According to Sweetwater Fire Chief Grant Madden, the White Hat fire in Nolan County is slowing down and getting more and more under control as local and state firefighters battle the blaze. A slight rain on Tuesday evening helped firefighters in places that could not be reached. Madden stated that the Texas Forest service estimates that the fire has burned about 65,000 acres. According to the Texas Forest Service, the fire is 30 percent contained. There have been voluntary evacuations around the Maryneal community.
The local fascination with rattlesnakes will be getting some national attention this Wednesday evening.
Sweetwater Jaycee Riley Sawyers, along with friends Allen Wells and Brandon Watson, will be appearing on the pilot episode of "Rattlesnake Republic" on Animal Planet. The show will be broadcast at 9 p.m. on Wednesday night, June 22.
Student-built robots rolled down the fashion runway, after being programmed, assembled and dressed by two teams of girls from Sweetwater, Texas, who attended Preston STEM Institute, a unique summer program for middle school students at Preston Middle School in Fort Collins, Colorado.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 48 calls for service, issued three citations and made one arrest on June 20, 2011.
The SPD received 46, 911 calls.
â€¢ 1700 block of Hailey.
â€¢ 500 block of E. 15th.
Calls for service:
â€¢ Family violence assaultâ€”Â 200 block of E. Arizona.
â€¢ Burglary of a vehicle â€”Â 1500 block of Grand.
â€¢ Duty upon striking an unattended vehicle â€”Â 1700 block of Hailey.
â€¢ Endangering a child â€”Â 500 block of E. 15th.
Arrested by SPD:
â€¢ Robert Sharp, 39 â€”Â Theft/possession of marijuana.