October 26th, 2011
An 18-wheeler hauling metal shavings wrecked yesterday in Sweetwater causing major damage to the truck and causing a fire. One person was involved with the wreck. The driver sustained minor injuries according to Sweetwater Emergency Services Manager Grant Madden. According to eye witnesses, the truck burst into flames after coming to rest on the east side of the Hillsdale Road overpass. The driver may have been distracted, which caused him to veer off the road.Â The engine, transmission and rear axle of the truck were found between the bridges.
The AARP Driver Safety Program (DSP) is proud to offer a free classroom course to all veterans, regardless of age, through the month of November 2011. The DSP is offering the course to recognize and thank veterans for their dedication and commitment to service.
Any military personnel â active duty, retired, guard or reserve â are eligible to receive a free DSP classroom course on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011.
The Nolan County Hospital District Board of Directors met for their regular monthly meeting on Monday evening, Oct. 24, 2011 at the Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH).
Representatives from First Financial Trust were in attendance to inform the board of the status of their accounts. A review of the markets and the impact felt following the 2008 financial crisis was given, which in turn has affected the rise and fall of rates.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 30 calls for service, issued no citations and made one arrest on Oct. 24, 2011.
The SPD received 17, 911 calls.
â˘ 1000 block of Fowler.
â˘ 600 block of E. 12th.
â˘ 1700 block of Sam Houston.
Calls for service:
â˘ Information only â 400 block of Fisher.
Arrested by SPD:
â˘ Male juvenile, 16 â Possession of marijuana.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had seven calls for service, served two civil papers and made three arrests on Oct. 24, 2011.
Arrested by NCSO:
The Nolan County Commissioners met for their regular meeting on Monday morning, Oct. 24, 2011 at the Nolan County Courthouse, where the burn ban for the county was reinstated.
The burn ban will remain in effect for the next two weeks until the next regular appointed meeting, where the item will be considered again.
The Roscoe Fire Department had a fire prevention day at Roscoe ISD and Highland ISD on Friday Oct. 21, 2011. Students had the chance to see what a firefighter in full gear looks like. Shown is Roscoe Fire Chief Gary Armstrong speaking with children about fire safety and prevention.
At the end of last year the Texas Veterans Commission provided a grant to the Goodwill of West Texas.
"The first cycle that we earned was scheduled to end the 31st of October," explains Coordinator of Veterans Services, Chuck Wilson.
However, Goodwill cut the program two weeks sooner than that scheduled date, leaving employees out of a job.
"It came as a shock," says former employee Arlanda Knight.
Former employees say the loss to the city of Abilene is an unfortunate one.
Knight says, "The sad part about it is we are actually losing a great resource in this community."
Feral hogs are taking over the Texas countryside and Brown County resident Jerry Campbell is doing his best to rid the state of this costly nuisance. Last week, America got their first look at the Campbell family in their own reality show, âAmerican Hoggersâ, which premiered Wednesday, Oct. 19, on the A&E Network. The show features the Campbell family and their adventures as they struggle to rescue Texas residents and ranchers from the devastating chaos caused by millions of invasive wild boars, states A&E.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 146 calls for service, issued 16 citations and made 10 arrests from Oct. 21-23, 2011.
The SPD received 73, 911 calls.
â˘ 200 block of NE Georgia.
â˘ 100 block of Elm Street.
Calls for service:
â˘ Unattended death â 600 block of Lamar.
â˘ Family violence assault â 200 block of E. Avenue C.
â˘ Theft â 1700 block of Lamar.
â˘ Information â 1000 block of Bowie.
â˘ Information â 300 block of W. Colorado.
Arrested by SPD:
â˘ Male juvenile, 16 â Directive to apprehend.
â˘ Bruce McKinney, 29 â Drive on out of state license.
Stephen Edward (Steve) McGinley, age 60, of Sweetwater, Texas, passed away Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, at his residence.
His body was cremated. No formal services are planned. Arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.
Steve was born Sept. 26, 1951, in Sweetwater, Texas to D.E. (Jack) and Nancy (Neeper) McGinley. He worked for Union Pacific Railroad for many years before retiring. He married Nellie Ramon on Sept. 27, 1976 in Sweetwater, Texas.