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January 11th, 2013

Mi Familias reopens after four years

January 11, 2013

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."

Circus in town tonight

January 11, 2013

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.

Story time fun

January 11, 2013

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.

Task force to be established for airport improvements

January 11, 2013

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.

Blotters for January 9, 2013

January 11, 2013

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.

Accidents:
• 1300 block of Neff.
• 500 block of Lamar.
• 200 block of NE Georgia.
• 1700 block of Hailey.
• 100 block of S. Hopkins.

Calls for service:
• Theft — 300 block of Lamar.
• Theft — 400 block of NE Georgia.
• Burglary of a vehicle — 300 block of W. Arkansas.
• Burglary of a vehicle — 1100 block of Bell.
• Burglary of a habitation — 1100 block of Bell.
• Theft — Sweetwater area.

Local weather for Friday

January 11, 2013

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.

January 10th

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.

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