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November 29th, 2011
Casey Joe Campbell, along with attorney John S. Young, pled guilty to online solicitation of a minor, a second degree felony, to Judge Glen Harrison during 32nd Judicial District Court proceedings on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. District Attorney Ann Reed and Assistant District Attorney Barrett Thomas prosecuted the case.
Campbell was indicted in June 2011, on two counts of online solicitation of a minor, second and third degree felonies, enhanced to second and first degree felonies with a prior conviction. Count two was abandoned by the state.
Nolan County hosted its first of five public hearings Monday night in Roscoe to inform citizens about the needs of the county jail and some issues regarding repair to the outside of the courthouse.
Sheriff David Warren was on hand to make a presentation about the current conditions of the Nolan County jail and why he said he believes the county needs to build a new jail. His presentation included a slide show of pictures of the inside of the jail.
The Sweetwater committee of Ducks Unlimited will host its annual banquet at the Sweetwater Elks Lodge on Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, at 6 p.m.
"We are looking forward to a great crowd at this year's banquet," said committee chairman Jackie Rose. "Everyone is welcome at the banquet, which will feature auctions and raffles of wildlife and sporting art as well as goods and services donated by area businesses. Proceeds from the event will go to support DU's wetlands and waterfowl habitat conservation efforts in Texas, the U.S., Canada and Mexico."
The Nolan County Commissioners met for their regular meeting on Monday morning, Nov. 28, 2011 at the Nolan County Courthouse.
Two presentations were given regarding county capital improvement financing from Specialized Public Finance Inc. and Coastal Securities.
Two representatives with Specialized Public Finance Inc. gave a walk through of the financing process. Several parties are involved in the matter, including a financial advisor, bond counsel, an underwriter, paying agent, credit rating agency and credit enhancement companies.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 101 calls for service, issued 39 citations and made seven arrests from Nov. 25-27, 2011.
The SPD received 33, 911 calls.
â€˘ 600 block of Grape.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Indecency with a child â€” Sweetwater.
â€˘ Criminal mischief â€” 300 block of Patterson.
â€˘ Theft â€” 200 block of NE Georgia.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Jane Howe, 46 â€” Making alcohol available to minors.
â€˘ James Tollison, 33 â€” Family violence assault.
â€˘ Female juvenile, 15 â€” Order for apprehension.
â€˘ Sarah Hernandez, 33 â€” Warrants/manufacturing/delivery of marijuana.
Several Gold Star Awards were presented during the SISD (Sweetwater Independent School District) Board of Trustees meeting on Monday evening, Nov. 21, 2011 at the Administration Building.
The Gold Performance Acknowledgment awards recognize school districts and campuses that have attained high performance indicators. However, the standards have been raised by 5%, making the award harder to come by.
SHS (Sweetwater High School) was given a Gold Star for Commended Performance in Social Studies; SMS (Sweetwater Middle School) also achieved Commended Performance in Social Studies.
Jeff Lay, right, sign technician in the Nolan County maintenance section, is presented a Certificate of Service by Lauren GarduĂ±o, P.E. Lay, a 15-year employee with the Texas Department of Transportation, was honored for his longevity during a recent supervisors meeting in Abilene. In addition to the framed certificate, he received a 15-year service pin and an ice chest, his gift of choice. GarduĂ±o is the Abilene District Engineer.
Christmas is a special time and many people show their pride by lighting their yards and homes. The Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce wants to reward the best of the best.
The Chamber will be sponsoring the annual residential lighting contest for the Sweetwater and Roscoe communities. A group of judges will drive around town Dec. 12-14, to judge all homes entered in the contest with Christmas decorations and lights on display.
The Woman's Forum is sponsoring a $500 cash Christmas shopping spree raffle. Tickets are $1 each and may be purchased from any Woman's Forum member, by calling 235-8756 or at the Sweetwater Elks Lodge Annual Christmas Craft Show at the Nolan County Coliseum Annex. The event is open to the public starting Saturday, Dec. 3, at 10 a.m. and running until 6 p.m., and on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The drawing for the prize will take place on Sunday, Dec. 4, on the last day of the Christmas Crafts Show, at 1 p.m.