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August 29th, 2012
The Nolan County Hospital District Board of Directors met for their regular meeting on Monday evening, August 27, 2012 at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH), in which the board approved a change to the hospitalâ€™s server room and upgrades to their IT equipment.
While some quotes had already been received, the approval allowed for another quote to be obtained, in order to determine which bid comes in at or lower than the set limit.
One person pled guilty to Judge Glen Harrison during 32nd Judicial District Court proceedings on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012.
Corey Dustin Spurlock pled guilty to driving while intoxicated, classified as a Class A Misdemeanor. For his plea, Spurlock received one year confinement in the Nolan County Jail, probated for two years. He will also have to pay a $4,000 fine and $484 in court costs. He will also have to be confined in the Nolan County Jail for 72 hours and serve 120 hours of community service. His driver's license will be suspended for one year.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 36 calls for service, issued one citation and made three arrests on Aug. 27, 2012.
The SPD received 17, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Family violence assault â€”Â 1300 block of E. 13th.
â€˘Â Information â€”Â 500 block of Elm.
â€˘Â Theft â€”Â 500 block of E. 12th.
â€˘Â Sexual assault â€”Â Sweetwater area.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Cedric Brown, 31 â€”Â Driving while license invalid/no insurance.
â€˘Â George Gonzales, 61 â€”Â Warrants.
â€˘Â Steven Medina, 40 â€”Â Warrants/theft.
On Wednesday, expect sunny skies and high near 94. Winds will be from the north-northeast at 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight will be mostly clear, with winds from the north at 5 to 10 mph. The low will be around 63.
Stay on top of your local forecast by heading to weather.gov.
Labor Day weekend is the traditional sign of the end of summer and the unofficial start of fall. It also means the start of the 2012 high school football season.
For Sweetwater, fans get an extra treat starting Thursday as the eighth annual Sammy Baugh Classic begins its three-day run at Mustang Bowl with four games on tap this year. Serving as the co-sponsors for 2012 will be Family RV Center and First Financial Bank.
Texas State Technical College is rolling out the red carpet on Thursday, Aug. 30, to welcome the arrival of new hands-on tools in the Automotive Technology shop. The public is welcome to attend and receive hands-on demonstrations of four state-of-the art trainers (two light diesels, one hybrid and one compressed gas). There will be a short program at 10 a.m. Representative Susan King, TSTC Chancellor Mike Reeser and TSTC West Texas President Gail Lawrence will make remarks.
Students at Sweetwater Middle School had a surprise waiting for them Monday at a back-to-school opening assembly. A lecture on classroom discipline was suddenly interrupted by a flash mob of teachers dancing to Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'."
Sweetwater Middle School principal Jeff Withrow said that he wanted to do something exciting and different for the students this year.
Two local churches â€” Emmanuel Fellowship Church and Lamar Street Baptist Church â€”Â got together this year to host a school supply drive for local students in need in Kindergarten through high school. Their goal was to help at least 50 students and their goal was exceeded.
During the Nolan County Commissioners' meeting on Monday morning, August 27 at the Nolan County Courthouse, the first public hearing on the proposed property tax rate for 2012-2013 was held, with no input given.
The proposed tax rate was presented at the August 16 meeting at .394635 (39 cents) per $100 valuation--a combination of the general fund rate of .340670 and the farm to market fund rate of .053965 (both per $100 valuation).
The second public hearing on the issue was then approved by the commissioners for their next meeting scheduled for Monday, September 10, 2012.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 123 calls for service, issued six citations and made six arrests from Aug. 24-26, 2012.
The SPD received 72, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Credit card abuse â€”Â Sweetwater.
â€˘Â Class A assault â€”Â 800 block of Circle Drive.
â€˘Â Unauthorized use of a vehicle â€”Â 400 block of E. Avenue D.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Daniel Jones, 22 â€”Â Possession of marijuana.
â€˘Â Sipriano Ybarra, 63 â€”Â Family violence assault.
â€˘Â Jonathan Barton, 48 â€”Â Nolan County Sheriff's Office warrant.
â€˘Â Lacey Vornkahl, 19 â€”Â Criminal mischief.
â€˘ Bay Velasquez, 32 â€”Â Warrants.