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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

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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.

Wed
25
May

Roby CISD bids farewell to school counselor

The Roby CISD School Board accepted the resignation of counselor, Lanett Ponder at the meeting last Monday night at Roby CISD. Ponder has been school counselor for the past 3 years, but is now planning to move into a private practice.

   Superintendent Heath Dickson read the letter to the members of the board:

Please accept this letter as an official resignation from my position as school counselor at Roby CISD, effective upon completion of summer testing. For the past three years Roby CISD has been my life. The decision to step away from education did not come easy. 

   This transition will allow me to focus on counseling while completing the necessary clock hours for becoming a licensed counselor. The opportunity I was given as math specialist and now as school counselor has been the most rewarding experience of my educational career. 

Wed
06
Apr

Local girl gets accepted to renowned music conservatory

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Kyndra Vaught (20), a 2013 graduate of Rotan High School, was accepted into Berklee College of Music in Boston on March 30 at 11:00 p.m. Auditions for Berkley were held at a variety of locations throughout the world over the past several months. Kyndra’s audition took place in San Antonio on February 19th, leaving her with a long month of anticipation.

   “I tried to distract myself with school and work, but I still checked my email multiple times a day,” said Kyndra.

Wed
06
Apr

Commissioners purchases create public rumblings

 A special meeting of the Commissioners Court was held last Monday, where the court unanimously voted to buy a dump truck for Precinct 2. The $21,000 purchase came just 2 weeks after the court approved the $43,000 purchase for 2 additional trucks for Precinct 1. Running up a $64,000 purchase of big-ticket items, after making significant budget cuts moving into this fiscal year, has many local citizens outraged. 

Wed
30
Mar

Roby Lions Club

Roby Lions Club is celebrating 75 years of service to Roby this month. We conclude our celebration this Saturday, April 2nd, with a community service project at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. We will be giving free vision screenings for all ages. Texas Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center, Snyder Lion Dr. Bryan Cave, and Past International Director Lion Marshall Cooper will be here as well as other District Lions to help with this event. Over 6,000 pairs of recycled eyeglasses will be available for adults to choose from as needed. Children will also be screened for glasses which Lions will provide as needed. Fisher County Hospital and Roby Rural Health Clinic will conduct a health fair and there will be various information booths.

Wed
30
Mar

Shawna Faucett receives $500 Scholarship

 Miss Shawna Faucett, Roby High School Junior, won a $500 scholarship when she placed 2nd in the annual Lions Club District 2-T2 Diabetes Awareness Contest in Lubbock. 

   Shawna's essay competed with those of other district high school juniors and seniors on the topic of "New Ways of Thinking to Manage Diabetes". Her essay was judged on the authenticity, current information and an application of the assigned essay topic and the understandability of the essay through personal presentation techniques. 

   Miss Faucett was sponsored in the contest by the Roby Lions Club. She is the daughter of Shane and Staci Faucett. 

Wed
30
Mar

Aging infrastructure may cost hospital

Representatives from McKinstry Construction presented information about the Fisher County Hospital’s aging infrastructure to the board of trustees last Monday night. 

   Michael McDaniel, Senior Account Executive, and Skip Woessner, Project Director, are mechanical engineers/contractors for McKinstry who help local hospitals figure out ways to decrease expenses and increase revenues. The goal is to help improve the overall operations of the hospital, not only improving the service to the community, but also the desirability to the next generation of medical professional. 

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