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27
Sep
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We Love to Read!

Rotan ISD 2nd graders love going to the library. When these four boys came in with their class they were excited to be able to read their books to everyone.

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27
Sep
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Rotan 2019 Homecoming week to kick off

By Kyndra Vaught

Monday begins Homecoming Week for the Rotan Yellowhammers with six days of activities for students and alumni.

On Monday, the students will dress up as a twin. Tuesday is Hawaiian Day. Wednesday students will rock their favorite collage gear.

Thursday is throwback-Thursday, and Friday, students will show their school pride by sporting the orange and white.

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Thu
27
Sep
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Aspermont accepts councilman’s resignation and prepares for liquor election

By Jeff Hurt

The Aspermont City Council met on Monday to officially accept the resignation of Councilman Ralph Riddle and appoint a judge and clerks for the city’s upcoming liquor election in November. The council also adopted this year’s tax rate before hearing about raininduced plumbing issues.

The Council was unanimous in its acceptance of Riddle’s resignation. He will soon be relocating to Lubbock, and as he will no longer be residing within the city limits of Aspermont must forfeit his seat on the Council.

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Thu
20
Sep
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U.S. Representative Jodey Arrington holds a townhall meeting in Aspermont

By Jeff Hurt

Congressman Jodey Arrington slipped into the Stonewall Senior Citizens Center in Aspermont Monday for a town hall meeting. Arrington engaged in an almost two-hour discussion with local residents about tax codes, health care, immigration, the Farm Bill, and what he is doing to help bring back old-fashioned concepts of “civility” to Washington.

Much of the discussion between Arrington and the audience was in regards to health care reform. He said as much as he disagreed with Pres. Obama, Arrington said he felt like he truly wanted affordable health care.

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Thu
20
Sep
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High water bills an issue for some Rotan residents

By Jeff Hurt

Jerry “Cotton” Clawson spoke to the Rotan City Council in open forum last week regarding discrepancies in his water bill over the previous four months, and Director of Public Works Rodney Denton confirmed it was not an isolated incident.

Clawson said his water meter reading has almost doubled from readings of the previous year, although there was the same number of people using what he felt was approximately the same amount of water. He explained how they have been using bottled water from the local grocery store for the last five years, only using city water for washing clothes, cooking, and bathing purposes.

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20
Sep
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AISD looks at new methods to raise test scores

By Jeff Hurt

The AISD School Board heard from school administrators on new approaches to education, which they anticipate should increase test scores and school accountability ratings in the years to come. The board also approved a few policy updates and made trustee nominations for the CAD.

Administrators talked briefly about STAAR scores and the district’s plans for making educational improvements in preparation for the 2018-19 round of testing. Elementary Principal Chuck Chesser said he has been reviewing testing results going back as far as 2002.

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Thu
13
Sep
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Roby CISD names finalist for superintendent

By Jeff Hurt

After a series of closed-door meetings over the past several weeks, the Roby School Board names the lone finalist Monday, hopefully ending a two-month long search for a superintendent.

Based on Interim Superintendent David Hale’s recommended the board appointed a committee of three board members: Jeff Branson, Darry Tompson, and Jeff Posey to review superintendent applications to narrow the large candidate pool. Hale hoped the committee would reduce the pool to a more manageable number.

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Thu
13
Sep
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Fisher County adopts 2019 budget and gets scolded by judge

By Jeff Hurt

The Fisher County Commissioners officially voted to adopt the $2.4 million budget for FY 2019 and the effective rate of .815649 in a 3-1 vote, with Commissioner Gordon Pippin voting against. The court also voted to approve the $52,000 drug forfeiture budget for the Sheriff's Department, but things heated up when Justice of the Peace Angie Pippin made a request to set up a rotation for on-call hours.

JP Pippen's issue is that where there once was a time when the county had two JP offices, with the closure of one office, it leaves her office as the sole provider of services for the county. As the county has up to 24 hours to magistrate a misdemeanor crime, and 48 hours to magistrate a felony offense, along with the Justice of the Peace being the primary investigator of deaths in the county, Pippin is on-call on a 24/7 basis.

Thu
13
Sep
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Stonewall County adopts FY 2019 budget

By Jeff Hurt

The Stonewall Commissioners officially adopted the budget for the 2019 fiscal year, also setting the tax rate before moving on to regular county business Monday.

After completing all necessary procedures regarding public hearings to increase taxes above the effective tax rate of .888993 and below the rollback rate of .9601, the commissioners officially set a tax rate of .9554

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Wed
05
Sep
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Fisher Co. Commissioners approve budget without tax increase

By Jeff Hurt

In a brief special-called meeting Tuesday, the Fisher County Commissioners approved the 2018-19 budget with no further cutbacks and without raising taxes in a 3 – 1 vote.

Controversy sparked last week when the commissioners disagreed on approving a budget that included a 5% raise for all county employees and officials, but—per the orders of District Judge Glen Harrison—granted a 6% pay increase to the county auditor.

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