Archive - News Article
August 1st, 2012
Shown above are workers painting the outside of the new Goodwill location at 701 East Broadway.
The former Sweetwater store located on Lamar Street was temporarily closed due to major repair work. The building, an older facility occupied by Goodwill for the past seventeen years, and roof were in dire need of repair.
Goodwill has announced its Grand Opening day to be Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. The hours that day will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with festivities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
There will be raffles for shopping sprees, a tag sale, free popcorn, free giveaway, and more.
A total of 640 ballots were cast in Nolan County for the primary runoff election including 28 mail in ballots, 219 early voting ballots and 393 ballots cast on Election Day. A total of 548 Republican Party ballots were cast and 92 Democratic Party ballots were cast.
Ted Cruz came out on top for United State Senator in Nolan County with 285 votes. David Dewhurst received 260 votes in Nolan County.
Christi Craddick, a candidate with local ties, received 315 votes in Nolan County for Railroad Commissioner while Warren Chisum received 188 votes.
George Blueford, Jr. (right), custodian III with the Texas Department of Public Safety was presented on July 17, with a certificate of appreciation for 30 years of dedicated and loyal service. The presentation was made by Highway Patrol Sgt. James Arnwine (left).
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 41 calls for service, issued one citation and made one arrest on July 30, 2012.
The SPD received 37, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€¢ Fraud â€” Sweetwater area.
â€¢ Theft â€” 2000 block of Throckmorton.
â€¢ Criminal mischief â€” 700 block of Walnut.
Arrested by SPD:
â€¢ Noe Perez, 33 â€” Warrants.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had nine calls for service, served no civil papers and made three arrests on July 30, 2012.
Arrested by NCSO:
â€¢ Joshua Valdez, 19, of Sweetwater â€”Â Judgment.
Several local Girl Scouts met at Camp Boothe Oaks this past weekend to have a camping experience and make crafts for a Girl Scout cause. The Girl Scouts spent the weekend at the camp, staying in tent units and building units.
They also cooked hot dogs in Pringles cans in the sun, made recyclable bags out of shirts and made God's Eyes out of yarn to sell at the Sweet H2O music festival on Saturday, July 28, 2012. The group raised $75 and will put the money towards a new fund being set up to restore the swimming pool at Camp Boothe Oaks.
Two men pled guilty to Judge Glen Harrison during 32nd Judicial District Court proceedings on Monday, July 30, 2012.
Jeff Leon Sifford, along with attorney John S. Young, pled guilty to indecency with a child by contact, a second degree felony.
He was originally indicted for aggravated sexual assault, a first degree felony and indecency with a child by contact, a second degree felony for offenses occurring on or around Aug. 26, 2010. Both counts were enhanced with one prior conviction. He was convicted June 19, 1998 of delivery of marijuana.
The Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly Chamber Coffee at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, August 1, 2012, at the Sweetwater High School Library located at 1205 Ragland.
Sweetwater ISD has 380 employees, with Terry Pittman as the Superintendent and Stacy Jones as the Principal of Sweetwater High School.
The SHS Library has been remodeled and its technology updated. The entire exterior of the high school facility has gotten a "facelift" with new lighting and fresh paint, which gives it much greater "curb appeal."
Nolan County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Dennis Cumbie announced that 229 Texas counties, including Nolan County, are eligible for Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) emergency haying and grazing because of the new provisions announced by Secretary Vilsack on July 23, 2012.
"Previously, only lands classified as 'D2 - under severe drought' according to the U.S. Drought Monitor were eligible for CRP emergency haying and grazing," said Cumbie. "Now lands classified as 'D0 - abnormally dry' will be eligible for CRP emergency haying and grazing," he said.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 98 calls for service, issued eight citations and made six arrests from July 27-29, 2012.
The SPD received 99, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€¢ Information â€” 1400 block of James.
â€¢ Criminal mischief â€” 800 block of E. Avenue B.
Arrested by SPD:
â€¢ Aaron Wehnes, 17 â€” Possession of marijuana.
â€¢ Gloria Dye, 44 â€” Warrant.
â€¢ Patricia Pedregon, 45 â€” Warrant.
â€¢ Shamar Williams, 23 â€” Warrant.
â€¢ Kassie Lopez, 28 â€” Warrant.
â€¢ Rosita PeÃ±a, 36 â€” Warrants.
According to Sweetwater Chief of Police Brian Frieda, preliminary results on the body found along Interstate 20 on Thursday appear to be that of a "mature adult male."
Chief Frieda stated that the remains have been sent to an anthropologist at the University of North Texas. "The anthropologist will begin to try to figure out how long the body had been in out there in the median and will try to determine a cause of death. DNA samples will also be taken and put into various databases to try to determine the man's identity."