June 5th, 2013
Nolan County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Dennis Cumbie announced that Nolan County was authorized for emergency grazing use of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres for fiscal year (FY) 2013.
Counties become eligible for CRP emergency grazing when they reach the D2 (severe drought) level on the U.S. Drought Monitor. As of May 30, 2013, 192 counties reached the D2 level and are eligible for CRP emergency grazing. It is possible that more counties will reach the D2 level eligibility requirement in coming weeks.
Sweetwater â€” Paul McDonald, 55, died Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at his home in Sweetwater.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 7, at the Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene, 7457 W. Lake Road, with Reverend Chris Fobbs officiating, directed by Starbuck Funeral Home of Merkel.
Paul was born Nov. 17, 1957, in Sweetwater to Morris Lee and Mary Jane (Lauw) McDonald. He was raised in Sweetwater and attended Faith Lutheran Church as a child. Paul was a U. S. army veteran. He was a welder who enjoyed making metal yard art.
All three surviving Sweet-water Little League teams were eliminated Monday at District 5 tournaments in Abilene. In the Minor League, the Mudcats fell 17-4 to the Abilene Eastern Longhorns and both Junior League teams also lost. The Rangers fell 22-8 to Snyder and the Reds lost 15-4 to Abilene Eastern. All three had won first-round games Saturday. A number of local players will be participating in District 5 All-Star tournaments June 24-July 5; the names of the all-star participants will be announced June 10 while the locations for the games has not yet been released.
We're still dealing with hot weather, as today's high will be 103 with sunny skies. Winds will be breezy and from the south at 15 to 25 mph. Gusts could be as high as 30 mph, and after 1 p.m. a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms will come into the area.
The precipitation chances will bump up to 50% tonight; otherwise, expect mostly cloudy conditions with a low around 69. Winds will be from the east-southeast at 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. After midnight, winds will become northern.
Learn more about the incoming cool front now at weather.gov.
Former Texas State Technical College (Sweetwater campus) Chief of Police Debrah Kaye McCain pled guilty on Monday in the 32nd Judicial District Court to theft of over $1,500 of a public servant, a third degree felony.
The classification would have been enhanced, had the amount been over $20,000. McCain was accused of taking U.S. currency in the amount of $19,528.03 on April 16, 2009, while she was the Sweetwater TSTC Chief of Police. "The money came into your custody by virtue of your status as a public servant," said Judge Glen Harrison.
As part of the Microsoft Office Short Courses offered this summer at the local TSTC (Texas State Technical College) West Texas campus, two classes on Microsoft Word 2010 will be taught.
The campus is located at 300 Homer K. Taylor Drive in Sweetwater, and the courses will be held in the Graphics Building in Room 107. Each class costs $120.
Ethan Charles Stringer pled guilty to indecency with a child by contact, a second degree felony. Stringer engaged in sexual contact with a child under 17 years of age by touching the victim's genitals on March 17, 2012.
The victim, the victim's mother and the victimâ€™s father each gave impact statements at the court proceedings on Monday.
A wreck occurred on Interstate 20 on Monday afternoon on the Cemetery Road bridge in the east bound lane in Nolan County.
The truck with the trailer (front) had broken down and was already on the phone with 911 when he was hit from behind by the red pickup, according to emergency authorities. Traffic was reportedly heavy at the time and the driver was not able to see very far ahead of him.
A tractor trailer was unable to avoid the truck that hit the trailer and clipped the back of the Ford truck. The tractor trailer went past the wreck and stopped farther down the interstate.
Alfonso Arevalo of Sweetwater pled guilty to three counts during 32nd Judicial District Court proceedings on Monday.
Arevalo pled guilty to theft under $1,500, enhanced to a state jail felony with two prior theft convictions, both in the Nolan County Court at Law. On April 16, 2012, Arevalo took Budweiser beer from Brenda Roman. For that plea, Arevalo received a sentence of 18 months confinement in the State Jail Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He was also ordered to pay $343 in court costs and $27 in restitution to Skinny's in Sweetwater.
The Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly Chamber Coffee at 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 5 at Sweetwater Healthcare Center, located at 1600 Josephine.
The business is owned by Senior Living Properties, LLC and is operated by the Sweetwater Healthcare Center. Leslie Lane serves as the administrator.