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February 17th, 2011
The fire that burned in South Fisher County on Monday and Tuesday continued to be monitored on Wednesday and control is expected by Friday evening, according to The State of Texas State Operations Center (SOC). Roby, Rotan, Hamlin, Lake Sweetwater, Nolan, Roscoe Volunteer Fire Departments, Sweetwater, Snyder Fire Departments, Fisher County Road and Bridge Department, Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol and Texas Forest Service responded to the fire. Above, a Texas Forest Service helicopter helps control hot spots of the fire on Wednesday afternoon.
The Nolan County Grand Jury handed down 17 indictments on Tuesday with 10 of those indictments sealed. Five of those indictments stemmed from a crack cocaine distribution house being busted in Sweetwater on Oct. 6, 2010.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas â With much of the state covered in parched, brown grass and brush, Texas Forest Service is warning residents who live along and west of the I-35 corridor to be prepared for dangerous wildfires this week.
Weather conditions are expected to worsen on Wednesday and Thursday as a low pressure system moves over a dry line hovering over the Western Plains. Wind speeds are expected to pick up and relative humidity levels are expected to drop â two key ingredients for dangerous fire weather.
Members of the Sweetwater Jaycees took nine rattlesnakes to show off at the Capitol Wednesday and Thursday to promote the Sweetwater Jaycees World's Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up which will be held March 11-13, in Sweetwater. The Jaycees visited with Representative Susan King and Governor Rick Perry and promoted rattlesnake safety and awareness. Shown are (back row, left to right) Danny Camacho, David Scott, David Sager, Riley Sawyers, Justin Wilburn, (front row, left to right) Melinda Gomez, Sweetwater Jaycees President Khris Torrez, Rep. Susan King, Donnie Willmann and Keith Willmann.
The Nolan County Commissioners' Court met for its regular meeting on Monday morning, Feb. 14 at the Nolan County Courthouse.
Various approvals were made at the meeting regarding equipment, including replacing the current Guardian courthouse security equipment with a new system from Centurion Wireless security systems.
A large grass fire in Fisher County burned about 400 acres on Monday afternoon according to authorities. Smoke filled the air in Sweetwater, due to yesterday's high winds. No residences were lost, but a number of barns and horse pens were lost due to the flames burning the tall, dry grass. Authorities say that there were two separate fires burning in the area and the cause of the fires in unknown.
Sweetwaterâs historic Municipal Auditorium will host a live Broadway musical on Saturday evening, Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. when âGodspellâ takes the stage.
âGodspellâ is a production of Abilene High Schoolâs drama department and choir, and is directed by Clay Freeman. Freeman was Sweetwater High Schoolâs drama director in the 1970s and took Sweetwater students to second place in state theater competition in 1973.
The 2011 Sweetwater Jaycees Miss Snake Charmer Scholarship Pageant contestants met on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, at Texas State Technical College for a tea and learned the ins and outs of the pageant. The annual pageant will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at the Sweetwater Municipal Auditorium. This year, the Jaycees will have $2,500 in scholarship money available to the winners. A total of $1,250 will be awarded to Miss Snake Charmer while $600 will be presented to the first runner-up. The second runner-up will receive $400 and the talent competition winner will receive $250.
The National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA), a department of ACT, Inc., recognized Sweetwater Independent School District for having three schools in their district make the 2010 NCEA Higher Performing Schools List. The following schools received the honor and Higher Performing (HP) recognition in the following areas:
â¢ Southeast Elementary School, Math and Reading - Higher Performing in all areas;
â¢ Sweetwater Intermediate School, Math and Reading;
â¢ Sweetwater Middle School, Social Studies.
Texas Alumni Football is coming to the Abilene area in April. Former high school players from Sweetwater and other neighboring schools are expected to put on the pads again with former teammates to comprise up to 12 alumni teams. The games are open to all alumni and the ages of the players will likely range from nineteen to mid-forties. Alumni teams will play an alumni team from their rival school.