February 13th, 2013
Four years ago, a local event was started to raise awareness and money to benefit the visually impaired children in the community. This year, the "Ridin' for Cash Bull Bash" is once again gearing up and will take place this Saturday at the Nolan County Coliseum.
The "Bull Bash" was incepted by Matt and Annie Miles, whose oldest son Laramie Cash Miles was born with Septo-Optic Nerve Dysplasia. A person with this condition has a minimized optic nerve which prohibits the transfer of information from his eyes to his brain to process, resulting in blindness.
Sweetwater resident Lori Falcon, aka, A Cowboyâ€™s Wife, has been blogging since February 2007.Â You might have been a fan of her food blog, My Wooden Spoon, but she has merged it with her blog A Cowboy's Wife (acowboyswife.com).
The Sweetwater girls basketball team won the bi-district championship by beating Fort Stockton, 58-43, on Tuesday in Sonora. The Lady Mustangs will now face Lubbock Cooper in the area playoffs.
Pictured are, standing from left, Taylor McPherson, head coach Al Miller, Kathleen Campbell, Janell Walker, Kendra Crosson, Suede Shirley, Abby McPherson, Hayley Brownlow, Maddie Jones, assistant coach Amy Clark; kneeling, Shaneese Brown, Kelsi Crosson, Elise Lawrence, Kayla Chowning and Shelby Cason.
Following action taken by the Nolan County Commissioners at their Monday meeting, six mobile radio systems will be purchased for the Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO). The full cost will be reimbursed by the FY (fiscal year) 2011 State Homeland Security Grant Program.
Presenting the matter to the commissioners was Nolan County Sheriff David Warren, noting that the total cost would be around $21,000. These new radio systems would replace the aging units currently used by the county.
At the Monday meeting of the SEED (Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development) board, Executive Director Ken Becker offered a report on the occupancy rate for the local hotels.
The rate has seen an increase, in that a 66.7% occupancy rate was noted toward the end of 2012; hotels need around a 55% rate in order to maintain operations.
Thus, out of 604 hotel rooms, only 402 rooms were booked. Though the occupancy rate is high, rooms are still available even in the midst of continuous and incoming activity to the area.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 20 calls for service, issued three citations and made one arrest on Feb. 11, 2013.
The SPD received nine, 911 calls.
â€˘ 800 block of E. Arizona.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Hinder secured creditor â€”Â Coral Cove.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Jesus Gonzales, Jr., 33 â€” Warrant.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had eight calls for service, served one civil paper and made six arrests on Feb. 11, 2013.
Arrested by NCSO:
SONORA â€” Now that the Sweetwater girls are in the Class 3A playoffs, theyâ€™ve decided to stay awhile.
The Lady Mustangs on Tuesday guaranteed that their best season since 2005 will continue by grabbing a 58-43 bi-district win over Fort Stockton.
Sweetwater, now 21-14 for the season, will take on Lubbock Cooper in the area playoffs later this week. At press time, the teams had tentatively agreed to play at Post on Friday.
Nothing has come easy for the Lady Mustangs over the past month during their run to the postseason, and Tuesdayâ€™s game wasnâ€™t exactly a cakewalk either.
The Sweetwater boys basketball team finished 2-8 in district play and 13-15 overall after losing to Midland Greenwood, 72-57, here on Tuesday.
Sweetwater got a game-high 21 points from Kaleb Hoover, but no one else reached double figures. Dylan Bennett scored nine points, Rhett Torres eight, Deandre Gatson seven, Isaiah McGee five, J.P. Poe three and Cole Maxwell and Sean Morrow two.
Maxwell and Morrow are the teamâ€™s only seniors.
Today's forecast is shaping up to be sunny with a high near 59. Winds will be from the west-southwest at 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight, expect clear skies with a low around 33, with south-southwest winds at 5 to 10 mph.
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Residents living in and around the Sweetwater community can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture. First United Methodist Church, located at 309 Cedar Street in Sweetwater, will host Life Line Screening on Saturday.
Heino Erichsen from The Woodlands participated in a Life Line Screening event in January of 2009 and learned that he had an abdominal aortic aneurism and a blockage of his carotid artery. He writes, "Thank you for saving my life!"
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