August 14th, 2014
Nolan County has been virtually recession proof. As most of the nation has struggled to recover from the worst economic downturn in more than 75 years, Sweetwater and surrounding areas has remained a bastion of employment.
In fact, Ken Becker, executive director at Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development (SEED), estimates the percentage of Nolan County residents out of work to be just over four percent â€” lower than the state of Texas and the U.S. averages.
The Sweetwater Fire Department has promoted from within a new assistant fire chief. Lance Campbell was officially named to the position Tuesday by Chief Grant Madden.
Campbell, a 15-year veteran of the department, passed the required promotional exams and met the criteria. Madden believes he will be a good successor to former assistant chief Chris Kiser.
"Lance was hired on right after I was," Madden said. "I've worked with him my entire career. I know he has great leadership skills, we just haven't had a chance to see them yet."
It takes a team effort get the daily newspaper constructed, published and delivered. And the youngest member of the Sweetwater Reporter family is ten-year-old Christian Reid.
Reid is a newspaper carrier whose route is on the northeast side of Sweetwater. The route is under his mother's name, Jennifer Gardner, who was recently named the Sweetwater Reporter's "Readers' Choice" winner for Best Newspaper Carrier.
After a few lean years, the Blackwell football program has produced back-to-back playoff appearances and in 2013, the Hornets got their first postseason win since 1996 before falling to the eventual state champions â€” Grandfalls-Royalty â€” in the second round.
Today will be sunny and hot with a high near 99. Winds will be from the south-southeast at 5 to 10 mph.
Expect mostly clear conditions tonight, with a low around 71 and southeast winds around 10 mph.
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The public is invited to participate in a local Color Dash on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 10:30 a.m. starting and ending at TSTC Sweetwater Campus. "This fun, family-friendly event is going to be a big difference maker â€” it's your city's brightest 5k run/walk," said event organizers. "The Color Dash is a fun-filled experience for walkers, runners and people of all ages, shapes and sizes."
The 70th annual Fisher County Fair will take place August 15-16 at the Fisher County Courthouse. 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. Entries will be accepted on Thursday, Aug. 14, from 4-7 p.m. Ribbons will be awarded. Residents of neighboring counties are also welcome to enter. Fair books are available at the Extension office. For more information, call Mary Mahaffey at 721-1002 or the County Extension office at 776-3259.
It's been a busy week for the Sweetwater City Commission.
During a regular session Tuesday, police officer Daniel Olds was commended for "going above and beyond the normal call of duty" for his role in attempting to save the life of a critical patient the fire department was called to assist.
The scene at rescue situations such as the one Olds responded to can often be chaotic, but on the day of June 27, Sweetwater's emergency services were stretched particularly thin, according to fire chief Grant Madden.
The Mustang Sallies will once again take to the track in their third home bout of the season against the Conroe Cutthroats on Sunday, Aug. 17. The doors will open at 3 p.m. and the action starts at 4 p.m. at the Nolan County Coliseum Annex.
Tickets are on sale at Creative Graphic Solutions, Fastenal and El Papagayos for $8 in advance. Tickets will also be sold at the door for $12 on Aug. 17. Children 12 and under are free! Be sure to get to the Annex early as seating is limited.