Archive - 2012 - News Article
Sweetwater Middle School Student Council and the TLC class collected canned goods for the Nolan County food pantry. Pictured are Josh Rosas, Ms. Tammy Wood, Artyss Smith and Megan Davis.
A district snapshot was recently conducted within Sweetwater ISD (Independent School District), in which the recently-received results were presented at the December meeting of the SISD Board of Trustees.
Along with this first matter, two other reports were presented during the meeting, in which all three required no action from the board. The district snapshot took place to comply with the state's AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) results.
The 31st annual Spirit of Christmas Food Drive will soon be complete, and Brookshireâ€™s and Super 1 Foods stores and partnering service groups and food pantries expect to provide a little more than 19,000 boxes of food for families in need throughout Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas.
Volunteers have packed food in boxes provided by the grocery company and all will complete the distribution of those before Christmas, along with 19,000-plus coupons for a free roasting henâ€”also provided by BGC.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 114 calls for service, issued 15 citations and made eight arrests from Dec. 21-23, 2012.
The SPD received 59, 911 calls.
â€¢ 1800 block of Lamar.
Calls for service:
â€¢ Unauthorized use of a vehicle â€”Â 1700 block of Hailey.
â€¢Â Credit/debit card abuse â€”Â 500 block of E. Broadway.
â€¢Â Information only â€”Â 200 block of E. Louisiana.
â€¢Â Counterfeiting â€”Â 200 block of NE Georgia.
Arrested by SPD:
â€¢ Della Ybarra, 54 â€”Â Driving while license invalid.
â€¢Â Brittany Edwards, 23 â€”Â Theft.
â€¢ Carlos Galindo, 22 â€”Â Public intoxication.
Hoyt House in Sweetwater is welcoming a new member to their staff. Helen Marshall is serving the local assisted living center as the Residence Sales Manager.
Marshall's journey to this new role began three months ago when she was contacted by the regional director of Assisted Living Concepts (ALC), Joshua Lindsey. As a result of her skills and educational background, she joined the Hoyt House team in October.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 35 calls for service, issued three citations and made three arrests on Dec. 20, 2012.
The SPD received 18, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€¢ Family violence assault â€”Â 200 block of Orange.
â€¢Â Counterfeit â€”Â 400 block of NE Georgia.
â€¢Â Theft â€”Â 400 block of Canfil.
â€¢Â Assault â€”Â 400 block of NE Georgia.
â€¢ Theft â€”Â 400 block of Orange.
Arrested by SPD:
â€¢ Vanessa Chavez, 24 â€”Â Theft.
â€¢Â Marta Solis, 44 â€”Â Theft/INS hold.
â€¢ Mirna Padilla, 24 â€”Â Theft/INS hold.
Pictured are members of the West Texas Childrenâ€™s Advocacy Center (WTCAC) picking up toiletry donations from the Doug Sitter State Farm office. Since mid-November, a variety of toiletry donations were being accepted the Doug Sitter State Farm office, which will be given to families that were served by the WTCAC over the past year. Pictured are Brandi Sitter, Madison Black and Teresa Zarate of the West Texas Children's Advocacy Center, and State Farm agent Doug Sitter.
A Nolan County Grand Jury indicted 11 people this week. Two of those indictments were sealed. The following cases were true-billed:
Kenneth Ray Acorn, Jr. was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, namely cocaine, a second degree felony. Court documents state that Acorn knowingly possessed more than four grams, but less than 200 grams of the controlled substance on May 22, 2012. His bond was set at $15,000.
During the Cline Shale Session held in Sweetwater on Dec. 14, some individual responses were given along with news updates on the buzz over the upcoming oil exploration and development opportunity.
One representative noted that cities "will not believe" the magnitude of the incoming industry. An increase in traffic with people, transportation--notably trucks and restaurants would be evident.
This year's campaign for the Nolan County United Way (NCUW) is "Give Where You Live," so that the local organization can continue their commitment to local service. The 2012 goal has been set at $85,000, in which all funds raised will stay in the county to help nine local agencies.
Making up the agencies are the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, SNAP (Senior Nutrition Activities Program), Cancer Services Network, Gateway Family Services, Sweetwater BackPack Buddies, the West Texas Children's Advocacy Center (WTCAC), the Big Country Medical Reserve Corps, and the Women's Resource Center.