November 16th, 2012
Expect mostly sunny skies today with a high near 63. Winds will be from the southeast at 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 41 and east-southeast winds at 5 to 10 mph.
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There will be a fundraiser for Teresa Wood Smith and her husband Mark Smith of Sweetwater, whose home burned on Thursday, Nov. 1.
The fire began as an electrical problem, according to Sweetwater Fire Chief Grant Madden.
The fundraiser will be at Wal-Mart on Saturday, Nov. 17. Friends of Teresa and Mark will be selling brisket sandwiches and hot dogs from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. or until they sell out.
Money will be used to help Teresa and Mark restore her home. Teresa is a home health nurse and graduate of Sweetwater High School.
The Nolan County United Way (NCUW) assists nine agencies in our community. Making up the agencies are the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, SNAP (Senior Nutrition Activities Program), Cancer Services Network, Gateway Family Services, Sweetwater BackPack Buddies, the West Texas Children's Advocacy Center (WTCAC), the Big Country Medical Reserve Corps, and the Women's Resource Center.
The Women's Resource Center is located at 310 Hickory in Sweetwater. Their purpose is to assist women who are pregnant or have small children and are having financial difficulties.
Thanksgiving festivities can officially begin because Henrietta the Sweetwater ISD Turkey has arrived!
Henrietta can be found at the Sweetwater ISD Administration Building at 207 Musgrove, where she is supporting the annual SISD United Way Drive.
This year's theme is Give Where You Live and while you are posing for pictures with the famous turkey, feel free to make a donation to the Nolan County United Way. United Way supports nine local agencies that make a difference in the community.
A Nolan County Grand Jury indicted 10 people on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012. Four of those indictments were sealed. The following cases were true-billed:
Ashley Ryan Runnels was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, namely heroin, a state jail felony. Court documents state that Runnels knowingly possessed less than one gram of heroin on May 8, 2012. Her bond was set at $7,500.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 29 calls for service, issued one citation and made one arrest on Nov. 13, 2012.
The SPD received 14, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€¢ Animal cruelty â€” 1000 block of FM 1544.
â€¢ Assault â€” 1600 block of Grand.
â€¢ Unattended death â€” 600 block of Haskell.
Arrested by SPD:
â€¢ Derick Jones, 20 â€”Â Possession of marijuana/driving under the influence minor.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had seven calls for service, served one civil paper and made one arrest on Nov. 13, 2012.
Arrested by NCSO:
A memorial service for Maurice Sligar, 95, of Sweetwater, will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, at Trinity Baptist Church with Rev. Ward hayes officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Sligar died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.mccoyfh.com.
Ira Hale, Jr., 89, of Helotes, Texas, went to be with the Lord on Nov. 13, 2012, surrounded by his family. He was born Nov. 9, 1923, in Eskota, Texas, the son of late Ira Hale, Sr. and Nannie Imogene Gunnels Brumfield. He was the oldest of three siblings. On June 1, 1948, he married the love of his life, Vernice Irene Hanna, and has been happily married for 64 years. He served in the U.S. Navy as an aviation radio operator in the 1940s. After his discharge, he was employed by Santa Fe Railroad for 37 years, retiring in November 1983.
Back in mid-August, there were at least three good reasons to think the 2012 football season would be nothing special at Blackwell:
â€¢ Two straight losing seasons, including a 1-9 rec-ord in 2011 where the only victory came by forfeit;
â€¢ A lack of senior leader-ship, with just three of them on the roster;
â€¢ The growing pains of adjusting to an all-new coaching staff.
Yet three months later, the Hornets are still going to practice and preparing for their first playoff game in four years.
Two Nolan County varsi-ty girls basketball teams are off to 3-0 starts after winning again on Tuesday, as Sweetwater held off Wichita Falls Hirschi 40-32 on the road and Roscoe pulled away in the second half to defeat Robert Lee 30-19 at Roscoeâ€™s gym.
Also, Highland (2-1) defeated Aspermont 56-44 while Blackwell (0-1) lost to Hermleigh 65-43 in its sea-son opener on Tuesday.
Sweetwater trailed Hir-schi 9-8 after one quarter, but led 20-12 at halftime and was up by 10, 29-19, at the end of three periods.