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January 30th, 2012
Sweetwater firefighters Brad Payne and Jarrett Knowles are shown hosing down items from a home destroyed by a dryer fire the previous night around 11 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, on Lou Street in Sweetwater. The family of five living in the home lost everything to the blaze, but all made it out safely.
When the City Commission presented the deteriorating condition and temporary closing of the local SNAP (Senior Nutrition Activities Program) building for reconstruction this January, a local church stepped up to fill the void left by the facilities.
Highland Heights United Methodist Church has opened its doors for SNAP attendees to use as a temporary meeting location. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, folks can bring their own lunch or their purchased meal from SNAP â€” the kitchen remains open during this time â€” and dine in the church's fellowship hall.
Sweetwater High School Senior Laney Wallace was crowned the 2012 Yucca Queen by Carly Johnson, last year's Yucca Queen. Wallace is shown with escort, Spencer Young.
Every 10 years, Texas requires that marks and brands be re-registered in the county or counties in which you operate.Â
The next re-registration period began Aug. 31, 2011, and concludes Feb. 29, 2012.Â After the conclusion date, all marks and brands that have not been re-registered are automatically available for registration by another party.Â
The cost of registering brands in Nolan County is $16 per location.Â Payment may be made by cash, check or credit/debit card.
Officials with the Sweetwater Police Department say area residents should remain vigilant as they investigate reports of a possible phone scam where callers are identifying themselves as payday loan representatives, asking for payments on loans taken out by those they are calling. According to Sweetwater Police Officer Armando Renteria, a local resident received a call in which a person â€”Â with a foreign accent â€”Â claimed to be collecting for a payday loan company that she had a loan with, wanting immediate payment on the loan.
Carly Johnson was named the 2012 New Year Girl.
First Runner Up was Rachel Gray, with Lauren Young named Second Runner Up.
Bailey Bernal placed as the Third Runner Up, with Kathleen Campbell and Kensi Jones tying for Fourth Runners Up.
More than 1.7 million Texans 18 years of age and older are living with diabetes. Although the disease can be deadly, it is easily managed through a healthier lifestyle. Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH) is offering a free diabetic support group meeting on Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the hospitalâ€™s emergency department classroom, located at 200 E. Arizona Avenue.
The support group meeting will feature guest speaker Dr. Timothy Jones, a new family practice physician at RPMH. This event is free of charge and does not require any type of membership.
The Sweetwater Intermediate School Jump Rope Team performed at halftime during the Varsity girls basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012. They will be performing Tuesday, Jan. 31 at Abilene Christian University at the 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. games and on Thursday, Feb. 2 at Western Texas College at the 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. games.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 53 calls for service, issued two citations and made two arrests on Jan. 26, 2012.
The SPD received 37, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Burglary of a habitation â€”Â 1000 block of Beall.
â€˘ Class A assault â€”Â 900 block of Hillside.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Maria Limon, 39 â€”Â Warrant.
â€˘ Timothy Cantu, 18 â€”Â Warrant.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had eight calls for service, served six civil papers and made no arrests on Jan. 26, 2012.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Inmate transport/medical â€”Â E. Arizona Ave.
AUSTINâ€”Miles and miles of Texas highway will soon see speed limit increases following Thursdayâ€™s 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.