Archive - Mar 5, 2012 - News Article
Granger Smith has been honing his craft of singing and songwriting since his early teens and has continued to grow in his musicianship, exploding onto the Texas red dirt music scene.
â€śSleeping On The Interstateâ€ť is the single from Smithâ€™sÂ most recent album, Poets & Prisoners and landed in the Top Ten on the Texas Music Chart. This comes on the heels of an impressive list of previous hits for Smith. In 2008, he debuted â€śColorblind,â€ť which immediately landed right into the top Top 10. When his 2009 album, Don't Listen to the Radio released, so did five more chart topping hits.
Southeast Elementary School celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday in many ways with many special visitors reading Dr. Seuss books to students on Friday, March 2, 2012. Shown, students in Mrs. Peggy Martinâ€™s first grade class ate green eggs and ham. The Cat in the Hat also stopped in at Southeast Elementary on Friday to visit with students.
Big Country Biggest Loser Winner is coming to the Big Country for those who want to boost their New Year's Resolutions and are getting ready for summer and swimsuit season locally, as well as compete for a cash prize.
The contest, sponsored by the Big Country Medical Reserve Corps, The Sweetwater-Nolan County Health Department, Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital, Rolling Plains Rural Health Clinic, Texas State Technical College and the Sweetwater Reporter will be from March 19 to May 14 with registration dates from March 5-15.
Warm weather is right around the corner, which is all the more reason to get outside and be active. A great way to get some exercise and have fun is going for a bike ride. Did you know, every year, 350,000 children under age 15 go to hospital emergency rooms with bike-related injuries. Of that number, 130,000 children suffer head injuries and an estimated 200 die. By wearing a helmet, a child can reduce their risk of injury by as much as 85 percent. The single most effective safety device available to reduce head injury and death from bicycle crashes is a helmet.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) wants to make the public aware of another recent phone scam that can have harsh financial consequences.
Detective Melinda Moncada with the SPD noted this new line of scamming has been ongoing for around a month. Scammers are calling and convincing residents that they can get a new car along with $1 million by purchasing a Wal-Mart money card and loading it with a considerable amount of money. Once the card is loaded, the callers then activate it and gain access to the funds by transferring them to another card.
The Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors welcomed Richard Fergeson State Farm, located at 808 E. Broadway, to Sweetwater with a ribbon cutting. He is shown (center) cutting the ribbon along with his wife, Kaitlin and their new baby Macy Jane. Food and drinks were offered to those attending the event.
The State Farm location at 208 Lamar Street hosted a meet and greet with the community, providing free hot dogs, popcorn and drinks for those coming to tour the building and speak to personnel. Shown above are Rosa Johnson, Brandi Sitter, agent Doug Sitter, Danica Hickson and Jessica Rangel.
The state redistricting debacle has not only making an impact on the state's presidential primary this year, but also on the local races.
However, with the recent announcement that the Texas presidential primary date has been set for Tuesday, May 29, Kathy Bowen with the Nolan County Tax Office wants to assist voters in the interim while putting some rumors to rest.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 51 calls for service, issued five citations and made no arrests on March 1, 2012.
The SPD received 21, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Burglary of a habitation â€”Â 1000 block of Beall.
â€˘ Criminal mischief â€”Â 400 block of Alexander.
â€˘ Family violence assault â€”Â 1600 block of Grand.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had five calls for service, served no civil papers and made four arrests on March 1, 2012.
Arrested by NCSO:
â€˘ Donald Charles Prater, Jr., 29, of Loraine â€”Â Tarrant County warrant/possession of marijuana.