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Children’s Art and Literacy Festival slated for June

December 31, 2011

On June 14-17, 2012, Abilene will host Artfully Abilene's "Children's Art & Literacy Festival" (CALF) featuring Dr. Seuss.
This idea emanated from the The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature (NCCIL) planned exhibition of the original illustrations from "The Lorax" on June 1 - August 31, 2011. To enhance this Seussian experience we have also secured funding for "The Art of Dr. Seuss Retrospective", as well as the Seuss Sculpture Touring Garden.

The five most significant weather events for 2011

December 31, 2011

Weather across West Central Texas can change dramatically and is typically characterized by flash floods, drought, wildfires, hail, winter storms and tornadoes. 2011 will go down as the hottest summer on record. Below are five of the most significant weather events for 2011 that impacted the region from the National Weather Service Office in San Angelo.
1. Drought, wildfires and heat in West Central Texas; 2011.
2. Powerful winter storm and cold in Abilene and Big Country, Feb. 1-4, 2011.
3. Abilene hail storm, April 24, 2011.
3. Clyde downburst; May 1, 2011.

Good luck in the new year

December 31, 2011

Senior Vice President of First Financial Trust & Asset Management Janis McDowell gives a can of black-eyed peas to Kaitlinn Reed and Regina Scott at the First Financial Bank motor bank in Sweetwater. Each year, FFB gives the cans to customers to celebrate the new year.

Black-eyed peas at FFB

December 31, 2011

Senior Vice President of First Financial Trust & Asset Management Wayne Chowning gives a can of black-eyed peas to Boo Nemir at the First Financial Bank motor bank in Sweetwater. Each year, FFB gives the cans to customers to celebrate the new year.

Blotters for Dec. 29, 2011

December 31, 2011

The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 53 calls for service, issued four citations and made three arrests on Dec. 29, 2011.
The SPD received 23, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
• Theft — 1300 block of Hailey.
• Burglary of a habitation — 700 block of W. Colorado.
Arrested by SPD:
• Shontyeisha Brock, 21 — Criminal trespassing.
• Charlene Carrington, 50 — Criminal trespassing.
• Eristeo Palacios, 32 — Warrants.

Churches celebrate the new year

December 31, 2011

BROADWAY BAPTIST CHURCH

December 30th

AAA Texas to offer free tipsy tow service

December 30, 2011

If you’re a driver who has too much to drink, or you’re a party host, restaurant or bar owner who’s concerned about a guest that’s overindulged and you want to make sure that person gets home safely, AAA Texas is offering members and non-members alike our Tipsy Tow program to make sure everyone who needs a ride home gets home safely.

Health Department stresses salmonella awareness, prevention

December 30, 2011

The Sweetwater-Nolan County Health Department is urging everyone to practice food safety to prevent the spread of salmonella through tips and facts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Salmonella, also called food poisoning, is a bacteria which commonly causes foodborne illnesses. Most recently, news headlines have been bombarded with outbreaks due in part to eggs, peanut products and other food which has been contaminated with salmonella.

Wildfire survivors have more time to register for federal assistance

December 30, 2011

Texas homeowners, renters and business owners who suffered losses caused by the wildfires on or after Aug. 30 have more time to apply for federal disaster recovery assistance, officials from the Texas Division of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said today.
At the request of the state, FEMA is extending the registration deadline to Jan. 6.

Statewide gas price average 80 cents lower than year high

December 30, 2011

As Texas families prepare for the New Year, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in Texas is four cents more than the average last week, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch. The current statewide average is $3.09.

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