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June 20th, 2011
A local family lost their home and its entire contents to a fire on Saturday, June 18, 2011, at 1401 Avondale. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but is thought to have originated in the family's carport, according to Sweetwater Fire Chief Grant Madden. The blaze was contained due to the efforts of many firefighters and local law enforcement officials assisting.
During the City Commission meeting at City Hall on Tuesday morning, June 14, a special, joint session was held between the City Commission and Nolan County Commissioners on the possibilities of constructing a new law enforcement center.
No public input was allowed, but residents who were in attendance for the city meeting were invited to sit in on the talks among the local officials.
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 GarduĂ±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. GarduĂ±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.