July 2nd, 2012
Nolan County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Dennis Cumbie, announced that county committee election nominations began June 15, 2012. Farmers, ranchers and landowners are encouraged to nominate farmer and rancher candidates to serve on their local FSA county committee by the August 1, 2012 deadline.
Elected county committee members serve a three-year term and are responsible for making decisions on FSA disaster, conservation, commodity, and price support programs, as well as other important federal farm program issues.
Encompass Home Health in Sweetwater hosted a fan drive, giving away box fans free to the public on Friday, June 29, at their local office, located at 1008 Lamar Street.
Encompass Home Health staff identified a need for this service while making home visits in and around the area. They noted that many of the elderly did not have air-conditioning or simply would not run their air-conditioner because of high utility costs.
Texans who are eligible to vote, but not yet registered are almost out of time to register to vote in the July 31, 2012 Primary Runoff Elections. Voter registration applications must be postmarked no later than today, Monday, July 2, 2012. Information on how to register to vote in Texas can be found at www.votetexas.gov, or by calling the voter registrar in a voterâ€™s county of residence.
The Board of Directors of First Financial Bank, N.A., Sweetwater announced that Gayle Davis has joined First Financial as Assistant Branch Manager and Banking Officer for the Merkel branch.
â€śWe are excited to have Gayle on our team,â€ť said Kirby Andrews, President and CEO. â€śGayleâ€™s banking knowledge and extensive experience will be a valuable asset to the bank and to the Merkel community.â€ť
Funeral services for Martha Allene DeBusk, 99, of Lubbock, formerly of Sweetwater, will be held on Thursday, July 5, 2012, at 11 a.m. at McCoy Chapel of Memories. Rev. Chris Stephens will be officiating with interment to follow at Sweetwater Cemetery, under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends Thursday morning from 10 a.m. until service time at McCoy Funeral Home.
DeBusk died Saturday, July 1, 2012, at Hospitality House Nursing Home in Lubbock.
The Sweetwater Junior Leaguers are in the District 5 semifinals, and two more local all-star teams have a chance to do the same by winning their final pool games tonight.
The 9-10 year-old stars play Jim Ned at 6 p.m. at Abileneâ€™s Cal Young Park while the 11-12 year-olds play Merkel, also at 6 p.m., in Snyder. The Junior Leaguers (13-14 year-olds) play their semifinal at 6 p.m. Tuesday against Abilene North at Abilene Northâ€™s field, where a win will send them to Thursdayâ€™s championship game at Wylie.
Semifinal play for both the 9-10 and 11-12 year-olds begins Tuesday.
Technology has made great strides, but its evolution and capabilities gave one couple the chance of a lifetime: to be together for their child's birth while being apart, half a world away.
Eddy Gossett is a 2001 graduate of Sweetwater High School. Only a month after graduating, on July 30, 2001, Gossett joined the United States Marine Corps and underwent recruit training.
He has been with the Marines for almost 11 years, and he is currently on his fourth deployment in Afghanistan with the 1st Maintenance Battalion as Assistant Convoy Commander and Platoon Sergeant.
The Sweetwater Lions Club will be hosting the annual Fourth of July parade on Wednesday, July 4, 2012, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Nolan County Courthouse. The theme is "Americans Serve!" Anyone wishing to participate in the parade needs to be at the Courthouse at 9:30 a.m. for line-up. All of the service groups in the area are encouraged to participate. Decorated bicycles, wagons andÂ floats are welcome in the parade. The parade will go east on Broadway to Elm Street. It will turn north on Elm, by the County-City Library andÂ will end in the Nolan County Coliseum parking lot.
A local man was recently arrested for indecency with a child by contact. Felipe DeJesus Lozano, Jr., 18, was arrested by the Sweetwater Police Department after he admitted he had touched his 10-year-old relative inappropriately according to officials at the Sweetwater Police Department. The charge is classified as a second degree felony and if found guilty, Lozano faces 2-20 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and a fine of up to $10,000.