

Thu
24
Sep

USDA Commodity Loans Available to Texas Producers

 

(COLLEGE STATION, Texas), September 8, 2015 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Texas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Judith A. Canales, reminds producers that USDA offers interim financing at harvest time to help producers meet cash flow needs without having to sell commodities when market prices are at harvest-time lows. The programs, known as Marketing Assistance Loans (MALs) and Loan Deficiency Payments (LDPs), were authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill for the 2014-2018 crop years.

   “These are among the many tools offered by Farm Service Agency to help farmers navigate price and market conditions, so as we approach the harvest season, we encourage producers to consider these programs as a helpful option,” said Canales.

Thu
24
Sep

Neighborhood Watch: moving forward

 

 

 

   The Fisher County Neighborhood Watch committee met last Monday night at the Rotan Lion’s Club. The focus of the meeting was how make the watch a permanent force for the community. One of the most difficult obstacles faced by the Neighborhood Watch Programs is the ability to maintain longevity. 

   Many times, watch programs are established in a response to an immediate threat, and often fall prey to shortsightedness if goals are reached, or discouragement if expected results do not occur in the anticipated timeframe.

Thu
24
Sep

Local Schools welcome home alumni

 

Local schools are preparing for this year’s upcoming Homecoming festivities. 

   Roby will have their homecoming bonfire at 8 p.m. at the rodeo grounds, Thursday, September 25th. The Roby pep rally will be at the high school gymnasium on Friday, September 26th at 2:30 p.m. and will have a parade at 5 p.m. before the football game. The parade will start at the school and go around the courthouse. 

Thu
24
Sep

Hogg Maulies record live album in Rotan

 

 It has been a few years since the Texas Country band, Hogg Maulies, have played in Rotan, and they have decided to mark their return in style. Their newest album entitled, Live @ the Lance, will be recorded this weekend at the Red Dirt Reunion music festival. The “Lance”, in the album’s title, comes from where many Rotanites may have guessed: the Lance Theater in downtown Rotan, TX.

   The theater contains a lot of memories for bandleader and former Rotan resident, Rode Morrow. “We always thought it would be cool to do a record at the Lance. It’s catchy. It sounds cool, and it kind of pays homage to where I got started.

 

Thu
17
Sep

Roby School Board makes nominations for Appraisal District Board

 

At the Roby CISD School Board meeting Monday night the board made nominations for the Fisher and Jones County Appraisal District Board of Directors. The nominations for the Fisher County are as follows:Vick Burk,

Terry Coker, Richard Gaona, Raford Hargrove, Jason Carter

   The nominations for Jones County are...

 

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