July 8th, 2011
The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in Texas increased one cent since last week according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch. The national average increased four cents.
The statewide average is 13 cents less than the national average.Â The statewide average is $3.45 and the national average is $3.58.Â
Reserved season football tickets for the 2011 season will be up for renewal to current option holders beginning Monday, July 18, through Friday, Aug. 5. Tickets may be purchased at the Sweetwater ISD Administration office. Tickets are $30 for five home games. Reserved ticket sales for the general public will go on sale on Monday, Aug. 8. The last day to purchase season tickets will be Friday, Aug. 19. Tickets will be sold during regular business hours. For more information, contact the Sweetwater ISD Administration office at 235-8601 ext. 116.
First Financial Bank had a hot dog cookout at the motor bank on Friday, July 1, to show customers their appreciation and to celebrate Independence Day. Kirby Andrews and Rodney Foster grilled hot dogs for the event. Shown at the First Financial Bank motor bank hot dog cookout on Friday, July 1, are Jason Gazaille, Brandy Thompson, Donnie Ruppert and Janis McDowell.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 47 calls for service, issued no citations and made two arrests on July 6, 2011.
The SPD received 45, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Family violence assault â€”Â 1600 block of Grand.
â€˘ Theft â€”Â 800 block of Bowie.
Arrested by SPD
â€˘ Matthew McQueen, 20 â€”Â Warrants.
â€˘ Ronnie Garcia, 33 â€”Â Warrants.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had nine calls for service, served seven civil papers and made no arrests on July 6, 2011.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Stray livestock â€”Â CR 142.
â€˘Â Reckless driver â€” I-20 MM 243 east bound.
Maryneal, TX â€” Hettie Taylor, 70, passed away on Thursday, July 7, 2011, at her home in Maryneal. At her request, graveside services only will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in Ballinger, Texas on Monday, July 11, 2011 at 10 a.m. directed by McCoy Funeral Home of Sweetwater.
The family visitation was from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday evening, July 10, 2011 at McCoy Funeral Home, 401 East Third in Sweetwater, Texas.
Hettie was born to Zid (Nanny) and Mildred (Dobbie) Herring on Feb. 9, 1941, in Ballinger, Texas. She married Jackie H. Taylor on Aug. 1, 1958. He preceded her in death April 7, 2000.
Sweetwaterâ€™s 6-under all-stars placed fourth at a recent state tournament. Pictured are, front row from left, Samaria Sarabia, Faith Rosas, Rebecca Pena, Emily Owen, Halle Martinez, Bethanee Rodriguez; middle row, Trinity Kilgore, Trinity McGee, Aubrey Galindo, Paris Houston, Jenna Watson, Caitlin Carr; back row, coaches Leroy Kilgore, Haylee Owen, Shar Houston, Lacy Watson and Kevin Rosas.
On Thursday morning, July 7, a custody hearing was held for the placement of four year old Angel Flores at the Nolan County Courthouse.
Nolan County Court at Law Judge David Hall presided over the hearing, determining that until further notice, Angel would stay in the custody of a foster family, which is being overseen by Child Protective Services (CPS).
When Sweetwater Police Department detectives Sam Cunningham and Lance Richburg first saw four year old Angel Flores on Tuesday morning, June 28, sitting inside police headquarters, it was just another day at the office.
And while the question of the emotional impact on the detectives might come into play for locals absorbing the case, the detectives say it's as easy as turning on a switch.
Cunningham, with 19 years of service with the SPD under his belt, takes it all "a day at a time". While the mantra might sound overused, he has seen the results of slowing down.
Team holding fundraiser
The 2011 Sweetwater Little League Allstars (10-11 year olds) are district champs. After a two game win over Wylie, they have earned the District 5 Championship title for the second year running and will advance to the Sectional tournament in Waco for a week-long tournament with a chance to move on to the State Championship.
They now advance to the Texas West Section II tournament July 13-17 at Waco. The same players went to a sectional tournament in Fort Worth last summer as 9- and 10-year-olds.
Shown at the monthly Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce Coffee are Brenda Stirl, Pam Willman and Liz Howard enjoying coffee and conversation. The Coffee was held at Best Western Inn and Suites on Wednesday, July 6, 2011.