June 26th, 2012
The Veterans Readjustment Counseling Services are the community-based professionals within the VA who welcome home the war veteran by providing top-quality compassionate readjustment assistance to the veteran and their family in order to facilitate a successful return to civilian life within their community.
They offer individual, group, marital and family counseling to Combat Veterans of all wars and their families. Counseling is also available to any Veteran who experienced any form of sexual harassment or sexual assault while serving in the military.
Nolan County Commissioners accepted a petition Monday following the commissionersâ€™ meeting, which will take county jail construction and fixing of the courthouse facade to the voters in November. Dr. Loren Bryant presented a petition of 446 signatures asking the issue to go to a bond election. This number meets the required 5% of registered voters, which equals 420 voters.
Cancer Services Network, a not-for-profit agency in Abilene, serving underserved cancer patients and their families in 19 counties in West Central Texas â€”Â including Nolan County â€” has announced the addition of Mendy Stogsdill, LCSW, to their staff.
Mendy began her duties as CSN social worker in November 2011. She has over 20 years of experience as a social worker in hospital and hospice settings.
Mrs. Stogsdill holds a Masters in Science of Social Work from University of Texas in Arlington. Mendy and her husband, Steve, have a daughter, Emily, 9, and a son, Alex 3.
One person was killed in a one vehicle crash occurring in Callahan County.
On Monday, June 25, at 10:10 a.m., Dr. Thomas Allan Woodward was driving his 2004 Cadillac south bound on Texas 36 in Callahan County. The vehicle traveled off of the roadway and struck a tree.
This crash occurred about 1.3 miles north of U.S. Highway 283. There were no braking or evasive action marks prior to impact with a tree on the side of the roadway.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 118 calls for service, issued nine citations and made seven arrests from June 22-24, 2012.
The SPD received 60, 911 calls.
â€˘ 1300 block of Lamar.
Calls for service:
â€˘Â Runawayâ€”Â 900 block of E. Avenue B.
â€˘Â Theft â€”Â 800 block of E. New Mexico.
â€˘Â Theft â€”Â 400 block of NE Georgia.
â€˘Â Criminal mischief â€”Â Sweetwater area.
â€˘Â Information â€”Â Sweetwater area.
â€˘Â Burglary of a habitationâ€”Â 1300 block of Avondale.
â€˘Â Unauthorized use of a vehicleâ€”Â 1700 block of Hailey.
â€˘Â Unauthorized use of a vehicleâ€”Â 500 block of E. Avenue C.
Billy Neal Gotcher, 74, of Sweetwater, passed away on Friday, June 22, 2012 at his residence. Graveside memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 30, 2012, at the Brookshire Cemetery in Tennyson, Texas with the Rev. Ward Hayes Officiating.
Shirley Ann Neilson, 75, passed peacefully on June 7, 2012, in her home in Bigfork, Montana, following a two year battle with cancer. Shirley was born in Helena, Montana, on Nov. 18, 1936 to Rhea and Charles Cartwright. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Jerry Neilson, their sons, Rick and his wife Deb, Jeff and his wife Cortney, Dane and his wife Becky, Van and his wife Valke, and eight grandchildren who knew her affectionately as "Gigi"; Erin, Jeremy, Stow, Abby, Zack, Ava, Abigail, Shelby, one great-grandson, Solomon and her sister, Marilyn McKenzie of Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
The Abilene Prairie Dogs will host Nolan County Community Night at Walt Driggers Field on the campus of McMurry University on Tuesday, June 26. The Prairie Dogs will host the Rio Grande Valley White Wings. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the first pitch will be at 7:05 p.m.
This year, as part of the TSTC (Texas State Technical College) Women's Leadership Institute's (WLI) mission to support the TSTC Values, each TSTC location â€” Waco, Harlingen, Marshall and West Texas (Abilene, Brownwood, Breckenridge, Sweetwater â€” each did a community project on Saturday, June 23, 2012.
The Sweetwater group spoke with Russell Jones, City of Sweetwater Director of Public Works, about painting the picnic tables at Newman Park and he was thrilled with the idea. He has asked that the pillars of the pavilion be painted as well.
Our law enforcement and fire departments, along with other entities, work together to make the community a safe place to live. Shown are law enforcement vehicles from the 32nd Judicial District Investigative Team, Texas Department of Public Safety, Sweetwater Police Department, Nolan County Sheriff's Office, Roscoe Police Department and Texas State Technical College Police Department. See a tribute to these law enforcement and local fire departments â€” Hometown Heroes â€” inside today's paper.