Archive - 2011 - News Article
As of 11 a.m. today, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, all streets and roadways in Nolan County remain very hazardous.
Any and all travel, of any distance, is highly discouraged.Â Nolan County Sheriffâ€™s Office Deputies and Texas DPS Troopers are overwhelmed with numerous accidents and stalled or stranded vehicles.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) are encouraging travelers to delay or cancel travel in the Big Country Area for Tuesday and possibly Wednesday. Freezing temperatures are anticipated overnight in the Big Country area. Temperatures may not reach above freezing until as late as Friday.
The Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly Chamber Coffee at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, at Ludlum Measurements, Inc., located at 501 Oak Street in Sweetwater.
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A woman said she spotted Hailey Dunn the night she disappeared, walking with a friend and a teenage boy, Dunn's mother said today in a news conference.
Billie Dunn handed out a timeline (attached) to reporters, saying she had information that investigators had not previously revealed. According to that timeline, Hailey was seen at 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 27 with the friend whose house she said she was going to spend the night at. The witness didn't recognize the teenage boy who was with them.
A fire that Sweetwater Fire Chief Grant Madden calls "suspicious" burned about 600 acres near Lake Trammell on Saturday. The blaze threatened many area homes, as well as oil storage units and natural gas pipelines. According to Madden, the wind, humidity and dry brush made the blaze burn faster and move quickly through the area.
"We are not sure what started the fire. There was nothing around that seemed to have ignited the fire around the area in which it began. If anyone has information about the cause of the fire, we would like to know," said Madden.
Students in Roscoe moved into new facilities once Christmas break was over. The main addition for the schoolâ€™s collegiate high school is almost complete. According to Superintendent Kim Alexander, all that is needed is some finishing touches, including furniture and signage.
The changes for junior high and high school students include a new science and math wing. This portion of the school was formerly the early childhood facility. This wing includes several refurbished classrooms and restrooms, which are right down the hall from the cafetorium.
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer among women in the United States, yet too few realize this fact and take prevention measures. Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital hopes to change this with the Red Dress Day event on Feb. 4 in the hospitalâ€™s main lobby.
The event will include free screenings for both men and women from 9-11 a.m. offering cholesterol, blood pressure and glucose checks. Heart healthy snacks and refreshments will also be served and hospital staff and volunteers will be on-hand to help answer questions.
AARP and IRS will sponsor as a public service free income tax return preparation, including e-file at the Fisher County Courthouse in Roby on Feb. 3, March 3 and March 31 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; at SNAP in Sweetwater on Feb. 1, March 1, and April 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; at Senior Citizen Center on Ave. M in Snyder on Feb. 9, Feb. 23, and March 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and at Mitchell County Library, 340 Oak Street in Colorado City on Feb. 7, March 14, and April 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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Jerome Eugene Williams, 28, of Sweetwater, pled guilty this week to possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, namely cocaine, a first degree felony. For his plea, Williams received 30 years confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He will also have to pay a $2,500 fine, $384 in court costs, $140 in restitution to the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Laboratory in Abilene and $500 in attorney's fees.
A grass fire burned approximately 100 acres of land on Friday afternoon in Nolan County in the northwest portion of Sweetwater according to Sweetwater Fire Chief Grant Madden. Madden stated that the landowner was working on a fence when the grass caught fire. No injuries were reported.