Archive - May 2011
A flag raising ceremony was held at the Nolan County Courthouse on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2011, to honor those who have fallen in the line of duty. The Nolan County Honor Guard is shown during the ceremony. Several wreaths were laid next to the World War II memorial at the courthouse. The Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Sweetwater hosted a coffee and donut fellowship after the ceremony.
Meek Blood Center will bring two bloodmobiles to Sweetwater on Thursday, June 2. A bloodmobile will be parked at the Nolan County Courthouse and the other will be parked in front of the Lions Club building on Lamar Street. The bloodmobiles come to Sweetwater every eight weeks, which is how often whole blood can be donated. Donors who give blood every eight weeks help prevent blood shortages.
The Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly Chamber Coffee at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 1, at Roscoe State Bank, located at 209 Cedar in Sweetwater. The bank is operated by Jean Jay and the on-site manager is John Davis. Roscoe State Bank offers a variety of financial services including checking and savings accounts, certificates of deposit, individual retirement accounts and consumer, commercial and mortgage loans. It was founded in 1906 and serves all of Nolan County. There are three branches, with 39 employees.
Funeral services for Kathryn Ann Dunlap, 63, of Sweetwater, will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1, 2011, at McCoy Chapel of Memories with Larry Fluitt and Jerry Huffman officiating. Interment will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Dunlap died Monday, May 30, 2011, at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene.
Note: Because it is an ongoing investigation and trial and due to the fact that information has been presented before a Grand Jury, the Sweetwater Reporter could not receive verification on the situation from the local law enforcement entities that are involved in the matter. The following is an account from the perspective of the mother of the victim.
Following the city elections on May 14, a run-off will be taking place in Roscoe on June 11, 2011.
The race for Place 3 Councilmember was too close to call in the city, prompting the second election. Virg Pruitt and Don Graham will be on the ballot for the open seat.
Voting will take place on Saturday, June 11, 2011 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at City Hall in Roscoe, located at 115 Cypress.
Early voting by personal appearance will also be held at City Hall each weekday starting on Tuesday, May 31 until Tuesday, June 7 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m.
The Sweetwater High School (SHS) held its induction for the National Honor Society (NHS) on Monday, May 23, 2011. The new NHS officers are Carly Johnson, President; Gabriel Medellin, Vice President; Leah Armstrong, Secretary; Ryan Mercer, Treasurer; and Alicia Finn, Historian. The NHS Student Advisory Committee will consist of Shelby Ezzell, Ashley Stevenson and Emily Richardson. The new NHS Officers and Student Advisory Committee are shown (in no particular order) with departing NHS officers Jace Bentle, Kelsey Jones, Kaitlen Harrison and Briana MuĂ±oz.
The Third Annual df Ranch Triathlon will take place on Sunday, June 5, from the Lake Sweetwater public boat ramp starting at 8:30 a.m. The triathlon will consist of a 500m swim, 14 mile bike and a 5k run. This year there is a new addition to the race. It is labeled the Land Lovers division. This accommodates athletes who don't want to swim. A designated swimmer will complete the swim for them, and then, the athlete will take off from transition and complete the race on the bike and the run side by side with the rest of the triathletes.
Pictured at the Nolan County Cruisers Classic Car Show are Sonja Sanchez, Peggy Parrott, Teresa Zarate and Natile Woodrow. The car show was held on Saturday, May 14 at the Nolan County Courthouse. Proceeds from the event went to the West Texas Children's Advocacy Center. See more car show photos inside.
Several Sweetwater High School students received National Professional Certification in Customer Service by passing an industry-driven assessment. This new professional certification is based on national skill standards recognized by high performance employers from the retail, wholesale, personal services and real estate industries as critical to customer service success. The computer-based assessment required these certified individuals to respond to real-world job-related situations, using knowledge and skills widely recognized as important in high-performance workplaces.