July 4th, 2012
Today, Old Glory is flying, as its spectators might be carrying a bit more pride within them. The melody of the Star-Spangled Banner resonates loudly or perhaps in their minds. July 4th--Independence Day in America, can be called a symbol of patriotism for Americans as they enjoy a day off from work.
But how was the day incepted? Several events and dates paved the way for America to celebrate her birthday--all the way back to April 1775 when the first battles of the Revolutionary War began and a handful of people craved independence from England.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 37 calls for service, issued one citation and made three arrests on July 2, 2012.
The SPD received 58, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€¢Â Theftâ€”Â 300 block of E. Alabama.
Arrested by SPD:
â€¢ Lewis Hill, 37 â€” Driving while license invalid with previous conviction.
â€¢ Deanna Howard, 18 â€” Driving while license invalid with previous conviction.
â€¢ Dalton Dauel, 21 â€” Theft/warrant.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had 15 calls for service, served no civil papers and made one arrest on July 2, 2012.
Arrested by NCSO:
If youâ€™re a driver who has too much to drink at a Fourth of July barbecue, or youâ€™re a party host, restaurant or bar owner whoâ€™s concerned about a guest whoâ€™s overindulged and want to make sure that person gets home safely, AAA Texas is offering members and non-members alike our Tipsy Tow program. Itâ€™s a program designed to make sure everyone who needs a ride home during the holiday gets home safely.
Two blood drives will take place in Sweetwater on Thursday, July 5, from noon until 6 p.m. One blood drive will take place inside the Lions Club building at 1501 Lamar, and a bloodmobile will be parked at the Nolan County Courthouse. Blood shortages occur most often during the summer months, especially around holidays.
Sweetwater-Nolan County Health Department (SNCHD), located at 301 E.12th, will have their annual immunization fun day event on Wednesday, July 11 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-6 p.m. This is a normal day for immunization clinic but the health department has set this day to emphasis the importance of making sure your childâ€™s immunizations are up-to-date.Â The health department plans to make it a special day for the children; each child receiving immunizations will receive rewards. Also, parents will have a chance to win a $50 gas card.
Many local students in grades second through eighth attended a drama camp at Sweetwater High School, led by Sweetwater High School drama students and SHS drama teacher Melody Copeland. A show of Copeland's adaptation of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe took place at on Friday, June 29, 2012, at the SHS Auditorium.
One person entered a plea to Judge Glen Harrison during 32nd Judicial District Court proceedings on Monday, July 2, 2012. District Attorney Ann Reed and Assistant District Attorney Barrett Thomas prosecuted the case.
Jared Seth Davis, with attorney Peter Lopez, pled true to revoking his probation. Davis was originally put on probation on Feb. 25, 2011, for forgery, a state jail felony.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 150 calls for service, issued three citations and made 10 arrests from June 29 through July 1, 2012.
The SPD received 92, 911 calls.
â€¢ 100 block of Elm.
Calls for service:
â€¢Â Burglary of a vehicleâ€”Â 400 block of Hailey.
â€¢Â Family violence assault/impede breath â€”Â 1400 block of Hughes.
â€¢Â Burglary of a habitationâ€”Â 500 block of W. Texas.
â€¢Â Informationâ€”Â 500 block of Pecan.
â€¢Â Informationâ€”Â Sweetwater area.
Arrested by SPD:
â€¢ Brenda Mendez, 30 â€” Warrant/false report.
â€¢ Timothy Cantu, 19 â€” Warrant.
Funeral service for Dorothy Velta Huffstutler, 68, of Sweetwater, will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 6, 2012, at Faith Harvest Pentecostal Church with Rev. Jimmy Don Bennett officiating. Interment will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Huffstutler died Tuesday, July 3, 2012, in Abilene.
Two Sweetwater Little League all-star teams have advanced to the District 5 elimination round and will play semifinal games in Abilene today, while a third local team narrowly missed joining them.
Sweetwaterâ€™s 11-12 year-olds advanced by shutting out Merkel 6-0 in their final pool game to finish with a 2-1 record, and join the three pool winners as as a wild card entry after having the lowest runs-allowed per inning ratio of the pool runnerups.