January 13th, 2012
After around only an hour and a half of deliberations, a five-woman, seven-man jury found Julian Castillo not guilty of indecency with a child by contact on Thursday evening, Jan. 12, 2012.
A number of testimonies from the defense were heard on the second day of the trial â€” including the defendant himself, in the 32nd Judicial District Court in the Nolan County Courthouse.
SWEETWATER, Texas â€“ Sweetwater Goodfellows, the cityâ€™s annual holiday season fund drive for Nolan County residents in need, has received a $1,000 donation from Tenaska, Goodfellows President Billie Johnston has announced.
â€śOn behalf of Sweetwater Goodfellows, I want to thank Tenaska for this generous contribution,â€ť she said. â€śThis donation will help provide a happier Christmas and holiday season for many of our neighbors in need this year.â€ť
Last Saturday the top student musicians across Texas gathered to participate in the final round of competition for the Texas All-State Band. In Lubbock, over 250 students were invited, representing over 100 competing schools, from Abilene to Amarillo to El Paso. Three students from Sweetwater High School competed. Sophomore French hornist Stephen Le finished in seventh place out of 20 auditioning, just missing all-state by three chairs. Sophomore alto saxophonists Chase Scott placed third out of 15, just missing all-state by one spot.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 43 calls for service, issued no citations and made one arrest on Jan. 11, 2012.
The SPD received 12, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Fraud â€” 1300 block of Lamar.
â€˘ Burglary of a vehicle â€” 1200 block of Bristol.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Christopher Reed, 35 â€” Theft.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had two calls for service, served three civil papers and made two arrests on Jan. 11, 2012.
Arrested by NCSO:
â€˘ Jesse James Gamez, 24, of Sweetwater â€” Warrants/public intoxication and failure to maintain financial responsibility.
Lucille Yates Martin passed away Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, in an Abilene hospital. A visitation will be Sunday, Jan. 15, at McCoy Funeral Home from 4-6 p.m. A private family graveside service will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 16, at the Garden of Memories in Sweetwater, Texas. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. at Lamar Street Baptist Church with Reverend Jerry Payne and Reverend Keith Clifton officiating. Services will be under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
James William Bailey, 61 left this world peacefully at 6:10 a.m. on Jan. 13, 2012, carried away by angels and looking forward to seeing his Father, babies and Dad and Mom who were waiting for him. He was surrounded by his adoring family.
James was a loving husband to his surviving wife, Brenda. They were childhood sweethearts, who were married on June 1, 1967 in Sweetwater and were inseparable still 45 years later.
FRIDAY, JAN. 13
Sweetwater girls host Wylie â€” JV at 4:30 p.m., varsity at 6 p.m., freshmen at 7:30 p.m.
Sweetwater boys host Wylie (district openers) â€” JV at 4:30 p.m., freshmen at 6 p.m., varsity at 7:30 p.m.
Roscoe varsity girls and boys host Rotan, 6:30 and 8 p.m.
Blackwell varsity girls and boys host Sterling City starting at 6:30 p.m.
Highland JV and varsity girls and boys idle.
SATURDAY, JAN. 14
Sweetwater boys and girls compete at season-opening meet in Miles.
District 5-3A play will be in full swing starting today both of Sweetwater High Schoolâ€™s varsity basketball teams host Abilene Wylie.
Sweetwaterâ€™s girls, 0-1 after losing to Snyder in their district opener Tuesday, tip off at 6 p.m. while the boys begin district at 7:30 p.m.
Sweetwater High Schoolâ€™s boys and girls powerlifters compete at their first 2012 meet on Saturday at Miles.
SHS will also have joint meets Jan. 19 at Big Spring, Feb. 9 at Clyde and Feb. 18 when Sweetwater hosts the final qualifying meet. Also, the boys go to Abilene High Jan. 28 and the girls will compete at Grape Creek on Feb. 4. Regional meets are March 3 at Monahans (girls) and March 10 at Sundown (boys), while the state meets are March 17 at Corpus Christi (girls) and March 24 in Abilene (boys).
Little League signups will begin Monday
Six Sweetwater players today earned Class 3A all-Big Country football recognition from the Abilene Reporter-News.
Of the six Mustangs who were honored, three made the first team â€” Mateo Gonzales on the defensive line and Dylon Adames and Malcolm Jackson on the offensive line.
Nick Nemir made the second team as a defensive back. His older brother Sam Nemir (linebacker) and Taylor Jones (quarterback) got all-Big Country honorable mention on the Class 3A team.