Archive - Jun 21, 2011
According to Sweetwater Fire Chief Grant Madden, the large fire burning in Nolan County that forced many to evacuate their homes on Monday night in Maryneal, has burned over 20,000 acres of land. "Very little of the fire is contained at this point," said Madden. The wind is currently in our favor and the fire is now burning back into itself after winds shifted last night."
Music students of Noreen Carson performed their annual Spring Awards Recital in the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church on May 29, and were recognized during the following awards presentation for their accomplishments throughout the year.
Five people have entered guilty pleas to Judge Glen Harrison this past week during 32nd Judicial District Court proceedings.
Michael Dewayne Amos pled guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second degree felony. The incident occurred Sept. 2, 2009, when Amos allegedly stabbed Chris Rogers with a knife. Amos received four years of community supervision and will be responsible for paying a $1,500 fine, $309 in court costs and $1,000 in attorney's fees. He will also have to serve 240 hours of community service.
After pulling an all-nighter battling local wildfires, the Nolan County Commissioners met for a special meeting on Monday morning, June 20, 2011.
Only two actions items were presented at the brief meeting, but the main purpose of the gathering was to approve the extension of the disaster declaration and prohibition of outdoor burning in Nolan County for one more week.
Four Nolan County high school seniors have received scholarships in the amount of $1,200 each for the upcoming school year through the Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH) Nursing Scholarship Fund. The fund, established three years ago, has provided thousands of dollars to local students to help them achieve higher education in the field of healthcare.
Three scholarship recipients are from Sweetwater High School and include Cassandra Diaz, Christian Richardson and Genea Cherry. Roscoe High School senior Melanie Diaz also received an award.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 139 calls for service, issued four citations and made three arrests from June 17-19, 2011.
The SPD received 146, 911 calls.
â€˘ 700 block of Lamar.
â€˘ 600 block of Jack Lambert.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Duty upon striking an unattended vehicle â€”Â 600 block of Jack Lambert.
â€˘ Family violence assault â€”Â 600 block of Canfil.
â€˘ Family violence assault â€”Â 1100 block of Oak.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Shawn Lents, 30 â€”Â Criminal trespass.
â€˘ Christian Reyes, 37 â€”Â Warrant.
â€˘ Timothy Delacruz, 18 â€”Â Public intoxication.
Funeral services for Fleta Mae Waldrop, age 93 of Seminole, Texas will be held Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church with Pastor Matt Edwards officiating. Burial will follow at Gaines County Memorial Cemetery (north). All services are under the direction of Boyer Funeral Home.
Mrs. Waldrop passed away Saturday, June 18, 2011, at Memorial Health Care Center in Seminole, Texas following a lengthy illness. She was born June 10, 1918 in Enid, Oklahoma to Benjamin Freeman and Ether Ethyl (Johnson). She married Levi T. Waldrop on August 15, 1936 in Carlsbad, New Mexico.
Sweetwater will be hosting a Black Gold Tennis Circuit Challenger event Friday and Saturday, June 24-25. The entry fee will be $25 and the entry deadline is Wednesday, June 22.