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April 24th

Request for rail line crossing heard at county meeting

April 24, 2013

During the Nolan County Commissioners' meeting on Monday, discussion was held which stemmed from a request by a business in the oil/gas transportation industry to re-establish a rail line--which crosses County Road (CR) 108--and put it back into service.
Ken Tootle with MAALT made the presentation to the commissioners, in which he gave an overview of the company. The Fort-Worth based company has been in the business for around a decade, boasting 400 employees and several branches in Texas and Oklahoma, among others.

Blotters for April 22, 2013

April 24, 2013

The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 42 calls for service, issued 1 citation and made 1 arrest on April 22, 2013.

The SPD received 15, 911 calls.

Accidents:
• 800 block of E. 16th.

Calls for service:
• Family violence assault/endangering a child — Sweetwater.
• Criminal mischief — 600 block of Pecan.
• Theft — 800 block of Bowie.
• Family violence assault — Sweetwater.
• Burglary of a habitation — 500 block of Orange.

Arrested by SPD:
• Santos Vera, 24 — City warrants.

Wednesday's local weather

April 24, 2013

Expect mostly sunny skies today with a high near 62. Winds will be from the north-northeast at 10 to 15 mph.
Tonight will be partly cloudy with a low around 42 and eastern winds at 5 to 10 mph.
Visit weather.gov for more information.

April 23rd

Health Department celebrates NIIW

April 23, 2013

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrate the achievements of immunization programs in promoting healthy communities. This year’s NIIW is April 20-27. Infants are particularly vulnerable to infectious diseases; that is why it is critical to protect them through immunizations. Each day, nearly 12,000 babies are born in the United States who will need to be immunized against 14-vaccine-preventable diseases before age two.

County burn ban reinstated

April 23, 2013

Though short-lived, the burn ban for Nolan County was reinstated during the county commissioners meeting held on Monday at the Nolan County Courthouse.
Nolan County Judge Tim Fambrough had ordered the lifting of the ban on Friday, April 12, although its reinstatement was listed on Monday's agenda. However, in a statement released after the meeting on Monday afternoon, the emergency burn ban and fireworks ban will remain in effect for 90 days unless significant rainfall is received.

SMS Robotics teams receive award

April 23, 2013

On Saturday, the Sweetwater Middle School Robotics Program took five teams to compete in the GEAR Robotics Competition at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. The competition officially began on March 23, when the theme of the competition was revealed. This year's theme was Dr. Roboto. It focused on how robots are used in the medical field.
To compete, each team designed a robot, programmed it to complete simulated medical missions and write an engineering essay explaining how they approached the challenge. Each team also came up with a team name and t-shirt design for the competition.  

Blotters for April 19-21, 2013

April 23, 2013

The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 173 calls for service, issued 30 citations and made 10 arrests from April 19-21, 2013.

The SPD received 106, 911 calls.

Accidents:
• 200 block of Jenny George.
• 200 block of Lamar.
• 2100 block of Lamar.

Calls for service:
• Information only — Sweetwater.
• Burglary of a habitation — 1500 block of Lubbock.
• Burglary of a habitation — 1400 block of Grand.
• Runaway — Sweetwater.
• Harboring a runaway — Sweetwater.

Arrested by SPD:
• Jason SanMiguel, 35 — Possession of controlled substance.

Tuesday's local weather

April 23, 2013

We have a very different weather outlook today, with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 45. It'll be breezy with winds from the north at 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. A 20% chance of showers is also forecasted.
Tonight, the rain chances will continue until 1 a.m.; otherwise, we'll see mostly cloudy skies with a low around 34. Winds will remain from the north at 10 to 15 mph, and gusts could top out at 20 mph.
Visit weather.gov to learn more about the local forecast.

April 22nd

SHS FFA teams qualify for State

April 22, 2013

The Sweetwater FFA experienced success at the Area FFA Judging Contests, qualifying seven out of eight teams for State. In the coming weeks, these seven teams, along with three additional teams — who don't have an Area qualifying event, but go straight to State — will go to their respective State contests.

Many help with Camp Boothe Oaks clean-up

April 22, 2013

Many local Girl Scouts and their families turned out for the Camp Boothe Oaks clean-up on Saturday, taking on several different projects at the local Girl Scout camp.
Shown are children helping to collect rocks for a metal daisy garden by the general store at the camp. They are (back row, from left to right) Krissy Royal, Mikayla Vanderpool, (front row, from left to right) Andrew Seth Maitland, Brycen Maitland, Chalyce Maitland and Serinidi Martinez.

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