March 12th, 2012
An estimated crowd of 30,000 attended the 54th Annual Sweetwater Jaycees World's Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up.
The total pounds of Western Diamondback Rattlesnake weighed totaled 1,664 pounds, a decrease from last year's total of 1,841 pounds. Those bringing in the most pounds of rattlesnake were first place Andy Lee with 348 pounds, second place Eric Timaeus with 224 pounds and third place Bill Stinson with 207 pounds. The longest rattlesnake was caught by Eric Timaeus and measured 73 inches long.
The Meek Blood Center bloodmobiles will be at the Nolan County Courthouse and the Lions Club building on Thursday, March 15, 2012, from noon until 6 p.m.
Meek Blood Center recently revised their guidelines regarding many medications and medical conditions, which will qualify more people as blood donors. Those who have been deferred for medications and medical conditions in the past are asked to call 325-670-2798 to inquire about eligibility.
Texas Highway Patrol troopers will increase patrols and crack down on drunk drivers during a special enforcement effort over Spring Break.
The increased patrols will be in effect across the state from March 10 to March 18 in high-risk locations during the times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent. The patrols are funded through a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation targeting impaired driving.
Three Sweetwater High School athletes â€” Sam Nemir, Ryan Linebaugh and Mateo Gonzales â€” will compete in the 2012 boys state powerlifting meet. This yearâ€™s meet will be March 24 in Abilene.
All three athletes qualified for state by placing among the top two lifters in their weight class at Fridayâ€™s Region I, Division 2 Class 3A meet held at Sundown.
Corey Hatcher of Roscoe will be a state alternate after placing third in the 220-pound class Saturday at the boys Region I, Division 3 meet held in Sundown. Hatcher had a lift of 1,365 pounds with a 550-pound squad, 300-pound bench press and 515-pound dead lift. Landon Jones (1,120) placed seventh for Roscoe in the 181-pound class while Jose Rangel did not place in the 165-pound class.
The Artist of the Month of March at the County-City Library is not just one person with a specific kind of art.
There are actually 153 Artists of the Month, featuring a wide variety of media styles.
The West Texas Art Guild recently sponsored a Children's Art Show at the local library, with the youngest artist being three years old spanning all the way to 18 years old. The applicants were broken down into five age groups (3-5 years; 6-8 years; 9-11 years; 12-14 years; and 15-18 years).
Helen Munroe, 95, passed from this life on March 6, 2012, at her daughterâ€™s home in Chino, California. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 12, 2012, at Kornerstone Funeral Directors Chapel in Plainview, Texas. Helen was a member of 9th & Columbia Church of Christ. Minister Evan Weiss will officiate the memorial service. Burial will follow at Parklawn Memorial Gardens under the direction of Kornerstone Funeral Directors in Plainview.
Some came to the 54th Annual Sweetwater Jaycees World's Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up to conquer their fear of snakes.
The 54th Annual Sweetwater Jaycees World's Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up was held March 9-11, at the Nolan County Coliseum where thousands of people from all over the United States and beyond visited the small town of Sweetwater to see what the Western Diamondback Rattlesnake is all about. Shown above is Sweetwater Jaycee Donnie Willman in the demonstration pit at the Round-Up.
Sweetwater Animal Control currently has 10 dogs available for adoption.
Available for adoption is a female collie mix, female Labrador mix, male Husky, male Labrador/pit bull mix, male pug and a female boxer and her four puppies.
According to Sweetwaterâ€™s animal control officer, Don Kite, animals that are picked up are kept for a minimum of three days, but he tries to keep them from a week to 10 days.
Dogs and cats are available for adoption for a $15 fee and the cost of getting the pet vaccinated for rabies.