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May 16th, 2012
Nolan County Clerk Pat McGowan wants to remind Republican voters in Nolan, Blackwell, Maryneal and Roscoe that they will be able to cast their ballot in their respective cities on Election Day instead of traveling to Sweetwater to vote.
"The Republican Precincts that are affected will be precincts 1-5; 7&9; 10-12 and 14," said McGowan.
Furthermore, Republicans and Democrats will now be voting at the same polling places. Voters from both parties should check the precinct number on their voter registration card and go to their respective polling place locations on the 29th.
Thirty Nolan County high school and home schooled spring graduates will be honored by the awarding of $1,000 scholarships at a reception hosted by the Nolan County Foundation at the Sweetwater Country Club beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, according to Jerry Riggs, NCF President.
Riggs continued that with these new awardees, the NCF has awarded 163 scholarships since the NCF Golf Classic began eight years ago. Proceeds from the golf scramble held each spring are dedicated to awarding Nolan County spring graduates $1,000 each to be applied at any Texas college.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 38 calls for service, issued five citations and made four arrests on May 14, 2012.
The SPD received 19, 911 calls.
â€¢ 2200 block of W. Broadway.
Calls for service:
â€¢ Family violence assault/impeding breath â€” 1600 block of San Carlos.
Arrested by SPD:
â€¢ Billy McQueen, 24 â€” City warrant.
â€¢ Valarie Lopez, 30 â€” Possession of drug paraphernalia.
â€¢ Joe Lopez, 18 â€” Possession of marijuana.
â€¢ Jessica Davis, 20 â€” Possession of marijuana.
Area artists Brandon Bohall and Joah Henry have teamed up to bring Sweetwater a musical event for Memorial Day weekend.
On Saturday night, May 26, a concert will be held at the Nolan County Plaza parking lot. This is the first time for the acts to perform in Sweetwater.
Right now, any and all local singers, songwriters, artists and bands are encouraged to participate. They are also looking for any motorcycle and classic car clubs and other similar groups to join them for the event.
A local business is celebrating 40 years of service.
Local Loan and Pawn Shop â€” home of the "upside-down" sign â€” opened its doors to the community on May 15, 1972. The founder, Bill Haley, began his pawn shop experience several years earlier in 1954 through 1955.
By the time Haley opened Local Loan, he was the only pawn shop available in Sweetwater, setting up shop at 211 Lamar. In all, the building was entirely 600 feet.
Steps were made toward the Nolan County Courthouse remediation and the county's jail and office complex during the Nolan County Commissioners' meeting on Monday morning, May 14, 2012 at the Courthouse.
Seven record proposals were submitted following the county's request for proposals for a construction manager at risk for the dual project. The proposals were opened by County Attorney Lisa Peterson and officially received by the commissioners during the meeting.
One in two women and one in eight men over the age of 50 will have complications as a result of osteoporosis. During the month of May, Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH) is participating in Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month by hosting a Lunch and Learn seminar on May 21, that will discuss bone disease.
According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, more than 10 million American women and men suffer from the effects of osteoporosis. In addition, 34 million more are estimated to have low bone mass, leading to increased risk of the disease.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 118 calls for service, issued nine citations and made five arrests from May 11-13, 2012.
The SPD received 56, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€¢ Burglary of a vehicle â€” 1100 block of Ash Street.
â€¢ Theft â€” 1400 block of Grand.
â€¢ Theft â€” 1400 block of E. 12th.
â€¢ Information only â€” 1800 block of Lamar.
Arrested by SPD:
â€¢ Isaiah Garcia, 27 â€” Assault.
â€¢ Cresencia Garcia, 33 â€” Assault.
â€¢ Johnny Gonzales, 29 â€” Warrants.
â€¢ Erika Gonzales, 30 â€” Warrants.
â€¢ Nicholas Austermann, 25 â€” Criminal mischief.
On Saturday, May 12, 2012, at approximately 10:28 p.m. officers of the Sweetwater Police Department were dispatched to the 1900 block of Lamar Street in Sweetwater in reference to a male subject who appeared to have jumped off of the bridge that serves as an overpass to Interstate 20 crossing Lamar Street. The top of the bridge is approximately 20 feet above the ground.
The male was identified as a hispanic resident of Sweetwater and it appeared that he suffered a broken left arm. Sweetwater EMS arrived on the scene and the patient was flown to an area hospital via helicopter.
LeAnn Dowdy was recently announced as the 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year at East Ridge Elementary for Sweetwater ISD (Independent School District).
She is a second grade teacher at the school and has been with the district for two years. Dowdy has been teaching for a total of fifteen years; she earned her Bachelor of Science degree through Abilene Christian University and Texas A&M University-Commerce.