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February 3rd, 2011
There have been a number of cases of flu in the area, therefore, the Sweetwater-Nolan County Health Department (SNCHD) encourages residents to get vaccinated this flu season. Getting vaccinated is the best way to stop the spread of flu. "It's important to get vaccinated now to help keep yourself and your family healthy," stated Linda Kite, SNCHD public promotions coordinator.
Due to the continuing cold weather and icy roads, all Sweetwater Independent School District campuses will be closed for the third day on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011.
Sweetwater Reporter rural routes may see a delay in their paper delivery due to dangerous road conditions this week. Please be patient with this delay. You will receive all missed papers once the roads become safe.
ERCOT continues in EEA LEVEL 3. All load has been restoredÂ to areas that were affected by the rolling scheduled outages. ERCOT is still at 3000 Mw's on short supply but generation is still being restored to the system.
Oncor continues to work outages in the service area from other causes. Anyone that is still without power should contact the outage reporting number at 888-313-4747.
In less than eight weeks, the Sweetwater Jaycees Worldâ€™s Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up will be back in full force. The biggest event that West Texas and the world knows doesnâ€™t come together without preparation. A meeting about the Rattlesnake Round-Up took place to discuss parking, tours and other aspects that need to be addressed.
On Friday, Feb. 4, wearing red won't just be for showing off that Mustang pride.
Judge Tim Fambrough has issued a proclamation for Feb. 4, to be declared as National Wear Red DayÂ® in Nolan County, in an effort to promote women's health and increase awareness of heart disease in women.
According to the proclamation, heart disease is the number one killer of women. One in four American women dies of heart disease, due in part that many women are unaware of the problem, leading to a lack of concern.
This past Sunday marked the first fundraiser of the year for West Texas Heat. The traveling girls softball team is based out of Sweetwater and is made up of 13 girls from Sweetwater, Snyder, Roby, Colorado City, Hawley and Stanford. This year will be their first year competing in the 14 and under age group. Last year the girlsâ€™ record was 83-8 and two ties. They brought home first place in their biggest tournament called Goliath held in Carlsbad, New Mexico, where teams from six different states competed. The team hopes to participate again this summer.
HOUSTONâ€”The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has instructed utilities to begin rotating outages to compensate for a generation shortage due to numerous plant trips that occurred because of the extreme weather.
Rotating outages are controlled, temporary interruptions of electric service, typically lasting 10-45 minutes per neighborhood. The locations and durations are determined by the local utilities. Critical need customers such as hospitals and nursing homes are generally not included.
It is not known at this time how long the need for rotating outages will last.
As of 11 a.m. today, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, all streets and roadways in Nolan County remain very hazardous.
Any and all travel, of any distance, is highly discouraged.Â Nolan County Sheriffâ€™s Office Deputies and Texas DPS Troopers are overwhelmed with numerous accidents and stalled or stranded vehicles.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) are encouraging travelers to delay or cancel travel in the Big Country Area for Tuesday and possibly Wednesday. Freezing temperatures are anticipated overnight in the Big Country area. Temperatures may not reach above freezing until as late as Friday.