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April 5th, 2011

Blotters 4-5-2011

April 5, 2011

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.

Accidents:
• Lamar/IH20.
• 400 block of NE Georgia.
• 700 block of E. Broadway.

Calls for service:
• Theft — 900 block of James.
• Family violence assault — 500 block of E. Alabama.
• Evading arrest — 1000 block of E. Broadway.
• Criminal mischief — Sweetwater.

Arrested by SPD:
• Joe Leija, 33 — Sex offender/duty to register.
• Britt Hawkins, 35 — Public intoxication.
• Stacy Robles, 29 — Warrant.

April 4th

Roscoe woman dies after ATV accident

April 4, 2011

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.

Fire consumes home

April 4, 2011

The Roscoe Fire Department responded to a structural fire on the 200 block of Bois D’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 home’s breaker box. Sweetwater Fire Department assisted the Roscoe Fire Department with the fire.

Earthquake in Snyder

April 4, 2011

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.

Texas Theater renovation continues

April 4, 2011

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. “The integrity of the marquee will be the utmost priority of the renovation,” emphasized Brad Barton, owner of the Neon Shop. “We will use every means available to ensure the marquee looks the same as it did when first installed in the 1940s,” Barton concluded.

Health Department celebrates NIIW

April 4, 2011

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 year’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.

April 2nd

Gasoline prices leap upward

April 2, 2011

Texas drivers saw big jumps at the pump over the past week due to investors' reaction to continued strife in OPEC nations, as well as the mandated statewide changeover to higher-priced summer blend gasoline, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch.
The state average increased by eight cents over the past week to $3.51 a gallon for regular unleaded, while the national average rose six cents to $3.61.
Fort Worth has the most expensive gasoline at $3.58 a gallon, which is 14 cents higher than last week. Dallas is not far behind at $3.57, up 13 cents in a week.

Local RC&D program facing elimination

April 2, 2011

As the U.S. Congress deals with the budget and spending deficit in Washington, cuts begin to hit home in Sweetwater. Such may be the case for the Big Country RC&D Area, headquartered here in Sweetwater and serving 12 counties in the area according to Secretary/Treasurer for the organization, Tom Henderson of Nolan County. This local not-for-profit organization began operations here in 1991, after being recognized and authorized by the Secretary of Agriculture as a viable, organized rural, community development organization. 

Nuclear incidents to be discussed

April 2, 2011

Being ready to respond with assistance in any emergency situation is the job of one local volunteer organization, Big Country Medical Reserve Corps (BCMRC). Knowing who to go to for expertise in various emergency situations is also important. That is why BCMRC is hosting representatives with Ludlum Measurements, who will conduct training on the basics of radiation safety during the BCMRC’s next meeting.

TSTC offers continuing education classes

April 2, 2011

In response to community requests, Texas State Technical College in Sweetwater will begin offering continuing education classes. The Microsoft Office Word, Microsoft Excel and Basic Networking Skills classes are available to the entire community.
"Scheduling and curriculum will be flexible to meet the needs of our community," said TSTC Interim President Gail Lawrence. There are basic and advanced classes in each subject and the students can self-assess their skill level.
Local businesses are jumping in on the action by signing up their employees for classes.

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