February 22nd, 2012

APD Bomb Squad robot destroys package

February 22, 2012

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.

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Man receives probation for indecency with a child

February 22, 2012

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.

FFB donates furniture to local churches

February 22, 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.

City suspends rate increase requested by Atmos Energy

February 22, 2012

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.

SEED director educates legislators on importance of PTC extension

February 22, 2012

Ken Becker, Executive Director for SEED, recently traveled to Washington DC in conjunction with the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and their “Wind Power on Capitol Hill 2012”. This is an effort to educate the legislators on the importance of passing the Production Tax Credit (PTC) extension. "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. The importance of the PTC extension is vital in keeping the emerging renewable energy markets expanding, investing, and hiring employees."

Blotters for February 20, 2012

February 22, 2012

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:
• Information — 800 block of Hill.
• Information — 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:
• Maurice Earl Oler, 42, of Abilene — Warrant/theft by check.
• Jimmy Gene Willett, 19, of Snyder — Bench warrant.

Arrested by DPS:

Rev. Kenneth Ross Northcutt

February 22, 2012

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.

Rita Torres Abrigo Gonzales

February 22, 2012

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.

Steven James Mueller

February 22, 2012

Steven James Mueller, 55, of Ballinger went to meet his heavenly father Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012. His final days were spent surrounded by family.
Steve was born March 23, 1956 to James and Rose (Mokry) Mueller in Ballinger where he spent the majority of his life. He was a 1974 graduate of Ballinger High School. He attended business college and worked at Mueller Supply Company. In 1977 he married the love of his life, Tammie Gray, and the couple had two daughters.

Mustangs, Chiefs fit to be tied in opener

February 22, 2012

Sweetwater never trailed in its season-opening base-ball game Tuesday at San Angelo Lake View, but was unable to put the Chiefs away as darkness forced the teams to settle for a 7-7 tie at the end of seven innings.
Sweetwater jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning Tuesday before Lake View came to bat, and also led 5-2 after a three-run fourth and 7-5 after a two-run sixth, only to see its advantage disappear each time.

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