Archive - Feb 2011 - News Article
Ten to thirteen homes were lost when a fire hit the northern edge of Colorado City and forced evacuations Sunday night, according to Sweetwater Fire Chief Grant Madden.
The fires when fueled by high winds Sunday and extremely dry conditions.
The fires forced the evacuation of many homes in Colorado City late Sunday, as well as a nursing home, Kristi Lee Manor, in Colorado City.
"The Big Country Medical Reserve Corps set up a shelter in Colorado City due to the evacuations and they did an excellent job in setting it up," said Madden.
A sea of red could be seen on Friday at the Wear Red Day Luncheon held at Texas State Technical College, hosted by the Nolan County American Heart Association Board. The luncheon was held to promote women's heart health during heart month. Guest speaker was Susan Hash of Abilene, shown above. Hash is employed by TSTC in Abilene and is a recent cardiac survivor.
The SISD Board of Trustees met for their regular meeting on Thursday evening, Feb. 24, at the Administration Building.
The board discussed and approved to begin the process for a voluntary resignation incentive program at the meeting. By setting the plan in motion, the district intends to address the declining revenue, promote early notification and provide ample time and information for the district in order to address next year's staffing, scheduling and budget needs.
Eleven Sweetwater Middle School Choir students recently competed in their Region Solo & Ensemble Contest at McMurry University in Abilene. Congratulations go to the following on earning a Superior 1st Division rating on their Solo: Terryonna Gillmore, Sara Henington, Gwan Hill, Dylan Jimenez, Cierra Knox, Abby Lynch, Abby McPherson, Jamee Rhoades and Lilly Smith.
Those earning an Excellent 2nd Division rating on their Solo are: Victoria Jimenez and Hailee Tipton.
Jimmie and Kaye Joy of Roscoe were selected as winners in the America's Farmers Grow Communities SM Program, which gives farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 for their favorite local non-profit organizations. The donations are available through the Monsanto Fund. The Joys have designated the Roscoe High School FFA to receive the Award in Nolan County. An award ceremony was presented on Thursday, Feb. 17, at the Roscoe High School Ag Building.
A former Big Country resident is making huge strides at his Big Bend occupation.
Randy Guzman, the son of Jose and Gloria Guzman of Roscoe, was recently named as the interim general manager of Southwest Texas Municipal Gas (SWTMG) Corporation by the company's board of directors.
Two Rotary International programs will be the topics of discussion at the Sweetwater Rotary Club meeting to be held on Monday, Feb. 28. The noon-time meeting will be held at the TSTC West Texas Sweetwater campus in the banquet room located north of the cafeteria.
Jack Campbell will be the guest speaker and will discuss the Rotary Youth Exchange. Campbell currently serves as the Rotary District 5730 Chairman of the Rotary Youth Exchange program.
Hastings Entertainment in Sweetwater has not only made some changes on the inside â€” they have some great events arriving visually for the readers and musically for those music listeners.
Speaking with Thomas Jowers, manager of the Hastings located at 1102 E. Broadway, he has arrived to the Sweetwater Hastings with many new ideas. He welcomes local artists of all kinds. Jowers wants to get all of the community involved with Hastings events. From children's Easter egg hunts, to cartoon character events, and much more for families and adults.
A Thursday afternoon fire consumed 1300 acres just West of Blackwell according to Sweetwater Fire Chief Grant Madden. Madden stated that the fire began on County Road 265 on Diamond Plate Ranch. The fire is thought to have been started by a lit cigarette being thrown on the road. Several homes were threatened by the fire, but were all saved. It took several entities from 2-10 p.m. to contain the blaze.
Drought conditions, high winds and low humidity are prompting Texas Forest Service officials to predict a high risk for wildfire on Sunday, Feb. 27, in the Big Country.
The combination of ongoing drought, gusty winds and low humidity creates the potential for large and threatening wildfires. Texans should use caution and refrain from outdoor burning or other activities that could start a wildfire. No outdoor burning is authorized under the current burn bans issued by county officials.