February 3rd, 2012
The Nolan County United Way is gearing up for this year's Sweetwater Jaycees Rattlesnake Round-Up by holding a gun raffle sponsored by WETS (Wind Energy Turbine Services) and Crane Service, Inc.
The prize is a Remington Real Tree Camo Versa Max 12 gauge shotgun valued at $1,599. But for a donation of $5 each or five tickets for $20, the gun could be yours from the luck of the draw.
Ticket sales will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012 and will run through Saturday, March 10, 2012. The drawing will be held that day at 5 p.m. at the Gun, Knife and Coin Show inside the Coliseum Annex.
Ray Adames, Public Works Director for the City of Sweetwater, recently retired after 38 years of service to the city. A reception was held in his honor on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, in the city commission room at City Hall. He is shown receiving a plaque from Sweetwater City Manager Eddie Brown.
Shown are members of the Sweetwater Police Patrol Association Todd Jones, Jeremy Bohall, Mark Webb, Matt Counts, Rob Hohman, Lance Richburg, Danny Heine, Melinda Moncada, Sam Cunningham, Ray Cornutt, Armando Renteria and Clint Allen. The Sweetwater Police Patrol Association would like to thank the community for their continued support.Â â€śIt has helpedÂ us make Sweetwater a better place.Â We are proud to serve you andÂ are looking forward to serving you in the future.â€ť
The Sweetwater Police Patrol Association recently elected new board members. They are President, Sam Cunningham; Vice-President, Lance Richburg; Secretary, Danny Heine; and Treasurer, Melinda Moncada.
February is an excellent time to focus on refreshing families.Â The celebration of Valentineâ€™s Day creates a natural awareness of love and draws couples to evaluate how they can strengthen their relationship. To that end, Feb. 7-14 has been declared National Marriage Week.Â The goal of National Marriage Week is to elevate attention on the need to strengthen marriages, initiate new efforts to reduce the divorce rate and connect couples with the tools available to build stronger marriages.
After the big news of Thursday's University Interscholastic League realignment which has placed Sweetwater in District 4-3A for the next two years, Sweetwater head football coach Craig Slaughter has announced a tentative 2012 football schedule which will include some familiar and not-so-familar rivals in non-district play.
The Veterans Discovery Day was held at the Sweetwater TSTC (Texas State Technical College) campus on Friday, Jan. 27, 2012.
All military personnel â€”Â active duty, National Guard, reserve forces, separated, discharged or retired â€”- and their families were invited to the event. According to event coordinator Scott Davis, the Discovery Day held a two-fold purpose.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 51 calls for service, issued two citation and made no arrests on Feb. 1, 2012.
The SPD received 11, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon â€”Â 600 block of Lamar.
â€˘ Criminal mischief â€”Â 500 block of Newman.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had no calls for service, served no civil papers and made no arrests on Feb. 1, 2012.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Accident involving vehicle â€”Â 1500 block of 273 Maryneal, TX.
â€˘Â Medical emergency â€”Â I-20 west bound.
â€˘Â Grass fire â€”Â CR 256.
Funeral services for G.C. Hoover, Jr., 85, of Fisher County, Texas, are pending with McCoy Funeral Home.
Hoover died Friday, Jan. 3, 2012, at his home.
The University Interscho-lastic League realignment finally arrived on Thursday and as usual, there were some surprises â€” both good and bad â€” for our countyâ€™s four high schools.
Given Sweetwaterâ€™s lack of athletic success recently, the general hope was that the UIL would put the Mustangs and Lady Mustangs in a more favor-able district than the current one (5-3A) with Wylie, Brownwood, Big Spring and Snyder, all with much higher enrollments and with the exception of Big Spring, a big winning tradition.