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Thu
22
Oct

A Day in Roby, TX

The weather was perfect, Saturday, October 17th, for the reopening of the little white church, Hosanna Casa de Oracion, on Highway 70 right inside the city limits of Roby, Texas. Pastor Victor Hugo Archila drove from Dallas, with his wife, Glenda, a few more couples from their Hosanna Church, a group of youth and part of their music ministry. Their main purpose was to...

 

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Thu
22
Oct

Rotan School Board makes final decision on drug policy

A special meeting of the Rotan ISD School Board was held Monday Night to discuss matters regarding the drug testing policy. The board listened to commentary by concerned parents and students alike before going into closed session. The board debated the issue for almost 2 hours before reconvening, where they voted unanimously to uphold the current policy. 

The board listened to the opinions of a few concerned community members in favor of upholding the policy, but the most impactive words came from student and volleyball teammate Kelsey Shelley. 

 

Thu
22
Oct

Fisher County teams up with a grant writer

 

 At the Commissioners’ Court meeting earlier this month, the court heard a presentation from, Gary Smith, a representative and Senior Program Manager of GrantWorks, Inc., an Austin based Grant Management Firm founded in 1979. The goal of GrantWorks is to assist counties in the paperwork process in acquiring the Transportation Infrastructure Fund (TIF) Grant. 

Thu
22
Oct

Next stop: The Alamo Dome

Photo submitted by Jaye Neice Clements - Cotton Patch Photography http://www.cottonpatchphotography.com

 

  In the 7 o’clock hour Monday evening it became official: the Rotan Yellowhammer Marching Band is state bound. This marks the first time in the history of the program Rotan has sent a band to state in marching. 

Wed
14
Oct

Roby students learn about fire safety

he Roby Fire Department showed up at the Roby Elementary last Friday to teach the students a little bit about fire safety during Fire Safety Week. This annual event is designed to raise awareness with young students on not only fire safety and prevention, but to get students familiar with the men and women who will be coming to the rescue in a fire situation.

   “I’ve been doing this so long now, I taught this course to some of these kids parents,” said Fire Marshall, Kevin Rivers.

   The kids—Pre-K – 5th grade—seem to get a lot of enjoyment out activities taught by the firefighters. The goal is to

Wed
14
Oct

The Rotan Band wins big at Wylie

Photo submitted by Cotton Patch Photography

The Rotan ISD Marching Band traveled to Wylie Monday morning to compete in the Big Country Marching Festival. The competition marks the last opportunity to put the show on the field before the UIL competition scheduled for next Monday, October 19th at the Wylie stadium.

   The Yellowhammer Band received a 1st division score for their performance in addition to taking home the honor for...

 

Wed
14
Oct

Is a new business coming to Roby?

At the Roby City Council meeting last Monday, Mayor Sepeda informed the council of a business’s request to put in coin-operated machines. 

   This would be a business like those seen in surrounding cities such as the 777’s in Sweetwater, and operate similar to casinos, but without a cash payout. Instead of cash, these establishments offer gift cards, or payment vouchers redeemable at participating business, for the purchase of a wide variety of items. 

   “I don’t have anything against it. I just know that at times, it’s become a problem in other towns,” said Sepeda.

Wed
14
Oct

Citizens speak out at the Rotan School Board Meeting

Individuals from the community spoke in open forum at the Rotan ISD School Board meeting Monday night. The concern was in regards to the school’s drug policy. The policy states: “Upon a first offense of receiving a confirmed positive drug test, a student shall be suspended from any extracurricular activity for 365 calendar days following the date the student and parent are notified of the test results.” Some of the speakers at the meeting felt the policy for a first offense is too strict, while others were in support of the punishment.

   The community members spoke before the board, as a result of the suspension of a student from all extra curricular activities after failing a random drug test earlier in the month. 

Wed
14
Oct

Roby Fire Department receives $200,000 grant

The Roby Fire Department recently applied for a grant through the Texas Forestry Service. The $200,000 cost share grant was awarded, but with a catch. The department has to put some of their own money into the mix, 10%, or to be exact, $22,222.22.

   The department will be conducting a series of fund raising events over the next several months, such as the Zombie Ride Roby will be hosting October 24th. 

Wed
07
Oct

A public invitation for prayer

Local citizens invite everyone to join them Saturday, October 10th, in downtown Rotan, for a time of prayer. The Rotan Catholic Church will be hosting the prayer event as part of the 2015 Rosary Rally Crusade.

   Although the Catholic Church will be the host, members of the church want the community to know this event is open to all. “It’s not just for Catholics,” explained Lydia Miranda. “We want to welcome all of those who want to pray to join us.”

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