September 27th, 2011
In honor of Darrell Campbell, the former Sweetwater Police officer who was shot in the head in July 2011, while on duty with the Snyder Police Department, the Sweetwater Police Patrol Association and Sweetwater Elks Lodge joined forces to host a benefit for the Campbell Family. The lunch, dinner, auction and dance benefit were held in Sweetwater on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Sweetwater Elks Lodge. A brisket lunch was held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a brisket dinner at 6 p.m. A live auction started at 7 p.m. and a DJ dance followed. Jimmy and Elaine Curtis donated the DJ service.
The Nolan County Commissioners met for a regular meeting on Monday morning, September 26, 2011 at the Nolan County Courthouse.
A public hearing took place regarding the District Clerk's record management archives plan. Patti Neill, who serves in the respective role, briefed the commissioners on the continued collection of a $5 fee which is used to digitize records.
No input was offered; thus the public hearing was closed. Approval was then given for the records management archives plan.
SWEETWATER, Texas â€“ One in six men will develop prostate cancer during their lifetime, making it the second leading cause of cancer deaths among men in the United States. Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH) wants to make sure men in Nolan County over the age of 50 talk with their physician about annual prostate screening.
â€śAlmost all men diagnosed with prostate cancer survive if the disease is caught at an early stage. That is why screenings are so important,â€ť said Dr. Larry McEachern at RPMH. â€śMany men are unaware that a simple blood test is a common method of screening.â€ť
Two blood drives will take place in Sweetwater on Thursday, September 29 from noon until 6:00 p.m. One bloodmobile will be parked at the Nolan County Courthouse and the other will be parked in front of the Lions Club Building. A total of ninety eight donors participated in the blood drives on August 4. Those who donated blood then will be eligible to donate again on September 29.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 126 calls for service, issued 14 citations and made 11 arrests from Sept. 23-25, 2011.
The SPD received 54, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Assault FV â€”Â 800 block of E 14th.
â€˘ Criminal mischief â€”Â 700 block of NW Georgia.
â€˘ Burglary of habitation â€”Â 300 block of E Ninth.
Arrested by SPD
â€˘ Jonathan McDonald, 22 â€”Â Warrant.
â€˘ Male juvenile, 12 â€”Â DOC.
â€˘ Female juvenile x2, 16 â€”Â DOC/fighting.
â€˘ Claude Speed, 20 â€”Â FV Assault.
â€˘ Gerald McDonald, 64 â€”Â Warrant.
â€˘ Juan Acosta, 25 â€”Â PI.
â€˘ Jason Mosher, 17 â€”Â DWL.
A Holy Mass of Christian Burial for Ronald Frank Acosta, 53, of Sweetwater, will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church with Father Michael Udegbunam officiating. Interment will follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
A rosary was recited Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011, at 7 p.m. at McCoy Chapel of Memories by Connie Palacios and Alice Velez.
Acosta died Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, at his home in Sweetwater.
So many of the stereotypes associated with bikers are of the negative kind. The Hells Angels MC are usually only in the news for something involving violence or worse, and the popular TV show Sons of Anarchy doesn't help the biker image either. Bikers tend to be avoided and are assumed to be violent individuals, and even worse when in a group. The general population only see leather clad, bandana-wearing, tattooed men and women that are loud, heavy drinkers, use colorful profanity and participate in all forms of debauchery.
Joseph Cardillo, Exalted Ruler of the Elks Lodge in Sweetwater, presented checks to Nolan VFD, Blackwell VFD, Maryneal VFD, Roscoe VFD and Lake Sweetwater VFD in the amount of $200 each. Funds came from a Gratitude Grant provided by the Elks National Foundation. Members not pictured: Johnny Ussery, Jeremey Gunn, Wil Hogan and Glyn Gunn from Nolan VFD, and all members of the Blackwell VFD. They were all dispatched to a grass fire south of Blackwell.
For the second year in a row, there will be two back-to-back fundraising events associated with the Round-Up for Rehab in Sweetwater to raise dollars for the West Texas Rehabilitation Center. A Shrimp Peel dinner and auction will be held at the Nolan County Annex on Tuesday evening, October 25th, the night before the sale at Sweetwater Auction which will take place on Wednesday, October 26th.
Technically, the Autumn equinox didnâ€™t officially start until about 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23, but the temperature said otherwise that morning. Inez Walker of Sweetwater called that morning to let us know she had a beautiful bunch of flowers we just had to come and look at. She got the seeds from her church and decided to plant them in the backyard. Inez calls them Moon Flowers, because they start blooming late at night. A friend of hers calls them Angel Trumpets, and you can certainly see the resemblance. Whatever theyâ€™re called, they smell wonderful and they look lovely.