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January 27th, 2012
AUSTINâMiles and miles of Texas highway will soon see speed limit increases following Thursdayâs Texas Transportation Commission action approving 75 mph designations for close to 1,500 miles of interstate.
The speed limit changes span 60 Texas counties making it the largest conversion since a new law was passed last year. The 82nd Texas Legislature passed and the Governor signed House Bill 1353 which allows the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to establish 75 mph speed limits on Texas highways providing speed studies show it can be done safely.
On Sunday afternoon, Jan. 22, 2012 local handlers and their dogs passed the TDI test to become Certified Therapy Dogs. Lisa Peterson was the instructor for the course.
Therapy Dogs International (TDIÂŽ) is a volunteer organization dedicated to regulating, testing and registration of therapy dogs and their volunteer handlers for the purpose of visiting nursing homes, hospitals, other institutions and wherever else therapy dogs are needed.
TDI registers all breeds of dogs. Some dogs have pedigrees, while others have been adopted from local shelters or are rescue dogs.
While working to improve the lives of so many in Nolan County, Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH) is receiving some vital help as well. The hospital has recently launched a renovation project that will increase the hospitalâs energy efficiency and improve the medical/surgical wing.
âA lot has changed in the way buildings consume energy since our facility was first built more than 36 years ago,â said Donna Boatright, administrator of RPMH. âThe impact of our renovations not only lowers our energy use, but also enhances our patientsâ experience at our facility.â
The West Texas Art Guild is sponsoring a Childrenâs art show at the County-City Library on Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012. The show will be divided into five age groups including ages 3-5, ages 6-8, ages 9-11, ages 12-14 and ages 15-18.
Name and age of the child must be attached to the back of the artwork. Ribbons will be awarded to first, second and third places, as well as honorable mention winners. One Best-Of-Show ribbon for the over-all best artwork will be awarded. All work must be matted and ready to hang.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 40 calls for service, issued no citations and made three arrests on Jan. 25, 2012.
The SPD received 18, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â˘ Theft âÂ 2000 block of Lamar.
â˘ Criminal mischief âÂ 500 block of Wall.
â˘ Criminal mischief âÂ 200 block of E. Third.
Arrested by SPD:
â˘ Male juvenile, 13 âÂ Assault.
â˘ Male juvenile, 16 âÂ Disruption of classroom.
â˘ Male juvenile, 14 âÂ Order of immediate custody.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had 15 calls for service, served three civil papers and made no arrests on Jan. 25, 2012.
Avondale Baptist Church
Avondale Baptist Church family! We would like to invite everyone to come and worship with us. We are located at 1405 Hoyt Street.
During the short days and cold nights of winter, many of us crave comfort foods. Unfortunately, the rich dishes we usually think of tend to be low in nutrition and packed with fat and calories. Well, take heart. Itâs possible to enjoy satisfying dishes that are tasty, hearty and nutritious.
The annual Sweetwater Jaycees Miss Snake Charmer Scholarship Pageant is a time where young ladies from throughout the Big Country come together to compete for scholarship money. At last year's pageant, past queens were recognized for the 52nd year of the Miss Snake Charmer Pageant.
The annual pageant will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at the Sweetwater Municipal Auditorium. The pageant is open to all girls between the ages of 16-19 who live within a 75 mile radius of Sweetwater.
The SISD (Sweetwater Independent School District) Board of Trustees were recognized at their regular meeting on Monday evening, Jan. 23, 2012.
As this month has been named School Board Recognition Month in Sweetwater, Nolan County Judge Tim Fambrough was in attendance to read the proclamation to the board members. The document praised their commitment to children and their education; the ongoing work with parents, staff and community members; establishing a firm foundation in local education; and supporting local and public education for the district.
Nolan County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Dennis Cumbie, announced that sign-up for the 2012 Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) and the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) Program began on Jan. 23, 2012 and continues through June 1, 2012.
"I encourage producers to make an appointment with our office to sign-up for program benefits," said Cumbie.