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March 5th, 2012
Warm weather is right around the corner, which is all the more reason to get outside and be active. A great way to get some exercise and have fun is going for a bike ride. Did you know, every year, 350,000 children under age 15 go to hospital emergency rooms with bike-related injuries. Of that number, 130,000 children suffer head injuries and an estimated 200 die. By wearing a helmet, a child can reduce their risk of injury by as much as 85 percent. The single most effective safety device available to reduce head injury and death from bicycle crashes is a helmet.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) wants to make the public aware of another recent phone scam that can have harsh financial consequences.
Detective Melinda Moncada with the SPD noted this new line of scamming has been ongoing for around a month. Scammers are calling and convincing residents that they can get a new car along with $1 million by purchasing a Wal-Mart money card and loading it with a considerable amount of money. Once the card is loaded, the callers then activate it and gain access to the funds by transferring them to another card.
The Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors welcomed Richard Fergeson State Farm, located at 808 E. Broadway, to Sweetwater with a ribbon cutting. He is shown (center) cutting the ribbon along with his wife, Kaitlin and their new baby Macy Jane. Food and drinks were offered to those attending the event.
The State Farm location at 208 Lamar Street hosted a meet and greet with the community, providing free hot dogs, popcorn and drinks for those coming to tour the building and speak to personnel. Shown above are Rosa Johnson, Brandi Sitter, agent Doug Sitter, Danica Hickson and Jessica Rangel.
The state redistricting debacle has not only making an impact on the state's presidential primary this year, but also on the local races.
However, with the recent announcement that the Texas presidential primary date has been set for Tuesday, May 29, Kathy Bowen with the Nolan County Tax Office wants to assist voters in the interim while putting some rumors to rest.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 51 calls for service, issued five citations and made no arrests on March 1, 2012.
The SPD received 21, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Burglary of a habitation â€”Â 1000 block of Beall.
â€˘ Criminal mischief â€”Â 400 block of Alexander.
â€˘ Family violence assault â€”Â 1600 block of Grand.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had five calls for service, served no civil papers and made four arrests on March 1, 2012.
Arrested by NCSO:
â€˘ Donald Charles Prater, Jr., 29, of Loraine â€”Â Tarrant County warrant/possession of marijuana.
Big Country Biggest Loser Winner is coming to the Big Country next month for those who want to boost their New Year's Resolutions and are getting ready for summer and swimsuit season locally, as well as compete for a cash prize.
The contest, sponsored by the Big Country Medical Reserve Corps, The Sweetwater-Nolan County Health Department, Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital, Rolling Plains Rural Health Clinic, Texas State Technical College and the Sweetwater Reporter will be from March 14 to May 14 with registration dates from March 5-15.
The Morris Brothers visited Southeast Elementary School and hosted an assembly on positive classroom behavior on Friday, Feb. 16. The Morris Brothers present across the nation on topics such as bullying, character, behavior and testing. The Morris Brothers presented a positive and upbeat message on bullying in and out of school and how to handle it when it occurs. The students, faculty and staff all took part in the presentation.
The Nolan County Hospital District Board of Directors met for their regularly monthly meeting on Monday night, Feb. 27, 2012 at the Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital.
The meeting opened with the annual 2011 Human Resource (HR) report that was given by Gay Nell Cherry, the hospital's HR director. Reports were given on patient care providers, non-patient care providers and turnover statistics from the past year.
The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in Texas is a nickel more than the average last week, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch.Â The current statewide average is $3.57.
The national average is $3.74, increasing 13 cents more than the average last week.Â The statewide average price is 17 cents less than the national average.Â The most expensive gasoline average in the state is in Dallas at $3.59.Â Amarillo is reporting the least expensive average in the state at $3.41 for a gallon of regular unleaded.Â