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April 5th, 2011
A Sweetwater family lost their home and all of their belongings in an early morning fire on Tuesday, April 5, 2011. According to Sweetwater Fire Chief Grant Madden, it is believed that the fire began near a furnace around 5:45 a.m. at 2109 Chester Street. There were no smoke detectors in the house. According to Madden, the mother of the home just happened to wake up and smell smoke. She immediately got one child out and ran through smoke to get her second child to safety. They all made it out okay, but they lost all of the belongings and their home.
Marjorie Wilks and Billie Carmichael, Woman's Forum members have been helping the County-City Library by helping with the Library Tag Day campaign for at least a combined total of 24 years. Marjorie will again be at the Texas National Bank selling Library Tags like she has for the past 12 years. Woman's Forum members will be at Texas National Bank, First Financial Bank, Roscoe State Bank, Wal-Mart, K-Mart, the Post Office and some members will be selling tags in the downtown area from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, April 6, 2011. Library Tags are sold for any amount of donation.
The West Texas Children's Advocacy Center will host the Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce coffee event at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 6, 2011, at the building located at 317 Oak Street. The Childrenâ€™s Advocacy Center provides the first step in the healing process for children and their families, said spokesperson Teresa Zarate.
Last year, a total of 513 children from Nolan, Fisher, Mitchell, Scurry and Borden counties received services from the center, with 169 of those children from Nolan County.
If you have gold, silver, antiques or other rare collectibles lying around your house, the Ohio Valley Refinery & Roadshow wants to see them!
The Ohio Valley Refinery & Roadshow is making a stop in Sweetwater this week in search of rare and unique collectibles. The company states that â€śCollectors have set aside $300,000 to be distributed to local residents for their items during the free five day event.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 164 calls for service, issued 25 citations and made nine arrests from April 1-3, 2011.
The SPD received 91, 911 calls.
â€˘ 400 block of NE Georgia.
â€˘ 700 block of E. Broadway.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Theft â€”Â 900 block of James.
â€˘ Family violence assault â€”Â 500 block of E. Alabama.
â€˘ Evading arrest â€”Â 1000 block of E. Broadway.
â€˘ Criminal mischief â€”Â Sweetwater.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Joe Leija, 33 â€”Â Sex offender/duty to register.
â€˘ Britt Hawkins, 35 â€”Â Public intoxication.
â€˘ Stacy Robles, 29 â€”Â Warrant.
A Nolan County woman has died from injuries she received in an ATV accident in Runnels County.
Anna Mueller, 50, of Roscoe was killed when the four-wheeler she was driving apparently went out of control going down a hill. Investigators said she suffered critical head injuries.
Runnels County Sheriff Bill Baird said Mueller was taken by ambulance to Rolling Plains Hospital in Sweetwater but was dead on arrival.
The Roscoe Fire Department responded to a structural fire on the 200 block of Bois Dâ€™Arc in Roscoe at 4 a.m. on Saturday, April 2, 2011, according to Roscoe Fire Chief Gary Armstrong. "The house was fully involved when units arrived. The house had two occupants at the time of the fire and the house was a total loss," said Armstrong. The two made it out of the house safely. The fire was electrical in nature and began in the homeâ€™s breaker box. Sweetwater Fire Department assisted the Roscoe Fire Department with the fire.
The U.S. Geological Survey program reported a 3.0 magnitude earthquake roughly 13 miles north of Snyder around 5 p.m. on Saturday evening, April 2, 2011. This quake was 13 miles north of Snyder and 41 miles northwest of Sweetwater.
This is the fourth time in as many weeks, that an earthquake registered in Scurry County. The last shake up was at 4:12 a.m., last Monday, when a 2.9 quake was registered, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. This quake was 11 miles north of Snyder.
On Feb. 28, a 3.1 quake was recorded while a 3.8 quake was registered on March 13.
The Texas Theater, located in downtown Sweetwater, has entered its next phase of the long term renovation process. The Sweetwater Texas Theater Acquisition Renovation (STTAR) committee has entered a contract with the Neon Shop of Abilene to remove, clean, repair and replace the lower marquee of the theater. â€śThe integrity of the marquee will be the utmost priority of the renovation,â€ť emphasized Brad Barton, owner of the Neon Shop. â€śWe will use every means available to ensure the marquee looks the same as it did when first installed in the 1940s,â€ť Barton concluded.
National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrate the achievements of immunization programs in promoting healthy communities. This yearâ€™s NIIW is April 23-30. Infants are particularly vulnerable to infectious diseases; that is why it is critical to protect them through immunizations. Each day, nearly 12,000 babies are born in the United States who will need to be immunized against 14-vaccine-preventable diseases before age two.