Archive - Jan 2013 - News Article
A familiar face has once again joined the team at the Sweetwater Reporter. Zela Armstrong, who was on the sales team nine years ago, has re-joined the advertising team for the local newspaper. She was hired as an advertising executive by new Publisher Glenn Stifflemire.
Armstrong has lived in Sweetwater since she was in the eighth grade and she and her husband of 27 years, Gary Armstrong, have one daughter, Staci Armstrong of Abilene, who is a Sweetwater High School and Hardin Simmons University graduate.
The Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital Diabetes Outreach Program will sponsor free blood sugar checks from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday at the Sweetwater-Nolan County Health Department, located at 301 E. 12th Street.
Type 1 diabetes symptoms are frequent urination, unusual thirst, extreme hunger, unusual weight loss, extreme fatigue and irritability.
After almost four years of being closed, Mi Familias Mexican restaurant, located on the corner of Alabama and Sam Houston Streets, has reopened its doors to the community.
Owner Adam Gomez says that on his grand opening day on Tuesday, it was like he had never closed. "My former customers were very happy to see me. It reminded me of how much I enjoyed doing this and how much I missed my customers."
Gomez said that on his last day of business almost four years ago, that the restaurant sold out of everything. "We couldn't even make you a bean burrito the last 15 minutes that we were open."
The Magicland Circus will be in Sweetwater this evening with one show at 4:30 p.m. and another show at 7 p.m. at the Sweetwater Municipal Auditorium.
The circus will bring magic, illusions, juggling, balancing, clowns and special characters such as Spongebob Squarepants and Buzz Lightyear among others to the Sweetwater audience. Advance tickets can be purchased from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today by calling 956-229-9177.
Shown is Richard Smola, Sweetwater Municipal Auditorium Board President (right) showing John Davenport with Magicland Circus (left) the lighting system at the auditorium.
Eloisa Hernandez reads a book to several children at Story Hour, held on Thursday at the library. One of the children, Matthew, turns the page.
Find more photos from Story Hour on page 5 in today's edition.
Approval was given to appoint a special task force to examine potential improvements at Avenger Field during the Sweetwater City Commission meeting on Tuesday morning, January 8, 2013 at City Hall.
Addressing the commission was Bill Johnson, who has observed some safety issues at the airport, one of which deals with lighting.
With lights only at two spots of the airport at this time, he said that the lack of lighting could prove to be dangerous. The other concern noted was that of the pilot and passenger facilities and identities.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 59 calls for service, issued one citation and made one arrest on Jan. 9, 2013.
The SPD received 26, 911 calls.
â€˘ 1300 block of Neff.
â€˘ 500 block of Lamar.
â€˘ 200 block of NE Georgia.
â€˘ 1700 block of Hailey.
â€˘ 100 block of S. Hopkins.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Theft â€”Â 300 block of Lamar.
â€˘ Theft â€”Â 400 block of NE Georgia.
â€˘ Burglary of a vehicle â€”Â 300 block of W. Arkansas.
â€˘ Burglary of a vehicle â€”Â 1100 block of Bell.
â€˘ Burglary of a habitation â€”Â 1100 block of Bell.
â€˘ Theft â€”Â Sweetwater area.
Today is shaping up to be unseasonably warm, with mostly sunny skies and a high near 70. Winds will be from the southwest at 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low around 35 and west-southwest winds at 5 to 10 mph. After midnight, they will become northern winds.
Make sure to leave those jackets within reach as a cold front comes through this weekend! Highs will jump from the mid-50s to the upper-30s, with lows in the mid to low 20s.
Learn all you need to know about the local forecast at weather.gov.
Troy Ray Jennings was sentenced to eight years confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice on Wednesday morning, January 9, in the 32nd Judicial District Court.
A day prior to his sentencing, a seven-woman, five-man jury found Jennings guilty of failure to comply as a sex offender on Tuesday, January 8.
According to court documents, Jennings failed to report his change of employment, which is required for registration with local law enforcement, due to a reportable conviction of aggravated sexual assault. The offense was reported as occurring on May 10, 2011.