Archive - Sep 2013 - News Article
The Sweetwater City Commission took action on Tuesday to begin the lengthy process of annexation for several properties located in the extraterritorial jurisdiction of the city.
For the first two portions, a development agreement was offered in accordance to section 43.035 of the Texas Local Government Code, due to the fact that they had been appraised for tax purposes as land for agriculture or wildlife management (subchapter C or D in Chapter 23 of the Tax Code), or as timber land (subchapter E).
This past weekend, Sweetwater High School student Larissa Locklar exhibited her show lambs at the Permian Basin Fair in Odessa.
She was awarded a $1,500 Market Lamb scholarship for her FFA and academic achievements.
This yearâ€™s first confirmed case of West Nile illness in Mitchell County has been reported. The Sweetwater-Nolan County Health Department is urging people to take precautions to reduce the risk of contracting West Nile virus, a mosquito-borne illness.
West Nile illness was confirmed in an adult male who remains hospitalized with the neuroinvasive form of the disease. Additional details about the patient are not being released to protect the patientâ€™s identity.
The 2013 Sweetwater Heart Walk is scheduled to take place tomorrow, Sept. 14 at the Sweetwater Mustang track field. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., with the walk starting at 9 a.m.
The local Heart Walk has been taking place for over 20 years and is a fundraising initiative which supports the American Heart Association (AHA). Two years ago, the walk was changed from its spring schedule to become a fall venue, according to event coordinator Jerrie Gee.
An 18-wheeler carrying propane tanks wrecked in Nolan County near Blackland Road on Friday morning.
After close inspection by first responders from the Sweetwater Fire Department, it was determined that although some of the tanks were damaged, none were ruptured or leaking and no threats were apparent.
The trailer split after the truck hit a telephone pole and the driver walked away from the wreck with no injuries.
Find more photos in page 3 of Friday's edition.
The 2013-2014 tax rate and budget for the City of Sweetwater were adopted during Tuesday morning's city commission meeting.
Approval was given for the second and final reading of the ordinance fixing and levying the tax rate of 48 cents per $100 valuation. Since this year's proposed tax rate did not exceed the effective tax rate, a motion to adopt the ordinance did not require the language about "tax increase," as stated in 26.05 (b) of the Property Tax Code.
Today will be partly sunny with a high near 90. Winds will be light and variable, becoming east at 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. After 2 p.m., we'll have a 30% chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms.
Those rain chances will continue until 8 p.m. Expect mostly cloudy conditions with a low around 69, with eastern winds at 5 to 10 mph.
Weekend highs will be in the low 90s, with lows in the low 70s. Winds will be from the south between 5 and 10 mph.
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One month from today, on Saturday, Oct. 12, the 2013 Relay for Life will be held at the Nolan County Coliseum Annex.
There are several events to look forward to at this year's Relay, including a Car and Bike Show and the Relay Fun Day. Teams will also be able to enjoy games, activities and food booths.
At 5 p.m. on Relay day, a Survivors' Meal will be held, with the meal donated by Skeet's Texas Grill. All survivors will eat for free.
Peggy Maddox, Executive Director of Kids On the Land Program and Katherine Dickson of 69 Ranch, recently visited Michael Jimenez of Infigen Energy to accept a donation to support the Kids On the Land program at the Dickson Family 69 Ranch at Maryneal, Texas.
Infigen Energy, a renewable energy business specialist, operates Sweetwater Wind Farm 4 and 5. The company believes community relationships are very important. They actively support local communities and schools. This donation will support Kids On the Land days in September for Roscoe, Highland and Blackwell fourth and fifth grades.