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February 2nd, 2014
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.
AUSTIN â€” The Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) has nominated Amber L. James of Odessa and C. Barrett Thomas of Sweetwater as its next president-elect candidates. The winner of an election this spring will serve as TYLA president from June 2015 to June 2016. Results will be announced April 30.
James is a shareholder with the firm of Atkins, Hollmann, Jones, Peacock, Lewis, & Lyon in Odessa, where she maintains a commercial litigation practice. Prior to joining the firm, she practiced civil litigation with Sprott, Rigby, Newsom, Robbins, & Lunceford in Houston.
An update on the proposed Phase 4 project at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital was given at the Monday night meeting of the Nolan County Hospital District.
Phase Four would include renovation of the OR, ICU and construction of a new OB department and some additional improvements.
Today will be partly sunny with a high near 77. Winds will be breezy, with a south-southwest wind at 15 to 20 mph.
Expect a low tonight around 47, with mostly cloudy skies and a southern wind at 10 to 15 mph.
This weekend we'll see quite a change, with a high of 61 on Saturday but a low around 27. For the big game on Sunday, we'll have a 20% chance of rain, freezing rain and sleet, with a high near 35 and a low around 24.
Visit weather.gov to learn more.
The Super Bowl is one of Americaâ€™s most highly anticipated sports events, when friends and family gather in homes, bars and restaurants to celebrate. As Super Bowl Sunday approaches and football fans across the country prepare for the game, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Watch UR BAC program is spreading the message to the public about designating a sober driver on Super Bowl Sunday, because Fans Donâ€™t Let Fans Drive Drunk.