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February 22nd, 2012
A tense situation was diffused in front of the Sweetwater Post Office after an Abilene Police Department bomb squad robot destroyed a suspicious package this afternoon.
Officials in Sweetwater were reportedly on heightened awareness following the presence of several protesters outside the Nolan County Courthouse yesterday and its close proximity to the post office.
The package reportedly contained a cellphone.
There were no injuries.
Jesus Cecilio Villa pled guilty to indecency with a child by contact, a second degree felony, during 32nd Judicial District Court proceedings on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012.
Along with their recent renovation, First Financial Bank in Sweetwater updated the furniture in their offices. Their older furniture was donated to several local churches. Shown loading furniture for their church, Highland Heights United Methodist Church, are Melvin Walker, Rusty Allen and Doug Taylor.
The rescheduled City Commission meeting took place on Tuesday morning, Feb. 21, 2012 at City Hall.
The resolution recognizing the contributions of the Ludlum family to the economic life of Sweetwater along with the 50th anniversary of Ludlum Measurements was approved, following the reading of the resolution last Tuesday, Feb. 14 by Commissioner Jerod Peek.
Ken Becker, Executive Director for SEED, recently traveled to Washington DC in conjunction with the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and their â€śWind Power on Capitol Hill 2012â€ť. This is an effort to educate the legislators on the importance of passing the Production Tax Credit (PTC) extension.Â "We were looking for a minimum one year extension that would be tied to the Payroll Tax Bill," said Becker. "The current PTC will expire on Dec. 31, 2012.Â The importance of the PTC extension is vital in keeping the emerging renewable energy markets expanding, investing, and hiring employees."
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 43 calls for service, issued seven citations and made zero arrests on Feb. 20, 2012.
The SPD received 14, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Information â€”Â 800 block of Hill.
â€˘ Information â€”Â Sweetwater area.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had 36 calls for service, served one civil paper and made four arrests from Feb. 17-20, 2012.
Arrested by NCSO:
â€˘ Maurice Earl Oler, 42, of Abilene â€” Warrant/theft by check.
â€˘ Jimmy Gene Willett, 19, of Snyder â€” Bench warrant.
Arrested by DPS:
Several family members and friends of an alleged sexual assault victim held signs and protested at the Nolan County Courthouse on Tuesday morning, Feb. 21, 2012.
One sign read, "My name is Fonda Balthrop. My daughter was sexually abused. There was no justice. Still to this day I sit and watch her suffer. All I wanted was Justice! It hurts me to see the pain in her eyes when she asked, 'Mommy why don't the POLICE HELP ME?'"
Chuck Coley, pictured next to Larry Black (far left), visited the Central Rolling Plains Co-op in Roscoe, Texas on Monday, Feb. 20, 2012. Coley, of Vienna, Georgia, is a producer/ginner that was elected National Cotton Council (NCC) chairman for 2012. He was named during the NCC's annual meeting in Fort Worth on Feb. 10. He will be speaking at the Abilene Farm and Ranch Show today, Feb. 21.
Last Saturday the Sweetwater High School Mustang Band participated in the UIL Region Solo and Ensemble Contest at Abilene High School. Sweetwater earned more solo medals than any other AAA, AA or A school at the competition. Twenty student musicians made 1â€™s on their solos.
Just after midnight Friday morning, Feb. 18, 2012, an 18-wheeler and four other vehicles were involved in a wreck 25 miles south of Sweetwater on Highway 153. No injuries were reported in the wreck. The driver of the 18-wheeler was hauling beef from Amarillo to the San Antonio area.