Archive - Apr 2011 - News Article
Some new technology has found its way to a local community bank. First Financial Bank in Sweetwater has recently installed a new ATM machine at 1531 Hailey, replacing the old machine that was previously in place. FFB President Kirby Andrews described the new device as the "newest and wisest" ATM. The current ATM boasts several new features, including various deposit capabilities. It can scan checks, count and dispense cash and print receipts. While customers can make deposits and receive cash withdrawals, another new and great perk comes along with the new ATM.
Concern about the cost of a healthy diet being out of reach are on the minds of many Americans as the nation continues to work through serious economic woes. However, according to an Agriculture Department study, the cost of eating healthy hasn't changed as much as some less-healthy alternatives. Eating healthy food while on a budget does require strategic shopping.
The West Texas Childrenâ€™s Advocacy Center hosted this monthâ€™s Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce Coffee at their building located at 317 Oak Street. Shown are WTCAC board treasurer Glynis Gotcher, WTCAC executive director Teresa Zarate, Nolan County Judge Tim Fambrough and WTCAC family advocate Ericka Dowds.
Sometimes parents may feel overwhelmed with the many demands in their lives while trying to raise children, fulfill their employment requirements and take care of all of their other responsibilities. Children's Connections, Inc. is pleased to announce a new parenting program designed to strengthen families.
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has recently announced that three schools in the SISD â€” East Ridge Elementary, Southeast Elementary, and Sweetwater Intermediate â€” have been named National Title I Distinguished Performance Schools.
This prestigious honor is awarded for outstanding academic performance and the schools will take part in a recognition ceremony for their high accomplishments this spring.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 42 calls for service, issued two citations and made no arrests on April 6, 2011.
The SPD received 29, 911 calls.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had 11 calls for service, served three civil papers and made three arrests on April 6, 2011.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Damaged property â€” 500 block Yucca Lane.
â€˘ Medical emergency â€” 300 block of Blanco, Blackwell.
â€˘ Medical emergency â€”Â 1100 block of Main Street, Roscoe.
â€˘ Grass fire â€”Â Highway 84.
â€˘ Grass fire â€” Highway 84 and CR 2143.
â€˘ Stray livestock â€” Mesquite Lane.
The Taste of Sweetwater is an annual event people of Sweetwater and the surrounding areas have come to enjoy. It is a chance for residents to sample foods from many local restaurants and other food establishments under one roof. This year, the event will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, April 11, at the Nolan County Coliseum Annex. The cost is $10 for adults, $6 for seniors and $4 for children ages 3-12.
As a way to "celebrate the efforts to end child abuse", the 6th Annual Child Abuse Awareness Banquet was held on Tuesday evening, April 5, at the Nolan County Coliseum Annex, sponsored by the West Texas Children's Advocacy Center (WTCAC).
Peggy Parrott with the WTCAC led a presentation honoring the late Amy Rainey, who was instrumental in setting up the Angel Tree program eight years ago. A spinoff of the Salvation Army outreach with the same moniker, children who receive services from the Advocacy Center receive Christmas gifts from citizens within the community.
Blackwell One Act Play students competed in a One Act Play Zone contest in Roby on March 22 and advanced on to the District competition. The play was "Over the River and Through the Woods" by Joe DiPietro. Shown (front row, from left to right) Cody Shamblin, Jayden Jones, Summer Mull, Ashely Jeter, Amanda Hoyle (back row) Tory Taylor, Caleb Jeter, Jessica Morrow, Brandon Elliott, Kaitlyn Gaston, Elizabeth Rozzlle and Caleb Magness. Not pictured are Leonor Castelo, Nick Shults and Janet Magness, Director.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 46 calls for service, issued no citations and made two arrests on April 5, 2011.
The SPD received 18, 911 calls.
â€˘ 1000 block of E. Broadway.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Theft â€”Â 500 block of Sam Houston.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Julie Aguilar, 39 â€”Â Stalking.
â€˘ Kevin Gutierrez, 19 â€”Â Warrant.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had four calls for service, served two civil papers and made two arrests on April 5, 2011.
Arrested by NCSO:
â€˘ Barret Price Stanley, 29, of Snyder â€” Midland County/warrant.