Archive - May 2012

May 1st

Kelley's final curtain call

May 1, 2012

Outgoing Sweetwater Police Chief Jim Kelley has taken a phrase from the popular TV police drama ADAM-12, "to protect and serve", and has embraced that mindset in his past 35 years of local law enforcement service.
"It fits for wearing the badge," he says.
But on May 1, 2012, he officially steps out of the police chief role toward a new journey — retirement.

"Law and Order"

Power lifters recognized

May 1, 2012

A Resolution honoring the 2012 Sweetwater High School Power Lifting Girls State Qualifiers was presented at the April Sweetwater Independent School District School Board meeting. Pictured receiving the resolution are (left to right) Loni Mendez, Cari Aguilar, Joslyn Rosas and Lexie Perez. Also in attendance was the Girls Power Lifting Coach Liz Miller.

Let’s hope ‘trend’ continues

May 1, 2012

The final outcome of Sat-urday’s Class 3A bi-district softball playoff in Graham may not have been satisfy-ing for Sweetwater fans, but the 9-0 loss to Iowa Park told only part of the story.
Those who (like me) have followed the local high school sports scene in recent years have no doubt noticed how little success Sweetwater has had, especially in the “team” sports. But the school’s softball program, which had endured the longest playoff drought — 15 years — of any of them, at least did its part to change that.

Family RV to host Chamber Coffee

May 1, 2012

The Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly Chamber Coffee at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 2, 2012, at Family RV Center, located at 1410 NW Georgia or Interstate 20 exit 243.
The business is owned by Gil, Gabe and Grant Cherry. They offer sales and service on new and used recreational vehicles with Forest River, Sierra, Palomino, Puma, Sabre, Keystone Alpine, Cougar and Passport brands stocked.

Blotters for April 27-29, 2012

May 1, 2012

The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 166 calls for service, issued 39 citations and made seven arrests from April 27-29, 2012.

The SPD received 76, 911 calls.

Accidents:
• 700 block of E. Broadway.
• 200 block of E. Broadway.
• 2000 block of Lamar.

Calls for service:
• Criminal mischief — 1600 block of Grand.
• Theft — 500 block of Orange.
• Information — 600 block of E. Oklahoma.
• Theft — 1000 block of Coke.
• Criminal mischief — 1400 block of Hughes.

Arrested by SPD:
• Emilio Cabrera, 38 — Warrants.
• Javier Flores, 32 — Driving while intoxicated.

James L. Baxter

May 1, 2012

James L. Baxter, age 89, of Rice, Texas, passed away on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at Dallas Veterans Hospital in Dallas.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on, Thursday, May 3, 2012 at Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Michael Howard officiating. Burial will follow at Garden of Memories with the Nolan County Honor Guard. Arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.
James was born May 31, 1922 in Huntsville, Texas to Edward David and Annie (McKing) Baxter. He married Opal Mae Moseley on Dec. 27, 1941, in

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