March 25th, 2011
Jason Gazaille Asst. Vice President of First Financial Bank, presents a donated check to Tonya Challis in charge of SNAP (Senior Nutrition Activities Program) for the Taste of Sweetwater event set for Monday, April 11, 2011.
Sweetwater Masonic Lodge #571 will have its third dinner benefitting the West Texas Children's Advocacy Center from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, 2011, at the Nolan County Coliseum Annex.
Last year, the Masons were able to raise about $6,000 for the WTCAC. Some of the money comes from the dinner, but most comes from the silent auction that is held before and during the dinner. Those wanting to bid in the silent auction will find a wide variety of items to choose from. "There is something for everybody," said Mason Jim McKenzie.
The local Bluebonnet Club discussed the serious financial topic of reverse mortgages at their meeting on Monday afternoon, March 7.
Guest speaker Scott Morgan of Morgan Real Estate offered great information along with some harrowing details on the almost predatory contact made by organizations who promote this doubtful yet legal practice sometimes pitched as 'tax-free income'.
A reverse mortgage is a type of home equity loan where homeowners put their homes up as collateral to receive loan proceeds. Texas authorized reverse mortgages in 1999.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 52 calls for service, issued no citations and made two arrests on March 23, 2011.
The SPD received 19, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€¢ Assault â€” 300 block of W. Colorado.
â€¢ Theft, state jail felony â€” 200 block of W. Broadway.
â€¢ Theft, Class B â€” 1000 block of View.
Arrested by SPD:
â€¢ Matthew Pace, 22 â€” Warrant.
â€¢ Xavier Limones, 18 â€” Warrant.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had five calls for service, served four civil papers and made no arrests on March 23, 2011.
Calls for service:
â€¢ Information only â€” E. 3rd.
Holy Mass of Christian burial for Santiago Bugarin, Sr., 76, of Sweetwater, will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 26, 2011, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church with Father Michael Rodriguez officiating. Interment will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
A Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, march 25, 2011, at McCoy Chapel of Memories, recited by Pauline Gauna.
Bugarin died Thursday, March 24, 2011, in Abilene.
Sweetwater High Schoolâ€™s varsity softball team begins a five-game homestand at 6:30 p.m. today when the Lady Mustangs host Crane. Members of the team are, top row from left, coach Steve Roberts, Jerren Villa, Jackie Carey, Kendra Crosson, Alicia Finn, Kelsi Crosson, Taylor McKoy; front row, Kinsey Browning, Loni Mendez, Morgan Runge, Maty Montgomery, Keyli Turner, Angela Garza and Suede Shirley.
Sweetwater High Schoolâ€™s junior varsity softball team begins a five-game homestand at 5 p.m. today when the Lady Mustangs host Crane. The team is coached by James Perry. Team members are, top row from left, Shaneese Brown, Allison Winslett, Katherine Montoya, Karlee Murff, Cameryn Jones and Kim Lomas; front row, Vanessa Rodriguez, Alexis Williams, Sabrina Valdez, Gabby Gedea and Lena Lovelady. Also on the team but not pictured is Shelby Cason.
The Sweetwater Music Festival highlighted Christian music on Wednesday night, with one venue being held at the First Baptist Church. Featured in the evening were the FBC KidX Children's Choir, led by director Jenny Doggett. Also performing were the Greater Zion Choir directed by Doris Jackson. The evening concluded with the FBC men's quartet "Papa Gene and Da Boys" which included Gene Elston, Glen Bedgood, Jonathan Jones and Ted Sands (shown).
A total of 13 indictments were handed down by the Nolan County Grand Jury on Tuesday, with seven of those indictments sealed.
Lucas Anderson Turner was indicted for indecency with a child by contact, a second degree felony. Court papers state that the child was younger than 17 years of age. The date of offense was March 7, 2011. His bond was set at $12,000.
Dr. Gilbert Carreon, DDS, and his employees were at the J.P. Cowen Early Childhood Center to perform free dental screenings on Pre-Kindergarten students on Wednesday. The Sweetwater Kiwanis Club sponsored the event and members were also on hand to give the children new toothbrushes and toothpaste. The children watched a video on how to brush their teeth before their screening. Shown is Dr. Carreon giving a dental screening. Kiwanis President Bill Haley is also shown. Also at the event were Mary Lou Carreon, RDA; Trish Rains, Receptionist; and Melissa Lee, RDH.