July 11th, 2012
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Area officers from the Nolan County Sheriffâ€™s Office, Sweetwater Police Department and Texas Department of Public Safety were trained over the last two days in high performance tactical police driving maneuvers. Four specialized driving instructors and one intern came to Sweetwater to offer the instruction that covered two days. All of the instructors were Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety, according to Sheriff David Warren.
The Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly Chamber Coffee event at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 12, 2012, at the Sweetwater Country Club, located at 1901 Country Club Drive, and will be co-hosted by the Texas Department of Agriculture Commissioner Rick Rhoades, who is the administrator for rural affairs and Robert Howden of Texans For Economic Progress. AT&T will also co-host the event. Randy Teakell is the local AT&T manager.
A trial began on Tuesday, July 10, 2012, in the 32nd Judicial District Court against Larry Clarence Staton with Judge Don L. Jarvis officiating. District Attorney Ann Reed and Assistant District Attorney Barrett Thomas are prosecuting the case and Jeffrey Allen is the attorney for the defense.
Staton has been charged with indecency with a child by contact, a second degree felony and indecency with a child by exposure, a third degree felony. The indictment states that the offenses occurred on Sept. 1, 2010 to a child younger than 17 years of age.
The SEED (Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development) Board of Directors met for their monthly meeting on Monday morning, July 9, 2012 at the Chamber of Commerce.
Among the action items from the meeting was the 2012-2012 FY (fiscal year) budget, which was approved. A sample budget had been discussed at the June meeting, with a complete budget prepared and proposed to the board by SEED Executive Director Ken Becker during this meeting.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 57 calls for service, issued five citations and made two arrests on July 9, 2012.
The SPD received 16, 911 calls.
â€˘ 100 block of SE Georgia.
â€˘ 100 block of W. Arkansas.
Calls for service:
â€˘Â Criminal mischief â€”Â 1500 block of Lubbock.
â€˘Â Criminal mischief â€”Â 600 block of W. Alabama.
â€˘Â Theftâ€”Â 900 block of Mulberry.
â€˘Â Assaultâ€”Â 900 block of Circle Drive.
â€˘Â Theftâ€”Â 400 block of NE Georgia.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Jamie O'Connor, 26 â€” Warrant.
â€˘ Jay Walton, 47 â€” Public intoxication.
Jane Ernestine Hays, age 85, went to be with her Heavenly Father on July 11, 2012. She passed away at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital in Sweetwater. Funeral services will be held at Trinity Baptist Church in Sweetwater on Sunday, July 15, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. Ward Hayes officiating. Interment will be at Sweetwater Cemetery. McCoy Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Jane was born May 20, 1927 in Cochran, Georgia.
HERMLEIGH â€” Harvie Lee Davis, 92, died Tuesday, July 10, 2012, at Fisher County Hospital.Â Services will be at 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 12, 2012, at the First Baptist Church of Hermleigh with Bro. Alan Culp officiating.Â Burial will follow at Hobbs Cemetery under the direction of Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home.Â Online condolences may be made to weathersbeerayfh.com.
Avondale Baptist Church hosted a block party on the corner of Hailey and Lou Streets, across from the Village Apartments, on Saturday, July 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Church members set up games with prizes, made cotton candy, popcorn, snow cones and hot dogs for lunch.
Find more photos from the block party in today's paper.
Another â€śAll Class Reunionâ€ť for Homecoming 2012 is planned for Saturday, Sept. 8, from 2 p.m. to midnight at the Sweetwater High School Cafeteria, according to Linda Kiser Browning Miller, event director.
Jeff Stein of KXOX Radio will be the emcee, and Big Boys BBQ will cater the supper at 5:30 p.m. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. and a short program will be held at 5 p.m. After the barbecue supper, J.B. Cloud of KBCY Radio of Abilene will serve as D.J. for the music and dance beginning at about 7:30 p.m. The D.J. will present music from the 50â€™s to the present.