Archive - May 2012 - News Article
In the article from yesterday's paper stating the primary election results, I incorrectly noted that Jerry D. Hulcy earned the Nolan County Commissioner Precinct 1 seat. While he did in fact earn more votes in comparison to current commissioner Terry Willman (118 to 73 votes), this was only a primary election. This race will officially be determined following the November elections. I apologize for any confusion this may have caused to the readers and those involved in the election.
Sweetwater Reporter Staff Writer
When you try to picture what a farmer looks like, you probably donâ€™t picture a woman. But women operate more than
30 percent of the more than
3 million farms in Americaâ€”making them a large part of raising your food.
The Sweetwater Kiwanis Club is joining forces with Pappy's Bait and Grill Shop to sponsor a Kids Fishing Tournament to be held on Saturday, June 16, 2012.
The event will be held at the Lake Sweetwater Boat Ramp, with the competition running from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
The entry fee is $5 per entrant, which includes lunch, gifts and prizes that will take place after the tournament. Prizes will be awarded for the Biggest Fish, Smallest Fish and Outstanding Angler to the following age groups: 3 to 5 year olds, 6 to 8 year olds, 9 to 12 year olds and 13 to 16 year olds.
Jerry Dewitt Washington was found guilty of possession of a controlled substance, namely cocaine, and was sentenced to 8 years confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) with a $1,000 fine on the second and final day of his trial held in the 32nd Judicial District Court on Wednesday, May 30, 2012.
Testimony from the defense was slated to begin shortly after 8:30 a.m., but conflicts with a potential witness who was considering testifying led to an extended recess period.
The East Ridge Elementary School PTO, with the help of students, teachers and parents, held many fundraisers throughout the 2011-2012 school year to be able to purchase new equipment for their classroom teachers.
The East Ridge PTO raised the funds necessary by holding their annual ABC Pie Sale, several popcorn and pickle sales, The Santa Shop and PTO also ran the concession stand at the Mustang Bowl.
Carola Martin was recently named Teacher of the Year for Sweetwater Middle School within the Sweetwater Independent School District. She is a seventh and eighth grade science teacher.
Martin's entire teaching career â€” spanning 26 years â€” has been with Sweetwater ISD. She earned her Bachelor's of Science degree in Ed. Biology and Life/Earth Science from Abilene Christian University.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 56 calls for service, issued one citation and made no arrests on May 29, 2012.
The SPD received 35, 911 calls.
â€˘ 2300 block of Lamar.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Criminal mischief â€” 700 block of Lamar.
â€˘ Forgery â€” 800 block of E. 14th.
â€˘ Theft â€” 400 block of NE Georgia.
â€˘ Theft â€” 1000 block of Cedar.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Darren DeLeon, 18 â€” Warrants.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had 11 calls for service, served no civil papers and made two arrests on May 29, 2012.
Arrested by NCSO:
Area artists Brandon Bohall and Joah Henry teamed up to bring Sweetwater a musical event for Memorial Day weekend. On Saturday night, May 26, a concert was held at the Nolan County Plaza parking lot. This is the first time for the acts to perform in Sweetwater. Performing acts included Sambo Sly, Tony Rainwater and the Spiting Image Band, Shane Henry and the 4 x Band, the Brandon Bohall Band and Joah "Beaver" Henry. Shown above is Joah "Beaver" Henry (far right) performing with Mike Woodward, Ricky Ballenger (4 x) and Jimmy Curly (4 x).
Roy Juarez, Jr., motivational speaker, has reached a milestone of working with over 100,000 students on the â€śMy Bag, My Home: Homeless By Choiceâ€ť Tour. Juarez spoke to students from Sweetwater ISD a couple years ago as part of the tour.
The Tour began as a dream (literally) to inspire students not to give up on life, their dreams, and understand the value of a higher education. In 2010, Juarez set out on his self-funded tour with a mere $100 and a full tank of gas.
During the regular monthly meeting of the Nolan County Hospital District's Board of Directors held on Monday, May 21, 2012 at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital, three unopposed board members were sworn in to continue their service. Board Chairman Steve Holcomb (far left) is shown administering the oath of office to (from left to right) Wayne Chowning, Cheyenne Smith and Carlos Alvarado.