September 26th, 2011
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.
Buzzi Unicem of Maryneal recently made a donation to the Maryneal Volunteer Fire Department. Shown from left to right are Jimmy Johns, Julie Hurn, Archie Woods, John Womble/Fire Chief, Bill Doggett/Buzzi UniCem Representative, Acey Hurn and Kyle Hale. The Maryneal VFD wants to thank Buzzi Unicem for the use of their water truck and maintainer during the large wildfires in June.
SWEETWATER â€“ Tasha Baxter was named the new Texas AgriLife Extension Service agent for family and consumer sciences in Nolan County. Her appointment was effective Sept. 19.
The announcement was made by Nolan County Judge Tim Fambrough and Scott Durham, AgriLife Extension administrator for the West Central District.
The new agent will be headquartered in the AgriLife Extension offices at 100 East 3rd Street, Suite 305 in Sweetwater.
The Woman's Forum is encouraging women in the community to attend a membership tea to be held on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011 at the County-City Library, located at 206 Elm Street, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Membership in the Forum, organized in 1950,Â is open to any woman interested in promoting the acquaintance and mutual helpfulness among women, and to aid in civic and intellectual improvements. Forum projects promote the County-City Library, the Pioneer Museum and other beautification and civic improvement projects. Forum dues are $15 for organizations and $7 for individual membership.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 56 calls for service, issued four citations and made no arrests on Sept. 22, 2011.
The SPD received 22, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Criminal mischief â€”Â 1000 block of W. 8th.
â€˘ Forgery â€”Â 400 block of E. New Mexico.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had nine calls for service, served one civil paper and made no arrests on Sept. 22, 2011.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Loud music â€”Â Blackwell area.
â€˘ Suspicious person â€”Â CR 137.
â€˘Â Grass fire â€”Â FM 608.
â€˘Â Stray livestock â€”Â I-20 MM 252 west bound.
â€˘Â Stray livestock â€”Â CR 175.
Sandra Shuler, 70, of Sand Springs, Oklahoma (formerly of Sweetwater, Texas), passed into the presence of her Lord on Thursday, September 22, 2011 at her home in Sand Springs.
Graveside services will be held 10 a.m., Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at Roscoe Cemetery with Rev. William Mayo officiating.
MONDAY, SEPT. 26
Sweetwater 7th and 8th grade at Big Spring, 3:30 p.m.
Sweetwater 7th and 8th grade teams host Snyder, 5 and 6:15 p.m.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 27
Sweetwater JV hosts Snyder, 4 p.m.
Sweetwater teams at Andrews starting at 5 p.m.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 29
Sweetwater 7th grade at Midland Christian, 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.
Sweetwater 8th grade at Midland Christian, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Sweetwater JV Red and White vs. Midland Chris-tian, 5 and 6:30 p.m.
Highland JV at South-land JV, 7:30 p.m.
Blackwell junior high at Trent, 5:30 p.m.