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September 28th, 2011
Last year's recipient of the Outstanding Male Citizen award, Joe Bagby, passed away shortly after receiving the honor. In his absence, Jim Wilks along with Joe's wife, Paula, made the presentation to this year's honoree, Vershell Smith.
Mr. Smith was born in Ballenger, Texas in 1929. He was an honor student, a band member and worked in his father's service station while in high school. He even helped his father keep the service station open 24 hours a day during World War II.
Last year's award winner was Bennett and Associates; David Bennett was on hand to make the presentation of the 2011 Business of the Year to Wind Energy Turbine Services, or WETS.
The company opened its doors in February 2007 under the ownership of Mark Meneses, Larry Martin, Jason Hefner and James McCasland. Since that time, the industry has made nation-wide strides in assisting and contracting with companies for their wind farms.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 37 calls for service, issued two citations and made two arrests on Sept. 26, 2011.
The SPD received 20, 911 calls.
â€˘ 200 block of Lamar.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Theft of motor vehicle â€”Â Sweetwater area.
â€˘ Theft â€”Â 900 block of Lamar.
â€˘ Unattended death â€”Â 1500 block of James St.
Arrested by SPD
â€˘ Christopher Guzman, 27 â€”Â Warrant.
â€˘ April Martinez, 27 â€”Â Theft.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had 10 calls for service, served zero civil papers and made two arrests on Sept. 26, 2011.
Arrested by NCSO:
In honor of Darrell Campbell, the former Sweetwater Police officer who was shot in the head in July 2011, while on duty with the Snyder Police Department, the Sweetwater Police Patrol Association and Sweetwater Elks Lodge joined forces to host a benefit for the Campbell Family. The lunch, dinner, auction and dance benefit were held in Sweetwater on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Sweetwater Elks Lodge. A brisket lunch was held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a brisket dinner at 6 p.m. A live auction started at 7 p.m. and a DJ dance followed. Jimmy and Elaine Curtis donated the DJ service.
The Nolan County Commissioners met for a regular meeting on Monday morning, September 26, 2011 at the Nolan County Courthouse.
A public hearing took place regarding the District Clerk's record management archives plan. Patti Neill, who serves in the respective role, briefed the commissioners on the continued collection of a $5 fee which is used to digitize records.
No input was offered; thus the public hearing was closed. Approval was then given for the records management archives plan.
SWEETWATER, Texas â€“ One in six men will develop prostate cancer during their lifetime, making it the second leading cause of cancer deaths among men in the United States. Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH) wants to make sure men in Nolan County over the age of 50 talk with their physician about annual prostate screening.
â€śAlmost all men diagnosed with prostate cancer survive if the disease is caught at an early stage. That is why screenings are so important,â€ť said Dr. Larry McEachern at RPMH. â€śMany men are unaware that a simple blood test is a common method of screening.â€ť
Two blood drives will take place in Sweetwater on Thursday, September 29 from noon until 6:00 p.m. One bloodmobile will be parked at the Nolan County Courthouse and the other will be parked in front of the Lions Club Building. A total of ninety eight donors participated in the blood drives on August 4. Those who donated blood then will be eligible to donate again on September 29.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 126 calls for service, issued 14 citations and made 11 arrests from Sept. 23-25, 2011.
The SPD received 54, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Assault FV â€”Â 800 block of E 14th.
â€˘ Criminal mischief â€”Â 700 block of NW Georgia.
â€˘ Burglary of habitation â€”Â 300 block of E Ninth.
Arrested by SPD
â€˘ Jonathan McDonald, 22 â€”Â Warrant.
â€˘ Male juvenile, 12 â€”Â DOC.
â€˘ Female juvenile x2, 16 â€”Â DOC/fighting.
â€˘ Claude Speed, 20 â€”Â FV Assault.
â€˘ Gerald McDonald, 64 â€”Â Warrant.
â€˘ Juan Acosta, 25 â€”Â PI.
â€˘ Jason Mosher, 17 â€”Â DWL.
So many of the stereotypes associated with bikers are of the negative kind. The Hells Angels MC are usually only in the news for something involving violence or worse, and the popular TV show Sons of Anarchy doesn't help the biker image either. Bikers tend to be avoided and are assumed to be violent individuals, and even worse when in a group. The general population only see leather clad, bandana-wearing, tattooed men and women that are loud, heavy drinkers, use colorful profanity and participate in all forms of debauchery.
Joseph Cardillo, Exalted Ruler of the Elks Lodge in Sweetwater, presented checks to Nolan VFD, Blackwell VFD, Maryneal VFD, Roscoe VFD and Lake Sweetwater VFD in the amount of $200 each. Funds came from a Gratitude Grant provided by the Elks National Foundation. Members not pictured: Johnny Ussery, Jeremey Gunn, Wil Hogan and Glyn Gunn from Nolan VFD, and all members of the Blackwell VFD. They were all dispatched to a grass fire south of Blackwell.