Completing a whirlwind tour by county officials throughout Nolan County, the 5th and final community information hearing was held last Thursday night at the Nolan County Coliseum Annex in Sweetwater.
Two important topics were covered in each of these community meetings with the first being necessary repairs to the exterior of the Nolan County Courthouse and the second covering the need for a new Nolan County Jail and Sheriffâ€™s Office. While both matters are very important, this article addresses the second issue of the jail and sheriffâ€™s office.
The West Texas VA Health Care System has increased transportation services available for Veterans in the 53,000 mile catchment area that lack reliable transportation or otherwise cannot get themselves to their scheduled appointments.
Shown are the East Ridge Elementary School Star Search competitors. Back row: Sydni Jackson, Samantha Lawhon and Thomas Hernandez. Front row: Kylie Reyes, MacKenzie Hawkins, Hannah Boone, Cameron Coldiron, Alyson Moore, Ramiro Lopez Jr. and Rachael Sparks.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 127 calls for service, issued 10 citations and made eight arrests from Dec. 9-11, 2011.
The SPD received 55, 911 calls.
â€˘ 600 block of E Broadway.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Burglary of vehicle x2 â€” 1600 block of Grand.
â€˘ Burglary of vehicle â€” 800 block of E 15th.
â€˘ Theft/motorcycle â€” 1800 block of Henderson.
â€˘ Theft â€” 400 block of NE Georgia.
â€˘ Cruelty to animals â€” 1600 block of E 13th.
â€˘ Information only â€” 200 block of Jenny George.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Branden Almanza, 20 â€” Warrant/evading with previous conviction.
TUESDAY, DEC. 13
Sweetwater girls at Lamesa â€” freshmen and JV at 5 p.m., varsity at 6:30 p.m.
Sweetwater boys at Breckenridge â€” freshmen at 4:30 p.m., JV at 6 p.m., varsity at 7:30 p.m.
Roscoe teams at Albany â€” JV girls at 4 p.m., JV boys at 5:15 p.m., varsity girls at 6:30 p.m., varsity boys at 8 p.m.
Highland varsity girls at Hermleigh (district opener), 6:30 p.m.
All other Highland teams are open.
Blackwell varsity girls at Veribest (district opener), 6:30 p.m.
Blackwell varsity boys are open.
THURSDAY, DEC. 15
Sweetwater 7th and 8th grade boys host Snyder, 5 and 6:15 p.m.
The Sweetwater girls go to Lamesa and the boys travel to Breckenridge, while four other area high school basketball teams teams are also on the road today.
Roscoe has a varsity dou-bleheader at Albany, while the Highland and Blackwell girls will begin district play at Hermleigh and Veribest, respectively. The boys teams have an open date.
Sweetwaterâ€™s boys (5-8) lost to Coahoma, 51-47, when they wrapped up play at the three-day Stanton tournament Saturday.
Sweetwaterâ€™s JV boys bas-ketball team went 1-for-3 at a local tournament that ended Saturday.
Sweetwater, now 10-3, opened by beating Colorado City 28-26 but then lost to Merkel, 42-39, in its first game Saturday and also fell to Wall 35-32.
Trey Taylor had a team-high 12 points vs. Colorado City. Quentin Wetsel added six, Deandre Gatson four and Brandon Howell, Mar-quees Jenkins and Mike McCoy two. The Mustangs were ahead 12-4 at halftime, but were outscored 22-16 in the second half.
Taylor scored 13 points and Gatson 12, including a pair of three-pointers, in the loss to Merkel.
Sweetwaterâ€™s freshman boys basketball team defea-ted Merkel 49-31 before losing to Wall 35-32 in their final game of a local tourn-ament held Saturday at the high school gym.
Duanta Williams had 19, Rhett Torres 11, J.P. Poe nine â€” all coming on three-pointers â€” Martes Harris six and Bray Amos and Nick Haley two points each in Sweetwaterâ€™s victory over Merkel. Sweetwater (5-3) led 13-6, 27-11 and 34-24 at the breaks.
The Sweetwater Middle School eighth grade White boys team swept all three of their games to win a local tournament held at the middle school gyms Friday and Saturday.
The eighth graders defea-ted Snyder 28-14, then rou-ted Merkel 26-4 before de-feating Wall 38-14 in their final game.
Music students of Noreen Carson performed in the Woodward Dellis Recital Hall on the Hardin Simmons University campus in the Abilene Music Teachers Associationâ€™s annual Ensemble Festival.