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January 9th, 2012

Highland ISD hires new superintendent

January 9, 2012

During a called School Board meeting held on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, Highland ISD School Board voted to hire Duane Hyde as their new Superintendent. 
Hyde was previously in the position of the school’s Secondary Principal, a position that he has held since 2005. Prior to that, he had also been principal for Merkel ISD and for Blackwell CISD. His experience also includes math teacher, coach and Athletic Director. 

SPD investigates home invasion

January 9, 2012

The Sweetwater Police Department is currently investigating a robbery that took place over the weekend on the 1900 block of Chester Street in Sweetwater.
On Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, officers responded to the home in which three people allegedly entered the home of an 82-year-old man by kicking the back door open, held him against the wall and took items from his home.
Items stolen include money, a watch and several other items. No arrests have been made in the case, but officers continue to investigate.

Volunteers needed for local Relay For Life

January 9, 2012

The American Cancer Society is seeking volunteers in Nolan County – cancer survivors, caregivers, community leaders, anyone wanting to make a difference in the fight against cancer – to organize and recruit fundraising teams, garner community support, coordinate logistics, seek refreshments and prizes, plan entertainment and lend a hand to ensure the success of the 2012 event.

January 7th

Volunteers make a difference at Sweetwater Healthcare Center

January 7, 2012

Three ladies are making a difference every Thursday at Sweetwater Healthcare Center. Marie Leach, Irene Ludlum and Barbara Keeney host Bingo day every Thursday afternoon for residents of the nursing home, providing an activity for those wishing to join the group.
Leach and Ludlum have been hosting the games since the early 90s, beginning when both of their mothers were residents at the facility. "The people just enjoy it so much," said Ludlum.
"They are always glad to see us and that makes us feel great," added Leach.

Placement trial set for Angel

January 7, 2012

A child placement trial has been set for the 4-year-old boy who was abandoned on Interstate 20 in Sweetwater last June.
Angel Flores was found covered in cactus needles after his father, Carlos Rico, allegedly choked him and left him on the side of Interstate 20.
Angel was initially placed under the care of child protective services, then given to a foster family.
Angel is still in foster care, but a trial has been set for May 21 of this year to decide his final placement.

Heather Ward to speak at Aglow

January 7, 2012

Sweetwater Aglow

January 6th

TSTC Police Department receives vehicle from DA’s office

January 6, 2012

The Texas State Technical College Police Department in Sweetwater recently purchased a 2009 Ford Police Interceptor. The vehicle was provided by the Nolan County 32nd Judicial District Attorney's Office and was purchased utilizing drug seizure funds. TSTC Police Chief Mike Keller reported, "On behalf of the entire TSTC Police Department, I would like to personally thank District Attorney Ann Reed for her valuable contribution to our department."
Shown from left to right are Mike Keller, Ann Reed and Charles Armstead.

Adopt-a-Mustang a successful new program

January 6, 2012

Gretchen Jones, one of the Mustang Moms in charge of Adopt a Mustang, was presented with a check for $500 after winning the Star Dodge Tailgate Party during the first week of football season.
"I just want to thank everyone who voted for us in the online contest that resulted in this donation to Blowout. I hope the community will keep trying to win the Tailgate Party so we have this opportunity to win this donation every year," Jones said.

Blotters for January 4, 2012

January 6, 2012

The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 42 calls for service, issued two citations and made two arrests on Jan. 4, 2012.

The SPD received 29, 911 calls.

Accidents:
• 600 block of E. Broadway.
• 1000 block of Oak.
• 1800 block of Country Club.
• 500 block of W. Broadway.

Calls for service:
• Leaving child in a vehicle — 400 block of NE Georgia.
• Criminal trespass — Coral Cove.
• Burglary of a vehicle — 1400 block of Grand.
• Burglary of a vehicle — 1400 block of Grand.

Arrested by SPD:
• Justin Spencer, 30 — Driving while intoxicated.

January 5th

One arrested in Broadway wreck

January 5, 2012

Local authorities responded to several wrecks on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2011. One wreck (shown above) occurred on the corner of Broadway and Crane around 4 p.m., involving three vehicles. No transports were made from the wreck, but one person was arrested at the scene. Justin Spencer, 30, was charged with driving while intoxicated. Emergency personnel also responded to a wreck on Oak Street in which a woman hit two parked cars and was transported to Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital.

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