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Pioneer Museum to host summer camp

July 29, 2014

The Pioneer Museum is gearing up for a summertime event for children.
On August 12 and 13, the “Pioneering the Past: Summer Discovery Camp” will be held at the museum from 10 a.m. to noon. The two-day interactive archaeology camp, with the theme "Life's a Garden, Dig It", is open to students in grades 4 through 8.
Museum Director, Melonnie Hicks, shared that Dr. Don Frazier, who gave a lecture in Sweetwater this past spring, will return to give a presentation to campers. Students will make medicine bags, play Comanche kids' games and participate in an archaeology dig.

Annual BBQ Fundraiser for Nolan VFD slated for Saturday, August 2

July 29, 2014

The Nolan Volunteer Fire Department will be having their annual BBQ fundraiser on Saturday, August 2 from 5:30-8 p.m. featuring their award-winning smoked brisket, chicken and sausage.
The three-meat BBQ meal with all the fixings will be sold for $10 for adults and $7 for children ten and under.
Also, pre-orders will be taken, with a whole smoked chicken for $15, $50 for a half smoked brisket and $100 for a whole smoked brisket. To pre-order call Rolan Petty at 325-236-5496 before July 31.

Six receive Nolan County service awards

July 29, 2014

Service awards were recently presented to Nolan County employees by Nolan County Judge Tim Fambrough.
Receiving pins for 15 years of service were Jerry Hunt, the County Judge/Commissioners' Court secretary, and Brock Carter, Sheriff's Department sergeant.
Employees who earned their 10-year pin were Wendell Bankhead, Precinct 1 equipment operator, and Donna McCluskey, Tax Collector deputy chief.
Donnie Clark, Sheriff's deputy, and Billy Murphy, Precinct 1 equipment operator, both received pins for their five years of service to the county.

Benefit for Sweetwater native

July 29, 2014

A benefit dinner and dance for Melinda Torres, who is battling leukemia, will be held Saturday, Aug. 2 at the Sweetwater Jaycees Barn.
Melinda, born and raised in Sweetwater, is the daughter of Joe and Elizabeth Torres. She is a single parent with a son, Dylan, attending Texas Tech University.
Melinda is a Registered Nurse and began her nursing career at Abilene State School before moving on to Abilene Regional Medical Center. She is now at Baylor All Saints Medical Center in Fort Worth.

Tuesday's local events

July 29, 2014

Today, July 29, the Adult Literacy/ESL class will meet at the County-City Library Tuesday, July 29 at 10 a.m.
Instructors will help participants learn to read, improve reading skills, improve English skills or help you read to your children. Call 235-4978 for more information.
Starting at 11 a.m., the AJRA 4-D Barrel Race will be held at the Nolan County Coliseum. Exhibitions will be open to the public until 2 p.m.
Sign up when you get there. For entry fees or more information, call Cassidy Carpenter at 806-786-6796.

Local weather for Tuesday

July 29, 2014

Today will be partly sunny with a high near 94. Winds will be from the east around 10 mph. We'll also have a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, which will continue through the nighttime hours.
Otherwise, expect mostly cloudy conditions with a low around 73. Winds will come from the east-southeast at 10 to 15 mph.
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Many show support at Jam at the Dam

July 28, 2014

Many attended the Jam at the Dam event at Lake Sweetwater on Saturday to show their support for the families in which the event benefitted.
The event, hosted by the Clean Up Lake Sweetwater Beach group, benefitted the families of Devin LaRue and Cassidy Crain, two local men who passed away in a vehicle accident.
Shown is the Nine Mile Band performing at the event. Find more photos on Page 1 of Monday's edition.

Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital welcomes Dr. Jennifer Liedtke

July 28, 2014

Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH) has announced the addition of Dr. Jennifer Liedtke to their medical team. The new physician will provide family practice services as well as a specialty in obstetrics.
“We’re thrilled to have Dr. Liedtke join our Sweetwater medical community,” said Donna Boatright, administrator of RPMH. “Her services will be a great asset here at Rolling Plains, and I know our community is going to love her.”

Local oilfield supply company hires three TSTC graduates

July 28, 2014

Knox Oilfield Supply has hired three recent Texas State Technical College Downhole Tool graduates. “These guys are just fantastic,” said Scott Knox. Two of the graduates are working in the pump shop in San Angelo, and the other is working in deliveries and the pump shop in Sterling City.
Cameron Fox graduated in May and has been with Knox Oilfield Supply for three months. “All my family worked in the oil field. My dad has been with Chevron for 28 years,” said Fox. “I knew that is what I wanted to do too.”

Local forecast for Monday

July 28, 2014

Today will be mostly sunny with a high near 96. Winds will be from the south-southeast at 5 to 10 mph, shifting to the northeast in the afternoon.
We'll have a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms tonight, with partly cloudy skies tonight with a low around 72. Winds will be from the east at 5 to 10 mph.
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Nolan County grand jury clears Abilene officers in shooting death, indicts 12

July 26, 2014

A Nolan County grand jury recently cleared Abilene officers who were involved in the June standoff that ended with police shooting Michael "Micky" Berry to death.
According to 32nd Judicial District ADA (Assistant District Attorney) Barrett Thomas, grand jurors did not indict the five Abilene police officers involved in the shooting.

WCTADRC to host affordable housing summit on Wednesday

July 26, 2014

It is the mission of the West Central Texas Council of Governments Aging and Disability Resource Center (WCTADRC) to serve as an access point for information and assistance on issues affecting older adults and those with disabilities and their families and caregivers.

Junior rodeo finals returns to Sweetwater

July 26, 2014

For the first time since 2006, the American Junior Rodeo Association will hold its National Finals Rodeo at the Nolan County Coliseum.
The five-day affair — which kicks off Tuesday and continues through Saturday — will feature young buckaroos in several age brackets competing for national championship titles in traditional rodeo events ranging from team roping to barrel racing. To get this far, participants had to qualify at four AJRA-sanctioned rodeos throughout the year, which were held in various West Texas cities.

Great White to perform during Nolan County Fair

July 26, 2014

On Saturday, August 9, Great White will be in concert during the Nolan County Fair at the Nolan County Coliseum.
Great White consists of founder and lead guitarist, Mark Kendall; Michael Lardie (keys, guitar); Audie Desbrow (drums); Scott Snyder (bass) and lead singer Terry Ilous. With over 10 million albums sold worldwide, the band is most recognized for their smash hit “Once Bitten, Twice Shy”.
In a phone interview, Kendall expressed the band's excitement over their upcoming performance in Sweetwater.

Trinity Baptist Church to show God’s Not Dead movie

July 25, 2014

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