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June 22nd, 2012

Blackwell to host 4th of July celebration

June 22, 2012

The Blackwell Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) will be holding their annual 4th of July celebration, parade and barbecue on Saturday, June 30, 2012. A parade will kick off the event at 5 p.m. on Main Street in Blackwell.
At 5:30 p.m., the Blackwell VFD will be selling barbecue brisket and sausage plates with all the trimmings at their station located on Main Street. Plates are $10 for adults and $5 for children, with all proceeds benefitting the Blackwell VFD.

Ribbon cutting at RPMH

June 22, 2012

Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital hosted a special event on Thursday, June 21, 2012, with a ribbon cutting and groundbreaking on two projects.
As part of a larger renovation project that began late last year, RPMH celebrated — with members of the community — the completion of updates to its medical/surgical wing with a ribbon cutting ceremony. More than 40 patient rooms were enhanced during the renovations with various updates, including six existing rooms modified to comply with Disability Act (ADA) standards.

Groundbreaking at RPMH

June 22, 2012

Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital hosted a special event on Thursday, June 21, 2012, with a ribbon cutting and groundbreaking on two projects.
The hospital had a ground breaking ceremony for a new medical office building, which is slated for completion this December. Planned for nearly a year, the new facility will provide the hospital with additional much-needed space for physician offices.

Gas price average down five cents

June 22, 2012

Drivers in all states within the continental U.S. are now paying less than $4 per gallon on average for gas.  Texans are now paying an average of $3.28, which is five cents less than last week according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch. Nationwide drivers are paying an average of $3.47 for a gallon of regular unleaded which is 19 cents more than the average in Texas. In the Lone Star State, drivers in El Paso are paying the most on average at $3.46, while drivers in Fort Worth are paying the least at $3.22. Drivers in Sweetwater are paying $3.26.

Blotters for June 20, 2012

June 22, 2012

The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 36 calls for service, issued no citations and made two arrests on June 20, 2012.

The SPD received 44, 911 calls.

Calls for service:
• Theft — 500 block of W. Avenue D.

Arrested by SPD:
• Tanner Guerro, 20 — Criminal trespass.
• Michael Ellison, 52 — Warrant.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had 10 calls for service, served 10 civil papers and made one arrest on June 20, 2012.

Arrested by NCSO:

June 21st

Mudbog set for July 7

June 21, 2012

The public gate for the Plowboy Mud Bog will open at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 7, 2012, at the Roscoe Baseball Field (by the east water tower).
Kids under 7 are admitted for free, ages 8 to 14 will be admitted for $2 and ages 15 and up will be admitted for $5. Registration fee is $30 and registration starts at 10 a.m.

Ride for wind begins tomorrow

June 21, 2012

All motorcycle enthusiasts are summoned to ride for a good, green cause in June. The fourth annual Ride for Wind event, which benefits Women of Wind Energy, will be held in Sweetwater on June 22-23.
Shermco Industries founded the event and has sponsored it each year to help raise money for scholarships that promote women in the wind industry through the Women of Wind Energy organization.

Grand Jury indicts 11

June 21, 2012

A Nolan County Grand Jury indicted 11 people on Tuesday, June 21, 2012. Eight of those indictments were sealed. The following cases were true-billed:
Michael Alan Ledbetter was indicted for engaging in organized criminal activity, a third degree felony. Court documents state that Ledbetter, along with four others, burglarized a building without the consent of the owner on Dec. 16, 2011. His bond was set at $12,000.

Students staying busy with library activities

June 21, 2012

Norma Bonner was the guest reader for Story Time at the County-City Library on Wednesday, June 20, 2012. Norma read stories to Kindergarten through third grade students.
Students have also benefited from other library activities. Carolyn Walker, retired art teacher and member of the West Texas Art Guild, taught a class of fourth through sixth graders how to paint with watercolors at the County-City Library as well.

New surgeon continues steady practice

June 21, 2012

The audit report for the 2011 fiscal year was presented during the Nolan County Hospital District Board of Directors' meeting on Monday evening, June 18, 2012, held at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH).
Todd Hrbacek, CPA, presented the information to the board. Highlights from the report were given, with the report coming back with a clean opinion on the financial statements. Hrbacek also noted the past financial year as one of the best in several years for the hospital.

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