January 14th, 2012
Texans benefit every day from the tireless work and countless hours dedicated by a group of more than 7,300 men and women in communities across the state. These public servants are elected to serve by local constituents and receive no compensation for their efforts. These men and women are the school board members of Texas. January is School Board Recognition Month and Sweetwater ISD will take this opportunity to thank these local leaders for devoting time to support public education and serve our local schools.
Hipolito H. (Pee Wee) Perez, age 73, of Sweetwater, Texas passed away on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, at Nolan Nursing and Rehab.
A rosary was held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, at Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home Chapel, recited by Connie Palacios.
Holy Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12 noon on Monday, Jan. 16, 2012 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church with Rev. Charles Okonkwo officiating. Burial will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.
Arthur (Shorty) Clayton Hoffman, Jr., 67, passed from this life on Jan. 11, 2012, at a hospital in Springfield, Missouri. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012. at Elmwood Funeral Home, 5750 Hwy 277 South, Abilene, TX. Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, in the Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow the service at the Aspermont Cemetery in Aspermont, Texas.
AVONDALE BAPTIST CHURCH
Greetings from the Avondale Baptist Church family! We would like to invite everyone to come and worship with us. We are located at 1405 Hoyt Street. Our regular Sunday schedule is: coffee fellowship at 9:20 a.m., Sunday school Bible study at 9:45 a.m., worship services at 10:50 a.m. and 6 p.m. and choir practice at 7 p.m. On Wednesday evening we have On-Mission groups for all ages at 7 p.m.
After around only an hour and a half of deliberations, a five-woman, seven-man jury found Julian Castillo not guilty of indecency with a child by contact on Thursday evening, Jan. 12, 2012.
A number of testimonies from the defense were heard on the second day of the trial â€” including the defendant himself, in the 32nd Judicial District Court in the Nolan County Courthouse.
SWEETWATER, Texas â€“ Sweetwater Goodfellows, the cityâ€™s annual holiday season fund drive for Nolan County residents in need, has received a $1,000 donation from Tenaska, Goodfellows President Billie Johnston has announced.
â€śOn behalf of Sweetwater Goodfellows, I want to thank Tenaska for this generous contribution,â€ť she said. â€śThis donation will help provide a happier Christmas and holiday season for many of our neighbors in need this year.â€ť
Last Saturday the top student musicians across Texas gathered to participate in the final round of competition for the Texas All-State Band. In Lubbock, over 250 students were invited, representing over 100 competing schools, from Abilene to Amarillo to El Paso. Three students from Sweetwater High School competed. Sophomore French hornist Stephen Le finished in seventh place out of 20 auditioning, just missing all-state by three chairs. Sophomore alto saxophonists Chase Scott placed third out of 15, just missing all-state by one spot.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 43 calls for service, issued no citations and made one arrest on Jan. 11, 2012.
The SPD received 12, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Fraud â€” 1300 block of Lamar.
â€˘ Burglary of a vehicle â€” 1200 block of Bristol.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Christopher Reed, 35 â€” Theft.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had two calls for service, served three civil papers and made two arrests on Jan. 11, 2012.
Arrested by NCSO:
â€˘ Jesse James Gamez, 24, of Sweetwater â€” Warrants/public intoxication and failure to maintain financial responsibility.
Lucille Yates Martin passed away Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, in an Abilene hospital. A visitation will be Sunday, Jan. 15, at McCoy Funeral Home from 4-6 p.m. A private family graveside service will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 16, at the Garden of Memories in Sweetwater, Texas. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. at Lamar Street Baptist Church with Reverend Jerry Payne and Reverend Keith Clifton officiating. Services will be under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
James William Bailey, 61 left this world peacefully at 6:10 a.m. on Jan. 13, 2012, carried away by angels and looking forward to seeing his Father, babies and Dad and Mom who were waiting for him. He was surrounded by his adoring family.
James was a loving husband to his surviving wife, Brenda. They were childhood sweethearts, who were married on June 1, 1967 in Sweetwater and were inseparable still 45 years later.