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February 2nd, 2011
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.
The Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly Chamber Coffee at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, at Ludlum Measurements, Inc., located at 501 Oak Street in Sweetwater.
Radiation Detection for a Safer World
A woman said she spotted Hailey Dunn the night she disappeared, walking with a friend and a teenage boy, Dunn's mother said today in a news conference.
Billie Dunn handed out a timeline (attached) to reporters, saying she had information that investigators had not previously revealed. According to that timeline, Hailey was seen at 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 27 with the friend whose house she said she was going to spend the night at. The witness didn't recognize the teenage boy who was with them.
A fire that Sweetwater Fire Chief Grant Madden calls "suspicious" burned about 600 acres near Lake Trammell on Saturday. The blaze threatened many area homes, as well as oil storage units and natural gas pipelines. According to Madden, the wind, humidity and dry brush made the blaze burn faster and move quickly through the area.
"We are not sure what started the fire. There was nothing around that seemed to have ignited the fire around the area in which it began. If anyone has information about the cause of the fire, we would like to know," said Madden.
Students in Roscoe moved into new facilities once Christmas break was over. The main addition for the schoolâ€™s collegiate high school is almost complete. According to Superintendent Kim Alexander, all that is needed is some finishing touches, including furniture and signage.
The changes for junior high and high school students include a new science and math wing. This portion of the school was formerly the early childhood facility. This wing includes several refurbished classrooms and restrooms, which are right down the hall from the cafetorium.