April 27th, 2012
Phil Montoya, 57, was killed in a car accident in Utah on Saturday. He was a man of many interests and much intelligence, more than anything, Phil was known as a friend.
He grew up in Utah, and settled in Texas after hitchhiking through most of the Western United States. He married and had two daughters, Traci and Lauren.
Phil owned two successful tax offices and enjoyed making a living in a practical way that helped people.
After a wait of 15 years â€” plus a 1 1/2-week break since ending its regular season â€” Sweetwaterâ€™s softball team returns to the playoffs when it plays Iowa Park in a Class 3A bi-district matchup at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
The winner of the one-game playoff in Graham will face Burleson Centennial in the area round next week. Sweetwater, which is mak-ing only its third postseas-on appearance in school history and first since 1997, comes in with a 15-11 record and finished third in District 5-3A with a 4-4 record.
Times and events for local athletes only
Texas Tech Universityâ€™s Fuller Track, Lubbock
FRIDAY, APRIL 27
7 p.m. â€” Boys 100 dash (Nick Nemir)
7:15 p.m. â€” Boys 800 relay (Kaleb Hoover, Ryan Linebaugh, Nick Nemir, Sam Nemir)
8:05 p.m. â€” Boys 300 hurdles (Nick Nemir)
SATURDAY, APRIL 28
11:30 a.m. â€” Girls shot put (Destiny Osteen, Claire Williams)
3:20 p.m. â€” Boys 100 dash; 3:35 p.m. â€” Boys 800 relay; 4:05 p.m. â€” Boys 300 hurdles
Abilene Christian Universityâ€™s Elmer
Susie Kamer was recently announced as the 2011-2012 SISD (Sweetwater Independent School District) Teacher of the Year for J.P. Cowen Early Childhood Center.
Kamer earned a Bachelor of Music degree at Abilene Christian University. She has spent her entire teaching career with the district as a Headstart teacher for the past six years.
She has been a member of the NHSA (National Head Start Association) and the TCTA (Texas Classroom Teachers Association). Within the community, she is an active member at Lighthouse Assembly of God as the worship leader and children's church leader.
An owl fledgling was rescued on Wednesday morning after Danielle Sargeant â€”Â an employee of the Hall Law Firm in Downtown Sweetwater â€” found the owl near the Hall Law Firm in front of a glass door. Another employee called the Sweetwater Animal Hospital.
Veterinary Technician Brenda Stevens with Sweetwater Veterinary Hospital came to the rescue along with Animal Control Officer Donald Kite to take the fledgling back to the animal hospital.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 57 calls for service, issued 27 citations and made five arrests on April 24, 2012.
The SPD received 26, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Criminal mischief â€” 1200 block of Stanley.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Angel Aguilar, 18 â€” Warrant.
â€˘ Timothy McGinnis, 51 â€” Public intoxication.
â€˘ Adam MuĂ±oz, 25 â€” Warrant/possession of marijuana.
â€˘ Tyler Polk, 22 â€” Warrant.
â€˘ Ricky Rivera, 21 â€” Criminal mischief.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had nine calls for service, served two civil papers and made three arrests on April 24, 2012.
Billy Joe â€śBillâ€ť Tucker, 81, of Sweetwater, passed away on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, in Sweetwater. He will be cremated under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home and no further services are planned at this time.
Billy was born Nov. 7, 1929, in Sweetwater. He married Rosemary Jones on May 12, 1972, in Sweetwater. He was a Baptist. Billy owned and operated Big State Roustabout for several years. He was a member of Sweetwater Masonic Lodge #571 and was a 32nd Degree Mason. He was a member of Suez Shrine Temple in San Angelo.
These Sweetwater High School athletes will compete Friday and Saturday in the Region I-3A track meet being held at Texas Tech University. Standing from left are Claire Williams (girls shot put), Kaleb Hoover (boys 800 relay), Nick Nemir (boys 100 dash, 300 hurdles and 800 relay), Sam Nemir (boys 800 relay), Ryan Linebaugh (boys 800 relay) and Destiny Osteen (girls shot put). Kneeling is Kyle Lambert (boys 800 relay alternate).
Several Nolan County high school runners will be competing at regional track meets on Friday.
Shown is retiring Sweetwater Chief of Police Jim Kelley with his wife, Scharles Kelley, accepting plaques at a retirement party hosted by the Sweetwater Police Patrol Association. Plaques were also made for the coupleâ€™s two sons, Paxton and Tanner.
Many members of the community and many agencies who work closely with the Sweetwater Police Department were in attendance at the reception held at Fourth and Elm Church of Christ.