August 17th, 2012
A couple of public hearings took place during the Sweetwater City Commission meeting held on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at City Hall.
One of the public hearings was held in regard to the proposed budget for 2012-2013. While no input was heard from those in attendance, it was noted that this budget will raise more total property taxes than last year's budget by $320,726, or 19.74%; of that amount, $73,002.55 is tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the roll this year.
(Abilene) â€“ Texas State Technical College West Texas will graduate 138 highly-skilled graduates for the Texas workforce. Â As the oil and gas industries boom throughout West Texas, engineers are being snapped up. Â Aaron Hall, the student speaker at graduation on Friday, has been working full-time at Stellar Automation for three months. Stellar Automation, located in Big Spring, focuses on engineering needs for the oil and gas industries.Â
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 32 calls for service, issued no citations and made two arrests on Aug. 15, 2012.
The SPD received 16, 911 calls.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Stephanie Smith, 23 â€” Theft.
â€˘ Jennifer Arispe, 40 â€” Theft.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had four calls for service, served no civil papers and made four arrests on Aug. 15, 2012.
Arrested by NCSO:
Ellie "Jack" Parker, 65, of Sweetwater, died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, a Nolan Nursing and Rehab. His wishes were to be cremated and no other services are planned. McCoy Funeral Home carried out his wishes.
Parker was born January 20, 1947, in Waterloo, Alabama.
Survivors include his wife, Debra Parker, of Roby, Texas; brother, David Parker & wife Shirley of Emery, Texas; and sister-in-law, Vicki Newman of Roby, Texas.
After leading his players through two weeks of prac-tices and a week in pads, Shane Mobley is eager to see how his players do when they get in some licks against outside competition.
The first-year Sweetwater head football coach and his staff will finally get that chance Saturday, when the Mustangs host Wichita Falls Hirschi in their first of two preseason scrimmages.
Blackwell football players are shown here during a recent practice as they prepare for a new season. The Hornets go to Hermleigh for their first scrimmage today.
Chances of rain will be with us all weekend in the Sweetwater area, with a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms on Friday, along with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 94. Winds will be south-southwest around 5 mph.
Friday night, expect a low around 73 under mostly cloudy skies. Winds will come from the south at 5 to 10 mph, shifting to light, south-southeast winds. Chance of rain and thunderstorms will be 30%.
Saturday, our chances of rain peak at 50% with a high near 94 and mostly cloudy. Winds will be from the south-southeast ranging from 5 to 10 mph.
Rarely will a media outlet make the news itself, but during the weekly Kiwanis Club meeting on Wednesday, August 15, the local newspaper was the topic of discussion.
The program for the day was given by Terri Leifeste, the interim publisher at the Sweetwater Reporter. Joined by her husband Alvin--who also oversees the local newspaper, the positive changes being made were presented to the civic club.
During Monday's guilty pleas, one defendant pled guilty to four different cases involving sex offenses against a child and received community supervision, fines, jail time and community service in each case. According to 32nd Judicial District Attorney Ann Reed, several factors are taken into consideration in determining how to successfully prosecute sexually-based child abuse cases. Experience indicates that when a case of this nature is tried to a jury without the benefit of some evidence other than the victim's testimony, it is very difficult to win a guilty verdict.
The Sweetwater Fire Department, Sweetwater Police Department and Nolan County Sheriffâ€™s Office all responded to a grass fire that started just before 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15.
The fire was directly north of the Jack Lambert Apartments, burning between Neff St. and Newman St.
According to Fire Chief Grant Madden, the cause of the fire is still unknown. The Fire Department will continue its investigation.