August 16th, 2012
During Monday's guilty pleas, one defendant pled guilty to four different cases involving sex offenses against a child and received community supervision, fines, jail time and community service in each case. According to 32nd Judicial District Attorney Ann Reed, several factors are taken into consideration in determining how to successfully prosecute sexually-based child abuse cases. Experience indicates that when a case of this nature is tried to a jury without the benefit of some evidence other than the victim's testimony, it is very difficult to win a guilty verdict.
The Sweetwater Fire Department, Sweetwater Police Department and Nolan County Sheriffâ€™s Office all responded to a grass fire that started just before 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15.
The fire was directly north of the Jack Lambert Apartments, burning between Neff St. and Newman St.
According to Fire Chief Grant Madden, the cause of the fire is still unknown. The Fire Department will continue its investigation.
The SEED (Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development) Board of Directors met for their regular meeting on Monday morning, August 13, 2012 at the Chamber of Commerce building, where discussion took place on a possible incentive proposal for a local company.
Benny Cornett with Cornett Computer Repair and Sales spoke to the board about his desire to grow his local business. With a repair shop located in downtown Sweetwater, Cornett continues to gain large commercial clients around Sweetwater and throughout Nolan County, such as courthouses, lawyers and real estate agents.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 41 calls for service, issued two citations and made three arrests on Aug. 14, 2012.
The SPD received 14, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Criminal mischief â€” 1600 block of Sam Houston.
â€˘ Criminal mischief â€” 1700 block of Henderson.
â€˘ Theft â€” 900 block of Elm.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Chrystal King, 27 â€” Theft.
â€˘ Gabriel Villa, 38 â€” Theft.
â€˘ Tabitha Decker, 20 â€” Warrant.
â€˘ Male juvenile, 14 â€” Order of apprehension.
A very young and inexperienced Blackwell football team didnâ€™t win any of their nine games on their field a year ago, though they did get a victory by forfeit.
But almost everyone is back, and the participation rate is high this season, with 21 of the 24 eligible boys signing up. Four of them â€” Ted Chambliss, Kaleb Edwards, Jayden Jones and Mason Magness â€” were all-district in 2011.
After coming away with a split in its dual match here Tuesday, the Sweetwater High School volleyball team will begin an extended stretch of time on the road today by playing a single match at Abilene Cooper â€” followed by a two-day tour-nament at Canyon Randall to complete the weekend.
Sweetwater (2-1) dropped its opening match to Seminole on Tuesday in four games by scores of 25-21, 22-25, 20-25, 20-25.
Be on the lookout for possible showers and thunderstorms this morning before 10 a.m. before partly cloudy skies come into the picture. Thursday's high in Sweetwater will be near 98 with southeast winds around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Tonight will be mostly cloudy with a low around 74. Winds will come in at 5 to 10 mph from the southeast.
Learn more about the local forecast by heading to weather.gov.
Spicy, mild, beans or meat only, tomato-based or white â€” there are as many ways to make chili as there are people
who make it. If you want to fine-tune your chili cooking chops, take a few hints from Larry Walton, the 2011 Terlingua International Chili Champion.
Here are his top five tips for making great chili:
*Chili Powder â€” Using the right chili powder makes all the differÂence in
the world. Mexene Chili Powder and Seasoning Mix is a good choice because itâ€™s well rounded and balanced.
*Meat â€” Choose premium quality ground beef with an 80/20 percent
Sweetwater High School football fans will get a unique opportunity to meet new head coach Shane Mobley and members of his staff Thursday while enjoying some food and fellowship.
The event is called "Meet the Mustang Coaches" and will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the local Dairy Queen on 1608 Lamar.
According to store owner Jerry Hulcy, a number of other local celebrities will be on hand to serve up ice cream cones to the public for $1 each, and other food items will be available as well. Also, an autographed football jersey will be given away at the end of the event.
Tax-free weekend is just around the corner and will kick off this Friday, August 17, 2012--the one weekend event that's a reminder to parents, students and teachers that the school year is on the horizon.
For 14 years, Texas has participated in the Tax Free Weekend, allowing families to save money in their back-to-school pursuit. The weekend continues through Sunday, August 19--a week before the school year begins for the majority of public schools in the Lone Star State.