The Daily Press Sweetwater Reporter | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-04-22T17:59:52-04:00 County SWCD assists with land and water resources2014-04-22T17:59:52-04:002014-04-22T11:58:33-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterJust what is a soil and water conservation district? SWCDs are a subdivision of state government, like a county or school district. The program and plan of work of the district is developed according to the local needs of the district. SWCDs are landowner operated and are brought into existence by a vote of those landowners within the boundaries of a district. It is administered by a board of five directors who are elected by their fellow landowners. Elections are held once a year in soil and water conservation districts. Directors are elected for a four-year term. Sometime between September 30 and October 16 each year, agricultural landowners in each of the districts over the state assemble in conventions and elect their representative on the district's board of directors. By rotating the elections in subdivisions, one or two directors' terms expire each year. Only agricultural landowners may vote or qualify as directors.The Nolan County SWCDs board of directors are Ralph E. Stirl, JC Stroman, Jr., Don Campbell, Mark Wright and Johnny Ussery.So what does this board of directors do? The elected board members have the responsibility to develop a program and plan of work. The program is actually an inventory of the land and water resources and problems of the district. It describes the actual conditions bearing on land and its use. The plan of work discusses land capabilities, physical conditions and socio-economic conditions creating conservation problems. Conservation needs and treatment, as well as district policy, are outlined in the document. The program and plan of work also details solutions to problems and resources available to accomplish district objectives.Soil and water conservation districts do not aim toward power. They work to bring about the widespread understanding of the needs of soil and water conservation. In addition, they work to activate the efforts of public and private organizations and agencies into a united front to combat soil and water erosion and to enhance water quality and quantity in the state.Sweetwater, TXNo author availableNolan County SWCD assists with land and water resourcesSweetwater being green2014-04-22T15:59:29-04:002014-04-22T11:55:03-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterRosemary 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.Sweetwater, TXNo author availableCommunity being greenSweetwater adopts a highway2014-04-22T11:46:26-04:002014-04-22T11:46:26-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterThey 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. Sweetwater, TXNo author availableDHRD adopts a highwaySweetwater recycling center doing its part to help the environment2014-04-22T11:45:03-04:002014-04-22T11:45:03-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterHaving this waste and recyclables center reduces the potential for illegal dumping and supports the 40% waste reduction goal set by Texas Legislation of 1991, but the responsibility also lies with the businesses and citizens of Sweetwater.Sweetwater, TXMelissa WinslowCity recycling center doing its part to help the environmentSweetwater hosts annual Easter egg hunt2014-04-22T11:43:37-04:002014-04-22T11:43:37-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterHundreds 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, TXNo author availableJaycees hosts annual Easter egg huntSweetwater's weather for Tuesday2014-04-22T09:05:35-04:002014-04-22T09:05:35-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterExpect partly cloudy skies tonight, with a low around 61 and southeast winds at 10 to 15 mph.Sweetwater, TXNo author availableSweetwater's weather for TuesdaySweetwater of Roscoe hosts Easter egg hunt2014-04-21T11:41:20-04:002014-04-21T11:41:20-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterHunts took place for three separate age groups and everyone was invited. The Easter bunny also made an appearance to greet the children. Find more photos on Page 1 of Monday's edition.Sweetwater, TXNo author availableCity of Roscoe hosts Easter egg huntSweetwater National Bank awards Good Grades Pay winners2014-04-21T11:38:35-04:002014-04-21T11:38:35-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater Reporter"Congratulations to those who made all A’s during the six week period, and to the Good Grades Pay winners," said Texas National Bank officials. "Texas National Bank wants to remind students to apply themselves, set goals and study hard, because Good Grades Pay!"Sweetwater, TXNo author availableTexas National Bank awards Good Grades Pay winnersSweetwater weather for Monday2014-04-21T09:51:21-04:002014-04-21T09:51:21-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterExpect mostly clear skies tonight, with a low around 59 and northeast winds at 10 to 15 mph.Sweetwater, TXNo author availableLocal weather for MondaySweetwater hears report on hospital bond election2014-04-20T11:07:45-04:002014-04-19T02:30:56-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterThe vote for the Phase 4 Renovation and expansion at the hospital will be held on Saturday, May 10.Hospital Administrator Donna Boatright gave the presentation, in which she was joined by David White, Mike Edwards and Zach Christensen from McKinstry, the company who will oversee the proposed construction. McKinstry has worked on three other projects over the past three years, such as the new physician office building and Cardiac Rehab/Wellness Center.The current facilities were built in 1976, and in order to meet the future needs of residents, it was noted that several improvements are needed for enhancement. Since the current facility was constructed, there have been no bonds issued.The projected construction investments for the hospital renovation are $25.2 million, which would be paid for through general obligation bonds.The improvements would bring new services and advanced technology, as well as proving new safety and industry standards. All spaces would be designed to include and/or update features for code compliance, fire safety and ADA accessibility.The total square footage of the project is 40,281. New construction would make up 21,286 square feet of the total amount, with the remaining 18,995 square feet being renovations.The new construction would include a new outpatient dialysis space, which would include 15 patient rooms, an occupational therapy room and a lab. The MRI center would be completely expanded to allow in-house access and to accommodate an "open machine".In addition, a larger labor and delivery space would include 12 new patient suites, a ten-bed nursery, a staff lounge, training room and waiting area. The open office space for nursing administration would also have a restroom and contemporary finishes.Regarding renovations, the ICU will see a 97% increase, as the department would receive five ICU rooms along with an isolation room which would have wall-mounted computer charting, delivery specific lighting and microbe resistant cabinetry. Other renovations in the ICU would be done in the waiting area, staff lounge and restroom, medication, training and utility rooms and the nurse's station.The surgery department would increase by 71%, with three operating suites to be updates in order to integrate advanced medical equipment. Five recovery rooms and four pre-op rooms would also be renovated, with expansions for decontamination and clean storage and updates to the locker rooms, central lounge, waiting room, consulting room and nurse's station.Other renovations include the laboratory, as areas including microbiology, urinalysis and blood bank areas will be increased. The staff spaces and the dedicated waiting area would be renovated as well in the department.The front entry of the hospital would be covered with a new conference room added in the entry, and the hospital corridors would be updated with contemporary finishes. Also expanded and updated with new finishes would be the dining room.The business office would see the addition of a new office and IT/server room, while the pharmacy would get a new IV storage room. The walking trails with benches would also be redesigned for site improvements.Furthermore, the hospital would get a new emergency generator, which would increase the capacity for emergency preparedness. A hospital-wide nurse and patient call system would also be installed.Renewable energy measures to the campus would also include rainwater collection tanks, a wind turbine, solar panels and insulated glass. A variety of HVAC improvements would also be made throughout the hospital, in order to improve patient and staff comfort, as well as the energy efficiency of the spaces.Sweetwater, TXBelinda SerranoSEED hears report on hospital bond electionSweetwater