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June 18th, 2011
If you enjoy playing music but havenâ€™t had a chance to play in a while, then dust off your horn and practice with the Sweetwater Municipal Band. Their membership has gotten a little low, and they would love to have new members to help keep the band alive for the community.
Danny Escobar, right, maintenance tech in the Nolan County maintenance section, is presented a Certificate of Service by Lauren GarduĂ±o, P.E. Escobar, a five-year employee with the Texas Department of Transportation, was honored for his longevity during a recent supervisors meeting in Abilene. In addition to the framed certificate, he received a five-year service pin and a black leatherette portfolio, his gift of choice. GarduĂ±o is the Abilene District Engineer.
On Thursday morning, Sweetwater firefighters responded to a fire at the cotton compress on Alabama Avenue (shown). Several cotton bales were on fire and the blaze is still under investigation according to Sweetwater Fire Chief Grant Madden.
Also, on Wednesday morning, Sweetwater firefighters responded to a grass fire at Lake Sweetwater. The cause of the fire that burned one acre of land is under investigation according to Madden.
The next live music performance at JavaJax will take place Saturday, June 18, with Bobby Bridger performing his "Seekers of the Fleece" show. There will be a steak dinner, served at 7 p.m. and the show will be at 8 p.m. Cost for the dinner and show is $24, with the show only for $12.
A ribbon cutting ceremony and open house was held at Nolan Nursing and Rehabilitation at their new location on the east end of Sweetwater by the Texas Department of Transportation office off of Interstate 20. The new facility is licensed for 96 residents. Among the four wings, there are six private rooms and the rest are semi-private rooms. Each wing dead-ends into a sitting area, which has telephones, plasma televisions and couches. Each room has a bed, a chair and a wardrobe closet.
TXU Energy has launched a new electricity plan in Texas for customers looking for a plan that does not require a deposit.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 49 calls for service, issued five citations and made two arrests on June 15, 2011.
The SPD received 20, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Burglary of a habitation â€”Â 1400 block of E. Broadway.
â€˘ Family violence assault â€”Â 1300 block of James.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Arthur John, 41 â€”Â Warrants.
â€˘ Jesus Rodriguez, 27 â€”Â Driving while license invalid.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had 11 calls for service, served three civil papers and made four arrests on June 15, 2011.
Arrested by SPD:
Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway began operating the 2011 BNSF Special in Emporia, Kan., Friday, June 3, 2011, beginning a three-week, 7,000-mile journey through portions of Kansas, Texas, New Mexico and Colorado, visiting 11 cities along the route. The passenger train stopped in Sweetwater on Tuesday, June 14.
â€śThe BNSF Special is a great way to share the excitement of the railroad with these special passengers and to say thank you to our employees, their families, and the communities we serveâ€ť
The Sweetwater-Nolan County Health Department (SNCHD), located at 301 E.12th, will have their annual immunization fun day event on Wednesday, June 22 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-4:30 p.m. This is a normal day for immunization clinic but they have set this day to emphasis the importance of making sure childrenâ€™s immunizations are up-to-date.Â They plan to make it a special day for the children; each child receiving immunizations will receive a balloon, stickers and more. Also, parents will have a chance to win a $50 gas card.
The City Commissioners met for a regular meeting on Tuesday morning, June 14, 2011 at City Hall.
The minutes from the monthly meeting held on May 17 and the Budget Retreat on May 12 were both approved, as well as the Mid-Year Agreed Upon Procedures report presented by Certified Public Accountant Cathrine Wilks. The report covered the fiscal period which ended on March 31 of this year, and out of six areas, all were reported as good with no exceptions.