Archive - Mar 2013

March 7th

‘Bull Bash’ raises $8,510

March 7, 2013

The 4th Annual Ridin' for Cash Bull Bash saw another successful year, with $8,510 raised to benefit visually impaired children in the community and surrounding areas.
The total is an accumulation of the sales from tickets, t-shirts, the silent auction, the Mutton Bustin' competition and the dance held at the Jaycee Barn after the event. All funds raised will be donated to the Division for Blind Services to be used for programs and camps for visually impaired children.

Parade, pageant to kick off Rattlesnake Round-Up events

March 7, 2013

Heath Cornutt, Sweetwater Jaycee President and Chairman of the 55th Annual World’s Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up, has released the schedule and prices for the upcoming Round-Up on March 8-10, 2013. The Jaycees have released that they will be paying $10 per pound for live Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes. The Jaycees have collected more than 300,000 pounds of Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes since the start of the Round-Up in 1959.

Love’s Travel Stop opens today

March 7, 2013

Love’s Travel Stops (Love’s) in Sweetwater off I-20, Exit 242, will open their doors for business Thursday, March 7.
Love’s is a 24/7 operation featuring an Arby’s restaurant, gourmet coffee selection, a variety of fountain drinks, fresh fruit, name-brand snacks, travel items, gift merchandise and more. This location will also have 85 parking spaces for professional truck drivers and a Love’s Truck Tire Care center on site.

Blotters for March 5, 2013

March 7, 2013

The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 25 calls for service, issued three citations and made one arrest on Mar. 5, 2013.

The SPD received 30, 911 calls.

Calls for service:
• Unauthorized use of a vehicle/credit card abuse — 400 block of W. Alabama.

Arrested by SPD:
• Eon Acorn, 18 — Warrant probation violation/possession of marijuana.

The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had 14 calls for service, served 17 civil papers and made three arrests on Mar. 5, 2013.

Arrested by NCSO:
• Idris Kioki Taylor, 35, of Sweetwater — Judgment.

Verlia Ratliff

March 7, 2013

Verlia Ratliff, after a nine month battle with cancer, died on March 6, 2013. Verlia was a long-time resident of Roscoe, where she lived with her husband Charles, raised three children, and supported Roscoe Plowboys and Plowgirls through the ages.

‘Stangs at Abilene tourney after losing to Andrews

March 7, 2013

Coming off one of its toughest losses of the still-young season, the Sweet-water High School baseball team began play at Abilene’s three-day tournament this morning against Abilene Cooper at Cooper’s field.
Sweetwater (6-5) lost at Andrews, 5-4, on Tuesday — a game Sweetwater led 4-0 after four innings.
Andrews tied it with a four-run fifth, however, and the host Mustangs won it by scoring off a Sweetwater error in the seventh follow-ing a walk and stolen base.

Regional boys powerlifters compete Saturday

March 7, 2013

These six Sweetwater High School boys powerlifters will be competing in the Region I, Division II powerlifting meet Saturday. The meet will be held in Sundown.
From left are Austin Marlett, Trey Harvey, Jay Lomas, Kendall Rea, Steven Le and Donald Baker. Baker enters the meet ranked second in the region in the 148-pound weight class while Lomas is currently ranked third in the region in the 132-pound weight class and Marlett currently ranks third in the region in the 165-pound weight class.

Thursday's forecast for Sweetwater

March 7, 2013

Expect mostly sunny skies today with a high near 72. Winds will be from the south-southeast around 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
Tonight, we should see partly cloudy skies with a low around 51. Winds will remain from the south-southeast at 15 to 20 mph, with gusts topping out at 25 mph.
What's the weather looking like throughout the Rattlesnake Roundup weekend? Visit weather.gov to find out.

March 6th

Crawfish and Shrimp Etoufee

March 6, 2013

Ingredients:
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 small green bell pepper, diced
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 stalks celery, diced
2 fresh tomatoes, chopped
2 tablespoons Louisiana-style hot sauce
1/3 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
(optional)
2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning blend
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 cup fish stock/clam broth/chicken stock
1 pound crawfish tails
1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

Directions:

New ordinance relating to food vendors in effect

March 6, 2013

The Sweetwater Jaycees Rattlesnake Round-Up is approaching fast, bringing many food vendors to town. Individuals and organizations cannot sell food to the public without a county health permit as required by State and County law. A new ordinance went into effective last November requiring all food vendors to renew permits yearly. This means food vendors at the Round-Up must fill out a new permit application prior to their inspection.

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