The City of Sweetwater has received the Growing Green Award from the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA). Sweetwater received the award for growing its economy through renewable wind energy.
In 1999, a group from the American Electric Power (AEP) decided to build a renewable energy (wind) park called the Trent Mesa between Abilene and Sweetwater. This park would consist of 100 turbines that could produce 100 MW of output.
The holiday season is upon us and the annual Christmas parade, themed this year as "Under the Christmas Tree," will take place starting at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5. The parade will begin at Higginbothamâ€™s and the Nolan County Plaza shopping center parking lots where the line up and judging will take place at 4 p.m.Â Pull floats in line, from the old IGA to the cable company ready to be judged at that time.
Donations to the 30th annual Spirit of Christmas Food Drive are still being accepted as the drive moves into its final weeks.
The drive will feed more than 14,000 families in Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. The food drive is sponsored by Brookshire Grocery Company stores and various service organizations.
"Many families receive assistance through this effort, and every single donation counts,â€ť said Sam Anderson, community involvement manager for BGC.
National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is a national observance that was established to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination, as well as fostering greater use of flu vaccine after the holiday season into January and beyond. NIVW is the week of Dec. 4-10, 2011.
The health department wants to encourage residents to use preventive actions:
â€˘ Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
Following the annual Sweetwater Christmas parade scheduled for Monday evening, Dec. 5, Santa will be on hand to pose for pictures with the kids in the lobby of the Texas Theater. This year because of the abundance of personal cell phones and cameras, parents will be allowed to take pictures with their own camera or cell phone camera. A small donation of $5 will be requested to help with the restoration and operation of the Theatre.
Tickets to win an authentic autographed Dallas Cowboy football helmet will also be available. It will be given away on Dec. 19.
David Bennett, President of the Nolan County Board of Realtors, presented Ken Becker, Vice President of Sweetwater Goodfellows with a check for $500.Â Sweetwater Goodfellows provides food and toys to local needy families with children and food to needy individuals during the Christmas season.Â This Saturday, Dec. 3, Goodfellows will have its annual toy drive at Wal-Mart from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Â Last year Sweetwater Goodfellows helped more than 907 individual in Nolan County. Please help the Goodfellows make this year even better.
Two of the fugitives on the Texas 10 Most Wanted lists now have an extra $5,000 in cash added to their reward for the month of December. Your Texas Crime Stoppers tip is guaranteed to be anonymous.
Information leading to the arrest of Jesus Alberto Villegas of Abilene, this monthâ€™s featured Texas 10 Most Wanted fugitive, will bring tipsters up to $12,500 cash.
Sweetwater Animal Control currently has four pets available for adoption.
One of the adoptable pets is a black and brown female mixed breed dog. Another is a black and white female mixed breed dog. The brown dog available is a male terrier mix and the cat available is a white and orange female long-haired breed. According to Sweetwater's new animal control officer, Don Kite, animals that are picked up are kept for a minimum of three days, but he tries to keep them from a week to 10 days.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 43 calls for service, issued no citations and made two arrests on Nov. 30, 2011.
The SPD received 18, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€˘ CPS referral â€” Sweetwater.
â€˘ Burglary of a vehicle â€” 1500 block of Silas.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Male juvenile, 16 â€” Aggravated sexual assault of a child.
â€˘ Romeshia Holder, 22 â€” Warrant.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had seven calls for service, served one civil paper and made three arrests on Nov. 30, 2011.
Arrested by NCSO:
Herbert E. (Toby) Davenport, age 81, of Hobbs, New Mexico (Former resident of Sweetwater, Texas) passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, in Hobbs, New Mexico.Â
Funeral servicesÂ will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, at Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home ChapelÂ with Curtis Ward officiating.Â Burial will follow at Garden of Memories. Arrangements under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.Â