April 4th, 2011
National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrate the achievements of immunization programs in promoting healthy communities. This yearâ€™s NIIW is April 23-30. Infants are particularly vulnerable to infectious diseases; that is why it is critical to protect them through immunizations. Each day, nearly 12,000 babies are born in the United States who will need to be immunized against 14-vaccine-preventable diseases before age two.
Texas drivers saw big jumps at the pump over the past week due to investors' reaction to continued strife in OPEC nations, as well as the mandated statewide changeover to higher-priced summer blend gasoline, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch.
The state average increased by eight cents over the past week to $3.51 a gallon for regular unleaded, while the national average rose six cents to $3.61.
Fort Worth has the most expensive gasoline at $3.58 a gallon, which is 14 cents higher than last week. Dallas is not far behind at $3.57, up 13 cents in a week.
Andrea L. Baucom
Andrea L. Baucom, age 60, of Sweetwater, Texas, passed away Friday, April 1, 2011 at her residence.Â
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 3, 2011 at Garden of Memories.Â Arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.Â
As the U.S. Congress deals with the budget and spending deficit in Washington, cuts begin to hit home in Sweetwater.Â Such may be the case for the Big Country RC&D Area, headquartered here in Sweetwater and serving 12 counties in the area according to Secretary/Treasurer for the organization, Tom Henderson of Nolan County.Â This local not-for-profit organization began operations here in 1991, after being recognized and authorized by the Secretary of Agriculture as a viable, organized rural, community development organization.Â
Being ready to respond with assistance in any emergency situation is the job of one local volunteer organization, Big Country Medical Reserve Corps (BCMRC). Knowing who to go to for expertise in various emergency situations is also important. That is why BCMRC is hosting representatives with Ludlum Measurements, who will conduct training on the basics of radiation safety during the BCMRCâ€™s next meeting.
In response to community requests, Texas State Technical College in Sweetwater will begin offering continuing education classes. The Microsoft Office Word, Microsoft Excel and Basic Networking Skills classes are available to the entire community.
"Scheduling and curriculum will be flexible to meet the needs of our community," said TSTC Interim President Gail Lawrence. There are basic and advanced classes in each subject and the students can self-assess their skill level.
Local businesses are jumping in on the action by signing up their employees for classes.
Sweetwater Healthcare Center recently held an open house and the Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors were also on hand to have a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new addition to the nursing home facility. The outdoor secured unit features sitting areas, walking areas and a spacious patio with several sculptures.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 44 calls for service, issued six citations and made one arrest on March 31, 2011.
The SPD received 15, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€¢ Forgery â€”Â 200 block of E. Texas.
Arrested by SPD:
â€¢ Joseph Bugarin, 31 â€”Â Public intoxication.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had 11 calls for service, served no civil papers and made two arrests on March 31, 2011.
Arrested by DPS:
â€¢ Bryon Craig McClain, 26, of Abilene â€” Possession of marijuana.
â€¢ Kristopher Adam Shultz, 22, of Abilene â€” Possession of marijuana.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 66 calls for service, issued six citations and made three arrest on March 25, 2011.
The SPD received 35, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€¢ Assault â€”Â 1200 block of Ragland.
Arrested by SPD:
â€¢ Brandon Bugarin, 20 â€”Â Driving while intoxicated.
â€¢Â Robert Scott Plemons, 27 â€”Â Public intoxication and Class C assault.
â€¢Â Dalton Dunnagan, 21 â€”Â Public intoxication.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 51 calls for service, issued six citations and made two arrest on March 30, 2011.
The SPD received 30, 911 calls.
They both began four-game homestands against district competition by losing to first-place squads from Brownwood earlier this week. As a result, the Sweetwater High School baseball and softball teams will have a little added pressure to win when they resume their homestands by hosting Snyder today.