May 25th, 2012
This Saturday, May 26, 2012, 21 WASP from all over the United States will beÂ returning toÂ Avenger Field in Sweetwater for Homecoming 2012.Â Some will arrive by private planes between 9-10 a.m., some will arrive by car and nine will have spent Friday night in Sweetwater.Â The WASP will be accompanied by 21 U.S.Air Force women pilots all weekend.
From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Young Eagles Program will offer free flightsÂ to children ages 8-17 years old.
The annual WASP Homecoming 2012 will begin with an honor parade from Nolan County Plaza at 9 a.m. to the museum.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had 10 calls for service, served three civil papers and made three arrests on May 23, 2012.
Arrested by NCSO:
â€˘ Valerie Renea Lopez, 30, of Abilene â€” Unauthorized use of a vehicle.
â€˘ Keenanalan Rook, 28, of Abilene â€” Unauthorized use of a vehicle.
â€˘ Jessie Joe Lopez, 29, of Abilene â€” Unauthorized use of a vehicle.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Traffic hazard â€”Â I-20 west bound.
â€˘ Vehicle accident â€”Â Bitter Creek Road.
â€˘ Stray livestock â€”Â I-20 MM 249.
â€˘ Animal control â€”Â W. Bradford Lane.
â€˘ Court Bailiff â€”Â Nolan County Court at Law.
John Edward Pendergrass, age 87, of Sweetwater, Texas, passed away on Thursday, May 24, 2012 at Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veterans Home in Big Spring, Texas.
His body was cremated. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at Faith Lutheran Church with Keith Hills officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.
John was born on Jan. 15, 1925 in Hermleigh, Texas to Ruben and Alice (Funderburg) Pendergrass. He married Kathryn Gay (Morris) Graham on Sept. 20, 2002 in Sweetwater, Texas.
Sweetwater High School golfers were honored at a recent banquet for their outstanding play during the spring season.
Pictured (from left) are Amy Witt, who was honorable mention all-district; Molly Fincher, who was honorable mention all-district; Rachel Hunt, who was a regional qualifier; Hayley Stewart, who was a regional qualifier; Elise Lawrence, who was all-district; Alex Gomez, who was all-district; Alex Castillo, who was all-district and a regional qualifier; Mason Andrews, who was honorable mention all-district; and Ryan Mercer, who was all-district.
A "Lunch and Learn Seminar" highlighting osteoporosis was held at noon on Monday, May 21, 2012 at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital, with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Mark Seibel leading the discussion and answering questions of those in attendance.
Osteoporosis is a silent disease which increases in incidence as the population ages. The cost of treatment is increased and while significant long term functional consequences can occur, mortality rates can be increased as well.
TSTC West Texas announced that Kyle Smith will join the team as Vice President of Student Learning on June 18. Smith succeeds William W. Thompson whom moved to the TSTC Systems office in December.Â
Smith is no stranger to TSTC West Texas having served as counselor for three years. Most recently, Smith served as the Dean of Instruction and Chief Academic Officer for Western Texas College. Prior to this post, he served WTC as Assistant Professor of Political Science and Psychology, Associate Dean of Instruction and Dean of Instruction.Â
Thirty Nolan County high school and home schooled spring graduates were honored by the Nolan County Foundation with $1,000 scholarships on Wednesday, May 16, 2012.
Nolan County Foundation (NCF) president, Jerry Riggs addressed the students and their parents at a reception at the Sweetwater Country Club.Â NCF has awarded a total of 163 scholarships with proceeds from an annual golf scramble held each spring.Â
This yearâ€™s recipients were from:
--Blackwell High School â€” Kelsey Holland (Angelo State University) and Brittany Frizzell (TSTC West Texas);
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 43 calls for service, issued five citations and made three arrests on May 22, 2012.
The SPD received 13, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Burglary of a vehicle â€” 500 block of NW Georgia.
â€˘ Burglary of a building â€” 700 block of Third.
â€˘ Burglary of a building â€” 1700 block of Lou.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Brenda Mendez, 29 â€” Warrant.
â€˘ Female juvenile, 14 â€” Directive to apprehend/resisting arrest.
â€˘ Kenneth Acorn, 22 â€” Possession of controlled substance.
Dylan Bennett of Sweetwater has received all-district honorable mention in baseball. His honor was inadvertently left out of a story about Sweetwaterâ€™s all-district players that ran in Tuesdayâ€™s paper. Bennett was Sweetwaterâ€™s starting shortstop as a sophomore in his first year on varsity. He was one of five players to earn honorable mention along with Gabe Medellin, Shawn Campbell, Stephen May and Cole Maxwell. Sean Morrow, Greg Aiken, Willie Norman and James Clift were first team all-district picks for Sweetwater.
A Mustang Baseball Camp will be held June 11-14 at the high school baseball field next to Newman Park.
The first session for stu-dents entering grades 1-5 will be from 9-10:15 a.m. each day while the second session for students enter-ing grades 6-9 will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
Persons will need to reg-ister at least 15 minutes before each session begins on Monday, June 11. The cost of the camp is $40, which includes a T-shirt.
This yearâ€™s camp will em-phasize working on funda-mentals, hitting, defense and pitching and will be led by the Sweetwater High School baseball coaches.