July 19th, 2012
The Reading Program Party took place at the County-City Library on Wednesday morning, July 18, 2012. The party was held for those who turned in their blue reading logs.
Dianna Adams and Joe Rivera, members of the Sweetwater Community Band, kicked-off the party by leading the children in songs and telling riddles and jokes. Ice cream with assorted toppings was later served, and the readers also took part in a scavenger hunt and received award bags that included a certificate.
Shown is Adams (far right) leading the children in an interactive song.
The Nolan County Grand Jury handed down 32 indictments, 24 of which were sealed.
Four of those indicted included Dalton James Dauel, Timothy Rene Cantu, Xavier Rene Limones and Rita Jo Chase for engaging in organized criminal activity, a first degree felony. Court documents state that the four knowingly manufactured, delivered or possesses with the intent to deliver methamphetamine in the amount of 400 grams or more on Jan. 6, 2012. Their bonds were each set at $25,000 and they each face 15-99 years or life in prison if found guilty.
The following cases were true-billed:
Discussion was held on the upcoming 2013 budget during the meeting of the Nolan County Hospital District Board of Directors' meeting held on Monday evening, July 17, 2012 at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH).
The 2013 Capital Budget was presented to the board, following the submission from each department on items they wish to have. The items were then prioritized into three different groups; the first priority group needed to be approved, in which several items were highlighted.
Tex Amanda (Brown) Meachem took off on her final flight on July 5, 2012, in the care of Vitas Hospice of Florida at John Knox Village, in Pompano Beach, Florida. She was 94 years old.
Tex Amanda Brown, named after her grandmothers, â€śTexannaâ€ť and â€śAmanda,â€ť was born in Tallahassee, Florida on Feb. 4, 1918. A few months later, the young family moved to Winter Garden, where Tex completed all her schooling, graduating as the Salutatorian from Lakeview High School.Â
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 48 calls for service, issued three citations and made two arrests on July 17, 2012.
The SPD received 29, 911 calls.
â€˘ SE Georgia and Lamar.
â€˘Â Lamar and Arizona.
â€˘ 700 block of E. Broadway.
â€˘ 1600 block of Hailey.
Calls for service:
â€˘Â Burglary of a habitation â€”Â 1100 block of Presidio.
â€˘Â Criminal mischief â€”Â 2900 block of E. Broadway.
â€˘ Theft â€”Â 200 block of Bowie.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Ricky Balthrop, 27 â€”Â Family violence assault.
â€˘Â Paisley Shafer, 20 â€”Â Assault.
On Tuesday, July 17, 2012, TXU Energy's Lacy Sperry teamed up with Sweetwater Mayor Greg Wortham, along with officials from SNAP (Senior Nutrition Activities Program) to provide heat safety guidance and energy conservation tips to about 180 homebound senior citizens with their daily Meals on Wheels lunch deliveries. Each resident who received a visit also received a compact florescent light bulb, night light, koozie and beat the heat tip card inside of an insulated lunch bag.
A Roscoe Independent School District employee pled guilty to second degree sexual assault on Tuesday, July 17, 2012, during 32nd Judicial District Court proceedings with Judge Glen Harrison presiding.
Felix Abrigo, who has been a custodian and bus driver at RISD, was sentenced to 10 years of community supervision and will have to register as a sex offender for the alleged incident that occurred June 12, 2011. He will also have to pay a $5,000 fine, $743 in court costs and serve 240 hours of community service. School authorities were not available for comment as of press time.
The SISD (Sweetwater Independent School District) Launch Pad Initiative was the main topic of discussion at the school district's Board of Trustees meeting held on Monday evening, July 16, 2012 at the Administration Building.
Presented by SISD's Educational Technology Director, Mike Marlett, the board learned about the highlights of the program--which will allow this year's eighth graders to use Apple iPads--while also going over the handbook that will be presented to both students and parents.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 56 calls for service, issued two citations and made two arrests on July 16, 2012.
The SPD received 20, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€˘Â Assault â€”Â 600 block of Josephine.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Carolyn McGinley, 31 â€”Â Warrants.
â€˘ Kari Southern, 34 â€”Â Public intoxication
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had nine calls for service, served no civil papers and made no arrests on July 16, 2012.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Stranded motorist â€”Â I-20 MM 251 west bound.
â€˘ Medical emergency â€”Â Bois D'Arc.
A pair of familiar faces with longtime ties to the community are assuming head coaching jobs this year at Sweetwater High School.
Al Miller, who has been serving as the junior varsity girls basketball coach at SHS, will be taking over as head coach following the recent resignation of Candice Wyatt, who is going to Stratford.
Miller is entering his 17th year at SHS where he has not only been an assistant coach in basketball, softball, track and volleyball at the high school level but has also coached basketball, football, track and volleyball at the middle school level since being hired.