August 17th, 2011
A Nolan County Grand Jury indicted 11 people on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011. Three of those indictments were sealed. The following cases were true-billed:
â€˘ Arthur Ray Johns was indicted for continuous family violence, a third degree felony. Court documents state that Johns recklessly caused bodily injury to a family member by pulling her hair on July 24, 2011 and hit the same family member on May 17, 2011. His bond was set at $10,000.
The public is invited to attend when Sweetwater and San Angelo Lake View participate in a football scrimmage on Friday, Aug. 19 at Mustang Bowl. The JV Red and White teams will play at 6 p.m. and the varsity teams take the field at 7:30 p.m. Admission to the scrimmage will be $1 as part of "Our Day To Shine," with all proceeds being donated to the Texas High School Coaches Association's Benevolence Fund.
While the sweltering summer winds down, the Sweetwater Independent School District (SISD) is already preparing for the "New Course - New Direction" of the new school year which is just days away.
Two huge changes have been made that will drastically impact the community: the closing of the HOBBS alternative school and the reorganization of the two elementary schools.
Michael Briggs of Sweetwater generously donated a limited edition print titled â€śThe Texas Brigadeâ€ť to the County-City Library. It is dedicated to those who gave their lives for their state and their nation. Briggsâ€™ goal is to promote history and had a display of his Civil War collection at the library several years ago. Billy Joe Jay of Sweetwater Frame and Gallery donated the glass for the frame.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 42 calls for service, issued 10 citations and made three arrests on Aug. 15, 2011.
The SPD received 17, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Assault â€”Â 500 block of Wall.
Arrested by SPD
â€˘ Michael Austerman, 27 â€”Â Warrant.
â€˘ Amber Austerman, 26 â€”Â Warrant.
â€˘ Male juvenile, 12 â€”Â Order of immediate custody.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had 10 calls for service, served four civil papers and made one arrest on Aug. 15, 2011.
Arrested by NCSO:
Sibyl Louise Walding, 93, passed away, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011, at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital in Sweetwater. Funeral services will be Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at Kiker-Seale Chapel. Dr. Jerry Shields will be officiating services.
Several fire departments are currently responding to the M&M Ranch fire near Maryneal. According to Sweetwater fire Chief Grant Madden, a total of 500 acres have already burned as firefighters continue to battle the blaze. The cause of the fire is of a "suspicious" nature, according to Madden.
STTAR (Sweetwater Texas Theatre Acquisition and Renovation) and the Sweetwater Municipal Auditorium board announce an exciting live music performance to be held in the Municipal Auditorium on Saturday evening, Aug. 27. The event, The West Texas Singer-Songwriter Showcase will feature Texas musicians, singers and songwriters, from locally to nationally known, including Lance Richburg of Sweetwater, Tony Barker of Abilene, Brian McRae of Austin, Lesley Sawyer, Andy Wilkinson and Kenny Maines, all of Lubbock and Bob Livingston of Austin.
Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development Executive Director Ken Becker and Executive Assistant Kirstin Smith joined economic and community development representatives from throughout the region at the Texas State Technical College campus on Wednesday, Aug. 10 to hear presentations related to enhancing local economic development initiatives.
Nolan County has recently seen some much needed rain in the area.
From Aug. 12-14, Oak Creek received 0.36 inches of rain, Lake Trammell received no rain and Lake Sweetwater received 0.15 inches of rain. For 2011, Oak Creek has received 3.13 inches of rain, while Lake Trammell has only received 1.00 inch of rain and Lake Sweetwater has received 1.99 inches of rain.
The filter plant received 0.47 inches of rain last week with its total for the year at 3.47 inches of rain.
Booster B has received 2.01 inches of rain for the year, with 0.50 of those inches last week.