March 15th, 2013
New bridge expected to be open by mid-summer
Nolan County â€” The Texas Department of Transportationâ€™s Abilene District began a project this week to replace the US 84 eastbound overpass at westbound I-20 in Nolan County. The overpass was severely damaged after a collision in late September and was demolished in November to allow for a replacement.
Â The new structure will be a one-span bridge with retaining walls, said Big Spring Area Engineer Jesse Mendoza, P.E., who is overseeing the project. The overpass is expected to be finished and open to traffic within four months.
Texas Farmers Union (TFU) President Wes Sims stated that the budget proposal recently released by the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives and Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-WI is unfair and would be very harmful to the economy of rural Texas.
"Our farmers, ranchers and rural communities have already suffered a disproportionate share of cuts from the farm bill extension and sequester. It will also turn the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) into block grants for states," said Sims.
Discussions were held on Tuesday's meeting of the Sweetwater City Commission on the project taking place at the intersection of Lamar Street and State Highway 70, near Bradford Lane.
Approval was given on two construction contract change orders for the utility relocation project by the commissioners. John Voller, the city engineer with Enprotec/Hibbs and Todd, made the presentation at the meeting.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 49 calls for service, issued no citations and made three arrests on Mar. 13, 2013.
The SPD received 30, 911 calls.
â€¢ 3300 block of E. Broadway.
Calls for service:
â€¢ Burglary of a building â€” 300 block of Beryle.
â€¢ Burglary of a habitation â€” 700 block of Neff.
â€¢ Criminal mischief â€” 1400 block of Hughes.
Arrested by SPD:
â€¢ Alfonso Arevalo, 31 â€” Warrants.
â€¢ Adam Aguilar, 18 â€” Warrants.
â€¢ Male juvenile, 14 â€” Possession of marijuana, more than 4 ounces, less than five pounds.
Debra Bailey, 56, of Sweetwater, died Friday, March 15, 2013 at Nolan Nursing and Rehab.
She will be cremated. No services are planned.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.mccoyfh.com.
Sweetwater High Schoolâ€™s varsity softball team will begin district play against Snyder at 5 p.m. today at Jerry Collins Complex. The JV softball team will also start district against Snyder immediately after the varsity game today.
Pictured kneeling from left are Megan Holsey, Abby Garcia, Maty Montgomery, Jerren Villa, Morgan Gomez, Keyli Turner; standing, head coach Tony Heredia, Angela Garza, Kelsi Crosson, Alyssa Heredia, Shaneese Brown, Suede Shirley and Kendra Cros-son.
Not pictured are player Savanna Hall and assistant coach Al Miller.
Get ready for a very warm and windy weekend, as today's high will be near 84 with sunny skies. Winds will be from the south-southwest around 15 mph, gusting as high as 25 mph.
Tonight will be mostly clear with a low around 57 and south-southwest winds at 15 to 20 mph. Gusts could be as high as 30 mph.
Saturday's high will be 93 with south-southwest winds gusting as high as 35 mph. With the small cool front coming in Saturday night, we'll see a slight decrease on Sunday. The high will be around 74 with a low around 49.
Get all the details on the weekend forecast now at weather.gov.
Stacy Dove was the winner of the Texas National Bank Chamber Coffee door prize. The bank provided the prize, a 30" x 25" framed print that commemorates Texas' battle for independence.
The bank and its employees are proud of their Texas heritage and host the Chamber Coffee at the beginning of March each year in recognition of Texas Independence Day.
During Monday morningâ€™s SEED (Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development) board of directorsâ€™ meeting, one update offered information on various upcoming events that the economic development group will be involved with.
Kirstin Smith, the Asst. Marketing/Admin. Director, stated that in a little over a month, Senior Interview Day will be conducted on Tuesday, April 23 and Wednesday, April 24. Volunteers are needed to interview the students, and board members can either take part themselves or send a representative from their business to attend.
Step back in time with Bennie Wheels, Johnny Cash tribute artist, at the Sweetwater Municipal Auditorium on Saturday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m. and enjoy classic Johnny Cash hits that are still loved today by all generations.Â
He not only offers a sound and look comparable to Cash. His wife, Renee, also looks and sounds like June Carter Cash, and she will perform alongside her husband as she has on the Sweetwater Municipal Auditorium stage before.