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November 22nd, 2011
The observance of Veteran's Day ushered in joyful celebrations, but with the pomp and circumstance gone, veterans once again see a harsh reality.
Though the national average of unemployment still lingers around 9%, the rate for veterans currently stands higher at 12.1%. The unemployment number is even raised for younger veterans, who are returning from their service in Iraq and Afghanistan, at an astounding 27% for 18 to 24 year olds â€” almost one in four.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 136 calls for service, issued eight citations and made nine arrests from Nov. 18-20, 2011.
The SPD received 78, 911 calls.
â€˘ 3200 block of W. Broadway.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Duty on striking an unattended vehicle â€” 700 block of SW Georgia.
â€˘ Unauthorized use of a vehicle â€” 300 block of W. Alabama.
â€˘ Theft of license plate â€” 1600 block of Sam Houston.
â€˘ Theft of license plate â€” 800 block of E. Avenue B.
â€˘ Theft â€” 1000 block of E. Broadway.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Joshua McCoy, 32 â€” Warrant.
A traffic accident in western Taylor County closed Interstate 20 for a few minutes this morning.
The driver of a pickup pulling a trailer lost control and flipped over.
The trailer was disconnected and blocked the freeway. There were no serious injuries reported, but the accident slowed traffic until the emergency crews could get the debris removed from the busy highway.
It happened this morning near Trent, just east of the Nolan County line.
Seven guilty pleas were entered to Judge Glen Harrison with District Attorney Ann Reed and Assistant District Attorney Barrett Thomas prosecuting the cases, during 32nd Judicial District Court proceedings on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011.
East Ridge Elementary announced the arrival of Henrietta the famous turkey. Shown assisting in her delivery are Mr. and Mrs. McCombs, parents of Assistant Superintendant Kathy Smartt and Nathan Ehlert, Business Manager for SISD.
Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, according to the Center for Disease Control. In recognition of National Diabetes Month this November, Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH) would like to educate the community on the importance of diabetes screenings and treatment.
â€śThere are 20.8 million Americans living with diabetes,â€ť said Dr. Robert Eaker at RPMH. â€śNearly one third of them are unaware they have the disease and we want to lower that number.â€ť
Pictured are Aubrey Turnbow and Shelby Coldiron with two stockings that were donated by SLJ Embroidery & Gifts.Â Sweetwater Goodfellows provide food and toys to needy families with children and food to needy individuals during the Christmas season. One lucky boy and one lucky girl will have a chance to win one of three foot stockings filled with goodies at the Sweetwater Goodfellows Christmas Party on Dec. 9, at 3:45 p.m.
There will be no residential refuse service on Thursday, Nov. 24, and Friday, Nov. 25 in order for city employees to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with their families. All residential containers will be serviced during the remainder of the holiday week. The landfill and citizens drop-off center will be closed on those two days. All hand pick-up customers and roll-out kart service will be serviced on Wednesday, Nov. 23.
Commercial refuse customers will run commercial Friday, Nov. 25. The Thursday, Nov. 24, customers will be services on Wednesday, Nov. 23.
Three separate indictments were true-billed for Jose Santiago Quintana this past week by a Nolan County Grand Jury.
One indictment included two counts of aggravated sexual assault, a first degree felony, one count of indecency with a child by contact, a second degree felony and one count of indecency with a child by exposure, a third degree felony. These counts stemmed from incidences in 1994. Bond for this indictment was set at $25,000.
We all know the feeling of an emotional flight hangover. The end of a pilotâ€™s indulgence week! The shortest, fastest week of the year is the EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. And 51 of the longest, slowest weeks need to pass before we can do it again. We all slip away by plane, car, trailer or motorcycleâ€¦we were suitably subdued, packed and waiting for our trip back to the ordinary.