March 16th, 2011
Former Sweetwater educator James Clayton Burns pled guilty on Tuesday to two counts of indecency with a child by contact during 32nd Judicial District Court proceedings under Judge Glen Harrison.
Burns was indicted in May on three counts â€” sexual assault, indecency with a child by contact and indecency with a child by exposure. He was later charged with the same charges from another victim. One complaint came from May 1997 from a 12-year-old victim and the other case came from April of 2002 from a 14-year-old victim.
An estimated crowd of 30,000 attended the 53rd Annual Sweetwater Jaycees World's Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up.
The total pounds of Western Diamondback Rattlesnake weighed totaled 1,841 pounds, a decrease from last year's total of 2,168 pounds. Those bringing in the most pounds of rattlesnake were first place Andy Lee, second place Eric Timaeus, third place Herbert Hoover, fourth place Jaeret Heiney and fifth place the Cliff Seekers. The longest rattlesnake was caught by Eric Timaeus and measured 78.5 inches long.
The Nolan County Commissioners' Court met for a regular meeting on Monday morning, March 14, at the Nolan County Courthouse.
An approval was made for the renaming of CR 304 to East Alabama Avenue due to annexation and 911 addressing. The name change would affect about 200 yards into town until the road crosses under I-20. In an effort to simplify and assist 911 dispatchers, the name change should prove to be beneficial and no longer confusing.
Cattle raisers across Texas join together today to celebrate National Ag Week, March 13-19. National Ag Week is a time for every American to recognize and celebrate the hard working farmers and ranchers who supply us with the safest and most secure food supply in the world.
"Today's rancher feeds approximately 144 people, a dramatic increase from the 1960s when they fed 25," said Dave Scott, rancher and president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA). "Texas ranchers are committed to providing the safest beef possible, for our families and yours."
Therell Glenn Burwick died Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at the age of 85. Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 21, 2011, at the Blackwell Methodist Church with Rev. Charles Casey officiating. Interment will follow in the Blackwell Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home of Sweetwater.
He was born to Robert Frances and Willie Mae Burwick on Sept. 17, 1925, in Hylton, Texas. He was married to Lillie Cook Burwick on March 20, 1947 in San Angelo, Texas for 64 years. She preceded him in death on November 28, 2010.
Sweetwaterâ€™s offense had 14 hits against Graham and the pitchers came up with 11 strikeouts in Tuesdayâ€™s non-district game at Newman Park, while giving up just five hits. Still, the Steers were able to overcome their lack of production by taking advantage of Sweetwater mistakes as they won, 9-5, with the help of nine walks, two hit batters, four errors and a few timely hits.
Jayci Shelton did more than just set a meet record with her time of 45.56 seconds in the 300-meter hurdles Friday at the West Texas Relays in Odessa.
The SHS seniorâ€™s winning time eclipsed the old record of 46.54 set in 2004 by her coach. Jessica Withrow was a high school star at Muleshoe when she set the previous Division II meet mark for the 300-meter hurdles, a mark broken Friday by Shelton. Losing the record, Withrow said, was â€śkind of bittersweet.â€ť
Sarah Worrell, Sam Spaulding, Ben Spaulding and Emma Worrell had a booth at this year'sÂ Rattlesnake Round-Up.Â They wereÂ asking forÂ donations for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.Â The children gave away toys, water and coupons from Wendy's, Sonic, Taco Bell, Wal-Mart and Whataburger in exchange for a donation.Â They collected $275.24 for St. Jude.
The rabid cat that was reported out at Lake Sweetwater was described as a light yellowish, cream-colored male tom cat and was found on Bahia Drive in Sweetwater.
As the cat appeared to show signs of rabies and was unvaccinated, a call was made for a Nolan County Sheriff's Deputy. Once the deputy arrived, the cat was shot, bagged and taken in for testing.
On Monday, March 14, 2011, Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas Board, and Child Care Services (CCS) announce the availability of child care assistance to help qualifying families pay their child care expenses so they can work, go to school, or attend a training program. Customers receiving child care assistance must meet federal, state and local guidelines and must be able to answer â€śyesâ€ť to the following statements in order to qualify for child care assistance.