August 2nd, 2012
A grass fire started on Wednesday afternoon where a vehicle had wrecked a little bit earlier on County Road 143 near the intersection of County Road 144 in Nolan County. It burned right around 20 acres of densely wooded area.Â
According to Sweetwater Fire Chief Grant Madden, the terrain was very tough and the undergrowth was thick.Â Maryneal, Roscoe, Nolan and Sweetwater all had trucks on scene trying to contain the blaze.Â There were three power line poles that burned and dropped the lines down into the trees which made things more difficult and dangerous for the firemen on scene.Â
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is now accepting applications for Emergency Farm Loans resulting from damages and losses caused by drought occurring from January 1, 2012 and continuing.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 35 calls for service, issued one citation and made one arrest on July 31, 2012.
The SPD received 36, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Information only â€” Sweetwater area.
â€˘ Theft â€” 400 block of NE Georgia.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Chelsea Kelley, 26 â€” Theft.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had eight calls for service, served no civil papers and made two arrests on July 31, 2012.
Arrested by DPS:
â€˘ Melvin Montgomery Jr., 31, of Independence, LA â€”Â Tamper/fabricate physical evidence.
Merl Elizabeth Harris of Maxwell, TX, passed away on July 31, 2012, at the age of 83. She was born on April 7, 1929, in Fouke, AR, to Charles Coy and Mary Elizabeth Rister Combs.
Merl was a caring mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She worked in the cafeteria for the public schools for many years. She loved sewing and quilting. She also devoted her time visiting with her grandchildren.
Her parents, husband, Raymond Earl Harris and her grandson, Jason Kyle Leclerc preceded her in death.
A volleyball camp will be held next week at the Sweetwater Middle School gym, 305 Lamar Street. Two sessions will be held. Students who have completed grades 6-7 will attend from 9-11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, Aug. 6-10, while students who have completed grades 3-5 will attend camp from 1-3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Aug. 6-9.
This yearâ€™s camp fee will be $35 and includes a T-shirt. Preregistration is greatly appreciated.
Highland Heights United Methodist Church is introducing their new pastor to the community. Since July 1, the Reverend Claude McKiddy has filled the pastoral role at the local church.
McKiddy is a seminary graduate--having studied two years at the Southern Methodist University (SMU) School of Theology with another two years spent at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio. As he strives to be a Biblical preacher, he believes that it is important for a pastor to have an education in order to connect Scripture faithfully to the Bible.
Shown above are workers painting the outside of the new Goodwill location at 701 East Broadway.
The former Sweetwater store located on Lamar Street was temporarily closed due to major repair work. The building, an older facility occupied by Goodwill for the past seventeen years, and roof were in dire need of repair.
Goodwill has announced its Grand Opening day to be Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. The hours that day will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with festivities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
There will be raffles for shopping sprees, a tag sale, free popcorn, free giveaway, and more.
A total of 640 ballots were cast in Nolan County for the primary runoff election including 28 mail in ballots, 219 early voting ballots and 393 ballots cast on Election Day. A total of 548 Republican Party ballots were cast and 92 Democratic Party ballots were cast.
Ted Cruz came out on top for United State Senator in Nolan County with 285 votes. David Dewhurst received 260 votes in Nolan County.
Christi Craddick, a candidate with local ties, received 315 votes in Nolan County for Railroad Commissioner while Warren Chisum received 188 votes.
George Blueford, Jr. (right), custodian III with the Texas Department of Public Safety was presented on July 17, with a certificate of appreciation for 30 years of dedicated and loyal service. The presentation was made by Highway Patrol Sgt. James Arnwine (left).
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 41 calls for service, issued one citation and made one arrest on July 30, 2012.
The SPD received 37, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Fraud â€” Sweetwater area.
â€˘ Theft â€” 2000 block of Throckmorton.
â€˘ Criminal mischief â€” 700 block of Walnut.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Noe Perez, 33 â€” Warrants.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had nine calls for service, served no civil papers and made three arrests on July 30, 2012.
Arrested by NCSO:
â€˘ Joshua Valdez, 19, of Sweetwater â€”Â Judgment.