Texas homeowners, renters and business owners who suffered losses caused by the wildfires on or after Aug. 30 have more time to apply for federal disaster recovery assistance, officials from the Texas Division of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said today.
At the request of the state, FEMA is extending the registration deadline to Jan. 6.
As Texas families prepare for the New Year, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in Texas is four cents more than the average last week, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch.Â The current statewide average is $3.09.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 36 calls for service, issued two citations and made two arrests on Dec. 28, 2011.
The SPD received 23, 911 calls.
â€¢ 100 block of Bluebonnet.
â€¢ 500 block of E. Broadway.
Arrested by SPD:
â€¢ Samuel Crespin, 42 â€” Accident involving damage.
â€¢ Naomi Kidd, 28 â€” Warrants.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had 12 calls for service, served no civil papers and made one arrest on Dec. 28, 2011.
Arrested by DPS:
â€¢ Toni Lorraine Cruz, 20, of Abilene â€” Possession of marijuana and driving while intoxicated.
The family of Sergio Leonel Rivera has now been identified by Sweetwater authorities about his death in a Christmas morning fire on the 200 block of Lewis Front Street in Sweetwater.
The 41-year-old man died early Christmas morning in a fire in his Sweetwater home.
According to Sweetwater Fire Chief Grant Madden, firefighters received a call about smoke coming from the house just after 3 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011. "People saw smoke coming from the house and called 9-1-1."
Around 3:25 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, a GMC Sierra four-door pick up truck wrecked into the emergency door in the front of the building at Brookshire's Grocery Store. According to authorities, the driver of the vehicle accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake when parking. Both front airbags were deployed and the driver sustained an injury to her right hand. Several police officers and ambulance personnel responded to the scene with Pickrell Wrecker Services also responding to tow the truck. A chip of brick wall came off of the store front and two bread racks belonging to Mrs.
The Nolan County Hospital District Board of Directors met for their final regular meeting of 2011 on Tuesday evening, Dec. 27 at the Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital.
The board approved several purchases in the meeting, including chairs for the Med/Surg patient rooms and visitor chairs. The chairs currently in place have been around for over 35 years.
43 patient chairs and 43 visitor chairs will now be purchased at the prices totaling around $25,000 and $29,000, respectively, which is under the budgeted price.
Big Country Electric Cooperative would like to make its members aware that beginning January 1, 2012, Texans wanting to claim an exemption from Texas sales and use taxes on electricity and other items used in agricultural and timber operations must provide a registration number to the supplier onÂ Texas Agriculture Sales and Use Tax Exemption Certification Form 01-924.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 46 calls for service, issued seven citations and made three arrests on Dec. 27, 2011.
The SPD received 19, 911 calls.
â€¢ 1300 block of Kiowa.
Calls for service:
â€¢ Accident involving damage â€” 1300 block of Kiowa.
â€¢ Credit/debit card abuse â€” 100 block of E. Third.
Arrested by SPD:
â€¢ Jacinto Rosas, Sr., 42 â€” Public intoxication.
â€¢ Patrick Hutson, 32 â€” Public intoxication.
â€¢ Roosevelt Hutson, 52 â€” Public intoxication.
Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital held their Christmas activities on Dec. 21, and several awards were presented at that time.
Heartbeat of the Year winners were Plant Operations. Shown are Howard Bryant, Ronny Ashley, Steve Clark, Julian Garza and Chuck Browning.
The Nolan County Commissioners met for their final regular meeting of 2011 on Tuesday morning, Dec. 27 at the Nolan County Courthouse.
The commissioners approved the purchase of one mobile radio for the Sheriff's Office. Nolan County Sheriff David Warren noted that the majority of the purchase will be paid off by the Homeland Security grant from 2010, which will finish off the grant.