Archive - Feb 2014 - News Article
Today will be partly sunny with a high near 49. Winds will be from the south at 5 to 15 mph, shifting to the west-northwest in the afternoon. Gusts could get as high as 25 mph.
Expect partly cloudy conditions tonight, with a low around 22 and north winds around 5 to 15 mph.
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Five years ago, a local event was started to raise awareness and money to benefit the visually impaired children in the community. This year, the "Ridin' for Cash Bull Bash" is once again gearing up and will take place Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Nolan County Coliseum. The "Bull Bash" was incepted by Matt and Annie Miles, whose oldest son Laramie Cash Miles was born with Septo-Optic Nerve Dysplasia. A person with this condition has a minimized optic nerve which prohibits the transfer of information from his eyes to his brain to process, resulting in blindness.
Local healthcare, law enforcement and business affairs were discussed during the meeting of the Nolan County Forward Planning Committee held Wednesday at the Sweetwater Country Club.
The work on the Cardiac Rehab and Wellness Center continues at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital, which should be completed by the end of April. Hospital Administrator Donna Boatright was pleased to announce that they have already received $32,000 in donations, out of the $40,000 that will be matched through a grant by the Nolan County Foundation.
Over 100 Sweetwater students ranging in grades 4 through 8 competed in the local spelling bees recently held at their respective campuses.
Andrew Ramey was the winner of the Spelling Bee held at Sweetwater Intermediate School (SIS). The fifth grader enjoys reading and playing video games.
The second place winner was fourth grader Kaden Andrews. The competition held at SIS was coordinated by Melissa Howard.
Kara Lehnert won the Spelling Bee held at Sweetwater Middle School (SMS). The seventh grader, who competed at last year's national spelling bee, enjoys reading and sports.
Today will be partly sunny, with a high near 40. Wind chill values will be between 17 and 27, with winds from the east-southeast at 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 35 and eastern winds at 5 to 10 mph.
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Jana Hall filed her candidacy for the Sweetwater Independent School District school board on Wednesday. She is seeking election for the remaining term for District 5 on the board, which is vacant following the resignation of Jenny Cherry last year.
Monday, Feb. 3-School closings and delays
Blackwell ISD-10 a.m. start, buses will run 2 hours late
Loraine ISD-10 a.m. start, buses will run 2 hours late. Staff to report at 9:30 a.m.
Roby ISD-10 a.m. start, buses will not run
Rotan ISD-10 a.m. start, buses will not run
Sweetwater ISD-10 a.m. start, buses will run 2 hours late
TSTC-Breckenridge campus is closed. Abilene and Sweetwater campuses will begin at 10 a.m. Brownwood campus opens at normal time.
Local WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) and Congressional Gold Medal Recipient, Mary Alice Putnam Vandeventer, passed away Tuesday, January 28, at the age of 90.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lueders Methodist Church, followed by graveside services and color guard in Throckmorton Cemetery at 2 p.m.
Her family requests donations to the WASP Museum in Sweetwater in lieu of flowers. Tankersley Funeral Home of Stamford coordinated her final arrangements.
As predicted, snow fell early Sunday morning in Nolan County, covering the town in white on Groundhog Day. A few residents and former residents had some input on Punxsutawney Phil's prediction of six more weeks of winter and the snowfall in town.
Adrian Mendez said, "I'm ready for spring!"
"There is a old wives tale that if it thunders in February, there will be a frost in April on that same day! Think this is as predictable as the groundhog, but either way I'm waiting to plant my spring flowers until April 4!" said Laura Gilbert.
Editor's Note: The following piece is a first-hand account written by the editor of The Punxsutawney Spirit, Zak Lantz. Zak was born and raised in Punxsutawney , and this account reflects more of a personal attachment to the holiday.
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. This morning, I looked down and noticed something I was wearing -- a press pass. Now, I know that it's part of my job to wear one, but it's not all that often at least not in these parts that I actually need one.