October 25th, 2011
The Nolan County Commissioners met for their regular meeting on Monday morning, Oct. 24, 2011 at the Nolan County Courthouse, where the burn ban for the county was reinstated.
The burn ban will remain in effect for the next two weeks until the next regular appointed meeting, where the item will be considered again.
The Roscoe Fire Department had a fire prevention day at Roscoe ISD and Highland ISD on Friday Oct. 21, 2011. Students had the chance to see what a firefighter in full gear looks like. Shown is Roscoe Fire Chief Gary Armstrong speaking with children about fire safety and prevention.
At the end of last year the Texas Veterans Commission provided a grant to the Goodwill of West Texas.
"The first cycle that we earned was scheduled to end the 31st of October," explains Coordinator of Veterans Services, Chuck Wilson.
However, Goodwill cut the program two weeks sooner than that scheduled date, leaving employees out of a job.
"It came as a shock," says former employee Arlanda Knight.
Former employees say the loss to the city of Abilene is an unfortunate one.
Knight says, "The sad part about it is we are actually losing a great resource in this community."
Feral hogs are taking over the Texas countryside and Brown County resident Jerry Campbell is doing his best to rid the state of this costly nuisance. Last week, America got their first look at the Campbell family in their own reality show, âAmerican Hoggersâ, which premiered Wednesday, Oct. 19, on the A&E Network. The show features the Campbell family and their adventures as they struggle to rescue Texas residents and ranchers from the devastating chaos caused by millions of invasive wild boars, states A&E.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 146 calls for service, issued 16 citations and made 10 arrests from Oct. 21-23, 2011.
The SPD received 73, 911 calls.
â˘ 200 block of NE Georgia.
â˘ 100 block of Elm Street.
Calls for service:
â˘ Unattended death â 600 block of Lamar.
â˘ Family violence assault â 200 block of E. Avenue C.
â˘ Theft â 1700 block of Lamar.
â˘ Information â 1000 block of Bowie.
â˘ Information â 300 block of W. Colorado.
Arrested by SPD:
â˘ Male juvenile, 16 â Directive to apprehend.
â˘ Bruce McKinney, 29 â Drive on out of state license.
Stephen Edward (Steve) McGinley, age 60, of Sweetwater, Texas, passed away Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, at his residence.
His body was cremated. No formal services are planned. Arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.
Steve was born Sept. 26, 1951, in Sweetwater, Texas to D.E. (Jack) and Nancy (Neeper) McGinley. He worked for Union Pacific Railroad for many years before retiring. He married Nellie Ramon on Sept. 27, 1976 in Sweetwater, Texas.
TUESDAY, OCT. 25
Sweetwater 7th grade at Brownwood (one game), 5 p.m.
Sweetwater 8th grade teams host Brownwood, 5 and 6:15 p.m.
Sweetwater JV hosts Big Spring, 4 p.m.
Sweetwater teams host Wylie â freshmen and JV at 5 p.m., varsity at 6:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, OCT. 27
Sweetwater JV Red and White teams at Brown-wood, 5 and 6:30 p.m.
Roscoe junior high at Ralls (7th and 8th grade) starting at 4 p.m.
Roscoe JV at Ralls, 6:30 p.m.
Highland junior high hosts Aspermont, 6 p.m.
Highland JV vs. Chillicothe JV at Rule, 7 p.m.
Sweetwater will host first-place Wylie in its final Dis-trict 5-3A volleyball match at 6:30 p.m. today. But if the Lady Mustangs (3-4 dis-trict, 19-18 overall) can pull off an upset, they have a chance to extend their sea-son beyond today.
Big Spring and Brown-wood, who are both 4-3, are tied for second place in district and face each other this Friday. The winner will claim the No. 2 seed in Dis-trict 5-3A. The loser, how-ever, faces a play-in against Sweetwater for the No. 3 spot if the Lady Mustangs upset Wylie (7-0), the No. 1 seed out of the district.
Mateo Gonzales is the Football Player of the Week for Sweetwater. Gonzales, a 225-pound senior defensive tackle, had a team-high six solo tackles â all of them behind the line â and assisted on five other tackles for the Mustangs against Snyder this past Friday. He also had one quarterback pressure.
On Monday night, Oct. 17, amidst roaring winds and blowing sand, the Sweetwater High School Marching Band put on a classy performance to earn them straight â1sâ in UIL marching competition in Abilene. âWe knew the bad weather was on the way, and it hit just as the band was preparing to perform,â explained band booster photographer Carola Martin. âWe braced ourselves, and the band played and marched like it was a walk in the park.â