August 23rd, 2012
A Nolan County Grand Jury indicted 12 people on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012. Eight of those indictments were sealed. The following cases were true-billed:
Anthony Dylan Bentley was indicted on three counts including sexual assault, a second degree felony, indecency with a child by contact, a second degree felony and indecency with a child by exposure, a third degree felony. The victim was younger than 17 years old at the time of the crimes around Feb. 1, 2012. His bond was set at $25,000.
The Nolan County United Way's Loyal Contributors Luncheon was held on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at the Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH) training classroom.
Following the convocation by Martin Baker, a welcome was given by Executive Director Wendy Smartt. Beverly Campbell then introduced the officers and members of the Board of Directors.
Kirby Andrews, one of the board members, collectively thanked the hospital's food staff, along with those in attendance representing the agencies and contributors for their work and support over the past year.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 55 calls for service, issued three citations and made one arrest on Aug. 21, 2012.
The SPD received 17, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€¢ Burglary of a vehicle â€” 900 block of Thomas.
â€¢ Credit card abuse â€” 1400 block of Hailey.
â€¢ Theft â€” 100 block of S. Hopkins.
â€¢ Burglary of a residence â€” 900 block of W. Arizona.
Arrested by SPD:
â€¢ Darla Jones, 43 â€” Warrant.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had 11 calls for service, served no civil papers and made two arrests on Aug. 21, 2012.
Arrested by NCSO:
Funeral services for Latanya Sweet Gaines, 48, of Snyder, will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at McCoy Chapel of Memories. Pastor G.T. Garnett II of King Soloman Baptist Church will officiate. Interment will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
A wake will be held Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, from 6-8 p.m.
Gaines died Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, in Snyder.
Rev. Roy C. Jones, age 74, of Big Spring, Texas (former resident of Sweetwater, Texas) passed away on Wednesday, August 22, 2012, at Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veterans Home in Big Spring, Texas where he had been a resident for seven years.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, at Mt. Rose Baptist Church with Rev. E. L. Wilson officiating and Rev. Tommy Jackson will serve as conductor.
Thursday's local forecast will be partly sunny with a high near 91. Winds will come from the south at 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Tonight, expect mostly cloudy skies and a low near 71. Winds will be south-southeast around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20. There will also be a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1 a.m.
Keep an eye on the skies in your area by heading on over to weather.gov.
Jimmy Headstream of Sweetwater shares some of his favorite recipes.
Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
4 cups all-purpose flour
8 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons salt
4 cups milk
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup melted butter
1 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
Cream cheese glaze:
1/2 cup butter
4 oz. cream cheese
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
The Sweetwater City Commission met on Tuesday morning, August 21 at City Hall to hold a public hearing to discuss the proposed tax rate of $0.463 (46.3 cents) for the 2012 Tax Year.
No input was offered, thus the public forum was closed and no action was taken.
The commissioners then approved scheduling a meeting on Tuesday morning, August 28, in order to vote on the tax rate. The meeting will be held at 9 a.m. at City Hall.
Sweetwater Animal Control currently has a family of dogs available for adoption.
Available for adoption is a Yorkie mother and her four two-week-old puppies. The family has been at the shelter since the puppies were just a few days old, but would thrive better at a home, said Sweetwaterâ€™s animal control officer, Don Kite. The family would have to be adopted out all together since the puppies still need their mother.
Animals that are picked up are kept for a minimum of three days, but he tries to keep them from a week to 10 days.
As part of the Sweetwater Independent School District convocation for faculty and staff, a "Mustang Olympics" competition was held at the end of the day at the Sweetwater High School Auditorium.
In a competition called Zesta Handball, three competitors per team had to eat three crackers, blow up a balloon, tie it off, run to a chair across the stage, sit on and bust the balloon before the next person on the team started.
Shown are Deana Gray with the Sweetwater High School Red Rocket Mustangs and Jimmy Bennett with the East Ridge Dream Team chowing down on their first crackers.