March 7th, 2013
Heath Cornutt, Sweetwater Jaycee President and Chairman of the 55th Annual Worldâ€™s Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up, has released the schedule and prices for the upcoming Round-Up on March 8-10, 2013. The Jaycees have released that they will be paying $10 per pound for live Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes. The Jaycees have collected more than 300,000 pounds of Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes since the start of the Round-Up in 1959.
Loveâ€™s Travel Stops (Loveâ€™s) in Sweetwater off I-20, Exit 242, will open their doors for business Thursday, March 7.
Loveâ€™s is a 24/7 operation featuring an Arbyâ€™s restaurant, gourmet coffee selection, a variety of fountain drinks, fresh fruit, name-brand snacks, travel items, gift merchandise and more. This location will also have 85 parking spaces for professional truck drivers and a Loveâ€™s Truck Tire Care center on site.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 25 calls for service, issued three citations and made one arrest on Mar. 5, 2013.
The SPD received 30, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€¢ Unauthorized use of a vehicle/credit card abuse â€” 400 block of W. Alabama.
Arrested by SPD:
â€¢ Eon Acorn, 18 â€” Warrant probation violation/possession of marijuana.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had 14 calls for service, served 17 civil papers and made three arrests on Mar. 5, 2013.
Arrested by NCSO:
â€¢ Idris Kioki Taylor, 35, of Sweetwater â€” Judgment.
Verlia Ratliff, after a nine month battle with cancer, died on March 6, 2013. Verlia was a long-time resident of Roscoe, where she lived with her husband Charles, raised three children, and supported Roscoe Plowboys and Plowgirls through the ages.
Coming off one of its toughest losses of the still-young season, the Sweet-water High School baseball team began play at Abileneâ€™s three-day tournament this morning against Abilene Cooper at Cooperâ€™s field.
Sweetwater (6-5) lost at Andrews, 5-4, on Tuesday â€” a game Sweetwater led 4-0 after four innings.
Andrews tied it with a four-run fifth, however, and the host Mustangs won it by scoring off a Sweetwater error in the seventh follow-ing a walk and stolen base.
These six Sweetwater High School boys powerlifters will be competing in the Region I, Division II powerlifting meet Saturday. The meet will be held in Sundown.
From left are Austin Marlett, Trey Harvey, Jay Lomas, Kendall Rea, Steven Le and Donald Baker. Baker enters the meet ranked second in the region in the 148-pound weight class while Lomas is currently ranked third in the region in the 132-pound weight class and Marlett currently ranks third in the region in the 165-pound weight class.
Expect mostly sunny skies today with a high near 72. Winds will be from the south-southeast around 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
Tonight, we should see partly cloudy skies with a low around 51. Winds will remain from the south-southeast at 15 to 20 mph, with gusts topping out at 25 mph.
What's the weather looking like throughout the Rattlesnake Roundup weekend? Visit weather.gov to find out.
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 small green bell pepper, diced
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 stalks celery, diced
2 fresh tomatoes, chopped
2 tablespoons Louisiana-style hot sauce
1/3 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning blend
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 cup fish stock/clam broth/chicken stock
1 pound crawfish tails
1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
The Sweetwater Jaycees Rattlesnake Round-Up is approaching fast, bringing many food vendors to town. Individuals and organizations cannot sell food to the public without a county health permit as required by State and County law. A new ordinance went into effective last November requiring all food vendors to renew permits yearly. This means food vendors at the Round-Up must fill out a new permit application prior to their inspection.
Nolan County United Way's 2013 Rattlesnake Round-Up gun raffle will benefit the nine local agencies assisted by NCUW including Big Country Medical Reserve Corp, Boy Scouts, Cancer Services Network, Gateway Family Services, Girl Scouts,Â Senior Nutrition Activities Program (SNAP), Sweetwater Back Pack Buddies, West Texas Children's Advocacy Center and the Women's Resource Center.
The gun raffle is sponsored by Wind Energy Turbine Services (WETS) of Sweetwater.
Raffle prizes include three Savage Axis XP's ~ Camo- Rifle/Scope Packages with one 22-250, one 243 and one 270.