Archive - Dec 2012 - News Article
Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development Inc. received a Silver Excellence in Economic Development Award for their New Primary Website in the category of General Purpose Website for communities with populations of less than 25,000 from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).
The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 2, during the IEDC Annual Conference, which is being held Sept. 30 through Oct. 3, in Houston, Texas.
This year for the first time in Nolan County, the roar of motorcycles signaled the start of the Goodfellows Motorcycle Toy/Canned Good Run.
Each rider and passenger brought a new toy and a canned good to the Toy Run and was donated to the Sweetwater Goodfellows at the annual Goodfellows toy drive on Saturday, Dec. 1, at Wal-Mart. Many others also donated food, toys and money at the annual toy drive.
A total of 315 toys were collected, which is up from last yearâ€™s total of 282 toys collected. Also a total of $457 was collected at the drive.
The Nolan County Hospital District Board of Directors met on Monday night, November 26 at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH) for their regular meeting.
In her Administrator's Report, Donna Boatright shared with the board that after eight years of service, board member Wayne Chowning submitted his resignation.
Hospital board chairman Steve Holcomb stated that Chowning gave great insight while on the board and appreciated his willingness to serve. On behalf of the hospital staff, Boatright praised Chowning for his service and his excellent leadership.
Suddenlink announced it has begun offering its new High-Speed Internet 30.0 service in Sweetwater, featuring a download speed up to 30 Megabits per second (Mbps), the fastest residential service in the area.
High-Speed Internet 30.0 is enabled by Suddenlinkâ€™s deployment of cutting-edge industry technology called DOCSIS 3.0.Â Suddenlink believes it is the only Internet service provider using this technology in its local service area. The company will continue to offer its 3 and 15 Mbps services in Snyder and Sweetwater.
Today will be sunny and unseasonably warm with a high near 81. Winds will be from the south-southwest at 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Expect mostly clear skies tonight, with a low around 45. Southwestern winds around 10 mph will become northern after midnight.
What's the week ahead look like? Visit weather.gov to learn more.
The Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce will once again host the annual Christmas parade this year.
The parade will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. Line up will begin at 4 p.m. in the Higginbotham parking lot. The parade will travel west to Pecan Street.
The theme for this year's parade will be "Peace on Earth." Remember, Santa cannot be on the float as it is the entry of the Chamber.
First Financial Bank will be serving hot chocolate on the west lawn immediately following the parade.
On Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 at 10 a.m., the Republican Women of West Texas and State Representative, Susan King, will co-host a coffee at the Pioneer City-County Museum, located at 610 East Third Street in Sweetwater.
"The newly formed organization of the Republican Women of West Texas is proud of the support we have received from our State Representative, as well as from the Texas Federation of Republican Women; the Brown County Republican Women's Club; Jane Cansino (Senatorial District 28 Committee Woman and SREC Candidate, Resource Committee Chair); and others," said event organizers.
A sad situation in unfolding at one of the local lakes, in which Lake Trammell is reaching its lowest levels and wildlife is at stake.
Recently, some dead fish were found at Lake Trammell. Eddy Campbell, the utility director of the City of Sweetwater, said that he estimates that the lake is only about thirty feet wide by fifty feet long, and only about a foot deep.
Campbell stated that in his 25 years of work with the city, this is the lowest he has ever seen Lake Trammell. The lake is man-made and was constructed sometime in the 1920s.
On Thursday, Nov. 28, wind energy technicians of every level arrived at the Texas State Technical College West Texas campus in Sweetwater for a two-day hands-on training event.
WindTech 2012 brought students face-to-face with working professionals and offered them an opportunity to network, learn in hands-on settings and engage with the latest technology. The inaugural event was organized by the college, the Texas Wind Energy Clearinghouse and Windpower Engineering and Development, a leading industry magazine.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 52 calls for service, issued no citations and made two arrests on Nov. 29, 2012.
The SPD received 22, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Theft â€”Â 1900 block of E. 14th.
â€˘Â Fraud â€”Â Sweetwater area.
â€˘ Forgery â€”Â 500 block of E. Broadway.
â€˘ Theft â€”Â 400 block of NE Georgia.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Male juvenile, 11 â€” Aggravated sexual assault of a child.
â€˘ Timothy Burns, 40 â€” Public intoxication/possession of drug paraphernalia.