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February 25th, 2011

Fire burns 1300 acres

February 25, 2011

A Thursday afternoon fire consumed 1300 acres just West of Blackwell according to Sweetwater Fire Chief Grant Madden. Madden stated that the fire began on County Road 265 on Diamond Plate Ranch. The fire is thought to have been started by a lit cigarette being thrown on the road. Several homes were threatened by the fire, but were all saved. It took several entities from 2-10 p.m. to contain the blaze.

Residents asked to be cautious during fire season

February 25, 2011

Drought conditions, high winds and low humidity are prompting Texas Forest Service officials to predict a high risk for wildfire on Sunday, Feb. 27, in the Big Country.
The combination of ongoing drought, gusty winds and low humidity creates the potential for large and threatening wildfires. Texans should use caution and refrain from outdoor burning or other activities that could start a wildfire. No outdoor burning is authorized under the current burn bans issued by county officials.

Rotary clubs take on $200 million challenge from the Gates Foundation

February 25, 2011

Rotary clubs here and around the world are determined to do whatever it takes to achieve a world free of the crippling disease polio. A key component of that effort is fundraising. Rotary members are working to raise $200 million in response to a challenge grant of $355 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Local sports this weekend

February 25, 2011

TODAY
Baseball
Sweetwater varsity plays at San Angelo Lake View tournament through Saturday.
Sweetwater JV plays at Big Spring tournament through Saturday.
Basketball
2 p.m. — Highland vs. Newcastle (Region II-A, Div. II girls semifinal), ACU’s Moody Coliseum. Winner plays for chance to go to state at 2 p.m. Saturday at ACU.
Golf
Sweetwater varsity and JV girls host tournament at Sweetwater Country Club through Saturday.
Softball
Sweetwater JV (Fraley Park) and varsity (Jerry Collins Complex) host tournaments through Saturday.
Tennis
Sweetwater varsity plays at Brownwood, 4 p.m.

February 24th

Southeast named to prestigious honor roll

February 24, 2011

Southeast Elementary recently made the Texas Business and Education Coalition Honor Roll for 2010. Only 4% of the more than 8,000 public schools receive this honor and recognition. The TBEC Honor Roll is the most prestigious award for sustained, academic excellence in Texas. It recognizes schools that have demonstrated three years of consistent, high performance in all subjects compared to other schools serving similar student populations. Shown pictured in front of the banner of honor are the third grade teachers who traveled to Austin to be honored earlier this year.

RPMH, SNCHD host cholesterol screening

February 24, 2011

The Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital sponsored a free cholesterol screening on Thursday, Feb. 17, at the Sweetwater-Nolan County Health Department, located at 301 E. 12th Street in Sweetwater.
Cholesterol can play a critical role in a person's health. It's important that all people know what their cholesterol level is and how it affects their risk of developing heart disease. People also need to learn about all the risk factors for heart disease.

Suddenlink plans $120 million TX investment  program

February 24, 2011

Suddenlink expects to invest nearly $120 million this year in Texas, and by the end of the year will have invested nearly a half-billion dollars in the state since 2006.
Suddenlink is the third-largest operator of its kind in Texas, offering cable TV, high-speed Internet, phone and other services. It has increased its capital spending in the state in recent months to help introduce new and enhanced services.

Roanna Stinnett

February 24, 2011

Roanna Stinnett, 72 of Sweetwater passed away Monday evening at an Abilene nursing center. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, at First Baptist Church in Aspermont officiated by Pastor Jacqueax Molyneaux with burial to follow in the Aspermont Cemetery under the care and direction of McCoy Funeral Home of Aspermont.
Roanna was born in Orianna, Texas to Roland and Ila Myers Parker. She married Charles E. Stinnett on June 1, 1957, in Aspermont, Texas. Roanna was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Sweetwater.

Carlos Gonzalez

February 24, 2011

Carlos Gonzalez, 51, of Los Angeles, Calif. and former resident of Sweetwater, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, in Los Angeles, Calif.
His body will be cremated and his urn will be placed next to his wife Detsy’s urn in a niche at Forest Lawn Memorial Parks in Hollywood Hills, Calif. The service will be held Friday, Feb. 25, 2011.
Carlos was born Jan. 8, 1960, in El Paso, Texas. He lived most of his life in California, moving to Sweetwater in 1989 to live near his sister, Gloria. While in Sweetwater, he worked as a fry cook at 76 travel center and did many odd jobs.

Highland girls just two wins from historic trip to Austin

February 24, 2011

In making the playoffs for the 10th straight year, the Highland girls basket-ball team took awhile to really catch fire.
Highland (22-11) lost its first three games of the season, and didn’t get above .500 for good until beating Ira 62-29 on Dec. 21 to improve to 9-8.
But a closer look indi-cates those early “strug-gles” were a bit deceiving. Five of the first eight losses were to eventual playoff teams and three came against Hamlin (twice) and Roby, who are still alive and kicking.

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