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June 22nd, 2011

SMS robotics team attends STEM Institute

June 22, 2011

Student-built robots rolled down the fashion runway, after being programmed, assembled and dressed by two teams of girls from Sweetwater, Texas, who attended Preston STEM Institute, a unique summer program for middle school students at Preston Middle School in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Blotters for June 20, 2011

June 22, 2011

The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 48 calls for service, issued three citations and made one arrest on June 20, 2011.

The SPD received 46, 911 calls.

Accidents:
• 1700 block of Hailey.
• 500 block of E. 15th.

Calls for service:
• Family violence assault— 200 block of E. Arizona.
• Burglary of a vehicle — 1500 block of Grand.
• Duty upon striking an unattended vehicle — 1700 block of Hailey.
• Endangering a child — 500 block of E. 15th.

Arrested by SPD:
• Robert Sharp, 39 — Theft/possession of marijuana.

June 21st

At least a dozen homes destroyed

June 21, 2011

According to Sweetwater Fire Chief Grant Madden, the large fire burning in Nolan County that forced many to evacuate their homes on Monday night in Maryneal, has burned over 20,000 acres of land. "Very little of the fire is contained at this point," said Madden. The wind is currently in our favor and the fire is now burning back into itself after winds shifted last night."

Local music students receive awards

June 21, 2011

Music students of Noreen Carson performed their annual Spring Awards Recital in the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church on May 29, and were recognized during the following awards presentation for their accomplishments throughout the year.

Five enter guilty pleas

June 21, 2011

Five people have entered guilty pleas to Judge Glen Harrison this past week during 32nd Judicial District Court proceedings.
Michael Dewayne Amos pled guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second degree felony. The incident occurred Sept. 2, 2009, when Amos allegedly stabbed Chris Rogers with a knife. Amos received four years of community supervision and will be responsible for paying a $1,500 fine, $309 in court costs and $1,000 in attorney's fees. He will also have to serve 240 hours of community service.

County declared disaster area

June 21, 2011

After pulling an all-nighter battling local wildfires, the Nolan County Commissioners met for a special meeting on Monday morning, June 20, 2011.
Only two actions items were presented at the brief meeting, but the main purpose of the gathering was to approve the extension of the disaster declaration and prohibition of outdoor burning in Nolan County for one more week.

Hospital awards scholarships to local high school seniors

June 21, 2011

Four Nolan County high school seniors have received scholarships in the amount of $1,200 each for the upcoming school year through the Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH) Nursing Scholarship Fund. The fund, established three years ago, has provided thousands of dollars to local students to help them achieve higher education in the field of healthcare.
Three scholarship recipients are from Sweetwater High School and include Cassandra Diaz, Christian Richardson and Genea Cherry. Roscoe High School senior Melanie Diaz also received an award.

Blotters for June 17-19, 2011

June 21, 2011

The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 139 calls for service, issued four citations and made three arrests from June 17-19, 2011.

The SPD received 146, 911 calls.

Accidents:
• 700 block of Lamar.
• 600 block of Jack Lambert.

Calls for service:
• Duty upon striking an unattended vehicle — 600 block of Jack Lambert.
• Family violence assault — 600 block of Canfil.
• Family violence assault — 1100 block of Oak.

Arrested by SPD:
• Shawn Lents, 30 — Criminal trespass.
• Christian Reyes, 37 — Warrant.
• Timothy Delacruz, 18 — Public intoxication.

June 20th

Family loses home to fire, account set up

June 20, 2011

A local family lost their home and its entire contents to a fire on Saturday, June 18, 2011, at 1401 Avondale. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but is thought to have originated in the family's carport, according to Sweetwater Fire Chief Grant Madden. The blaze was contained due to the efforts of many firefighters and local law enforcement officials assisting.

Joint law enforcement center discussed

June 20, 2011

During the City Commission meeting at City Hall on Tuesday morning, June 14, a special, joint session was held between the City Commission and Nolan County Commissioners on the possibilities of constructing a new law enforcement center.
No public input was allowed, but residents who were in attendance for the city meeting were invited to sit in on the talks among the local officials.

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