August 17th, 2012
Sweetwater Animal Control currently has one dog available for adoption, a female chinese crested. According to Sweetwaterâ€™s animal control officer, Don Kite, animals that are picked up are kept for a minimum of three days, but he tries to keep them from a week to 10 days.
Dogs and cats are available for adoption for a $15 fee and the cost of getting the pet vaccinated for rabies.
The pets are required to have their vaccination before they leave to their new homes.
At the special meeting held by the Nolan County Commissioners on Thursday morning, August 12, at the Nolan County Courthouse, discussion was held on the tax rate for 2012-2013.
The proposed total tax rate comes in at .394635 (39 cents) per $100 valuation. This number is the combination of the general fund rate of .340670 per $100 valuation and the farm to market fund rate of .053965 per $100 valuation.
Sweetwater head football coach Shane Mobley, left, talks with County Judge Tim Fambrough and County Court at Law Judge David Hall during a "Meet the Mustang Coaches" event held Thursday at the local Dairy Queen on 1608 Lamar.
After meeting with the public, Mobley and his fellow coaches were served a "heart attack" hamburger meal by local Dairy Queen owner Jerry Hulcy. The gathering was held prior to Sweetwater's opening scrimmage on Saturday at Mustang Bowl against Wichita Falls Hirschi.
See related story in today's Sports section.
A couple of public hearings took place during the Sweetwater City Commission meeting held on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at City Hall.
One of the public hearings was held in regard to the proposed budget for 2012-2013. While no input was heard from those in attendance, it was noted that this budget will raise more total property taxes than last year's budget by $320,726, or 19.74%; of that amount, $73,002.55 is tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the roll this year.
(Abilene) â€“ Texas State Technical College West Texas will graduate 138 highly-skilled graduates for the Texas workforce. Â As the oil and gas industries boom throughout West Texas, engineers are being snapped up. Â Aaron Hall, the student speaker at graduation on Friday, has been working full-time at Stellar Automation for three months. Stellar Automation, located in Big Spring, focuses on engineering needs for the oil and gas industries.Â
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 32 calls for service, issued no citations and made two arrests on Aug. 15, 2012.
The SPD received 16, 911 calls.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Stephanie Smith, 23 â€” Theft.
â€˘ Jennifer Arispe, 40 â€” Theft.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had four calls for service, served no civil papers and made four arrests on Aug. 15, 2012.
Arrested by NCSO:
Ellie "Jack" Parker, 65, of Sweetwater, died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, a Nolan Nursing and Rehab. His wishes were to be cremated and no other services are planned. McCoy Funeral Home carried out his wishes.
Parker was born January 20, 1947, in Waterloo, Alabama.
Survivors include his wife, Debra Parker, of Roby, Texas; brother, David Parker & wife Shirley of Emery, Texas; and sister-in-law, Vicki Newman of Roby, Texas.
After leading his players through two weeks of prac-tices and a week in pads, Shane Mobley is eager to see how his players do when they get in some licks against outside competition.
The first-year Sweetwater head football coach and his staff will finally get that chance Saturday, when the Mustangs host Wichita Falls Hirschi in their first of two preseason scrimmages.
Blackwell football players are shown here during a recent practice as they prepare for a new season. The Hornets go to Hermleigh for their first scrimmage today.
Chances of rain will be with us all weekend in the Sweetwater area, with a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms on Friday, along with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 94. Winds will be south-southwest around 5 mph.
Friday night, expect a low around 73 under mostly cloudy skies. Winds will come from the south at 5 to 10 mph, shifting to light, south-southeast winds. Chance of rain and thunderstorms will be 30%.
Saturday, our chances of rain peak at 50% with a high near 94 and mostly cloudy. Winds will be from the south-southeast ranging from 5 to 10 mph.