Archive - 2013
Many children dove into the Oceans of Fun show flippers first where puppets came alive as a pirate boy, rainbow fish and a beautiful mermaid told stories and sang songs about life under the seas at the County-City Library on Tuesday. A magical gold fish multiplied before the children's eyes, then a dancing skeleton came alive while bone moving music was played. A big treasure was found and the children had have a big splash learning about the ocean while digging in the books.
After the much-needed rainfall in the area, Nolan County Judge Tim Fambrough lifted the county-wide burn ban on Wednesday, July 17. And during the county commissioners' meeting held on Monday morning, approval was given to leave the burn ban off.
The burn ban will be considered again by the commissioners at their next regular meeting. During Monday's meeting, Fambrough stated that he was "pleased" that the burn ban could remain lifted.
Several entered pleas this week during 32nd Judicial District Court proceedings.
Sylvia Martinez Castillo pleaded guilty to forgery, a state jail felony. She was sentenced to five years of community supervision and will have to pay a $1,000 fine, $343 in court costs and $500 in attorney's fees. She will also have to pay restitution to the following: $31,141.75 to Paul Hanneman of Sweetwater; $3,396.24 to Texas National Bank of Sweetwater; and $3,056.88 to First Financial Bank of Sweetwater. She will also have to serve 120 hours of community service.
Jonathan Michael Smith-Aguilar, age 21, of Midland passed away Monday, July 22, 2013 at an Odessa hospital after an auto accident. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 26, 2013 at McCoy Chapel of Memories in Sweetwater. Interment will follow at the Sweetwater Cemetery. Mike Ensminger and Sarah Cardiel will officiate.
A visitation will be held Thursday, July 25, 2013, from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Expect sunny skies today with a high near 97, although heat index values could get as high as 100. Winds will be from the south around 10 mph.
Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 73 and south-southeast winds around 10 mph.
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Kimberly McKinney, President of The Republican Women of West Texas, and family, attended the Abbott for Governor event in Midland on Wednesday. Michallah McKinney, who will be attending Hardin Simmons University in the fall, is currently an intern for Attorney General Greg Abbott.Â Michallah McKinney also served as a page for Representative Susan KingÂ in the House of Representatives.Â Her youngerÂ sister, Ashleigh McKinney worked as a volunteer at the Abbott for Governor event. She greeted people at the door and handed out Abbott for Governor stickers.
The first day of classes (Aug. 26) will be here soon. Texas State Technical College West Texas representatives encourage prospective students to drop by a Texas State Technical College West Texas campus today to make sure students get the class they want. "It's important for financial aid purposes and books purchases that you register as soon as possible."
TSTC West Texas has a variety of programs, which in just a semester or two, can lead to top-paying career possibilities. Apply online at westtexas.tstc.edu, then come by the TSTC campus to register for classes.
Andrea Croan joined the Sweetwater Reporter's circulation department back in March, just after the Rattlesnake Round-Up and has been a welcome addition to the newspaper family. Born and raised in Sweetwater, Croan lives here with her four children â€” Racheal, 16; Dylan, 15; Katelyn, 8; and William, 2.
Expect mostly sunny skies today with a high near 96, although heat index values could get as high as 99. Winds will be from the south at 10 to 15 mph.
Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 75 and south-southeast winds around 10 to 15 mph.
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The American Cancer Society Bark For Life event will take place this week in Sweetwater. The canine event to fight cancer will help those affected by cancer to celebrate, remember and bark back.
From 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday at Newman Park in Sweetwater, dogs and their owners can partake in several activities, with all proceeds to benefit Nolan County Relay For Life.