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Principal forbids students from speaking Spanish

December 6th, 2013

HEMPSTEAD, Texas – A Texas middle school principal has been placed on paid leave after she banned the speaking of Spanish by students while in class, according to the Associated Press.

A Hempstead school district spokeswoman confirms that Amy Lacey has been placed on leave pending investigation of her November 12 announcement on the intercom at …

Krista Powell named Sul Ross Vocational Nursing director

December 6th, 2013

Krista Powell

ALPINE – Krista Powell has been named director of the Vocational Nursing program at Sul Ross State Univesity.

Powell, who has served as interim director since mid-October, was selected for the position following a nationwide search. She replaces  Donna Kuenstler, who resigned after serving as director since 2001.

“Krista has been an asset …

State Rep. Poncho Nevarez to deliver Dec. 14 Sul Ross commencement address

December 6th, 2013

Rep. Pancho Nevarez

ALPINE – State Representative Alfonso “Poncho” Nevárez will deliver the commencement address during fall graduation exercises at Sul Ross State University, Alpine campus.

Ceremonies will be held at 10am Saturday, Dec. 14 in the Pete P. Gallego Center.

Rio Grande College commencement exercises will be held at 7:30pm in the Uvalde High …

Marfa ISD seeks to become an Early College High School

Marfa ISD seeks to become an Early College High School

November 27th, 2013

Fiscal audit is unqualified with no findings


MARFA – Marfa ISD board of trustees have given their blessing to Superintendent Andrew Peters to submit an application to Texas Education Agency (TEA) to designate Marfa ISD as an Early College High School.

Peters presented the program at the November 18 board meeting that would allow …

McIvor appointed to Fort Davis school board

November 21st, 2013

FORT DAVIS – The Fort Davis Independent School District has appointed rancher Julie McIvor to the Board of Trustees.

McIvor will replace Mark Wetzel, who resigned several months ago.

Fort Davis ISD Board of Trustees President John Heiner said McIvor was appointed because she was deemed the most qualified candidate of the three residents who submitted a …

Marfa school board approves applications for two solar plants

Marfa school board approves applications for two solar plants

November 21st, 2013


MARFA – Marfa Independent School District Board of Trustees unanimously voted to approve the applications for two potential solar power plants.

SunPower and Alpine 1 Solar both made presentations during the Monday, November 18 school board meeting about potential solar power plants near Marfa.

Trustee Mahala Guevara stressed that before the board made any …

Presidio High School developing student radio station

November 7th, 2013

(L to R): Mrs. Hernandez, Karen Ramirez, Nereida Lopez, Erick Valenzuela, Andreina Garcia, Alexcia Bailon, Daniel Tercero.


PRESIDIO – Presidio High School is getting a radio station, but don’t turn that dial just yet. The station is in the very early stages and will only broadcast on campus.

In an effort …

Fort Davis no longer academically unacceptable through appeal

November 7th, 2013


FORT DAVIS – Texas Education Agency (TEA) has reversed Fort Davis ISD’s academically unacceptable rating in a letter the school district received on Friday.

“That is exciting news, and I haven’t gotten to share that with too many people,” said Fort Davis ISD Superintendent Judi Whitis.

When the school district received the AU rating …

Fort Davis ISD to review candidates for vacant board position

November 7th, 2013


FORT DAVIS – Fort Davis ISD will discuss potential candidates for a school board vacancy at the school board meeting on Monday, November 11 in Fort Davis.

Former trustee Mark Wetzel resigned several months ago.

The candidate for the at-large position will be named in December and will fill it for the rest of …

Marfa 4H news and notes

November 1st, 2013

By Brielle Gonzales
Marfa 4H Club reporter

MARFA – The Marfa 4H Club met on Monday October 1, 2013 at the Marfa Cowboy Church for their first meeting of the year.

Thee meeting started with the 4H motto and pledge, and the pledge of allegiance to the American flag read by Donny Martinez. Cesar Torres read the group …

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