November 22nd, 2013
First responders were on the scene of several vehicle accidents on Friday morning, with at least three reported, one east of town, one south of town and one west of town. Most of the accidents did not require patient transports and no serious injuries were reported. One of the Sweetwater Fire Departmentâs rescue trucks was hit from behind by an 18-wheeler that was jack knifing. Both members of SFD that were in the rescue vehicle have been released from the hospital. Shown is the wrecked truck, showing the compartment that stored the hydraulic spreaders, also known as the Jaws of Life.
A Nolan County Grand Jury indicted 22 people this month. Fifteen of those indictments were sealed. The following cases were true-billed:
Machele Cathlene Flores aka Machele Cathlene Light was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, namely methamphetamine, a state jail felony. Flores possessed less than one gram of the controlled substance on Feb. 8, 2013, according to court documents. Her bond was set at $7,500.
Thanksgiving in Sweetwater means unity.Â For the past 22 years, the Nolan County Ministerial Alliance has hosted a Community Thanksgiving service to give local churches an opportunity to unite with one heart and voice to celebrate the amazing grace of God.
Wars and natural disasters dominate the worldâs daily headlines, but behind the scenes and far from the spotlight, hunger and preventable diseases claim the lives of more than 20,000 of the worldâs children every day. Nearly 1 billion people go hungry every day. More than 6 billion live on the planet. One in six will go hungry tonight.
A local man died Thursday morning from his injuries sustained in a vehicle accident.
Around 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, James Vasquez, 55, of Sweetwater was struck by a vehicle when he was crossing north on Broadway near Locust on a motorized wheelchair. The vehicle was proceeding east bound on Broadway according to the Sweetwater Police Department.
Vasquez was taken to Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital by the Sweetwater Fire Department. He was later taken to Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene where he died from his injuries on Thursday morning.
The Nolan County Board of Realtors made a donation to the Nolan County Goodfellows in the amount of $500.Â Shown from left to right are Kay Aiken, NCBR President; Ken Becker, Goodfellows VP/Treasurer; and Scott Morgan, NCBR Treasurer.
The Sweetwater Rotary Club also made a donation to the Nolan County Goodfellows in the amount of $500.
A campus report on Sweetwater Middle School was heard during Monday night's meeting of the Sweetwater ISD (Independent School District) Board of Trustees.
Principal Jeff Withrow gave the report, in which he recapped that last year changes were made to incorporate a positive climate. Through the introduction of new initiatives, a dramatic yet good change was seen, which has continued into the start of this year.
James (Jaime) Vasquez, age 55, of Sweetwater, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene.
A rosary will be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013 at Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home Chapel, recited by Lupe Medellin.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 at Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home with Deacon Bill Butler officiating.
Burial will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.
HAWLEY â Loyd C. âPopsâ Bowen, of Hawley, Texas, left this world to join his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Nov. 14, 2013. He was born May 2, 1938, to Everette Nathan Bowen and Annie Pearl Jackson in Forrest Hill (Petty), Texas and was raised in McCaulley, Texas.Â He married Sandra âSandyâ Kleinpeter on April 26, 1980, in Arch, New Mexico.