July 6th, 2012
Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital offered free watermelon to the community on Wednesday, July 4, 2012, to celebrate Independence Day.
Also given were small flags and patriotic footballs. Many showed up for the event and enjoyed the treats and company of others on the holiday.
Find more photos from the local event in today's paper.
When motorists return home from 4th of July trips this week theyâ€™ll be paying less at the pumps to do so.Â The statewide average for a gallon of regular unleaded in the Lone Star State is now $3.16, which is four cents less than last week and 18 cents less than the national average of $3.34.Â Drivers in El Paso are paying the most on average at $3.27 and motorists in Beaumont are paying the least at $3.09. Drivers in Sweetwater are paying an average of $3.17.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 100 calls for service, issued no citations and made two arrests on July 4, 2012.
The SPD received 47, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€˘Â Family violence assault â€”Â 1100 block of James.
â€˘Â Burglary of a habitationâ€”Â 100 block of Fisher.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Billy McQueen, 24 â€” Assault causes bodily injury.
â€˘ Justin Strouse, 25 â€” Public intoxication.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had 12 calls for service, served no civil papers and made two arrests on July 4, 2012.
Arrested by NCSO:
ABILENE â€” There was plenty of drama Thursday at the District 5 Major League (ages 11-12) championship game between Sweetwater and Wylie that was held at Abileneâ€™s Will Hair Park.
The biggest drama came at the end of the game.
ABILENE â€” After win-ning a tiebreaker to make it to the semifinal round as a wild card entry and then defeating Abilene North 6-5 on Tuesday, Sweetwaterâ€™s run at the District 5 Junior League (ages 13-14) title came to an end on Thursday as Abilene South won 12-2 in the championship game at Abilene Wylieâ€™s field.
The Nolan Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) is welcoming a new member to their team â€” another large brush truck to its fleet.
During last summer's White Hat fire â€” which was the largest fire in Nolan County history, the Nolan VFD was one of several fire departments that responded. Along with them was the Sweetwater Fire Department (SFD), who unfortunately had their military truck wrecked while battling the blaze.
SWEETWATER â€“ The Texas AgriLife Extension Service will conduct a tree health program from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17, 2012, in the meeting room on the third floor of the Nolan County Courthouse in Sweetwater.
Zach Wilcox, AgriLife Extension agent in Nolan County, said the programâ€™s main objective will be to determine what, if anything, can be done with the many landscape trees affected by last yearâ€™s record heat and drought.
Two male juveniles, both age 12, were arrested on Tuesday, July 3, 2012, for arson. They are suspected of starting the blaze in the burning of the Palomino Hotel on East Broadway in Sweetwater.
According to Sweetwater Fire Chief Grant Madden, a call came in at 8:29 p.m. about the fire and firefighters were able to get the blaze under control by 8:50 p.m. About 12 firefighters had made it to the scene with six units at the scene.
The West Texas Innovation Network is sponsoring a â€śFast TracÂ® New Ventureâ„˘ Course beginning on July 11 through August 3, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. The course, designed to help a new business or launch a new business successfully, will be held at the TTU Small Business Development Center Abilene, 500 Chestnut Street, Suite 601 in Abilene.
Many area residents attended the Lion's Club Independence Day parade on Wednesday, July 4, 2012.
Many entered the parade including Girl Scout troops, churches, teams, civic organizations, horseback riders, individuals and others.
Find more photos from the Independence Day parade in today's paper.