February 23rd, 2013
2013 Media Day for the Sweetwater Jaycees World's Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up was held on Friday, at the local Fortin Ranch. The Miss Snake Charmer Pageant contestants beheaded and skinned Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes and members of the Sweetwater Jaycees gave demonstrations about the snakes including safety tips when coming into contact with the snakes. The Miss Snake Charmer Scholarship Pageant will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 7. The Sweetwater Jaycees Worldâ€™s Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up will be from Friday, March 8 through Sunday, March 10.
Members of the Nolan County Foundation Board announce their annual Golf Classic for Scholarships for Nolan County high school graduates has set a goal of raising $33,000 from its April 20, 2013 golf scramble. This event is scheduled for a 9 a.m. tee time at the Sweetwater Country Club.
In reaching this goal, the NCF will have awarded 200 scholarships of $1,000 each for Nolan County high school graduates to start their college careers at any Texas college or university. This year's golf scramble will be the ninth consecutive year for this worthwhile event.
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.
The date of the Sweetwater Jayceeâ€™s Worldâ€™s Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up, Sweetwater Rifle & Pistol Club Gun Knife & Coin Show is fast approaching. The citizens of Sweetwater will welcome about 30,000 tourists during March 8-10.
The Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce is again furnishing a shuttle bus that will travel between the hotels, K-Mart parking lot and the Nolan County Coliseum. There will be a time schedule posted in each hotel and inside each bus.
LUBBOCK â€” The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct three workshops in February and March to introduce farmers and ranchers to electronic tablets and smartphones.
Dr. Jackie Smith, AgriLife Extension economist at Lubbock, said the workshops, all with similar curriculums, have the common goal of teaching producers the basics of the comparatively new technologies.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 55 calls for service, issued one citation and made three arrests on Feb. 21, 2013.
The SPD received 24, 911 calls.
â€˘ 100 block of SE Georgia.
â€˘ 200 block of E. Avenue A.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Duty on striking â€”Â 1900 block of Chester.
â€˘ Criminal mischief â€”Â 1800 block of E. 13th.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Thomas Cox, 46 â€” Assault.
â€˘ Randall Wilson, 35 â€” Driving while license invalid.
â€˘ Melodey McWilliams, 27 â€” Public intoxication/criminal trespass.
BROADWAY BAPTIST CHURCH
A few years ago, I had the privilege of taking a mission trip to Greenland. One evening, I was sitting on a mountain overlooking 10 small lakes. The beauty was like a dream. I could hear the wind blowing softly, the birds nesting in the trees, and the ice cracking in the ocean. It was such an amazing site.
I have heard others speak of the same of the Sea of Galilee. They say it is one of the most beautiful bodies of water on earth and the old rabbis used to say that God created all the other seas, and then He created the Sea of Galilee just for Himself.Â Â
Now that the New Year has begun, Cornerstone Christian School has come up with an event to help the whole family get a good start on their health for 2013. Beat the Street for Little Feet will serve as a fun, healthy activity for the family to enjoy together while providing funds for the schoolâ€™s expansion efforts.
The Highland girls bas-ketball team has been here before. Two years ago, they were also at the Region II-A tourney at Abilene Christian University where they lost to Newcastle in the semifinals. This yearâ€™s team hopes for a much different outcome when it plays Baird in the semifinals at 7 p.m. today.
The ultimate goal will be to do something no Highland team has done â€” go to the state tournament in Austin. That means the Lady Hornets (29-4) must not only defeat Baird (26-6) but also beat Garden City or Eula, who play in todayâ€™s other semifinal, in the II-A final on Saturday.
Eight Nolan County high school seniors will play in a total of three all-star games as part of the Big Country Chevy Dealers-Fellowship of Christian Athletes All-Star Festival this summer.
Sweetwater will be rep-resented by Kendra Crosson in the fifth annual FCA girls basketball game on June 6 in Brownwood; by Shelby Cason, Kelsi Crosson and Suede Shirley at the first-ever FCA volleyball game on June 8 in Abilene; and by Tadeo Canon-Masjoan, Ryan Linebaugh and Nick Nemir at the 14th annual FCA football game on June 8 in Abilene.