February 21st, 2012
Several family members and friends of an alleged sexual assault victim held signs and protested at the Nolan County Courthouse on Tuesday morning, Feb. 21, 2012.
One sign read, "My name is Fonda Balthrop. My daughter was sexually abused. There was no justice. Still to this day I sit and watch her suffer. All I wanted was Justice! It hurts me to see the pain in her eyes when she asked, 'Mommy why don't the POLICE HELP ME?'"
Chuck Coley, pictured next to Larry Black (far left), visited the Central Rolling Plains Co-op in Roscoe, Texas on Monday, Feb. 20, 2012. Coley, of Vienna, Georgia, is a producer/ginner that was elected National Cotton Council (NCC) chairman for 2012. He was named during the NCC's annual meeting in Fort Worth on Feb. 10. He will be speaking at the Abilene Farm and Ranch Show today, Feb. 21.
Last Saturday the Sweetwater High School Mustang Band participated in the UIL Region Solo and Ensemble Contest at Abilene High School. Sweetwater earned more solo medals than any other AAA, AA or A school at the competition. Twenty student musicians made 1â€™s on their solos.
Just after midnight Friday morning, Feb. 18, 2012, an 18-wheeler and four other vehicles were involved in a wreck 25 miles south of Sweetwater on Highway 153. No injuries were reported in the wreck. The driver of the 18-wheeler was hauling beef from Amarillo to the San Antonio area.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 126 calls for service, issued eight citations and made two arrests from Feb. 17-19, 2012.
The SPD received 52, 911 calls.
â€¢ 400 block of E. Arizona.
â€¢ 1600 block of Lamar.
Calls for service:
â€¢ Deadly conduct â€”Â 300 block of NE Georgia.
â€¢ Theft â€”Â 300 block of SE Georgia.
â€¢ Criminal trespass â€”Â 900 block of Walnut.
â€¢ Criminal mischief â€”Â 300 block of Patterson.
Arrested by SPD:
â€¢ Eric Brown, 23 â€” Indictment warrant.
â€¢ Jeffery Williams, 32 â€” Indictment warrant.
Funeral services for Woodrow Wilson Fort, 99, of Sweetwater, will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at McCoy Chapel of Memories with Rev. Phillip Thomas officiating. Interment will follow at Roscoe Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home. Military Graveside Rites will be provided by the Nolan County Honor Guard.
A visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, at McCoy Funeral Home.
Fort died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital in Sweetwater.
Corrie Juanita Kay, 86, of Sweetwater passed away on Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at her residence.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovahâ€™s Witnesses in Sweetwater. Arrangements are by Robert Massie Funeral Home in San Angelo.
Kristen Elizabeth Johnston, age 31, of Sweetwater, Texas, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, in Abilene, Texas.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at 4th and Elm Church of Christ with Doug Crum officiating. Burial will follow at Garden of Memories. Arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.
Kristen was born on March 17, 1980, in Steubenville, Ohio to Phillip and Cynthia Jo Johnston. She was a member of Church of Christ.
After beginning its 2012 softball season by winning three of four games at the Abilene Ice Breaker tournament last week, Sweetwat-erâ€™s Lady Mustangs will be headed back that direction today for a single varsity game in Clyde at 4 p.m. In addition, the Sweetwater JV softball team is scheduled to play its season opener against Clydeâ€™s JV today following the varsity contest.
On Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, just before 2 p.m. there were two wrecks near the 255 mile marker close to the Adrian Road bridge. One car lost control, crossed the center barrier and was hit multiple times by oncoming traffic including an 18-wheeler in the west bound lanes.Â On the east bound side, a car swerved to miss debris and rolled over.Â There were a number of cars involved on that side as well.Â