August 28th, 2012
Students at Sweetwater Middle School had a surprise waiting for them Monday at a back-to-school opening assembly. A lecture on classroom discipline was suddenly interrupted by a flash mob of teachers dancing to Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'."
Sweetwater Middle School principal Jeff Withrow said that he wanted to do something exciting and different for the students this year.
Two local churches â€” Emmanuel Fellowship Church and Lamar Street Baptist Church â€”Â got together this year to host a school supply drive for local students in need in Kindergarten through high school. Their goal was to help at least 50 students and their goal was exceeded.
During the Nolan County Commissioners' meeting on Monday morning, August 27 at the Nolan County Courthouse, the first public hearing on the proposed property tax rate for 2012-2013 was held, with no input given.
The proposed tax rate was presented at the August 16 meeting at .394635 (39 cents) per $100 valuation--a combination of the general fund rate of .340670 and the farm to market fund rate of .053965 (both per $100 valuation).
The second public hearing on the issue was then approved by the commissioners for their next meeting scheduled for Monday, September 10, 2012.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 123 calls for service, issued six citations and made six arrests from Aug. 24-26, 2012.
The SPD received 72, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Credit card abuse â€”Â Sweetwater.
â€˘Â Class A assault â€”Â 800 block of Circle Drive.
â€˘Â Unauthorized use of a vehicle â€”Â 400 block of E. Avenue D.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Daniel Jones, 22 â€”Â Possession of marijuana.
â€˘Â Sipriano Ybarra, 63 â€”Â Family violence assault.
â€˘Â Jonathan Barton, 48 â€”Â Nolan County Sheriff's Office warrant.
â€˘Â Lacey Vornkahl, 19 â€”Â Criminal mischief.
â€˘ Bay Velasquez, 32 â€”Â Warrants.
LUBBOCK, TEXAS â€“ Dora Mae Burklow passed away peacefully on Aug. 28, 2012, at Lakeridge Nursing and Rehabilitation in Lubbock, where she was a resident for the past year. Services will be held at McCoy Funeral Home in Sweetwater, Texas on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, at 2 p.m. with Reverend Josh Reglin officiating. Visitation will be held at 1 p.m. before the service at the funeral home.
She was born Nov. 18, 1915, to John and Fannie Bardwell at their rural farm home near Nolan, Texas.
Benita â€śBettyâ€ť Martinez, 67, of Sweetwater, died Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene.
Her wishes were to be cremated. No other services are planned at this time.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.mccoyfh.com.
Shirley Faye Pendergrass, 69, of Port Arthur, died Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, at Medical Center of Southeast Texas, Port Arthur. She was born June 2, 1943, to Helen Tait Fullwood and Wilson Fullwood, in Sweetwater, Texas. Shirley graduated from Sweetwater High School and moved to Port Arthur in 1963. She worked for Best Plumbing as a bookkeeper for over 10 years and after that worked alongside her husband at their automotive repair shop, H & B Automotive, from 1988 until 2008, when it closed. Shirley enjoyed bowling, fishing, gambling and spending time with her family and friends.
CLYDE â€” Lois Opal Pieper, 91, of Clyde died Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, at a Baird care center. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, in the Roscoe Cemetery with Dr. Toby Henson officiating under the direction of Bailey Howard Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at the funeral home.
Tuesday's local weather will bring in mostly sunny skies and a high near 91. Winds will be from the north at 10 to 15 mph; chance of showers and thunderstorms are at 20%.
Tonight, we'll have a 10% precipitation chance before 1 a.m., with partly cloudy skies and a low around 68. Winds from the north-northeast around 5 mph will become south after midnight.
Head over to weather.gov for more local weather information.
Dove Hunting season officially kicks off this Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. The season is open until Oct. 24, 2012, and runs again from Dec. 22, 2012 to Jan. 6, 2013. Nolan County Game Warden Jake Simmering would like to remind all hunters young and old, inexperienced and veteran, to be sure all guidelines and regulations are followed during this hunting season. Hunters can pick up the Outdoor Annual (free of charge) anywhere hunting and fishing licenses are sold â€” Higginbotham, Wal-Mart and The Medicine Place are places in Sweetwater as well as online at tpwd.state.tx.us.