June 5th, 2012
Many area residents showed their appreciation and support on Sunday, June 3, 2012, for Kenneth Dudensing, longtime Sweetwater FFA Agriculture Science teacher.
After almost four decades with Sweetwater Independent School District â€” 39 years â€” Dudensing is retiring. He has taught everything from welding in shop class, to hunter safety in wildlife management class, to animal protein requirements in advanced animal science class. He has even been a math tutor for students that have struggled with their math TAKS tests.
Three people entered pleas to Judge Glen Harrison during 32nd Judicial District Court proceedings on Monday, June 4, 2012, with District Attorney Ann Reed and Assistant District Attorney Barrett Thomas prosecuting the cases.
Sam Nemir was recently chosen Mr. Mustang by the Sweetwater High School student body. Nemir, a just-graduated senior from SHS, was an all-district performer in football and also competed in powerlifting, where he was a state qualifier the past two years, and track.
Nemir is the son of Gordon Nemir and Marina Nemir of Sweetwater. He will be a student at Hardin-Simmons University and continue his football career there starting in August.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 157 calls for service, issued four citations and made nine arrests from June 1-3, 2012.
The SPD received 75, 911 calls.
â€˘ 1200 block of Ragland.
â€˘ 700 block of Hill.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Missing person â€” Sweetwater area.
â€˘ Fraud â€” 1200 block of Lou.
â€˘ Unattended death â€” 500 block of Elm.
â€˘ Theft â€” 200 block of E. Fourth.
â€˘ Burglary of a habitation â€” 1000 block of Mustang.
â€˘ Runaway â€” 1200 block of Towncreek.
â€˘ Burglary of a habitation â€” 800 block of Roscoe.
â€˘ Theft â€” 700 block of NE Georgia.
BRONTE â€“ Billy Don Hindman, 68, of Blackwell, Texas passed away on Monday, June 4, 2012. There will be no visitation. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 9, 2012 in Blackwell Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home.
Billy Don was born on March 4, 1944 to Melvin and Myrldeen Hindman in Lamesa, Texas. He grew up and attended school in Blackwell, Texas where he graduated in 1963. Billy Don was a master electrician and an accomplished guitarist. He loved gardening, fishing and blue grass music.
Congress passed, and the President has signed into law, the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011. Included in this new law is the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP). VRAP offers up to 12 months of training assistance to unemployed Veterans. The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) and the Department of Labor (DOL) are working together to roll out this new program on July 1, 2012.
The VRAP offers 12 months of training assistance to Veterans who:
â€˘ Are at least 35 but no more than 60 years old;
â€˘ Are unemployed;
â€˘ Received an other than dishonorable discharge;
First Baptist Church saddles up for Vacation Bible School, June 4 through the 7, from 6-8 p.m. The first three nights will be held at First Baptist Church, (213 E. 3rd) beginning each evening in the church sanctuary for a round-up. Then they will travel along the Tejas Trail to snacks, recreation, crafts and Bible stories.
Tina Melendez was given the honor of being named the 2011-12 SHS (Sweetwater High School) Teacher of the Year within the Sweetwater Independent School District.
Melendez is a 9th-12th grade Spanish II teacher at SHS. Out of her eight total years of teaching, six of those have been with Sweetwater ISD. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from McMurry University.
The Sweetwater High School FFA Career Development teams were honored with a resolution during the May meeting of the SISD Board of Trustees. The teams qualified for state in Cotton Judging, Homesite Evaluation, Meats Judging, Milk Quality and Products Judging, Poultry Judging and Wool Judging.
Laura Fay Duncan, 105, passed away on Saturday, June 2, 2012, at Sweetwater Healthcare Center.Â Funeral services will be Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Roscoe with Rev. Vernon Baker officiating. A visitation will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at McCoy Funeral Home in Sweetwater.