Robert Williams was found guilty of engaging in organized criminal activity and was given a life imprisonment sentence with a $10,000 fine on Friday afternoon, March 30, 2012 by a seven-man, five-woman jury in the 32nd Judicial District Court.
The day began with a sole witness for the defense, a former employee of Williams named Vince Johnson. Johnson employed the defendant on a couple of local roofing projects in September 2010 as noted in found employment records. Williams was paid in cash for the projects, which was typical of day help.
Cub Scout Pack #146 held an official flag ceremony for First Financial Bank's new flags earlier this week. Cub Scouts involved in the ceremony included Joshua Reeves, Xander Hilton Tucker, Grady Kidd, Nolan Mims, Jackson Ashford, Hayden Baker, Tristan Baker, Noah Hanner, Crae Chapman, Jordan Amos, Jacob Carter and Logan Wedin with Cub Scout leaders Scott Whittenburg, Mark Mims and Martin Baker. Snacks were provided for the Cub Scouts by First Financial Bank after the ceremony.
The Taste of Sweetwater is an annual event people of Sweetwater and the surrounding areas have come to enjoy. It is a chance for residents to sample foods from many local restaurants and other food establishments under one roof. This year, the event will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 9, at the Nolan County Coliseum Annex. The cost is $10 for adults, $6 for seniors and $4 for children ages 3-12.
The Jazz Ambassadors is the United States Army's premier touring big band. This 19-member ensemble, formed in 1969, has received great acclaim both at home and abroad performing America's original art form, jazz.
The U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors of Washington, D.C., will continue its long history of presenting free public performances when it appears at the Sweetwater Municipal Auditorium on Monday night, April 2, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. The Jazz Ambassadorsâ€™ concert in Sweetwater is sponsored by the Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce.
AVONDALE BAPTIST CHURCH
Greetings to everyone, from the Avondale Baptist Church family! If you are looking for a loving church home we would like to invite you to come and visit us and worship our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We are located at 1405 Hoyt Street.
Our regular Sunday schedule is coffee fellowship at 9:20 a.m., Sunday school Bible study at 9:45 a.m., worship services at 10:50 a.m. and 6 p.m. and choir practice at 7 p.m. On Wednesday evening we have On-Mission groups for all ages at 7 p.m. If you need more information you can call the church at 325-235-5835.
A truck rolled over after a tire blew out around 12:15 p.m. along I-20, near mile marker 243 on Friday, March 30, 2012.
According to Sweetwater Emergency Services Manager Grant Madden, the truck rolled over at least once. One person was flown to an Abilene hospital via Native Air, another person was transported to Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital via Sweetwater ambulance service and the third passenger was not transported. Both that were transported were listed in stable condition.
Update: Williams was sentenced to life in prison with a $10,000 fine, the maximum sentence he was faced with during the trial. Come back for the full story.
As day four of the trial against Robert Williams continued on Friday, March 30, 2012, a witness was called to the stand for the defense, one of Williams' former employers. Williams only spoke outside of the jury's presence and closing arguments began afterwards.
The jury came back around 12:45 p.m. and found Williams guilty. The punishment phase began around 2:15 p.m. and closing arguments began.
ill, doctors help us recover. Their expertise in helping to make Nolan County a healthier place is invaluable. In commemoration of National Doctorâ€™s Day on March 30, Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH) wants to recognize the doctors who dedicate their lives to ensure that we maintain the best health possible.
â€śIn our time of need, our doctors are there for us. They save lives, literally, on a daily basis,â€ť said Donna Boatright, administrator of RPMH. â€śI always think of doctors as some of our communityâ€™s most prominent heroes.â€ť
ROSCOE, Texas â€” Seventy percent of firefighters in the United States are volunteer and the only way for these departments to update and repair their lifesaving equipment is through community donations. The Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department faced a very dry year with many fires and is in need of extra funds to purchase new equipment. Thanks to one local farmer and Americaâ€™s Farmers Grow Communities, the Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department can continue to keep its community and surrounding area safe.
First Financial Bankâ€™s new motor bank officially opened to the public on Monday, Feb. 6, 2012. The new motor bank addition is located on the north side of the existing bank building on the corner of Broadway and Elm Street. There are six drive up lanes, a commercial lane, a night depository and a new state-of-the-art, deposit taking ATM. The Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors honored the new addition with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, March 28, 2012. President and CEO Kirby Andrews, along with wife, Leah Andrews, is shown cutting the ribbon.