Archive - News Article
June 20th, 2011
Due to the dry conditions and recent surge in wildfires, the Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) is in need of assistance.
The Ladies Auxiliary of the Roscoe VFD is now establishing a drive to restock the firefighters' Recovery Supplies Program. "All items are greatly appreciated in this time of need," said drive organizers.
Items needed include all flavors of Gatorade, Chap-Stick, wipes, Visine eye drops, sunscreen and hand sanitizer. Drop off sites for the items are located at the Sweetwater Wal-Mart and Roscoe City Hall.
Seven Roscoe Collegiate High School students received the "Texas Student Achievement Award" from the Texas ACT Council for their performance on the PLAN (Pre-ACT) Assessment. These students are on target to meet or exceed ACT's College Readiness Benchmarks by graduation. ACT's College Readiness Benchmarks are empirically-based and identify the level of achievement necessary in English, mathematics, reading and science to have a successful college freshman experience.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 50 calls for service, issued two citations and made three arrests on June 16, 2011.
The SPD received 30, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€¢ Indecency with a child â€”Â 700 block of Hill.
Arrested by SPD:
â€¢ Rita Chase, 55 â€”Warrants.
â€¢ Michael Gutierrez, 18 â€”Â Warrant.
â€¢ Stephen Getty, 56 â€”Â Disorderly conduct.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had nine calls for service, served four civil papers and made no arrests on June 16, 2011.
Calls for service:
â€¢ Traffic stop â€”Â I-20 MM 238.
â€¢Â Fire â€” W. Alabama.
The Jones County town of Stamford has announced it's in contract negotiations with Tenaska, the coal power electric plant being designed for Sweetwater.
In a news conference Friday afternoon, Stamford Mayor Johnny Anders, Junior said they are negotiating to sell waste water and excess city water for the proposed Trailblazer Energy Center.
There have been concerns amongst the community about selling the water to Tenaska, but Mayor Anders said it will do nothing but benefit the town and the plant.
Texas National Bank (TNB) in Sweetwater is joining efforts in a national cause â€” supporting our wounded warriors.
Texas National Bank Assistant Vice President, Liz Howard, as a part of a management development program which promotes team building, is in charge of the local campaign to involve the community to raise money for the national program. This campaign will benefit the Wounded Warriors Alliance.
If you enjoy playing music but havenâ€™t had a chance to play in a while, then dust off your horn and practice with the Sweetwater Municipal Band. Their membership has gotten a little low, and they would love to have new members to help keep the band alive for the community.
Danny Escobar, right, maintenance tech in the Nolan County maintenance section, is presented a Certificate of Service by Lauren GarduÃ±o, P.E. Escobar, a five-year employee with the Texas Department of Transportation, was honored for his longevity during a recent supervisors meeting in Abilene. In addition to the framed certificate, he received a five-year service pin and a black leatherette portfolio, his gift of choice. GarduÃ±o is the Abilene District Engineer.
On Thursday morning, Sweetwater firefighters responded to a fire at the cotton compress on Alabama Avenue (shown). Several cotton bales were on fire and the blaze is still under investigation according to Sweetwater Fire Chief Grant Madden.
Also, on Wednesday morning, Sweetwater firefighters responded to a grass fire at Lake Sweetwater. The cause of the fire that burned one acre of land is under investigation according to Madden.
The next live music performance at JavaJax will take place Saturday, June 18, with Bobby Bridger performing his "Seekers of the Fleece" show. There will be a steak dinner, served at 7 p.m. and the show will be at 8 p.m. Cost for the dinner and show is $24, with the show only for $12.
A ribbon cutting ceremony and open house was held at Nolan Nursing and Rehabilitation at their new location on the east end of Sweetwater by the Texas Department of Transportation office off of Interstate 20. The new facility is licensed for 96 residents. Among the four wings, there are six private rooms and the rest are semi-private rooms. Each wing dead-ends into a sitting area, which has telephones, plasma televisions and couches. Each room has a bed, a chair and a wardrobe closet.