June 11th, 2011
Area firefighters were still battling a large blaze on Saturday afternoon in Nolan County near Lake Trammell. The fire began around 2 p.m. on Friday, June 10, 2011, near a barn just off of County Road 145, near Camp Boothe Oaks according to Sweetwater Fire Chief Grant Madden. According to the Texas Forrest Service, 500 acres have already been burned. The Sweetwater Fire Department lost a truck during the blaze. The cause of the fire is still under investigation by Nolan County authorities.
The Sweetwater Independent School District recently completed a process which included public input, surveys and a committee of students, parents, teachers, principals and administrators to come up with an improved dress code for Sweetwater ISD schools.Â "We began with a public forum months ago where the students modeled standard attire.Â Although standard attire did not receive the majority of votes, a definite majority supported change," stated Assistant Superintendent Kathy Smartt.Â "The committee worked diligently to address the specific concerns of sagging and cleavage.Â The key will be consi
Carolyn Ann Pittman-Selinger, 72 of 3314 Sherbrook Road, Odessa, Texas, passed away on the 6th of June, 2011, at Hospice House in Odessa.
Carolyn was born Carolyn Ann Pittman in Sweetwater, Texas, on February 2, 1939, to Roy and Eugenia Pittman. She graduated from the school system in Sweetwater and attended SMU in Dallas. She was later employed as a stewardess with Central Airlines.
Adelina Maria Beltran, of Colorado City passed away June 8, 2011, at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital in Sweetwater, Texas. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 12, 2011 at Colorado City Cemetery with Father Michael Udegbunam officiating .
Nolan County's money is already hard at work.Â
The Nolan County United Way has distributed their first allocation for the year. This year there are nine agencies receiving funds: The American Red Cross, Gateway Family Services, SNAP (Senior Nutrition Activities Program), Back Pack Buddies, WTCAC (West Texas Child Advocacy Center), Cancer Services Network, Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts and Women's Resource Center.Â
The Sweetwater Intermediate School cafeteria staff has Flaming Fling spirit. Pictured from left to right are Becky Gholson, Olivia Zuniga, Amy Mann and Gloria Chapman.
Itâ€™s a one-two punch to the competition from TXU Energy and its work with smartphones. Today, the company announced the launch of the TXU Energy Mobile App for the iPhoneÂ®. With this release, TXU Energy becomes the first and only electricity retailer in Texas to offer its customers mobile access to their accounts through an app for the iPhone, iPadÂ®, and iPod touchÂ®. Itâ€™s also the latest innovation in the companyâ€™s ongoing efforts to connect customers across the state with online and mobile solutions to support the ways they use and manage electricity.
In Texas the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline dropped five cents according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch. The national average also dropped five cents. This is the fourth week in a row gasoline prices have dropped and the average cost of gasoline in Texas is 31 cents less than it was a month ago.
The statewide average is $3.58 and the national average is $3.73.Â The Texas statewide average is 15 cents below the national average.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 50 calls for service, issued four citations and made two arrests on June 8, 2011.
The SPD received 26, 911 calls.
Arrested by SPD:
â€¢ Blinda Cabrera, 36 â€”Â Warrants.
â€¢ Raymond Balderas, 60 â€”Â Solicitation.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had 10 calls for service, served three civil papers and made no arrests on June 8, 2011.
Calls for service:
â€¢ Traffic hazard â€”Â I-20 MM 258 west bound.
â€¢Â Fire â€” I-20 MM 254 west bound.
â€¢ Court Bailiff â€”Â County Court at Law.
â€¢Â Grass fire â€”Â I-20 MM 272 west bound.
Elvin Joe Walls, 69, of Sweetwater, died Thursday, June 9, 2011, at his home.
A private burial service will be held in the future in Border City, Nev. Arrangements are under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.