March 20th, 2013
Expect mostly sunny skies on this first day of spring with a high near 68. Winds will be from the northeast at 5 to 15 mph.
Tonight will be mostly cloudy with a low around 53 with southeastern winds at 15 to 20 mph.
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Texas State Technical College West Texas is hosting the 2013 Southwest Energy Summit on Wednesday, March 20 and Thursday, March 21, 2013. Energy industry employees from across the state will converge on Sweetwater for the two-day summit which includes sessions on oil and natural gas, wind energy, nuclear energy, workforce and regional infrastructure, transportation and Coal.
Sweetwater Animal Control currently has several dogs available for adoption.
Available for adoption are a male heeler mix, a female chihuahua and a female chihuahua mix.
According to Sweetwaterâ€™s animal control officer, Don Kite, animals that are picked up are kept for a minimum of three days, but he tries to keep them from a week to 10 days.
Dogs and cats are available for adoption for a $15 fee and the cost of getting the pet vaccinated for rabies.
The pets are required to have their vaccination before they leave to their new homes.
Following a twenty-year run of Star Search--the local talent show sponsored by the Sweetwater Kiwanis Club, the civic group is unveiling a new type of talent show in an effort to boost involvement.
Introducing..."Sweetwater's Got Talent."
With only one performing act at last year's Star Search finals in the high school division, change was necessary, according to Kiwanis Club president Mitch Moore. The format of the show at the finals will be changed to resemble the television talent show "America's Got Talent" but with a local twist.
Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital recently held their second annual Treadmill Walkathon benefiting the American Heart Association in February. RPMH would like to thank the community, family and friends for their support in this event.
Pictured is Donna Boatright, Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital Administrator, presenting Donnie Rupert, American Heart Association representative with a $2,460 check. The Walkathon committee members are Carla Howard (far left), Mary Garza (second from right) and Leigh White (far right).
Not pictured is Irene Garcia.
During his City Manager's report at the March meeting of the Sweetwater City Commission, Eddie Brown discussed the outcome of the city's dispute toward the application for a $7.5 million loan to the Bitter Creek Water Supply Corporation (BCWSC).
At their meeting held on February 28 in Austin, the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) approved the loan. Sweetwater was represented by some members of city staff at the meeting, but they were unable to make their case to the board.
The 49th Annual Lone Star Expo Rattlesnake Roundup went on throughout the weekend without the star of the show: the Texas Snake Man. Jackie Bibby was loading rattlesnakes this past Friday afternoon at his home in Rising Star to bring them to Brownwood for the Expo when he was bitten in the stomach by one of the venomous rattlers. His father brought him to the Brownwood Regional Emergency Room in very serious condition. At last report, Bobby Dudley reported that Bibby was listed in critical condition where he was being treated in the Intensive Care Unit at BRMC.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 133 calls for service, issued two citations and made seven arrests from Mar. 15-17, 2013.
The SPD received 121, 911 calls.
â€˘ 300 block of NE Georgia.
â€˘ 2000 block of Lamar.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Theft â€”Â Sweetwater.
â€˘Â Theft â€”Â 1100 block of E. Broadway.
â€˘Â Criminal mischief â€”Â 500 block of Hill.
â€˘Â Criminal mischief â€”Â 200 block of Lamar.
â€˘ Criminal trespass â€” 3500 block of S. Highway 70.
â€˘ Fraud â€” 200 block of Florida.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Profidio Zambrano, 45 â€”Â Driving while intoxicated.
Esteban M. Torrez, age 90, of Sweetwater, passed away on Monday, March 18, 2013 at Hendrick Medical Center.
A rosary will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home Chapel.
Holy Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 22, 2013, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church with Rev. Charles Okonkwo officiating. Burial will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery with the Nolan County Honor Guard. Arrangements under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.
The 2011-12 Sweetwater High School softball team was honored prior to Fridayâ€™s District 4-3A opener against Snyder for becoming the first team to make the playoffs in 15 years.
Returning lettermen posed with this flag that honored the team for bringing back the Lady Mustang softball programâ€™s winning tradition. Pictured here standing from left are Kendra Crosson, Kelsi Crosson, Maty Montgomery, Angela Garza, Megan Holsey, Jerren Villa, Keyli Turner and Suede Shirley.