Archive - 2012 - News Article

January 11th

It’s not too late to get the flu vaccine

January 11, 2012

If you have not received your flu vaccine this season, the Sweetwater-Nolan County Health Department encourages you to do so. It’s not too late to get the flu vaccine. The SNCHD is administering the flu vaccine during regular immunization clinic every Wednesday from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-4:30 p.m. and the second Wednesday of each month until 6 p.m. The cost is $20 for adults, Medicare is accepted, $6 per child and the health department accepts Medicaid and CHIPS. Immunization clinic is cancelled on Wednesday, Jan 25, due to immunization staff being out of town for training.

Sandhill Cranes make pit stop in Nolan County

January 11, 2012

In an open field in Roscoe this week were a swoop of Sandhill Cranes. Hundreds of the birds could be seen among the wind turbines of West Texas. Sandhill Cranes breeds from Siberia and Alaska east across Canada to the Hudson Bay and to western Ontario, with isolated populations in the Rocky Mountains, northern prairies, Great Lakes and in Mississippi, Georgia, and Florida. They spend their winters in California, and from Arizona to Florida. They prefer marshes, prairie ponds and marshy tundra. They are also found on prairies and grain fields during migration.

SNAP building plans discussed

January 11, 2012

The Sweetwater City Commission met for the first time in 2012 on Tuesday morning, Jan. 10 at City Hall.
A variety of action items were presented at the meeting and approved, including the authorization of city staff to go out for bids relating to the construction of a new dining room and offices for SNAP, the senior nutrition program.
City Manager Eddie Brown gave some background information on the current facility's condition, in that leaks have been seen when precipitation falls. Further inspections found that there were possible problems with the structure.

January 10th

Damon Chrismer welcomed home from deployment

January 10, 2012

Members of Trinity Baptist Church in Sweetwater welcomed home one of their own last Thursday afternoon, Jan. 5, 2011.
Damon Chrismer had arrived at the Abilene Regional Airport after serving in Iraq and Kuwait for 206 days. His wife and two children met him at the airport and brought him home to Sweetwater to drive by the church where friends and fellow church members were waiting with balloons and signs the church youth had made to celebrate his arrival.

Young named new director at Sweetwater Christian School

January 10, 2012

Sweetwater Christian School is welcoming a familiar face in local education as their new director.
Tracy Young took on her new duties on Thursday, Jan. 5, of maintaining the daily operations and running the campus. Mrs. Young has 12 years experience in the Sweetwater Independent School District. However, she is no stranger to the preschool program. When the school was originally incepted under the name of St. Stephen's, Mrs. Young taught a four-year-old class.

Preparing your home for winter

January 10, 2012

There’s nothing like needing to rinse your hair and discovering that not only are you out of hot water, but you’ve lost water pressure all together. Now, imagine that happening in the middle of winter.
A busted water pipe in the freezing weather is one of those things that can turn the refuge you call home into a nightmare. It’s also something that can be prevented by taking the right measures before the coldest months in Texas are upon you.

Blotters for January 6-8, 2012

January 10, 2012

The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 143 calls for service, issued four citations and made 13 arrests from Jan. 6-8, 2012.

The SPD received 68, 911 calls.

Calls for service:
• Assault — 800 block of E. 14th.
• Burglary of a habitation — 900 block of W. Louisiana x2.
• Criminal mischief — 1100 block of James.
• Burglary of a habitation — 700 block of W. Arizona.
• Criminal mischief — 600 block of Throckmorton.
• Robbery — 1900 block of Chester.
• Burglary of a vehicle — 1700 block of Hailey x2.
• Burglary of a vehicle — 900 block of E. 16th.

January 9th

Five arrested in suspected drug ring

January 9, 2012

On Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, the Sweetwater Police Department led a search along with the Nolan County Sheriff's Office, 32nd Judicial District Attorney's Office investigators and the Department of Public Safety at 209 E. Avenue B, after obtaining a search warrant.
According to Sweetwater Chief of Police Jim Kelley, several people were allegedly operating a methamphetamine lab in the house and selling the controlled substance from that location.

Highland ISD hires new superintendent

January 9, 2012

During a called School Board meeting held on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, Highland ISD School Board voted to hire Duane Hyde as their new Superintendent. 
Hyde was previously in the position of the school’s Secondary Principal, a position that he has held since 2005. Prior to that, he had also been principal for Merkel ISD and for Blackwell CISD. His experience also includes math teacher, coach and Athletic Director. 

SPD investigates home invasion

January 9, 2012

The Sweetwater Police Department is currently investigating a robbery that took place over the weekend on the 1900 block of Chester Street in Sweetwater.
On Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, officers responded to the home in which three people allegedly entered the home of an 82-year-old man by kicking the back door open, held him against the wall and took items from his home.
Items stolen include money, a watch and several other items. No arrests have been made in the case, but officers continue to investigate.

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