Archive - Jan 2014 - News Article
A large crowd of concerned citizens came to voice their opinion on the proposed rule that would prohibit the use of noxious substances to capture nongame wildlife at the final public hearing held by the Texas Parks and Wildlife on Friday at the local TSTC (Texas State Technical College).
The Republican Women of West Texas has arranged a "Meet and Greet" meeting for Republican candidates wanting to serve the citizens of Nolan County.
The meeting will be held Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, starting at 10 a.m. at the Church of Christ Activity Center located at the corner of Elm and 5th Street in Sweetwater.
Larry May, Nolan County Republican Chairman, will introduce each candidate who will have five minutes to speak.
An ordinance was adopted at Tuesday's City Commission meeting authorizing the issuance of the certificates of obligation in the principal amount of $1.9 million from the city to the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB).
Andrew Friedman with Southwest Securities told the commissioners that it was time to authorize the federal interest rates. The principal amount of $1,935,000 would be paid in 2015 to minimize the impact, with $19,000 of that amount being interest. The total amount would be under a 20-year debt service agreement.
A Social Media Marketing Luncheon was held Thursday at the Nolan County Coliseum. Sarah T. Page, who leads her own consulting firm, presented twenty ideas on how to market a business through the use of social media.
The luncheon was hosted by the Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce.
The goal of the luncheon was to demystify social media--such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other websites--to determine what works for each business. In many instances, trial and error is the best way to find success.
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A little boy, about 10 years old, was standing before a shoe store on the roadway.Â He was barefooted, peering through the window and shivering.Â A lady approached the young boy and said, â€śMy, you are in such deep thought staring in that window!â€ť
Each year approximately 200 FFA and 4-H youth participate in the Nolan County Junior Livestock Show. These exhibitors invest countless hours in their projects - steers, hogs, lambs, goats, chickens and rabbits - with homes of earning the Grand Champion prize during the 2014 show.
The livestock show is currently taking place, Jan. 14-18, 2014. The winning exhibitors will be eligible to sell their projects in the Premium Sale, held on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014.
At Tuesday's City Commission meeting, approval was given to increase the city's pension contribution to the Sweetwater Fireman's Relief and Retirement Fund.
The request for the one percent increase--from 15% to 16%--came from the group's board of directors. The 15% rate has been in effect since 2000, and prior to that time the rate stood at 12%.
The board of the Sweetwater Fireman's Relief and Retirement Fund has held several meetings, and a ballot was given to firefighters to vote on the increase. 25 votes were submitted in support the new rate.
The SEED (Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development) board of directors approved an employee agreement with Blackland Services during their meeting held on Monday.
Although the SEED board approved the item, the Sweetwater City Commission must also give approval. The full time equivalent (FTE) employee agreement is valued at a maximum amount of $480,000 over a six-year total time (five years for the contract).
Various updates on completed and ongoing city projects were given by Eddie Brown during his City Manager's report at Tuesday's City Commission meeting.
On Thursday, January 23, a ribbon cutting will be held for the new SNAP (Senior Nutrition Activities Program) building. It will take place at 1:30 p.m. and hosted by the Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce.
The commission was also informed that McDonald Companies is applying with the TDHCA (Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs) for housing tax credits to construct apartments for senior citizens age 55 and older.
In the afternoon session of the county commissioner's meeting held on Monday, Turner construction gave updates on both the courthouse facade construction and the new jail and sheriff's office. To date, there have been no safety incidents at the courthouse.