June 28th, 2012
AAA Texas projects 2.98 million Texans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Independence Day holiday weekend, a 4.7 percent increase over last year.Â The Independence Day holiday travel period is defined as Tuesday, July 3 to Sunday, July 8.Â
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 55 calls for service, issued no citations and made one arrest on June 26, 2012.
The SPD received 42, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€¢Â Theftâ€”Â 1600 block of Josephine.
â€¢Â Information onlyâ€”Â 200 block of E. 4th.
Arrested by SPD:
â€¢ Brenda Mendez, 30 â€” Forgery.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had five calls for service, served no civil papers and made one arrest on June 26, 2012.
Arrested by NCSO:
A graveside service for Louise Rawlings, 76, of Sweetwater, will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 30, 2012, at Sweetwater Cemetery. Interment will follow under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 6-7 p.m. on Friday, June 29, 2012, at McCoy Funeral Home.
Rawlings died Thursday, June 28, 2012, at Oaks at Radford Hills Nursing Home in Abilene.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.mccoyfh.com.
Sweetwaterâ€™s Little League all-star baseball teams began play in District 5 tournaments on Wednesday, and two of the three teams who saw action won.
Sweetwaterâ€™s 9-10 year-olds visited Snyder and won 8-7, while the 10-11 year-olds traveled to Clyde and romped to a 13-3 victory. However, Snyder came away with a 5-0 win over Sweetwa-ter in the 11-12 year-old division in a game held in Snyder.
Pool play games will continue today.
Austinâ€”The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has launched a new online map application, Drive Texasâ„¢, that provides travelers with real-time traffic conditions, traffic and weather feeds, as well as links to other useful travel information.
Texas State Technical College West Texas will host a special culinary class on Friday, June 29, for spouses of deployed Dyess Air Force Base personnel.
The four-course gourmet meal includes blue cheese stuffed-bacon wrapped bosc pears, butternut squash soup, roasted chicken with wild mushroom duxelles and polenta and fall fruit parfait. Each of the participants will work alongside Chef Coby to create the meal.
A final placement hearing took place on Tuesday afternoon, June 26, 2012 in Nolan County with Judge David Hall presiding, for Angel Flores, the toddler who was abandoned on Interstate 20 in Nolan County last year.
Encompass Home Health is hosting a fan drive. They will be giving away box fans free to the public this Friday, June 29, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Encompass Home Health office located at 1008 Lamar Street.
Encompass Home Health staff identified a need for this service while making home visits in and around the area. They noted that many of the elderly did not have air-conditioning or simply would not run their air-conditioner because of high utility costs. While this wonâ€™t cool an entire home, it will help keep cooler air circulating, decreasing the risk of overheating and dehydration.
A town hall meeting took place on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, in Abilene set up by the Comptrollerâ€™s office.Â Susan Combs, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, was the presenter.Â The meeting was designed to keep the financial issues of the state of Texas in front of the public as Texas prepares to go into the next legislative session.Â The rainy day fund, set up by the legislature, currently has approximately $6.3 billion in the account.Â It is projected to reach $7.3 billion by August 31, 2013.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 59 calls for service, issued no citations and made one arrest on June 25, 2012.
The SPD received 35, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€¢Â Burglary of a habitationâ€”Â 700 block of E. Avenue B.
â€¢Â Burglary of a vehicle â€”Â 800 block of Silas.
â€¢Â Burglary of a vehicle â€”Â 700 block of Lubbock.
â€¢Â Identity theft â€”Â Sweetwater area.
â€¢Â Unauthorized use of a vehicle â€”Â 200 block of Lamar.
â€¢Â Theftâ€”Â 200 block of SE Georgia.
Arrested by SPD:
â€¢ Samantha Blake, 20 â€” Warrant.