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August 17th, 2012
At the special meeting held by the Nolan County Commissioners on Thursday morning, August 12, at the Nolan County Courthouse, discussion was held on the tax rate for 2012-2013.
The proposed total tax rate comes in at .394635 (39 cents) per $100 valuation. This number is the combination of the general fund rate of .340670 per $100 valuation and the farm to market fund rate of .053965 per $100 valuation.
Sweetwater head football coach Shane Mobley, left, talks with County Judge Tim Fambrough and County Court at Law Judge David Hall during a "Meet the Mustang Coaches" event held Thursday at the local Dairy Queen on 1608 Lamar.
After meeting with the public, Mobley and his fellow coaches were served a "heart attack" hamburger meal by local Dairy Queen owner Jerry Hulcy. The gathering was held prior to Sweetwater's opening scrimmage on Saturday at Mustang Bowl against Wichita Falls Hirschi.
See related story in today's Sports section.
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.