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Fisher Co. government debates standardized courthouse hours

By Jeff Hurt

Tempers flared amongst county officials during Fisher County’s Monday meeting, as authoritative lines were drawn between the commissioners and almost every other office present regarding standardizing courthouse hours, a standoff that ended with a tabled vote.

In an otherwise regular meeting where budget amendments for more than $15,000 were approved to cover the cost of the additional work for the outside auditor. An additional amendment was required for essentially all offices to cover the budget shortfall for the new phone line installation.

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Stonewall Memorial Hospital breaks ground on nursing home project

By Jeff Hurt

Stonewall Memorial Hospital staff and board trustees welcomed members of the public and a number of city and county officials, as ground was officially broken on the construction site for the hospital’s new nursing home facility Monday. The ceremony marked the beginning of a project Hospital Administrator Andy Kolb and the SMH board members have been working toward for more than a year.

“None of this would have been possible without the vision of our board,” said Kold during the ceremony The board and Kolb began looking replace the aging facility the county currently operates, which was built in 1974 and opened in 1976. In April 2017, SMH acquisitioned 10.42 acres north of the current hospital for the planned construction of a new building.

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Nomadic Newspaper travels to the land of Fire & Ice!

Lanny Posey Maeyers traveled to Iceland June 14 with a group of 21 students from Flower Mound High School traveling with the DOUBLEMOUNTAIN CHRONICLE spending a week in this beautiful country of fire and ice.

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Nomadic Newspaper trades wind for waves in Port Aransas!

Dale and Martha Cox, of Rotan, Texas along with the Double Mountain Chronicle took a trip through the Ozark National Forest!

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Time to start getting ready for the Fisher County Fair & Rodeo August 9 - 11th!

The 74th annual Fisher County Fair is right around the corner! Many people have never entered anything in the fair, been to look at the fair, or even know there is a fair. It is in conjunction with the rodeo, and will be held at the courthouse August 9-11. All ages are encouraged to enter items in the following categories: Baked Goods, Preserved Foods, Textiles (clothing and quilts), Horticulture and Crops, Hobbies and Crafts, Art, and Photography. If you made it, we will find a category for it.

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Stonewall Memorial reports million-dollar month

By Jeff Hurt

(Aspermont, Texas) Stonewall Memorial Hospital Administrator Andy Kolb informed the board members Monday night, that while patient census is starting to come back down to normal levels, the hospital exceeded $1 million in patient revenues for the month of May.

SMH Assistant Administrator and COO Billie Carter said the clinics have seen a decrease in patients this month with the Stonewall visits down from 257 to 227, the Kent CO. Clinic had 97 down from 105, and the Spur Clinic had 130 down from 142.

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Aspermont House Fire under Investigation

At 4:20 Monday afternoon, Aspermont Emergency personnel were dispatched to a house fire on County Road 100. Within a two-hour timeframe, firefighters were able to gain control of the fire, reducing the overall damage to the structure.

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Surveys reveal Fisher County Hospital above national average in providing care but continue to struggle financially

By Jeff Hurt

Fisher Co. Hospital CEO Leanne Martinez informed the board members that based on data collected from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) the hospital district scored well above state and national averages.

While the board also approved tax abatement guidelines to allow the administration to engage in negotiations with wind energy companies, until finances improve, board members still had to make tough decisions regarding employee retirement contributions.

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Summer League Football shows promise for the Rotan Yellowhammers

The Rotan summer league traveled to Knox City last Friday and Saturday to compete in a 7 on 7 football and basketball tournament, where they placed 2nd in the football tournament. After losing the first game to Spur, they battled back winning against Knox City, Aspermont, to compete in the championship game to once again take on Spur.

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Fisher County plane crash claim the lives of two

By Jeff Hurt

Two Austin area men were killed when the small airplane they were flying crashed in the bottom of a canyon inside the Hawks Double Mountain Ranch Friday afternoon.

The initial DPS report stated pilot, Dallas Lee McMahon, 33, of Austin, and passenger, Jay Robert Liebson, 38, of Burnet were both pronounced dead at the scene

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