April 1st, 2011
On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the nation of Haiti, killing thousands of men, women and children and leaving more than 3 million lives in need of immediate assistance. Many children have lost their parents. Families are torn apart. A city of over 1 million is left in shambles. Though a year has come and gone since the incident, relief work is far from over. Many homes remain piles of rubble. Hundreds of thousands of families live in tents made of tarp and scrap metal. Food is still scarce, jobs are even more difficult to find, and there doesnâ€™t seem to be any way out.
First Baptist Church held its church's Bible Drill on Sunday, March 27, after the morning service. Cheyanna and Brooklynn Petty, daughters of Rolan and Leigh Petty, both scored Superior. On Sunday, April 3, at 4 p.m., they will drill in Rolling Plains Network Drill. It will be held at First Baptist Church on the second floor conference room. Shown are Cheyanna Petty, Natile Woodrow (leader) and Brooklynn Petty.
Instead of seeing bunnies and chicks for the beginning of April, Sweetwater Reporterâ€™s Managing Editor Tatiana Rodriguez found a special surprise on April Foolâ€™s Day at around 5:30 a.m. on Friday morning. Flying around in the editorial department of the Sweetwater Reporter building was a small bat. The bat landed and Rodriguez managed to get the bat safely out of the building.
A somber conclusion regarding missing Colorado City teenager Hailey Dunn was presented to the media at a press conference held Wednesday morning, March 30 at City Hall.
"Hailey may be deceased," said Pete Kampfer, city manager of Colorado City. He did also state, however, that there was a possibility that Hailey could be under duress or even held against her own will.
Even though the weather may not be proof, spring has definitely sprung, and a seasonal celebration for the whole family is coming up this weekend.
Sweetwater Feed will be hosting their first annual "Spring Fling" Day on Saturday, April 2. It will begin at 8:00 a.m. and continue throughout the day until 2:00 p.m. at the Sweetwater Feed & Supply building, located at 907 West Broadway.
AUSTINâ€”Three long-haul rigs, each loaded with a transformer, are journeying across the state to meet a shipping deadline at the Port of Houston.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) approved super-heavy permits for a Texas company to haul the loads at gross vehicle weights of 510,000, 430,000 and 420,000 pounds. The transformers are headed to Japan to aid in disaster relief in the aftermath of a destructive earthquake and tsunami.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 40 calls for service, issued no citations and made no arrests on March 29, 2011.
The SPD received 17, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Family violence assault â€” 1200 block of Elm.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had five calls for service, served one civil paper and made two arrests on March 29, 2011.
Arrested by NCSO:
â€˘ Kevin Alan Rayson, 22 of Sweetwater â€” Warrant/driving while intoxicated.
Arrested by DPS:
A malfunction with the lights at the Newman Park high school field prevented Sweetwater from playing its District 5-3A baseball game against Brownwood Tues-day night.
But when the game was finally played Wednesday, it was a different kind of Sweetwater malfunction that helped the Lions leave town with a 9-2 victory.
Four Mustang errors al-lowed Brownwood (2-0 in district) to score seven un-earned runs off Sweetwater pitcher Kris Mayes, who took the loss despite strik-ing out 12 in seven innings as his team fell to 0-2 in district and 10-12-1 overall.
The Roscoe JV boys had 130 points for a second-place finish and Highlandâ€™s JV boys scored 44 points for a fourth-place team finish at the Roby track meet.
Here are the results for the Roscoe and Highland JV athletes who placed:
200 â€” 2. Hall, Highland, 24.55; 6. DeLeon, Roscoe, 26.59.
800 â€” 1. Hall, Highland, 2:09.56; 2. Ford, Roscoe, 2:22.73.
1600 â€” 1. Ford, Roscoe, 5:35.84; 5. Peavy, Roscoe, 6:02.13.
3200 â€” 2. Peavy, Roscoe, 13:03.59.
400 relay â€” 2. Roscoe, 48.91.
800 relay â€” 2. Roscoe, 1:44.85; 3. Highland, 1:47.81.
1600 relay â€” 2. Roscoe, 3:59.96.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011, marked the end of an era for a south Sweetwater neighborhood. Neighbors watched as a notorious crack cocaine distribution house was completely demolished at 1110 Runnels Street in Sweetwater. Sheriff David Warren called this the location of one of the most prolific crack cocaine selling operations he has seen.