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January 10th, 2013

Jennings guilty, given eight year sentence

January 10, 2013

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.

Bid awarded for SNAP construction

January 10, 2013

During the Sweetwater City Commission meeting on Tuesday morning, January 8, 2013, Coe Construction was awarded the bid for the construction of a new dining room and offices for the SNAP (Senior Nutrition Activities Program) building.
The bids were opened during the December 2012 meeting, but were reviewed in detail leading up to the January meeting. John Voller, the city engineer from Enprotec/Hibbs and Todd, recommended the low bid of Coe Construction--with the base bid of $366,000--and reviewed its two deductions of $48,000 and $100,000.

Construction begins at courthouse

January 10, 2013

Construction began yesterday to remove the battered slanted wall of the facility. The Nolan County Commissioners approved a contract with McGlothlin Construction at their Dec. 10, 2012 meeting.
Once the slanted wall is removed from around the entire courthouse, the county hopes to proceed and move forward with their architect on further construction.

Blotters for January 8, 2013

January 10, 2013

The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 21 calls for service, issued two citations and made no arrests on Jan. 8, 2013.

The SPD received 18, 911 calls.

Accidents:
• 200 block of E. Louisiana.

Calls for service:
• Theft — 400 block of NE Georgia.

The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had six calls for service, served one civil paper and made two arrests on Jan. 8, 2013.

Arrested by NCSO:
• Elva Gloria Felknor, 43, of Livingston, TN — Driving while intoxicated with child under 15 years of age.
• Troy Ray Jennings, 43, of Sweetwater — Warrant/surety withdrawal.

Local weather for Thursday

January 10, 2013

Today before noon, we'll have a 20% chance of showers. Otherwise, it will be partly sunny with a high near 59, with southwest winds at 10 to 15 mph. Gusts could be as high as 20 mph.
Tonight will be partly cloudy with a low around 43. Winds will be from the south at 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
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January 9th

Recipes from TSTC’s Culinary Arts Institute

January 9, 2013

West Texas Manhattan Clam Chowder
By Sandy Davis

TxDOT provides wet weather driving tips

January 9, 2013

With many residents of the Big Country and Heartland shaking the cobwebs out of their umbrellas this week, TxDOT is reminding drivers to stay safe on the road during wet weather. Here are a few safety tips:
• Slow down and increase following distance. It takes longer to stop on wet pavement. Don’t follow trucks or buses too closely to avoid spray from their tires. Watch for brake lights ahead.

Leadership Sweetwater students learn about healthcare in Nolan County

January 9, 2013

The Leadership Sweetwater class of 2012-2013 gathered for their healthcare session on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital.
The group had the chance to tour the facility including the admission department, pharmacy, physical therapy department, cardiac rehabilitation department, surgery department, cardiopulmonary department, radiology department and laboratory.

Public hearing held at city commission meeting Tuesday

January 9, 2013

A public hearing was held at City Hall during the Sweetwater City Commission meeting on Tuesday morning, January 8, to consider a recommendation from the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission regarding a request to rezone a 7.01 acre tract of land--known as 411 E. Bradford Lane--from a dwelling district (zone E-1) to an industrial district (zone K).
The P&Z met on January 4, 2013 to discuss the matter and unanimously approved to make the change. One citizen offered input on the matter during Tuesday's meeting, a resident of Bradford Lane named Beverly Madden.

Fire Marshal: Prevent winter house fires

January 9, 2013

Heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fires during the winter months. According to the National Fire Protection Association, half of all home heating fires occur in December, January and February.
According to Sweetwater Fire Marshal Richard Spradlin, there are several ways to prevent winter house fires. "Keep anything that can burn at least three feet from heating equipment such as a furnace, woodstove or portable heater."

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