July 26th, 2014
A Nolan County grand jury recently cleared Abilene officers who were involved in the June standoff that ended with police shooting Michael "Micky" Berry to death.
According to 32nd Judicial District ADA (Assistant District Attorney) Barrett Thomas, grand jurors did not indict the five Abilene police officers involved in the shooting.
Nancy McGinley passed peacefully in her sleep on July 17, 2014 in Austin, Texas. She was born Nancy Sue Neeper on Feb. 8, 1933. Nancy, one of nine children, grew up on her father's cotton farm north of Sweetwater in Fisher County. She graduated high school and married Jack McGinley in December of 1950. They had four children, traveled and loved each other until Jack's demise in 2004.
It is the mission of the West Central Texas Council of Governments Aging and Disability Resource Center (WCTADRC) to serve as an access point for information and assistance on issues affecting older adults and those with disabilities and their families and caregivers.
For the first time since 2006, the American Junior Rodeo Association will hold its National Finals Rodeo at the Nolan County Coliseum.
The five-day affair â which kicks off Tuesday and continues through Saturday â will feature young buckaroos in several age brackets competing for national championship titles in traditional rodeo events ranging from team roping to barrel racing. To get this far, participants had to qualify at four AJRA-sanctioned rodeos throughout the year, which were held in various West Texas cities.
On Saturday, August 9, Great White will be in concert during the Nolan County Fair at the Nolan County Coliseum.
Great White consists of founder and lead guitarist, Mark Kendall; Michael Lardie (keys, guitar); Audie Desbrow (drums); Scott Snyder (bass) and lead singer Terry Ilous. With over 10 million albums sold worldwide, the band is most recognized for their smash hit âOnce Bitten, Twice Shyâ.
In a phone interview, Kendall expressed the band's excitement over their upcoming performance in Sweetwater.
A benefit dinner and dance for Melinda Torres, who is battling leukemia, will be held Saturday, Aug. 2 at the Sweetwater Jaycees Barn.
Melinda, born and raised in Sweetwater, is the daughter of Joe and Elizabeth Torres. She is a single parent with a son, Dylan, attending Texas Tech University.
Melinda is a Registered Nurse and began her nursing career at Abilene State School before moving on to Abilene Regional Medical Center. She is now at Baylor All Saints Medical Center in Fort Worth.
A Sweetwater man pleaded guilty to charges of a violent dog and dog-at-large following a court hearing at the Sweetwater Municipal Court on Wednesday.
This is after a pit bull-mix was accused of killing at least 20 cats in a Sweetwater neighborhood. Ten formal complaints have been filed to the city since early July, prompting the owner to be summoned to court.
"It is not about the breed or even the fact that it roams around," Carolyn Mullican, a neighbor said. "I am concerned it may turn to children or the elderly."
Children at Kids Kampus School Age Center in Sweetwater cooled off on 7-11 Day by visiting the 7-11 convenience store across the street and enjoying a free slurpee.
Shown are Roman Lopez, Marvin Mathis, Kethiern Mathis, Nolan Collins, Houston Ramirez, Jordan Williams, Austin Ramirez and Keshaun Jack.
A summer kids' event called "The Greatest Gift" will be held at Broadway Baptist Church from Sunday, July 27 through Thursday, July 31. The church is located at 710 East Third Street in Sweetwater.
Children will celebrate the "Reason for the Season" at The Greatest Gift, where they will participate in unforgettable Bible-learning activities. Kids will sing holiday songs, play games that promote teamwork, snack on tasty treats and create crafts they can take home to be used as seasonal decoration.