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February 15th, 2013
Residents will be seeing a change in their water bill, due in part to a resolution that was approved by the Sweetwater City Commission at their meeting on Tuesday.
The resolution adopts a different central rate schedule, which confirms and ratifies the central rate schedule for the various fees, licenses, permits and rates charged by the city for the 2013 fiscal year.
Two changes are specified, one of which is an increase to residential refuse collection rates by ten percent. According to City Manager Eddie Brown, two reasons were noted for the raise in the rates.
Several entered pleas to Judge Glen Harrison this past week during 32nd Judicial District Court proceedings.
Darrell Dwayne Mosher pled true to revoking his probation. He was originally out on probation on Oct. 4, 2010, for driving while intoxicated, a third degree felony, For his plea, Mosher was sentenced to five years confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He will also have to pay a $1,000 fine, $484 in court costs and $1,000 in attorney's fees. Mosher will receive 852 days credit towards his sentence for time already served in jail.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 35 calls for service, issued one citation and made two arrests on Feb. 14, 2013.
The SPD received 24, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Family violence and assault â€”Â 500 block of Newman.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Emilio Cabrera, 38 â€” Theft.
â€˘ Male juvenile, 16 â€” Duty on striking.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had three calls for service, served no civil papers and made three arrests on Feb. 14, 2013.
Arrested by NCSO:
â€˘ Michael Leroy Rice, 65, of Sweetwater â€” Warrant/motion for adjudication.
BROADWAY BAPTIST CHURCH
Years ago, I read about a man who had a rather ingenious way of getting rid of his garbage. He would gift-wrap it, put it out on the curb in front of his house, and invariably someone driving by would see that wrapped box, stop and pick it up. The man would be behind the curtains, watching those people drive away with their gift-wrapped garbage.Â
The annual Sweetwater Jaycees Miss Snake Charmer Scholarship Pageant is a time where young ladies from throughout the Big Country come together to compete for scholarship money. At last year's pageant, the theme for the night was Wings Across America in honor of the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots).
The annual pageant will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at the Sweetwater Municipal Auditorium. The pageant is open to all girls between the ages of 16-19 who live within a 75 mile radius of Sweetwater.
Construction is ongoing at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital with completion expected in the middle of June.
According to Hospital Administrator Donna Boatright, the construction team is making good progress on the new doctorsâ€™ offices.
Also in the building plans is a covered walkway connecting the new doctorsâ€™ offices to the hospital. Plans for the current doctorsâ€™ offices include having room to recruit more medical professionals, as well as expanding the cardiac rehabilitation facility.
A Honk Rally for the Sweetwater Lady Mustangs is planned for 3:15 p.m. on Friday Feb. 15.
They will leave Sweetwater High School, travel down Ragland Street to Musgrove Street, on to Avenue C and then to Lamar Street to West Broadway and then to Interstate 20.
The basketball team will travel to Post to play Lubbock Cooper.
A Nolan County Grand Jury indicted 19 people this past week. Twelve of those indictments were sealed. The following cases were true-billed:
Marcus Ray Franklin was indicted for family violence assault/impede breathing/circulation, a third degree felony, enhanced to a second degree felony with one prior felony conviction. His bond was set at $25,000.
Jesse Clyde Tollison, Jr. was indicted for burglary of a habitation with the intent to commit an assault, a second degree felony. His bond was set at $15,000.
During the Tuesday meeting of the Sweetwater City Commission, the audit report for the 2011-2012 fiscal year was presented and approved.
Cathy Wilks offered the review of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, in which she stated that the three opinion letters all came back with a clean opinion. In addition, last year was the 29th year that the city earned the GFOA (Government Finance Officers Association) award.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 51 calls for service, issued three citations and made five arrests on Feb. 13, 2013.
The SPD received 34, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Disorderly conduct â€”Â 1500 block of Grand.
â€˘ Criminal mischief â€”Â 800 block of E. 13th.
â€˘ Class C assault â€”Â 300 block of Lamar.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Edna Pardue, 68 â€” Obstruction of highway or passageway.
â€˘ Ruben Ruiz, Jr., 50 â€” Public intoxication.
â€˘ Female juvenile, 15 â€” Directive to apprehend.
â€˘ Stacy Marsh, 37 â€” Criminal trespass.