March 5th, 2013
Each year, the Worldâ€™s Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up attracts more than 20,000 visitors to Sweetwater. For the past 55 years, the event has been a means for locals to protect livestock by controlling the snake population as they begin to emerge from winter hibernation.
As participants and visitors participate in the Round-up, Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH) seeks to raise awareness of how people should respond to snakebites during the weekend and throughout the year.
A Sweetwater woman and her dog perished in a fire on the 1900 block of Bristol Street on Monday afternoon, according to Sweetwater Fire Chief Grant Madden.
According to Madden, the Sweetwater Fire Department received the initial call about the fire just after 3:30 p.m. on Monday.
Nolan County United Way's 2013 Rattlesnake Round-up gun raffle will benefit the nine local agencies assisted by NCUW including Big Country Medical Reserve Corp, Boy Scouts, Cancer Services Network, Gateway Family Services, Girl Scouts,Â Senior Nutrition Activities Program (SNAP), Sweetwater Back Pack Buddies, West Texas Children's Advocacy Center and the Women's Resource Center.
Raffle prizes include three Savage Axis XP's ~ Camo- Rifle/Scope Packages with one 22-250, one 243 and one 270.
Texas National Bank will host the monthly Chamber of Commerce Coffee and belatedly celebrate Texas Independence Day at 10 a.m. on Wednesday in the bankâ€™s lobby at 400 East Broadway.
Guests will be invited to enter a drawing for a framed Texas flag print to be given away at the conclusion of the coffee.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 149 calls for service, issued 15 citations and made eight arrests from March 1-3, 2013.
The SPD received 83, 911 calls.
â€¢ Club Terrace.
â€¢ 600 block of E. Broadway.
â€¢ 1100 block of E. Broadway.
Calls for service:
â€¢ Burglary of a building â€” 200 block of SE Georgia.
â€¢ Theft â€” 400 block of E. New Mexico.
â€¢ Robbery â€” 700 block of SW Georgia.
â€¢ Theft â€” 200 block of SE Georgia.
â€¢ Runaway â€” 300 block of Lamar.
Arrested by SPD:
â€¢ Byron Blueford, 25 â€” Warrant.
â€¢ Stacy Bennett, 43 â€” Public intoxication.
Neva Francine Cole, age 61, of Sweetwater, passed away on Monday, March 4, 2013 at her residence.
Her body will be cremated. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.
Neva was born on August 27, 1951 in Newman, Calif. to William Howard, Jr. and Rita (Vaughn) Howard. She was a homemaker and a member of the Jaycee Roosters.
Funeral services for Harmon Gene Hurst, 83, of Abilene, formerly of Sweetwater, will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at McCoy Chapel of Memories with Rev. Keith Clifton officiating. Interment will follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Family will receive friends from 1:15 p.m. until service time on Thursday, March 7, at McCoy Chapel of Memories, located at 401 East Third Street in Sweetwater.
Hurst died Monday, March 4, 2013 at Mesa Springs Retirement Center in Abilene.
The Sweetwater softball team was 4-3 at Big Springâ€™s recent tournament. Sweetwater (13-8) was third in the Silver bracket, beating Colorado City and Lamesa, plus Westbrook and Jim Ned in pool play.
Against Colorado City, both Suede Shirley and Abby Garcia hit inside-the-park home runs to highlight an 11-6 win, while pitcher Maty Montgomery allowed just one hit in the teamâ€™s 6-1 win over Lamesa.
Sweetwaterâ€™s girls golf team shot scores of 377 and 368 for a 745 total this past weekend at the Region I-3A preview tournament held at Lubbockâ€™s Shadow Hills Golf Course to place fifth out of 11 teams.
Sweetwater barely beat out Seminole and Pecos, who shot 746 and 747, re-spectively.
Andrews shot 612 to place first among all teams at the event followed by Snyder (654), Monahans (679), Wolfforth Frenship (682) and Sweetwater.
Sweetwater High Schoolâ€™s tennis team played teams from Fabens, Shallowater and Midland Greenwood at the Region I-3A team tournament that was held this past weekend in the Midland-Odessa area.
Sweetwater lost all three matches as it fell to Fabens 10-4, lost to Shallowater 10-6 and was defeated by Midland Greenwood 10-3.
The next action for Sweetwater will be at Brownwoodâ€™s one-day tour-nament this Thursday.
Sweetwater will then be idle until March 22, when it plays at Monahansâ€™ one-day tournament.
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