June 22nd, 2012
Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital hosted a special event on Thursday, June 21, 2012, with a ribbon cutting and groundbreaking on two projects.
The hospital had a ground breaking ceremony for a new medical office building, which is slated for completion this December. Planned for nearly a year, the new facility will provide the hospital with additional much-needed space for physician offices.
Drivers in all states within the continental U.S. are now paying less than $4 per gallon on average for gas.Â Texans are now paying an average of $3.28, which is five cents less than last week according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch.Â Nationwide drivers are paying an average of $3.47 for a gallon of regular unleaded which is 19 cents more than the average in Texas.Â In the Lone Star State, drivers in El Paso are paying the most on average at $3.46, while drivers in Fort Worth are paying the least at $3.22. Drivers in Sweetwater are paying $3.26.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 36 calls for service, issued no citations and made two arrests on June 20, 2012.
The SPD received 44, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€˘Â Theft â€”Â 500 block of W. Avenue D.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Tanner Guerro, 20 â€” Criminal trespass.
â€˘ Michael Ellison, 52 â€” Warrant.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had 10 calls for service, served 10 civil papers and made one arrest on June 20, 2012.
Arrested by NCSO:
Mary Sue Lambert Firth, age 79, of Lubbock, Texas, (former resident of Sweetwater, Texas) passed away on Thursday, June 21, 2012 in Lubbock, Texas.
Funeral services are pending at Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.
The public gate for the Plowboy Mud Bog will open at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 7, 2012, at the Roscoe Baseball Field (by the east water tower).
Kids under 7 are admitted for free, ages 8 to 14 will be admitted for $2 and ages 15 and up will be admitted for $5. Registration fee is $30 and registration starts at 10 a.m.
All motorcycle enthusiasts are summoned to ride for a good, green cause in June. The fourth annual Ride for Wind event, which benefits Women of Wind Energy, will be held in Sweetwater on June 22-23.
Shermco Industries founded the event and has sponsored it each year to help raise money for scholarships that promote women in the wind industry through the Women of Wind Energy organization.
A Nolan County Grand Jury indicted 11 people on Tuesday, June 21, 2012. Eight of those indictments were sealed. The following cases were true-billed:
Michael Alan Ledbetter was indicted for engaging in organized criminal activity, a third degree felony. Court documents state that Ledbetter, along with four others, burglarized a building without the consent of the owner on Dec. 16, 2011. His bond was set at $12,000.
Norma Bonner was the guest reader for Story Time at the County-City Library on Wednesday, June 20, 2012. Norma read stories to Kindergarten through third grade students.
Students have also benefited from other library activities. Carolyn Walker, retired art teacher and member of the West Texas Art Guild, taught a class of fourth through sixth graders how to paint with watercolors at the County-City Library as well.
The audit report for the 2011 fiscal year was presented during the Nolan County Hospital District Board of Directors' meeting on Monday evening, June 18, 2012, held at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH).
Todd Hrbacek, CPA, presented the information to the board. Highlights from the report were given, with the report coming back with a clean opinion on the financial statements. Hrbacek also noted the past financial year as one of the best in several years for the hospital.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 28 calls for service, issued one citation and made two arrests on June 19, 2012.
The SPD received 37, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Burglary of a habitation â€”Â 1100 block of Hiawatha.
â€˘Â Theft â€”Â 1700 block of Lamar.
â€˘Â Theft â€”Â 500 block of Robert Lee.
â€˘Â Runaway â€”Â 800 block of E. Avenue D.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Male juvenile, 15 â€” Runaway.
â€˘ Male juvenile, 13 â€” Family violence assault.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had six calls for service, served nine civil papers and made one arrest on June 19, 2012.