March 27th, 2013
The Hospital Administrator's report was given during Monday night's meeting of the Nolan County Hospital District, held at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH).
Donna Boatright discussed two different grants, one of which was recently awarded to RPMH. The hospital was informed last week that they received a $50,000 capital improvement loan fund/grant, which will be used toward the construction of the new medical offices.
In addition, an application was submitted for a solar grant, after being informed about the funding by McKinstry, the company overseeing the construction on campus.
Some district policies were discussed and approved during the Sweetwater ISD (Independent School District) Board of Trustees' monthly meeting in March.
For next year, the SISD Student/Parent iPad User Agreement will impact students in the seventh through tenth grades--along with their parents--as the four grade levels will have the mobile device. While still in discussion, sixth graders may possibly be added with a transitionary period of in-class use in the first semester before taking them home.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 41 calls for service, issued no citations and made three arrests on Mar. 25, 2013.
The SPD received 19, 911 calls.
â€¢ 1200 block of Hailey.
â€¢ 1800 block of Lamar.
Calls for service:
â€¢ Injury to a child â€” Sweetwater area.
Arrested by SPD:
â€¢ Anthony Monroe, 28 â€”Â Driving while license invalid with previous conviction.
â€¢ Thomas Carr, 22 â€”Â Warrants.
â€¢ William Whitaker, 57 â€”Â Public intoxication.
Betty Jean Holbert, age 83, of Abilene, (former long time resident of Colorado City) passed away on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at Wisteria Place in Abilene.
Her body will be cremated. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at Sweetwater Cemetery with Father Dennis Bosley officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.
Cleo Smith, 81, of Lake Kiowa, went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 22, 2013 in Denton. She was laid to rest at Glen Cemetery in Bluff Dale March 23, 2013
A memorial service celebrating the life of Cleo Smith will be held at Temple Baptist Church at 1811 East California Street in Gainesville at 1 p.m., Saturday March 30, 2013.
Cleo was born in Bluff Dale to Hunter and Alva Lee Watson on Aug. 31, 1931. She went to middle school at Bluff Dale and was a high school cheerleader in Stephenville. Â
The Sweetwater baseball team has been doing a lot of things right since district play began. The Mustangs are now 3-0 after Tuesdayâ€™s 11-1 victory over Monahans.
That, along with a 10-9 Snyder win over Wylie, has vaulted Sweetwater to the top of the 4-3A standings.
Sweetwater leads Big Spring â€” which shut out Greenwood 10-0 â€” Wylie and Snyder by a game as all of those teams are 2-1 in the district while Greenwood and Monahans are 0-3.
But there are still seven games left, and the Mus-tangsâ€™ hold on first place is about to get a severe test.
Sweetwater did its part on Tuesday to remain in the thick of the District 4-3A softball chase, defeating Monahans 6-2 at the Jerry Collins Complex.
And with an assist from Big Spring, the Lady Mus-tangs are now in a three-way tie for the district lead.
Big Spring threw the 4-3A race into chaos by beating Greenwood 3-1, while Sny-der was a 15-0 winner over last-place Wylie. Sweetwa-ter, Greenwood and Snyder are now all 3-1, just ahead of 2-2 Big Spring with six games left to play.
On Wednesday, we should see mostly sunny skies with a high near 75. Winds will be breezy with southern winds at 20 to 25 mph and gusts as high as 30 mph.
Tonight will be partly cloudy with a low around 52. Winds will remain from the south at 15 to 20 mph, with gusts topping out at 25 mph.
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USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) District Conservationist Mandi M. Ligon reminds agriculture producers that the second ranking period cut-off date for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is April 19, 2013. Producers interested in EQIP should submit applications to the Nolan County NRCS office by the deadline so their applications can be considered during the second ranking period of 2013.
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, so Hendrick Cancer Center of Abilene will be at the Sweetwater-Nolan County Health Department, located at 301 E. 12th in Sweetwater from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, March 28. They will be offering the fecal occult blood test. A new easier and more accurate test will be used this year. The fecal occult blood test is a simple at-home procedure that checks a stool sample for hidden blood, which can be a sign of cancer, polyps or other internal disorders.