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March 17th, 2011
One person was killed in a three vehicle traffic accident on I-20 and Highway 84 between Sweetwater and Roscoe, according to DPS Senior Trooper Sparky Dean.
An 18-wheeler, a wrecker, and a truck collided, sending all three vehicles into the grassy shoulder and twisting one of the 18-wheelers onto its side.
The 18 wheeler driven by Tem Tanh from Georgia was merging onto I-20 from US 84. Tanh lost control of his rig and it rolled onto its side.
Sweetwater firefighters, along with help from the Nolan Volunteer Fire Department, Maryneal Volunteer Fire Department and the Texas Forrest Service, extinguished a fire along Highway 70, just south of CR 153 on the Burwick Ranch, beginning at about 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The fire burned less than 100 acres and took 5-6 hours to extinguish. The fire was thought to be caused by a truck pulling a trailer with a blown out tire, according to Sweetwater Fire Chief Grant Madden.
On Monday morning, March 14, the board of directors of SEED (Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development) met for its regular meeting at the Chamber of Commerce.
Only a few action items were presented at the meeting which were approved. Among them were the minutes for the February 2011 meetings, the financial statements from January 2011 and the payment of accounts payable.
Women Infants and Children (WIC) have teamed up with surrounding hospitals to help patients get the most out of their breastfeeding experience.
WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselors are professionally trained through the Texas Department of State Services WIC Counselors program curriculum. Counselors are carefully chosen for their own breastfeeding experience and employed by the WIC program to assist and encourage pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.
On display at the County-City Library during the month of March is the work of young talented artists within the Sweetwater school system. March is Youth Art Month.
Former Sweetwater educator James Clayton Burns pled guilty on Tuesday to two counts of indecency with a child by contact during 32nd Judicial District Court proceedings under Judge Glen Harrison.
Burns was indicted in May on three counts â€” sexual assault, indecency with a child by contact and indecency with a child by exposure. He was later charged with the same charges from another victim. One complaint came from May 1997 from a 12-year-old victim and the other case came from April of 2002 from a 14-year-old victim.
An estimated crowd of 30,000 attended the 53rd Annual Sweetwater Jaycees World's Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up.
The total pounds of Western Diamondback Rattlesnake weighed totaled 1,841 pounds, a decrease from last year's total of 2,168 pounds. Those bringing in the most pounds of rattlesnake were first place Andy Lee, second place Eric Timaeus, third place Herbert Hoover, fourth place Jaeret Heiney and fifth place the Cliff Seekers. The longest rattlesnake was caught by Eric Timaeus and measured 78.5 inches long.
The Nolan County Commissioners' Court met for a regular meeting on Monday morning, March 14, at the Nolan County Courthouse.
An approval was made for the renaming of CR 304 to East Alabama Avenue due to annexation and 911 addressing. The name change would affect about 200 yards into town until the road crosses under I-20. In an effort to simplify and assist 911 dispatchers, the name change should prove to be beneficial and no longer confusing.
Cattle raisers across Texas join together today to celebrate National Ag Week, March 13-19. National Ag Week is a time for every American to recognize and celebrate the hard working farmers and ranchers who supply us with the safest and most secure food supply in the world.
"Today's rancher feeds approximately 144 people, a dramatic increase from the 1960s when they fed 25," said Dave Scott, rancher and president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA). "Texas ranchers are committed to providing the safest beef possible, for our families and yours."
Sarah Worrell, Sam Spaulding, Ben Spaulding and Emma Worrell had a booth at this year'sÂ Rattlesnake Round-Up.Â They wereÂ asking forÂ donations for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.Â The children gave away toys, water and coupons from Wendy's, Sonic, Taco Bell, Wal-Mart and Whataburger in exchange for a donation.Â They collected $275.24 for St. Jude.