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March 9th, 2011
Rattlesnake Round-Up week is finally here.
From Thursday, March 10 through Sunday, March 13, the Sweetwater Jaycees host their 53rd annual event at the Nolan County Coliseum. As usual, several activities are being held in conjunction with the Round-Up.
The Round-Up itself will actually be Friday through Sunday, March 11-13, at the coliseum. Gates will open at 8 a.m. all three days, closing at 5 p.m. on Friday and Sunday and at 6 p.m. on Saturday. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for students.
Other Round-Up activities include the following:
The American Heart Association Rattlesnake 5K Run will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2011, with the start location at the west side of Sweetwater High School on Crane Street by the bus barn. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the race to start at 9 a.m. Entry fee is $25, which includes runners T-shirt and runners pack.
Those wanting to participate may register online at www.timingspecialist.com or may register at the starting line. Medals will be awarded to the top three places in both male and female divisions.
BIG SPRING â€“ All the makings of a top-notch basketball tournament are in place for the Seventh Annual Hoops Dreams and Goals 2011 competition scheduled for March 25, at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum.
Teams from Big Spring to Pecos to Ballinger to Snyder will compete in a day of basketball tournament action beginning at 9 a.m. with the grand entrance, followed by a rousing welcome from West Texas Centers CEO Shelley Smith, LMSW.
East Ridge Elementary School is currently holding their annual penny drive. This year's proceeds will help fix the Sweetwater Fire Department's Freddie the Fire Truck. "Freddie broke last year and hasn't been safe to use since. It isÂ a significant amount of funding that is needed to fixÂ him or possibly replace him," said Crystal Rea, Second Vice President of East Ridge PTO. "We thought this would be a great fundraiser this year since Freddie is such a great asset to the community in teaching children fire safety."
Just slightly more than a week after devastating wildfire ripped through West Texas, forecasters are predicting similar conditions on Tuesday and encouraging residents in the affected area to be prepared to evacuate.
First Baptist Church in Sweetwater held a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house on Sunday afternoon, March 6, for its newly remodeled Education Building. The updated facility boasts amenities such as an elevator which makes the building accessible for everyone and the restoration of the original stairwell. Though the building was constructed over 90 years ago, the updates now allow the church to stand ready and capable for the future.
The 2011 Junior Swine Show was held on February 3-4, at the Fort Worth Livestock Show and Rodeo. The Reserve Champion Yorkshire Swine this year was exhibited by Blake Cumbie with Sweetwater, FFA.Â Blake is an eighth grader at Sweetwater Middle School. He is shown with his father, Dennis Cumbie.
It's a comfort to know that help is available for those that need it.
The Taylor County Vet Center is branching out and offering counseling services to veterans in the Sweetwater community. Since December, a counselor has been making weekly visits to Sweetwater each Thursday to serve veterans in a local capacity.
Suddenlink Communications has launched more new high-definition (HD) TV channels in Abilene, Snyder and Sweetwater.Â
New channels include: Fuse HD, Independent Film Channel HD, We TV HD, Biography Channel HD, Disney XD HD, History Channel International HD, The Science Channel HD, Fox Business Network HD, Fox Soccer Channel HD, Oxygen HD, HBO Comedy HD, HBO2 HD and Starz Comedy HD. In addition, a number of new digital channels in standard definition have been added, including: MTV Jams, VH1 Soul, Nick 2 and Starz Comedy.
Dennis Cumbie , Executive Director for the Nolan County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), announced a Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) signup March 14, 2011 through April 15, 2011. This is the second consecutive year that USDA has offered a general CRP signup.