Archive - 2014 - News Article
An update on the Nolan County Coliseum was given at the SEED (Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development) board of directors meeting held Monday by Coliseum Manager Jeff Howard.
The Coliseum was built in 1959, with the Annex built in 1961. The multi-purpose event center has played host to a wide variety of events, including rodeos, equestrian shows, livestock shows, rattlesnake roundups, banquets, trade shows, weddings, and much more.
There are five full-time employees at the Coliseum, with one part-time employee. Additional part-time employees are hired for some events.
Sweetwater Healthcare Center is celebrating CNA (Certified Nurse Assistant) Week, June 12 through 19, by having their residents present awards. The facility is also introducing their new Director of Nurses, Valerie Pruitt, who is from the community.
Pruitt graduated from Loraine High School and is also a double graduate of TSTC for both her LVN in 1997 and RN in 2010. She worked in long-term care as an ADON for 10 years, then assisted with the nursing program and CNA program at TSTC, and later spent three years in Hospice.
During Monday's Nolan County Commissioners meeting, Mark Mims and Les Sanderson with Balatize, LLC made a presentation on the possibility of providing the Courthouse and new jail with internet service.
The company develops networks and provides high-speed connectivity needed in the area. Founded in August 2013, Balatize went live on February 1st of this year.
Mims serves as president, with Sanderson as the CTO and secretary. The company has local investors and serves 50 clients and businesses, including Midwest Finance, EC&M, Smartt Move Trucking and Ludlum Measurements.
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The State Comptrollerâ€™s Office visited Texas State Technical College recently. They are doing story which includes TSTCâ€™s Mobile Welding Trainer. The story is slated to be released in mid-July.
The Mobile Welding Trainer is a completely self-contained, semi-trailer that includes a classroom, eight welding stations and an instructorâ€™s station. All welding and cutting equipment, generator and exhaust systems are permanently installed.
The economic impact study of the oil and gas activities in the West Texas Energy Consortium region has been completed and was discussed at the SEED (Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development) board of directors' meeting held Monday.
Counties within the region are Nolan, Scurry, Fisher, Martin, Howard, Mitchell, Glasscock, Sterling, Reagan and Irion. The neighboring counties included in the study are Taylor, Coke, Runnels, Coleman, Brown and Tom Green.
Today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 84 and northeast winds at 10 to 15 mph. Winds will become southeastern in the afternoon.
Expect a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, with partly cloudy skies and a low around 71. Winds will be from the southeast at 10 to 15 mph.
We'll see highs in the upper 90s this weekend, with lows in the lower 70s. Winds will be breezy and from the throughout Saturday and Sunday, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
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A summer family event called â€śWilderness Escape: Where God Guides and Providesâ€ť will be hosted at Lamar Street Baptist Church from June 16-20. Kids step back in time at Wilderness Escape, exploring some of the adventures faced by Moses and the Israelites. Kids participate at the Israelite Camp, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, dig into Bible-times snacks, visit Moses and collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of Godâ€™s Word. Plus, everyone learns to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings.
The Sweetwater Fire Department will be holding their annual Fill the Boot drive to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association on Friday, June 13, and Saturday, June 14, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Fire fighters will be collecting donations at the intersection of Elm Street and Broadway on Friday. They will be collecting donations on Saturday at the intersection of NW Georgia and Lamar, just off I-20.
Gary Decker of Stamford was the speaker at this month's Lunch and Learn, "Reclaim Sweetwater." Decker successfully initiated a clean-up campaign in Stamford by partnering with the city, as well as businesses, civic groups and social clubs. Decker's goal was to clean up and clear away illegal dumping sites, run down and vacant buildings and abandoned cars. He asked the city council â€” not for money, but for support â€” which he received.
Half a Saturday, once a month, is clean-up day in Stamford. Specific projects are chosen each time and the campaign has been a huge success.