July 13th, 2011
Monday, July 11, was Free Slurpee Day at 7-Eleven. All day, customers nationwide were able to get unlimited Slurpees in special seven-point-11-ounce cups. The promotion has been held every year since 2002 in honor of 7-Eleven's unofficial birthday. "USA Today" reports the company gave away four-and-a-half-million tiny cups of its signature icy drink on July 11, last year. Shown enjoying their free Slurpees at a 7-Eleven in Sweetwater are Halle Martinez and Hannah Silva.
The Nolan County Complex Fire near Lake Sweetwater has burned 3,880 acres and is now 40 percent contained. According to the Texas Forest Service, this is a complex of two lightning-caused fires that burned together and encroached on the city limits of Sweetwater. Hundreds of homes were threatened, 30 were evacuated, but none were lost. Numerous airtankers, single-engine airtankers, helicopters and ground resources responded rapidly from Abilene and other staging areas.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 42 calls for service, issued five citations and made four arrests on July 11, 2011.
The SPD received 54, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Criminal mischief â€”Â 400 block of Alexander.
Arrested by SPD
â€˘ Maria Ornelas, 38 â€”Â Warrants.
â€˘Â Samantha Williams, 21 â€”Â Warrants.
â€˘Â Gene Emerson, 29 â€” Theft.
â€˘ Eric Barrera, 27 â€”Â Theft.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had 11 calls for service, served no civil papers and made two arrests on July 11, 2011.
Arrested by NCSO:
ABILENE â€“ Hank Allen Smith, 2 day old infant son of Nathan and Marsha Smith, went to be with Jesus on July 5, 2011. Hankâ€™s service was held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday July 6, 2011 at the Jim Ned Valley Church of Christ with interment at McBee Cemetery in Ovalo, directed by Fry-Bartlett Funeral Home of Tuscola.
Hank was born on Sunday, July 3, 2011 at Abilene Regional Hospital. At the end Hank was able to bring together a loving family, a loving church family and many of his parentâ€™s friends. Hankâ€™s service was a testament of the good will of so many.
On Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at about 12:25 a.m. officers with the Snyder Police Department were dispatched to the 700 block of 26th Street in reference to a call of shots fired in the area. Cpl. Darrell Campbell and Officer Lee Ortiz responded to the area where they made contact with several individuals in a front yard of 700 26th Street. While speaking with the subjects a male who was at the residence who has not been identified produced a weapon and shot Cpl. Campbell then confronted Officer Ortiz. Officer Ortiz and the male were involved in a shooting and the male was killed at the scene.
Smoke filled the Sweetwater sky and could be seen by other cities yesterday due to a fire that began near Lake Sweetwater. According to the Texas Forest Service, the fire was a complex of two lightning-caused fires that burned together and encroached on the city limits of Sweetwater. Hundreds of homes were threatened with 30 being evacuated. Those evacuated are now back in their homes and no homes were lost to the blaze.
Residents from Stamford and activist organizations from around the state were in Stamford on Monday for a Q&A session with Tenaska.
Tenaska is planning to build a power plant that will run on coal. The catch? The plant requires millions of gallons of water to operate.
Tenaska has gone to several cities to get the water they need, most have turned them away.
Stamford has entertained the idea and could decide to provide the water they need to run the plant. But it all comes at a cost, for both the residents of Stamford and Tenaska.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 178 calls for service, issued nine citations and made 12 arrests from July 8-10, 2011.
The SPD received 80, 911 calls.
â€˘ 800 block of E. Broadway.
â€˘Â 200 block of SE Georgia.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Criminal mischief â€”Â 1300 block of E. 12th.
â€˘ Burglary of a habitation â€”Â 400 block of Bowie.
â€˘ Terrorist threats â€”Â 600 block of W. Broadway.
â€˘ Assault â€”Â 700 block of E. Oklahoma.
â€˘Â Criminal mischief â€” 800 block of E. 14th.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Sharelle Smith, 24 â€”Â Theft.
â€˘Â Female Juvenile, 15 â€”Â Theft.
According to the Texas Forest Service, the Nolan County Complex Fire is burning southeast of Sweetwater along FM 1856; it is traveling north. An estimated 500 acres and five homes are threatened. Several Volunteer Fire Departments and Sweetwater Fire Department are battling the flames as well as air tankers and forest service ground support. This started out as two seperate fires that joined into one.
Amy Nixon was named the Teacher of the Year at Southeast Elementary School.
Amy Nixon is a first grade teacher at Southeast Elementary. She has taught three years at Sweetwater ISD, with a total of eight years of teaching under her belt.
Nixon attended Angelo State University from August 1999 through May 2003 and earned a Bachelor of Science with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies and Mathematics.