January 30th, 2012
Officials with the Sweetwater Police Department say area residents should remain vigilant as they investigate reports of a possible phone scam where callers are identifying themselves as payday loan representatives, asking for payments on loans taken out by those they are calling. According to Sweetwater Police Officer Armando Renteria, a local resident received a call in which a person â€”Â with a foreign accent â€”Â claimed to be collecting for a payday loan company that she had a loan with, wanting immediate payment on the loan.
Carly Johnson was named the 2012 New Year Girl.
First Runner Up was Rachel Gray, with Lauren Young named Second Runner Up.
Bailey Bernal placed as the Third Runner Up, with Kathleen Campbell and Kensi Jones tying for Fourth Runners Up.
More than 1.7 million Texans 18 years of age and older are living with diabetes. Although the disease can be deadly, it is easily managed through a healthier lifestyle. Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH) is offering a free diabetic support group meeting on Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the hospitalâ€™s emergency department classroom, located at 200 E. Arizona Avenue.
The support group meeting will feature guest speaker Dr. Timothy Jones, a new family practice physician at RPMH. This event is free of charge and does not require any type of membership.
The Sweetwater Intermediate School Jump Rope Team performed at halftime during the Varsity girls basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012. They will be performing Tuesday, Jan. 31 at Abilene Christian University at the 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. games and on Thursday, Feb. 2 at Western Texas College at the 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. games.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 53 calls for service, issued two citations and made two arrests on Jan. 26, 2012.
The SPD received 37, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Burglary of a habitation â€”Â 1000 block of Beall.
â€˘ Class A assault â€”Â 900 block of Hillside.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Maria Limon, 39 â€”Â Warrant.
â€˘ Timothy Cantu, 18 â€”Â Warrant.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had eight calls for service, served six civil papers and made no arrests on Jan. 26, 2012.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Inmate transport/medical â€”Â E. Arizona Ave.
Timothy Scott Gray of the Champion community died Friday, Jan. 27, at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas due to complications from a chronic illness.
He was the loving husband of Kimberly Gray and father to Dustin and Kylie Gray, all of Champion, south of Roscoe, Tx.
Tim was born Nov. 19, 1972 in St. Louis, Mo. to Kimberly Jo Areno and Gary Edwin Gray. He lived in St. Louis during his childhood, then moved to Victoria, Texas where he was raised by his mother and step father, Chris Jochen during his teen years.
Mary Lily Cartwright, age 84, of San Augustine, Texas, (former resident of Sweetwater, Texas) passed away on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, at Memorial Health System of East Texas in Lufkin, Texas.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 30, 2012 at Garden of Memories with Rev. Brian Brownlow officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.
MONDAY, JAN. 30
Roscoe junior high teams at Stamford starting at 5 p.m.
Highland junior high teams host Roby starting at 6 p.m.
Blackwell junior high teams at Garden City starting at 6 p.m.
TUESDAY, JAN. 31
Sweetwater girls at Big Spring â€” JV at 4:30 p.m., varsity at 6 p.m., freshmen at 7:30 p.m.
Sweetwater boys at Big Spring â€” JV at 4:30 p.m., freshmen at 6 p.m., varsity at 7:30 p.m.
Roscoe teams at Rotan â€” varsity girls at 6:30 p.m., varsity boys at 8 p.m.
Highland JV and varsity girls and boys host Trent starting at 4 p.m.
Basketball season is nearing the end while baseball, golf, softball, tennis and track are about to start.
But football will be fore-most on the minds of many people who follow Texas high school sports when the University Interscholastic League on Thursday an-nounces its realignment for the next two years.
Thatâ€™s because football begins and sets the tone for the new school year, and its players will be the first to compete in the new districts announced by the UIL.
The Highland girls will be in the playoffs for the 11th consecutive year after defeating Loraine, 63-52, on Friday behind a 34-point effort from Sierra Allen.
Lora Stewart and Jes-sica McCain each had nine, Beth Richburg and Megan Thompson four and Kara Hughey three for Highland (8-2 in District 11-A, Divis-ion II, 20-7 overall).
Roscoeâ€™s girls also helped their playoff chances Friday, pulling into a third-place tie by beating Haskell 34-29 in District 9-A, Division I. The teams are both 3-4.