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August 17th, 2012
A couple of public hearings took place during the Sweetwater City Commission meeting held on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at City Hall.
One of the public hearings was held in regard to the proposed budget for 2012-2013. While no input was heard from those in attendance, it was noted that this budget will raise more total property taxes than last year's budget by $320,726, or 19.74%; of that amount, $73,002.55 is tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the roll this year.
(Abilene) â€“ Texas State Technical College West Texas will graduate 138 highly-skilled graduates for the Texas workforce. Â As the oil and gas industries boom throughout West Texas, engineers are being snapped up. Â Aaron Hall, the student speaker at graduation on Friday, has been working full-time at Stellar Automation for three months. Stellar Automation, located in Big Spring, focuses on engineering needs for the oil and gas industries.Â
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 32 calls for service, issued no citations and made two arrests on Aug. 15, 2012.
The SPD received 16, 911 calls.
Arrested by SPD:
â€¢ Stephanie Smith, 23 â€” Theft.
â€¢ Jennifer Arispe, 40 â€” Theft.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had four calls for service, served no civil papers and made four arrests on Aug. 15, 2012.
Arrested by NCSO:
Chances of rain will be with us all weekend in the Sweetwater area, with a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms on Friday, along with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 94. Winds will be south-southwest around 5 mph.
Friday night, expect a low around 73 under mostly cloudy skies. Winds will come from the south at 5 to 10 mph, shifting to light, south-southeast winds. Chance of rain and thunderstorms will be 30%.
Saturday, our chances of rain peak at 50% with a high near 94 and mostly cloudy. Winds will be from the south-southeast ranging from 5 to 10 mph.
Rarely will a media outlet make the news itself, but during the weekly Kiwanis Club meeting on Wednesday, August 15, the local newspaper was the topic of discussion.
The program for the day was given by Terri Leifeste, the interim publisher at the Sweetwater Reporter. Joined by her husband Alvin--who also oversees the local newspaper, the positive changes being made were presented to the civic club.
During Monday's guilty pleas, one defendant pled guilty to four different cases involving sex offenses against a child and received community supervision, fines, jail time and community service in each case. According to 32nd Judicial District Attorney Ann Reed, several factors are taken into consideration in determining how to successfully prosecute sexually-based child abuse cases. Experience indicates that when a case of this nature is tried to a jury without the benefit of some evidence other than the victim's testimony, it is very difficult to win a guilty verdict.
The Sweetwater Fire Department, Sweetwater Police Department and Nolan County Sheriffâ€™s Office all responded to a grass fire that started just before 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15.
The fire was directly north of the Jack Lambert Apartments, burning between Neff St. and Newman St.
According to Fire Chief Grant Madden, the cause of the fire is still unknown. The Fire Department will continue its investigation.
The SEED (Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development) Board of Directors met for their regular meeting on Monday morning, August 13, 2012 at the Chamber of Commerce building, where discussion took place on a possible incentive proposal for a local company.
Benny Cornett with Cornett Computer Repair and Sales spoke to the board about his desire to grow his local business. With a repair shop located in downtown Sweetwater, Cornett continues to gain large commercial clients around Sweetwater and throughout Nolan County, such as courthouses, lawyers and real estate agents.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 41 calls for service, issued two citations and made three arrests on Aug. 14, 2012.
The SPD received 14, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€¢ Criminal mischief â€” 1600 block of Sam Houston.
â€¢ Criminal mischief â€” 1700 block of Henderson.
â€¢ Theft â€” 900 block of Elm.
Arrested by SPD:
â€¢ Chrystal King, 27 â€” Theft.
â€¢ Gabriel Villa, 38 â€” Theft.
â€¢ Tabitha Decker, 20 â€” Warrant.
â€¢ Male juvenile, 14 â€” Order of apprehension.
Be on the lookout for possible showers and thunderstorms this morning before 10 a.m. before partly cloudy skies come into the picture. Thursday's high in Sweetwater will be near 98 with southeast winds around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Tonight will be mostly cloudy with a low around 74. Winds will come in at 5 to 10 mph from the southeast.
Learn more about the local forecast by heading to weather.gov.