February 23rd, 2012
Sweetwater High Schoolâs three-day softball tournament begins today at the Jerry Collins Complex with eight games on the schedule. However, the host team â off to an impressive 4-1 start after beating Clyde, 4-3, on Tuesday in Clyde â will get the day off before playing its first tournament game at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
After taking a week off, Sweetwaterâs golf teams get back into action Friday with the boys going to Abilene Wylieâs one-day tournament and the girls hosting a tournament at Sweetwater Country Club that wraps up Saturday.
The girls tournament will begin Friday with tee times at 9 a.m. Sweetwater is ex-pected to have 18 players participating â three five-player teams in addition to three medalists. The top three teams and medalists will receive awards follow-ing Saturdayâs conclusion of the 36-hole event.
A tense situation was diffused in front of the Sweetwater Post Office after an Abilene Police Department bomb squad robot destroyed a suspicious package this afternoon.
Officials in Sweetwater were reportedly on heightened awareness following the presence of several protesters outside the Nolan County Courthouse yesterday and its close proximity to the post office.
The package reportedly contained a cellphone.
There were no injuries.
Jesus Cecilio Villa pled guilty to indecency with a child by contact, a second degree felony, during 32nd Judicial District Court proceedings on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012.
Along with their recent renovation, First Financial Bank in Sweetwater updated the furniture in their offices. Their older furniture was donated to several local churches. Shown loading furniture for their church, Highland Heights United Methodist Church, are Melvin Walker, Rusty Allen and Doug Taylor.
The rescheduled City Commission meeting took place on Tuesday morning, Feb. 21, 2012 at City Hall.
The resolution recognizing the contributions of the Ludlum family to the economic life of Sweetwater along with the 50th anniversary of Ludlum Measurements was approved, following the reading of the resolution last Tuesday, Feb. 14 by Commissioner Jerod Peek.
Ken Becker, Executive Director for SEED, recently traveled to Washington DC in conjunction with the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and their âWind Power on Capitol Hill 2012â. This is an effort to educate the legislators on the importance of passing the Production Tax Credit (PTC) extension.Â "We were looking for a minimum one year extension that would be tied to the Payroll Tax Bill," said Becker. "The current PTC will expire on Dec. 31, 2012.Â The importance of the PTC extension is vital in keeping the emerging renewable energy markets expanding, investing, and hiring employees."
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 43 calls for service, issued seven citations and made zero arrests on Feb. 20, 2012.
The SPD received 14, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â˘ Information âÂ 800 block of Hill.
â˘ Information âÂ Sweetwater area.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had 36 calls for service, served one civil paper and made four arrests from Feb. 17-20, 2012.
Arrested by NCSO:
â˘ Maurice Earl Oler, 42, of Abilene â Warrant/theft by check.
â˘ Jimmy Gene Willett, 19, of Snyder â Bench warrant.
Arrested by DPS:
Rev. Ken Northcutt was called home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, at his home in Sweetwater. Services will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at Avondale Baptist Church in Sweetwater with Rev. Terry White officiating. Graveside services will follow at 3 p.m. at Richland Springs Cemetery in Richland Springs, Texas under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home. Family visitation will be on Friday, Feb. 24, 2012 from 6-7:30 p.m. at McCoy Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Wesley Barnes, Robert Bowen, T.L. Dickerson, R.D.
Holy Mass of Christian Burial for Rita Torres Abrigo Gonzales, 99, of Sweetwater, will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church with Father Charles Okonkwa officiating. Interment will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
A Rosary service will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, at McCoy Chapel of Memories read by Mary Ann and Joe Palafox.
Gonzales died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital.