July 13th, 2012
The 2012-2013 Budget Draft was reviewed during the Sweetwater City Commission meeting on Tuesday morning, July 10, 2012 at City Hall.
Several items were discussed from the packet by City Manager Eddie Brown on changes that would be reflected in the budget. Among the items were a $1 increase for general admission to the city pool starting next summer, along with a 3.3% cost of living raise for city employees. In addition, the trend in sales tax numbers will be seen in the new budget.
The Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce held its monthly Chamber Coffee event on Thursday, July 12, 2012, at the Sweetwater Country Club.
The event was co-hosted by the Texas Department of Agriculture Commissioner Rick Rhoades, who is the administrator for rural affairs and Robert Howden of Texans For Economic Progress.
AT&T also co-hosted the event. Randy Teakell is the local AT&T manager. Also speaking at the event was Bart Winegar, Technical Outreach Manager with Connected Texas.
After months of continuous declines in gas prices, the average for a gallon of regular unleaded is up seven cents this week in Texas.Â The current statewide average is $3.23.Â However, that is still 30 cents less than what summer travelers were paying this same time last year.Â
The national gas price average is now $3.38.Â In comparison, Texans are paying about 15 cents less than the national average.Â Drivers in Amarillo are paying the most on average at $3.33 and motorists in Corpus Christi are paying the least at $3.15. Drivers in Sweetwater are paying about $3.17.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 50 calls for service, issued no citations and made no arrests on July 11, 2012.
The SPD received 14, 911 calls.
â€˘ 400 block of E. Third.
Calls for service:
â€˘Â Information only â€”Â Sweetwater area.
â€˘Â Information only â€”Â 600 block of Jack Lambert.
â€˘Â Runaway â€”Â 400 block of Alexander.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had four calls for service, served no civil papers and made one arrest on July 11, 2012.
Arrested by NCSO:
â€˘ Charlene Carring-ton, 51, of Sweetwater â€” Warrant/bond forfeiture.
Calls for service:
The following students attended a Mustang Junior Golf Camp held this week at Sweetwater Country Club:
Logan Wedin, Matti Humphreys, Jackson Fos-ter, Harrison Foster, Sully Templeton, Jackson Horn, Bryson Horn, Logan Smith, Markus Meneses, Mea Cedillo, Crae Chapman, Caleb Reed, Emily Owen, Jayton Cunnings, Justin Lawrence, Kort Sargeant, Kreed Davis, Avery Allen, Cooper Claborn, Brayden Claborn, Gregory Paty, Maylee Murff, Ruff Graham.
The following students received awards Thursday:
Best short game â€” Crae Chapman.
Best sportsmanship â€” Jackson Horn
The Sweetwater Woman's Forum, with monies they raised from the "$500 Shopping Spree" held in December, were happy to be able to buy five "glider" chairs for Senior Nutrition Activities Program (SNAP).
Pictured above are (back row) Margie Wilks, Kay Hallman, Janet Patty, Lita McEachern (co-chairperson of the Shopping Spree) and (front row) Alvin Chastain, Evelyn Barnes, Wilma Critz, Bobbie Bowen and Inez Walker. Not pictured are Gayle Greer, Lana McCain, Nancy Clark (co-chairperson for the Shopping Spree) and Shirley Moore (president).
The West Texas Rehab Center will be having their annual show lamb and meat goat sale on July 17, 2012 at the Wylie FFA Show Barn. The lamb sale will be at 7 p.m. and the goat sale will follow immediately after the lamb sale.
The Rehab Center has lambs and goats that have been donated by some of the top show lamb and show goat breeders in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. The animals will be at the Wylie FFA Show Barn on Monday, July 16, for the public's viewing.
After almost four hours of deliberation, Larry Staton was found not guilty by a six-man, six-woman jury on two charges of indecency with a child â€” one by contact, a second degree felony and the other by exposure, a third-degree felony â€” on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 in the 32nd Judicial District Court.
Staton was on trial following his indictment of the two charges that stated the offenses occurred on or around Sept. 1, 2010, to a child younger than 17 years of age.
Gail Rose has recently been promoted to become the new manager of the Sweetwater Regional Federal Credit Union, located at 1900 Preston Road.
Ms. Rose has been with the establishment for the past two-and-a-half years. Prior to her promotion, she served as a bookkeeper as well as an operations manager. Her training in accounting has led to the acquisition of 20 years of accounting experience under her belt.
The West Central Texas Center for Economic Opportunity has been awarded $400,000 to help individuals take steps toward self-sufficiency as part of their Individual Development Account program. Grant monies of $200,000 were received from the Office of Community Services (Assets for Independence Project) and matched by the Dodge Jones Foundation, Dian Graves Owen Foundation, and the Shelton Family Foundation.