March 30th, 2012
Beatrice Ortiz, age 79, of Sweetwater, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 31, 2012, at Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home Chapel with Jesse Ortiz officiating. Burial will follow at Roscoe Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.
Approximately 40 acres burned in Nolan County on Thursday afternoon when a controlled burn became an uncontrolled burn. Two Sweetwater Fire Department trucks and the Trent Volunteer Fire Department tanker worked on the blaze with eight firemen working to extinguish the fire.
The second day of the Robert Williams trial took place on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 in the 32nd Judicial District Court at the Nolan County Courthouse.
The entire day was made up of further testimony from the lead investigator at the time of the incident, Tim Blount, formerly with the Nolan County Sheriff's Office. Several videos and a number of photographs were submitted to evidence and shown to the five-woman, seven-man jury.
On Sunday, April 1, the staff and men from Teen/Life Challenge of Dallas will be sharing music, testimonies and a sermon in the 10:30 a.m. service at Cornerstone Church in Sweetwater.
Teen Challenge, now an international ministry with well over 1100 centers in 86 countries, was started in 1958 by the late David Wilkerson. It is considered one of the largest and most successful programs of its kind in the world.
April is Child Abuse Awareness Month and as a way to celebrate the efforts to end child abuse, the West Texas Children's Advocacy Center will host the seventh annual awareness banquet.
According to David McDonald, Board President, last year's banquet was a great success due to generous donors. "We are optimistically looking forward to another successful event this year."
The Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors honored new business and Chamber member, Luluâ€™s Super Mercado, located at 1001 Lamar in Sweetwater with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, March 23, 2012. Owner Danish Siddiqui is shown receiving his first dollar from Ambassador Gay Nell Cherry.
Also, the Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors honored new business and Chamber member, Open Window, located at 316 Oak in Sweetwater with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, March 27, 2012.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 39 calls for service, issued five citations and made one arrest on March 27, 2012.
The SPD received 13, 911 calls.
â€˘ 500 block of E. Broadway.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Sexual assault of a child â€” Sweetwater.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Male juvenile, 15 â€” Sexual assault.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had two calls for service, served five civil papers and made no arrests on March 27, 2012.
Calls for service:
â€˘ 911 misdial â€” North I-20.
â€˘ Reckless driver â€” I-20 MM 257 west bound.
Total in Custody: 34
THURSDAY, MARCH 29
Sweetwater boys play first leg of district tournament at Snyder.
Sweetwater JV plays at Snyder tournament.
Sweetwater JV and varsity boys are at Colorado City meet.
Roscoe junior high teams are at district meet in Christoval.
Highland and Black-well junior high teams are at district meet in Roby.
Sweetwater varsity plays at Snyder, 7 p.m.
Sweetwater JV and varsity play at Snyder, 5 and 6:30 p.m.
Sweetwater varsity plays at Snyder tournament.
BROWNWOOD â€” After hitting its low point of the season in a district-opening 16-1 home loss to Wylie on March 20, the Sweetwater baseball team is suddenly hitting its stride â€” and the Mustangs are hitting the ball pretty darn well, too.
Wednesdayâ€™s convincing 14-8 victory at Brownwood certainly drove home the last point. Sweetwater belted 15 hits off three pitchers while handing the three-time defending district champion Lions their first defeat in 5-3A play. The win leaves both squads at 1-1 in district and tied for second place behind Wylie (3-0), a 9-7 winner over Big Spring on Wednesday.
BROWNWOOD â€” After getting eight days off following its come-from-behind 8-6 win over Wylie here on March 20, Sweetwaterâ€™s softball team came out blazing with three early runs at Brownwood and a 3-0 lead after 1 1/2 innings Wednesday. A double by Claire Williams began the rally, and Kendra Crosson was hit by a pitch before Kelsi Crosson doubled both of them home. After a strikeout, Maty Montgomery then reached on an error to score courtesy runner Angela Garza and give Sweetwater a 3-0 advantage over the Lady Lions and their ace pitcher, Sydney Laws.