May 17th, 2013
A Nolan County Grand Jury indicted 11 people this past week. Six of those indictments were sealed. The following cases were true-billed:
Ethan Charles Stringer was indicted for indecency with a child by contact, a second degree felony. Court documents state that Stringer's victim was a male, younger than 17 years of age. His bond was set at $50,000.
Devon Energy recently presented four local fire departments with checks for $1,000 each.
Shown are (from left to right) Grant Madden, Sweetwater Fire Department; Gary Armstrong, Roscoe Fire Department; Todd Donahoo, Devon Energy; John Lucky, Lake Sweetwater Fire Department; and Kevin Rivers, Roby Fire Department.
During Tuesday's Sweetwater City Commission meeting, discussion was held on the lease agreement between the city and G.M. Morgan, Inc., the entity who is doing business as Sweetwater Lake Marina for the city-owned property known as the Lake Sweetwater Bait Shop.
City Manager Eddie Brown recently negotiated a deal with a prepared contract, which was then returned by the company with some changes that were noted by Brown at the meeting. Although approval was given at the April meeting for Brown to negotiate the deal, any changes would be brought before the city commission for final approval.
Ret. Lt. Col. Troey Daffern, U.S.A.F., 90, of Spokane, Wash., our beloved hero passed away peacefully and became our guardian angel on May 9, 2013.
He was a loving and dedicated husband of over 64 years, father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend to all he met. He will be deeply missed by all those who knew him.
Troey was a New Yearâ€™s Baby â€” born Jan. 1, 1923 in Rotan, Texas. On May 24, 1944, Troey married the love of his life and high school sweetheart, Wilda Browning. In 1946 they welcomed their first child Russ, then in 1948 their daughter Sue.
Sweetwater is one of 32 baseball teams who are still alive in the Class 3A high school playoffs. But in order to make it to the Sweet 16, it will have to knock off an Andrews squad that is in the playoffs for the 19th consecutive year.
That equals the number of years that Roland Herrera has been a head baseball coach, the last five of them at Sweetwater. But this is the first time in his tenure with the Mustangs to make it to the postseason.
Sweetwater (19-14) may be a â€śCinderellaâ€ť team, he admits, but they deserve to be here.
Today will be sunny and very hot with a high near 103, and south-southwest winds at 10 to 15 mph.
Tonight, expect mostly clear skies with a low around 72. Winds will remain from the south-southeast at 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
We'll have a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms on Saturday afternoon and evening, but expect highs this weekend in the high 90s and lows in the 70s. Winds will be moderately strong, with gusts from the south as high as 30 mph.
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TSTC (Texas State Technical College) and Ludlum Measurements are presenting a Summer Robotics Camp from June 3-6, 2013 at The Center on the TSTC Sweetwater campus for students entering grades four through seven.
Participants can experience the wonder and excitement of designing and programming robots in a collegial environment, while also choosing to experience other fun activities that include art, math, medicine or technology.
Sessions are broken into half-day and full-day camps so that students can select the best choice for them. Everyone will receive a free t-shirt and goodie bag.
Construction at the Nolan County Courthouse has been steady since work began on Monday, May 6.
The work is being done by Turner Construction, a San-Antonio based company, as the faĂ§ade of the courthouse will be completely reconstructed. At least two entries will remain open throughout the duration of the construction, which is expected to be completed sometime this fall.
At the Sweetwater City Commission meeting on Tuesday morning, recognition was given toward the state's proclamation of May 12-18, 2013 as Law Enforcement Week.
A proclamation from Texas Governor Rick Perry was read by Mayor Greg Wortham, which praised the men and women who dedicate their lives to protect the public through their heroic actions. This week allows for an annual tribute to fallen heroes, in which all of Texas is invited to honor those who lay down their lives for others.
This year's Future Sweetwater participants â€” made up of Sweetwater High School sophomores â€” graduated on Wednesday evening with a dinner and ceremony at Texas State Technical College.
Shown are graduates including Bailey Bernal, Gabby Reyes, Lauren Young, Ty Crain, Caroline Brennan, Alexis Castillo, Madison Jones, Abigail McPherson, Megan Holsey, Corynn Martin, Jasmine Reddic and Blake Cumbie.