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November 11th, 2011
Lonnie Mendez (shown) raises the flag at the flag raising ceremony held at the Sweetwater Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post on the morning of Friday, Nov. 11, 2011.
Sweetwater Chief of Police Jim Kelley, Vietnam War Veteran, was the keynote speaker.
Some of the participants during the flag raising ceremony held at the Sweetwater Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post included Richard Posey, Steven Alcala, Papa Womble and Billy Weems.
It's more than a day that Hollywood can use to promote and debut movies in a fun way, or a date that couples can use to forever remember their anniversary. This year, and each year, November 11 commemorates the lives of all American veterans â€” past and present â€” for the sacrifices they made by serving the country.
The history of Veteran's Day dates all the way back to 1918 when an armistice, or a truce, put an end to World War I (also known as The Great War) on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
Often when people, Veterans included, think about the word Veteran, the vision they have is that of the Veteran that has experienced armed combat first hand on the field of battle. Non-combat Veterans are often overlooked and sometimes do not even consider themselves "Veterans" because they did not go to war.
The fact is that they are Veterans and did their part in keeping our nation free during time of peace serving as a deterrent for aggression. A line from the Infantryman's Creed that outlines this very well reads, "I am my country's strength in war, her deterrent in peace."
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #2479 presented, in honor of all Veterans, a U.S. flag to Lang Aycock for the future men and women in the military. VFW members Lionel Mendez and Bill Lawhon presented the flag. "Freedom is our heritage," they said.
The state rested their case against Aubrey Phillip Childers shortly before 3 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, Nov. 10, 2011 at the Nolan County Courthouse. Mr. Childers is on trial in regards to a male-on-male sexual assault which occurred in the southwest part of Sweetwater on or around Aug. 15, 2010.
The fourth day of the trial allowed the jury â€” comprised of nine women and three men â€” to hear testimony from involved law enforcement, witnesses from the night in question and scientific experts who analyzed evidence.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 35 calls for service, issued two citations and made one arrest on Nov. 9, 2011.
The SPD received 29, 911 calls.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Mendon Kill, 24 â€”Â Driving while intoxicated.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had 10 calls for service, served one civil paper and made one arrest on Nov. 9, 2011.
Arrested by NCSO:
â€˘ Jeremiah Joel Heuton, 25, of Brownwood â€” Warrant/motion to revoke probation.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Reckless driver â€”Â I-20 MM 223 east bound.
â€˘Â Medical emergency â€”Â Hickory Street, Roscoe.
Day three of the Aubrey Phillip Childers case continued on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, at the Nolan County Courthouse.
Testimony was heard from three local law enforcement who were involved in the case in the early morning. The jury also saw two video interviews of Mr. Childers with Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) Detective Sam Cunningham, which spanned most of the day.
Mr. Childers is on trail for an incident occurring on or around Aug. 15, 2010, regarding a male-on-male sexual assault which took place around the southwest part of Sweetwater.
Many stopped near a large cloud of smoke between Sweetwater and Roscoe on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011 and many in town wondered what caused the smoke cloud. A local landowner had permission from Nolan County to create a controlled burn once winds from the north stopped. Part of the burn was near an abandoned house and members of the Sweetwater Fire Department were called and stood by for good measure. The burn remained under control.
On Oct. 15, members from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Sweetwater went to Brownwood to take part in their town's Pride for Areas Surrounding Schools (PASS) program. Over 250 came from the churches in Abilene, Brownwood, San Angelo, Eastland, Sweetwater and Brady. Donning yellow slipover tops which read "Mormon Helping Hands," they scraped and painted eight homes near the Brownwood Intermediate School. The purpose was to beautify the neighborhood around the school and to make it a safer environment through which the students walk each day.