August 25th, 2011
The stakes arenâ€™t as high as they were a few years ago when they met regularly in the playoffs, but Fridayâ€™s 7:30 p.m. season opener at Mustang Bowl will still be a big deal to both Sweetwater and Vernon.
The two perennial foot-ball powers have fallen on hard times of late, so a victory will give hope for better things to come this season.
Highland will debut the Jeff Shelton era at 7 p.m. today when the Hornets begin their 2011 football season by taking on the Bryson Cowboys in Trent.
The game kicks off the fourth annual â€śRumble in the Jungleâ€ť classic that will feature six games over a three-day period. High-land will be considered the home team tonight.
Highland is trying to rebound from a 2-7 sea-son, and a win over Bryson could help spring the Hornets toward a much better year. Shelton was head coach at New Home the past two years before coming to Highland.
Six entered guilty pleas to Judge Glen Harrison during 32nd Judicial District Court proceedings on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2011.
Of those six was Shayqualpa Rene (Shay) Walker who pled guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a first degree felony. Walker was indicted in March by Grand Jury for the offense.
The charges stemmed from the January stabbing of Carvin Coy Lemmons.
Sweetwater Police officers responded to a 911 call of an unresponsive male at Apache Bend Apartments on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011 shortly before 2 p.m.
The Nolan County Commissioners met for their regular meeting on Monday morning, Aug. 22, 2011 at the Nolan County Courthouse.
Two public hearings took place during the meeting â€” for bid considerations on the oil and gas lease and on the proposed property tax rate for the upcoming fiscal year.
No input was offered for the oil and gas lease bid considerations, which encompasses two separate properties equaling 9.35 acres. As a result, approval was given to seek bids regarding the lease to be advertised in the Sweetwater Reporter for the next three weeks on a weekly basis.
Work continues at First Financial Bank in Sweetwater on the construction of a new motor bank and remodeling of the interior of the bank's main office.
The newly-added motor bank will be located on the corner of Broadway and Elm Street, on the north side of the existing bank building. The additions will consist of six drive-up lanes, a commercial lane and night depository.
Oncor Electric Delivery will be having a public hearing on Wednesday evening, Aug. 24, 2011 about their habitation conservation plan beginning at 5:30 p.m. It will take place at the Sweetwater campus of TSTC (Texas State Technical College West Texas) West Texas.
The plan comes so that the company can complete construction projects in the future, in which permits from the Texas Fish and Wildlife Service must be obtained to protect species that live in the state.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 45 calls for service, issued no citations and made two arrests on Aug. 22, 2011.
The SPD received 18, 911 calls.
â€˘ 900 block of E. Broadway.
â€˘ 300 block of Grape.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon â€”Â 400 block of Fisher.
â€˘ Property lost and found â€”Â 500 block of E. Broadway.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Brenda Mendez, 29 â€”Â Burglary of a habitation.
â€˘Â Joe Harrell, 30 â€”Â Family violence assault.
The Sweetwater volleyball team got a split decision Tuesday when it played a three-way match at Water Valley that also included San Angelo Lake View.
The Lady Mustangs (10-7 overall) started out against Lake View and won 25-19, 25-13, 25-21, but then lost to host team Water Valley 25-27, 22-25, 20-25.
Darrell Hulme recorded his seventh career hole-in-one while playing Sunday at Sweetwater Country Club.
Hulme used a six-iron to record his latest ace while playing the No. 17 hole.
The feat was witnessed by Hulmeâ€™s daughter, Sandy Drake.
An Abilene man was sentenced to 30 years in prison for his role in the murder of a Sweetwater man.
Juan Rodriguez on Friday agreed to plea agreement and received 30 years in prison for his role in the beating death of Roland Lopez in June.
Police arrested Rodriguez and Michael Hernandez for the beating death, in which police say the pair used baseball bats to beat Lopez to death at a home on North 10th St. in Abilene.
Hernandez was sentenced to 50 years in prison last month.