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Susan King hosts Town Hall Meeting

April 24, 2014

State Representative Susan King hosted a town hall meeting on Tuesday night at the Sweetwater Municipal Auditorium, with most of the discussion held on the proposed rule from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Division (TPWD) on the gassing of rattlesnakes.
King offered some information she learned to the audience to kick off the town hall forum, recapping a conference call she had with TPWD director Carter Smith.

Achievements announced during SHAC report at Sweetwater ISD meeting

April 24, 2014

The Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) report was given Monday at the Sweetwater ISD (Independent School District) Board of Trustees meeting, with two notable achievements.
This year, the district was 100% compliant in student immunizations. Additionally, the numbers from the PEPSSA (Pregnancy Education and Parenting Shared Service Agreement) program have decreased to the lowest numbers ever recorded.

Dr. Don Frazier to speak at Municipal Auditorium on Comanche Empire

April 24, 2014

The Pioneer City-County Museum is honored to present Dr. Don Frazier's "The Comanche Empire."
Dr. Frazier is a professor of history at McMurry University and the author of "Frontier Texas: History of a Borderland to 1880". This book tells the epic story of the West Texas Frontier and its many transitions throughout the centuries.

Thursday's local weather outlook

April 24, 2014

Today will be sunny with a high near 81. Winds will be breezy and from the west at 15 to 20 mph, shifting to the north in the afternoon.
Expect mostly clear skies tonight, with a low around 55 and north-northeast winds at 5 to 10 mph. After midnight, winds will come from the east-southeast.
Learn more at weather.gov.

Pleas entered in District Court

April 23, 2014

Several have recently entered during 32nd Judicial District Court proceedings.
Cory Alton Martin pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated, a third degree felony. Martin was sentenced to 10 years confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, probated for six years. He was also ordered to pay a $2,000 fine, $523 in court costs and $500 in attorney's fees. Martin will also have to serve 160 hours of community service and 15 days of mandatory jail time. His driver's license will be suspended for one year.

Grand Jury indicts 35

April 23, 2014

A Nolan County Grand Jury indicted 35 people this month. Twenty-seven of those indictments were sealed. The following cases were true-billed:
Isaiah Zachary Gongora was indicted for aggravated sexual assault of a child, a first degree felony, for an offense that occurred in November 2012. The victim was younger than 14 years of age at the time of the crime. His bond was set at $25,000.

Suspicious fires in Sweetwater

April 23, 2014

The Sweetwater Fire Department has responded to several suspicious fires recently within a two block radius, according to Sweetwater Fire Chief Grant Madden.
According to one of the homeowners, the fire at their home started at about 4 p.m. on Friday, but was quickly extinguished. The fire began outside on the side of their home on Sunnyvale.

Local program praised in state publication

April 23, 2014

During Monday's meeting of the Sweetwater ISD (Independent School District) Board of Trustees' meeting, Superintendent Terry Pittman stated in his monthly report that the local Community Captains program was mentioned in a recent TASB (Texas Association of School Boards) newsletter.
Pittman shared the information with Diana Freeman, TASB's LTS (Leadership Team Services) senior consultant, who included it in her article found in the state-wide publication.

Wednesday's local weather

April 23, 2014

Today will be mostly sunny with a high near 91. Winds will be breezy, with a south wind 15 to 25 mph and after 1 p.m. we'll have a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could be severe.
Expect partly cloudy skies tonight, with a low around 62 and breezy winds from the south at 15 to 20 mph. Winds will decrease to 10 to 15 mph after midnight, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Before 1 a.m., we should have a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, with some storms being severe.
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Nolan County SWCD assists with land and water resources

April 22, 2014

In the 1930s the U.S. experienced some of the worst dust storms recorded in history. Protection of topsoil became a priority and as a result, soil and water conservation districts (SWCDs) were formed so landowners could work together at the local level to solve a major problem. With the emphasis on "going green" these days, soil and water conservation districts are as important as ever.
Just what is a soil and water conservation district?

Community being green

April 22, 2014

Rafael Valdez — I don’t own a car. I walk to work. I use public transportation. Before my bicycles were stolen, I’d ride them daily. America can not sustain its present course and we are about to find out the hard way.

Rosemary Chris Schmitt — Going to plant some trees and flowers.

Nicole Garcia McArthur — Planting my own veggie garden so I’m going to eat what I grow.

Susan Conner-Ellenburg — I started a worm farm. They eat all your leftovers and you use their castings for fertilizer. I also started an herb garden and I’m growing flowers.

DHRD adopts a highway

April 22, 2014

Members of Dark Horse Roller Derby recently cleaned up their stretch of highway for the Adopt-A-Highway program.
They cleaned the two mile stretch of Loop 170 in front of the WASP Museum, heading towards Texas State Technical College and ending by the Elks Lodge.
Pictured are Tiffany Cabral, Betty Carter, Melissa Winslow, Jessica Galindo, Tonya Osteen and Amber Wingo.

City recycling center doing its part to help the environment

April 22, 2014

Earth Day is April 22 and everyone in Sweetwater can easily do their part to help the environment. If you were unaware, Sweetwater has a refuse disposal and recycling drop-off center located at 807 W. Broadway and is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The drop-off center provides a spot for area residents and businesses to take their refuse for transit to a certified disposal site.

Jaycees hosts annual Easter egg hunt

April 22, 2014

The Sweetwater Jaycees hosted their annual Easter egg hunt at Fraley Park for children of the community.
Hundreds of plastic treat-filled eggs and many other Easter prizes were sought after at the hunt. Several of the eggs contained tickets for prizes such as Easter baskets.
Shown is Sweetwater Jaycees President Clint Parks spreading out Easter eggs before the hunt. See more photos on Page 10.

Sweetwater's weather for Tuesday

April 22, 2014

Today will be sunny with a high near 85. Winds will be from the east at 5 to 10 mph.
Expect partly cloudy skies tonight, with a low around 61 and southeast winds at 10 to 15 mph.
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