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December 20th

Local hospital underscores safety this holiday season

December 20, 2012

The winter holiday season is an exciting time when many people spend more time with family and friends, shop for holiday gifts, and begin to wrap up their year. With the hustle and bustle, health and safety can often take the back-burner.
This year, Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH) is reminding the community to become aware of the things many overlook during the winter holiday season; keeping themselves and loved ones safe during this joyous time of year.

Financial, academic reports approved at SISD board meeting

December 20, 2012

Two reports were approved by the Sweetwater ISD (Independent School District) Board of Trustees during their meeting on Monday night, December 17 at the Administration Building.
The first report approved was the 2011-2012 financial audit report, which was presented by Kathy Wilks. A clean opinion was given on the financial statement as a whole.
A brief rundown was presented and discussed, which were compared to last year's information. Playing a role in this year's report were several grants, the energy conservation project and the passing of the Tax Ratification Election.

Blotters for December 18, 2012

December 20, 2012

The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 38 calls for service, issued two citations and made no arrests on Dec. 18, 2012.

The SPD received 20, 911 calls.

Calls for service:
• Counterfeiting — 1700 block of Lamar.

The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had nine calls for service, served no civil papers and made four arrests on Dec. 18, 2012.

Arrested by NCSO:
• John Ryan Rylander, 33, of Iraan — Warrant/violation of probation.
• Ray Salgado Gomez, 50, of Sweetwater — Warrant/motion to revoke probation.

Local forecast for Thursday

December 20, 2012

The Thursday weather will be much cooler than yesterday with sunny skies and a high near 50. Winds will be from the northwest at 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Expect mostly clear skies tonight with a low around 27 and light and variable winds. In the evening, the winds will change to southern winds at 5 to 10 mph.
Remember...protect your pipes, pets and plants during a freeze! Learn more about the local forecast at weather.gov.

December 19th

Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas Board Presents Check to Cancer Services Network

December 19, 2012

ABILENE, TEXAS –On Tuesday, December 18, 2012, Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas Board, presented a check in the amount of $1,300.00 to Cancer Services Network.

RPMH Board swears in new member

December 19, 2012

The Nolan County Hospital District Board of Directors welcomed a new board member at their meeting on Monday night, December 17, at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital.
Vickie May (right) is being sworn into office by Board Chairman Steve Holcomb (left).

First United Methodist Church Sounds of the Season program

December 19, 2012

First United Methodist Church will be presenting “Sounds of the Season” tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the FUMC Sanctuary. The program consists of contemporary Christmas music as well as a live nativity scene with adults and children.
“We’ve been working on the program for about a month,” says Lori Ortega, who is directing the program. Martha Taylor is the accompanist.
“Sounds of the Season” boasts an adult and children’s choir, as well as a bell choir. Soloists for the children’s choir are Devin Gutierrez, Samantha Jones, and Allison Marlett.

SISD examining school safety following Sandy Hook shooting

December 19, 2012

Sweetwater ISD (Independent School District) will be revisiting their school safety plans following the horror that unfolded at the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, December 14 in Newtown, Connecticut, killing 20 students and six teachers.
As part of his Superintendent's Report during the December 17 meeting of the SISD Board of Trustees, Terry Pittman stated that procedures are already in place on the campuses, such as in the front office areas to enter the buildings. Additionally, each classroom door can be locked, which could slow down a potential attacker.

Amber Alert

December 19, 2012

An Amber Alert has been issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) for Jonathan Jose Guillen, Jr. He was last seen in San Antonio, Texas on Dec. 13, 2012 at 12:15 a.m.
Jonathan was born Jan. 13, 2012. He is Hispanic, is 2'6" tall, weighs 25 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes.
The suspect is Jonathan Guillen, Sr., Hispanic male, 23 years old, date of birth is Nov. 22, 1989. He is 5'8" tall, 185 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a white muscle shirt with black or red shorts.

Blotters for December 17, 2012

December 19, 2012

The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 54 calls for service, issued four citations and made two arrests on Dec. 17, 2012.

The SPD received 28, 911 calls.

Calls for service:
• Credit card abuse — Sweetwater.
• Terroristic threats — 1500 block of Hughes.
Arrested by SPD:
• Male juvenile, 16 — Reckless driving.
• Deborah McFaul, 34 — Warrants.

The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had seven calls for service, served no civil papers and made no arrests on Dec. 17, 2012.

Calls for service:
• Prisoner transport — Middleton Unit, Abilene.

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