March 15th, 2013
Students could be seen around town with their parents this week, enjoying a few days off from school during the Spring Break holiday. Many families took advantage of the warm weather and headed outdoors to places around Nolan County. Shown are children enjoying the day at Newman Park this week. Madock Underwood, Memphiz Solis and Grady Underwood enjoy imaginary play on the truck at Newman Park.
The Manafest Spring Tour is coming to Sweetwater and will be playing at 7 p.m. on Monday at the Municipal Auditorium.
The tour will be bringing in internationally known rock and rap artist Manafest, Superchick lead singer Tricia Brock, JeâKob and David Dunn.
Manafest is a very well known artist within the Christian rock and rap world. His music can be heard on local radio stations such as Air 1, and the tour coming through Sweetwater is expected to be a great thing for young people in the community.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 53 calls for service, issued no citations and made two arrests on Mar. 14, 2013.
The SPD received 26, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â¢ Credit/debit card abuse â Sweetwater area.
â¢ Family violence assault â 300 block of Patterson.
Arrested by SPD:
â¢ Ramona Flores Cruz, 40 â Criminal mischief/family violence assault.
â¢ Edgar Gallegos, 21 â Public intoxication.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had nine calls for service, served three civil papers and made two arrests on Mar. 14, 2013.
Arrested by NCSO:
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New bridge expected to be open by mid-summer
Nolan County â The Texas Department of Transportationâs Abilene District began a project this week to replace the US 84 eastbound overpass at westbound I-20 in Nolan County. The overpass was severely damaged after a collision in late September and was demolished in November to allow for a replacement.
Â The new structure will be a one-span bridge with retaining walls, said Big Spring Area Engineer Jesse Mendoza, P.E., who is overseeing the project. The overpass is expected to be finished and open to traffic within four months.
Texas Farmers Union (TFU) President Wes Sims stated that the budget proposal recently released by the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives and Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-WI is unfair and would be very harmful to the economy of rural Texas.
"Our farmers, ranchers and rural communities have already suffered a disproportionate share of cuts from the farm bill extension and sequester. It will also turn the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) into block grants for states," said Sims.
Discussions were held on Tuesday's meeting of the Sweetwater City Commission on the project taking place at the intersection of Lamar Street and State Highway 70, near Bradford Lane.
Approval was given on two construction contract change orders for the utility relocation project by the commissioners. John Voller, the city engineer with Enprotec/Hibbs and Todd, made the presentation at the meeting.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 49 calls for service, issued no citations and made three arrests on Mar. 13, 2013.
The SPD received 30, 911 calls.
â¢ 3300 block of E. Broadway.
Calls for service:
â¢ Burglary of a building â 300 block of Beryle.
â¢ Burglary of a habitation â 700 block of Neff.
â¢ Criminal mischief â 1400 block of Hughes.
Arrested by SPD:
â¢ Alfonso Arevalo, 31 â Warrants.
â¢ Adam Aguilar, 18 â Warrants.
â¢ Male juvenile, 14 â Possession of marijuana, more than 4 ounces, less than five pounds.
Debra Bailey, 56, of Sweetwater, died Friday, March 15, 2013 at Nolan Nursing and Rehab.
She will be cremated. No services are planned.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.mccoyfh.com.