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February 3rd, 2014
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.
The March 4 primary election will be here before we know it, but several other deadlines are fast approaching.
At this time, voters can now start requesting a ballot by mail. However, the last day to register to vote is on Monday, Feb. 3.
The first day of early voting will be Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the County Clerk's office, which is located in the Nolan County Courthouse (100 East Third), Suite 108. The last day of early voting will be Friday, Feb. 28.
Several have recently entered pleas during 32nd Judicial District Court proceedings.
Zamadrick Drakkar Walker pleaded true to revoking his probation. He was originally put on probation for burglary of a habitation, a second degree felony. Walker was sentenced to four years confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and was ordered to pay a $3,000 fine, $593 in court costs and $1,000 in attorney's fees. He will receive 153 days credit towards his sentence for time already served in jail.
The Affordable Care Act is now in full swing and many Nolan County residents are still puzzled as to what this means to them and their families.
Christal Martin with the West Central Texas Council of Governments was the guest speaker at the monthly Lunch and Learn Seminar hosted by Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital.
Open enrollment to buy health insurance ends on March 31, 2014. To buy insurance outside the open enrollment date, individuals must qualify for a special enrollment period due to a life event such as changes in employment, marriage, divorce and child births, among others.