July 5th, 2012
Two male juveniles, both age 12, were arrested on Tuesday, July 3, 2012, for arson. They are suspected of starting the blaze in the burning of the Palomino Hotel on East Broadway in Sweetwater.
According to Sweetwater Fire Chief Grant Madden, a call came in at 8:29 p.m. about the fire and firefighters were able to get the blaze under control by 8:50 p.m. About 12 firefighters had made it to the scene with six units at the scene.
The West Texas Innovation Network is sponsoring a â€œFast TracÂ® New Ventureâ„¢ Course beginning on July 11 through August 3, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. The course, designed to help a new business or launch a new business successfully, will be held at the TTU Small Business Development Center Abilene, 500 Chestnut Street, Suite 601 in Abilene.
Many area residents attended the Lion's Club Independence Day parade on Wednesday, July 4, 2012.
Many entered the parade including Girl Scout troops, churches, teams, civic organizations, horseback riders, individuals and others.
Find more photos from the Independence Day parade in today's paper.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 57 calls for service, issued no citations and made two arrests on July 3, 2012.
The SPD received 55, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€¢Â Theftâ€”Â 500 block of Lamar.
Arrested by SPD:
â€¢ Male Juvenile, 12 â€” Arson.
â€¢ Male Juvenile, 12 â€” Arson.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had eight calls for service, served three civil papers and made four arrests on July 3, 2012.
Arrested by NCSO:
â€¢ Jeffrey Wayne Keith, 45, of Abilene â€” Jones County warrants/surety withdrawal and bond forfeiture.
Graveside services for Geraldine "Jerry" Doris Smith Williams, 84, of Sweetwater, will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 7, 2012, at Crews Cemetery near Winters, TX, with Rev. Chris Stephens officiating. Interment will follow under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Friday evening July 6, 2012, at McCoy Funeral Home.
Williams died Thursday, July 5, 2012, at Sweetwater Healthcare Center in Sweetwater, TX.
ABILENE â€” Sweetwater will be represented in two of the final three District 5 Little League all-star championship games today after semifinal wins on Tuesday.
Sweetwaterâ€™s 13-14 year-old all-stars will take on Abilene South at 7 p.m. in the Junior League final at Abilene Wylie after beating Abilene North, 6-5, in their semifinal.
Sweetwater Animal Control currently has two more dogs available for adoption.
Available for adoption is a male and a female, both mixed breed dogs. According to Sweetwaterâ€™s 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.
Dogs and cats are available for adoption for a $15 fee and the cost of getting the pet vaccinated for rabies.
The pets are required to have their vaccination before they leave to their new homes.
Officers of the Sweetwater Police Department were alerted to the 1100 block of Alamo Street in Sweetwater close to noon on Tuesday, July 3, 2012, when a call came in to the station about three bodies being found in a residence on that street.
The Sweetwater Fire Department was also called and had several units at the residence, but soon left the residence.
According to authorities, everything was okay at the residence as a person who had delivered a meal to the house was off of prescribed medication and thought he saw dead bodies.
The 10 and under all stars from Sweetwater Fastpitch recently competed in the state tournament in McKinney Texas. The team ended up being state champions. The girls are Zoe Cornett, Alicia Gomez, Madison Hernandez, Zoee Jeffrey, Elli Lehnert, Kendale Orozco, Liberty Saenz, Mia Valdez, Rose Vera, Jazi Villa and Kaci Webb. Coaches are Ryan Jeffrey, Adrian Gomez, Samantha Webb and Chris Gomez.
First Financial Bank offered grilled goodies to their customers on Tuesday, July 3, 2012, at their motor bank to celebrate Independence Day. They grilled up hot dogs and chicken and also served lemonade. Shown above is Connie Saenz handing goodies to a customer.