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March 13th, 2012
This afternoon will continue to be mostly sunny, with a high near 79. South wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59. South wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Don't forget that the deadline to register for the Big Country Biggest Winner Contest is Thursday, March 15, with the kick-off event to take place at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 19, 2012, at the Sweetwater High School Track. Several gym memberships will be given away at the event.
Four people pled guilty to Judge Glen Harrison during 32nd Judicial District Court proceedings on Monday, March 12, 2012, with District Attorney Ann Reed and Assistant District Attorney Barrett Thomas prosecuting the cases.
With attorney Russell Abound, Vicki Virdiana Guerrero and Raven Javon Weaver both pled guilty to possession of marijuana, prosecuted as a second degree felony. The two were in possession of more than 50 pounds of marijuana, but less than 2,000 pounds, on May 4, 2011, according to their original indictments.
During their regular meeting on Monday morning, March 12, 2012 held at the Courthouse, the Nolan County Commissioners approved a contract with West Texas Centers to purchase all laboratory testing services associated with their services and for inmates covered under the county's agreement with the establishment.
The inaugural Enchanted Darlings pageant is opening the door for area kids and teens to strut their stuff.
The "Beauty Pageant with Elegance" will be held at the LaQuinta Inn, located at 500 Northwest Georgia Avenue in Sweetwater, on Saturday, June 9, 2012 starting at 10 a.m. The pageant is open to girls all the way up to 18 years old and boys up to 6 years of age.
An estimated crowd of 30,000 attended the 54th Annual Sweetwater Jaycees World's Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up. Winners of the 22nd Annual Brisket/Chili Cook-Off were announced with a total of 93 cooks entering the contest this year. Judging coordinator was Jean Gebhard. Grand Champion was Bernie Phillips and Reserve Champion was Dana Reed.
First Place, Bernie Phillips
Second Place, Jeff Johnson, 3 ÂĽ Dog Cookers
Third Place, Don Clevenger
Fourth Place, Jaime Galindo
Fifth Place, Bud Williams, Smart Ash BBQ
Sixth Place, Rick Fairchild, Big Rick & the Rattlers
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 174 calls for service, issued five citations and made six arrests from March 9-11, 2012.
The SPD received 87, 911 calls.
â€˘ 1600 block of Lamar.
â€˘ 800 block of Lamar.
â€˘ 300 block of Arizona.
â€˘ 1200 block of Elm.
â€˘ 200 block of E. Broadway.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Aggravated assault â€” 800 block of Circle Drive.
â€˘ Stalking â€” Sweetwater.
â€˘ Criminal mischief â€” 600 block of SW Georgia.
â€˘ Burglary of a habitation â€” 700 block of Walnut.
â€˘ Theft â€” 400 block of NE Georgia.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Bobby Sanchez, 38 â€” Theft.
An estimated crowd of 30,000 attended the 54th Annual Sweetwater Jaycees World's Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up.
The total pounds of Western Diamondback Rattlesnake weighed totaled 1,664 pounds, a decrease from last year's total of 1,841 pounds. Those bringing in the most pounds of rattlesnake were first place Andy Lee with 348 pounds, second place Eric Timaeus with 224 pounds and third place Bill Stinson with 207 pounds. The longest rattlesnake was caught by Eric Timaeus and measured 73 inches long.
The Meek Blood Center bloodmobiles will be at the Nolan County Courthouse and the Lions Club building on Thursday, March 15, 2012, from noon until 6 p.m.
Meek Blood Center recently revised their guidelines regarding many medications and medical conditions, which will qualify more people as blood donors. Those who have been deferred for medications and medical conditions in the past are asked to call 325-670-2798 to inquire about eligibility.
Texas Highway Patrol troopers will increase patrols and crack down on drunk drivers during a special enforcement effort over Spring Break.
The increased patrols will be in effect across the state from March 10 to March 18 in high-risk locations during the times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent. The patrols are funded through a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation targeting impaired driving.