Archive - Mar 16, 2011 - News Article

Burns pleads guilty

March 16, 2011

Former Sweetwater educator James Clayton Burns pled guilty on Tuesday to two counts of indecency with a child by contact during 32nd Judicial District Court proceedings under Judge Glen Harrison.
Burns was indicted in May on three counts — sexual assault, indecency with a child by contact and indecency with a child by exposure. He was later charged with the same charges from another victim. One complaint came from May 1997 from a 12-year-old victim and the other case came from April of 2002 from a 14-year-old victim.

Rattlesnake Round-Up results announced

March 16, 2011

An estimated crowd of 30,000 attended the 53rd Annual Sweetwater Jaycees World's Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up.
The total pounds of Western Diamondback Rattlesnake weighed totaled 1,841 pounds, a decrease from last year's total of 2,168 pounds. Those bringing in the most pounds of rattlesnake were first place Andy Lee, second place Eric Timaeus, third place Herbert Hoover, fourth place Jaeret Heiney and fifth place the Cliff Seekers. The longest rattlesnake was caught by Eric Timaeus and measured 78.5 inches long.

Burn ban continues

March 16, 2011

The Nolan County Commissioners' Court met for a regular meeting on Monday morning, March 14, at the Nolan County Courthouse.
An approval was made for the renaming of CR 304 to East Alabama Avenue due to annexation and 911 addressing. The name change would affect about 200 yards into town until the road crosses under I-20. In an effort to simplify and assist 911 dispatchers, the name change should prove to be beneficial and no longer confusing.

Texas cattlemen celebrate National Ag Week

March 16, 2011

Cattle raisers across Texas join together today to celebrate National Ag Week, March 13-19. National Ag Week is a time for every American to recognize and celebrate the hard working farmers and ranchers who supply us with the safest and most secure food supply in the world.
"Today's rancher feeds approximately 144 people, a dramatic increase from the 1960s when they fed 25," said Dave Scott, rancher and president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA). "Texas ranchers are committed to providing the safest beef possible, for our families and yours."

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