Local News Stories
MINISTERIAL ALLIANCE — Members of the Eldorado Ministerial Alliance gathered at the new Schleicher County Medical Center hospital early Wednesday morning, February 20th, where they participated in a brief prayer session just prior to the opening of the new facility. Those members present included: (Front L-R) Rev. Jim Sweet, First United Methodist Church; Rev. Henry Flores, Primera Baptist Church; Father Joseph Vathaloor, Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church; Rev. Bob Ferguson, Brushy Top Cowboy Church; Rev. Joe McGee, First Presbyterian Church; Pastor Peter Thornton, Templo Getsemani; Rev. Gary Price, First Baptist Church. Hospital board president Randy Mankin was on hand for the ceremony, so were several members of the SCMC staff. PHOTO BY KATHY MANKIN
New hospital and clinic open for business
The new Schleicher County Hospital and Family Clinic are now open for business.
The 11,124-square-foot hospital and 4,765-square-foot clinic officially opened their doors at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, February 20th.
Spalahtacular Water Chute
Building a water slide — Brandon Saul (L) and Kevin Gales (R) assemble an open-topped 42-inch water chute at the Schleicher County Swimming Pool. The men are employed by Water Park Company of Pennsylvania. When completed the chute will measure more than 97 feet but won’t appear that long because of its figure-eight design. When it’s operational, some 800-1,000 gallons of water will spill down the chute each minute, providing a wet and exciting ride down from the 14-foot tall tower at the heart of the slide known as the Splashtacular. — PHOTO BY KATHY MANKIN
Council receives annual audit report
The Eldorado City Council heard from its auditor Monday night regarding the city’s financial condition. Calvin Featherston, representing Eckert & Company of San Angelo, provided council members with copies of the 46-page report before reviewing it with them in detail.
THE FIRST ONE IN — Annette Jackson was the first patient admitted to the new Schleicher County Hospital on Wednesday, February 20, 2013. She was brought by ambulance from the old hospital by EMTs Tammy Criswell and T.J. Rodriguez. Her family shared the news that she was the first patient on their Facebook pages, even before she was settled into her new room. — PHOTO BY KATHY MANKIN
Stop sign theft could cause deadly accidents
County Road Superintendent Mark Graves voiced concerns Monday about the theft and vandalism of stop signs on county roads. Graves told the Schleicher County Commissioners Court that an increased number of signs are being taken, costing the county $50 per sign.