The first day of testimony in the Julian Castillo trial began on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012 at the Nolan County Courthouse, with the state presenting their whole case and the defense beginning their case by presenting an audio recording.
Castillo is charged with two counts â€” aggravated sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child â€” from an incident occurring around May 15, 2002. Opening statements were heard from both the state and defense, 32nd Judicial District Attorney Ann Reed and defense attorney Jacob Blizzard.
The Woman's Forum holiday shopping spree, which was held from November to December of 2011 has raised a total of $1,734 after awarding the winner, C.J. Hubbard $500. The Pioneer Museum will receive $867 and the Woman's Forum Civic Improvement and Beautification Fund will also receive $867. One of the Woman's Forum's two main projects is the Pioneer Museum. In the past five years, the Woman's Forum has had several fundraisers and has donated a total of $6,584.
A trial began on Wednesday morning, Jan. 11, 2012, in the 32nd Judicial District Court in a case against Julian Castillo for one count of aggravated sexual assault of a child and one count of indecency with a child.
Jury selection began on Tuesday afternoon and continued until around 7 p.m. on Tuesday evening until 12 jurors were chosen for the trial.
The Nolan County Commissioners met for their first regular meeting of 2012 on Monday morning, Jan. 9 at the Nolan County Courthouse.
Five county employees were presented with service awards during the meeting. Jeanne Wells was honored for five years of service as a County Auditor Assistant, while 10-year honors went to Israel Vera and Tracy Jeter for serving as a Sheriff's Department Jailer and the Precinct 3 Equipment Operator, respectively.
Recognized for 15 years of service to the county were Sheriff David Warren as well as District Attorney Ann Reed--who was not in attendance.
If you have not received your flu vaccine this season, the Sweetwater-Nolan County Health Department encourages you to do so. Itâ€™s not too late to get the flu vaccine. The SNCHD is administering the flu vaccine during regular immunization clinic every Wednesday from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-4:30 p.m. and the second Wednesday of each month until 6 p.m. The cost is $20 for adults, Medicare is accepted, $6 per child and the health department accepts Medicaid and CHIPS. Immunization clinic is cancelled on Wednesday, Jan 25, due to immunization staff being out of town for training.
In an open field in Roscoe this week were a swoop of Sandhill Cranes. Hundreds of the birds could be seen among the wind turbines of West Texas. Sandhill Cranes breeds from Siberia and Alaska east across Canada to the Hudson Bay and to western Ontario, with isolated populations in the Rocky Mountains, northern prairies, Great Lakes and in Mississippi, Georgia, and Florida. They spend their winters in California, and from Arizona to Florida. They prefer marshes, prairie ponds and marshy tundra. They are also found on prairies and grain fields during migration.
SNYDER â€” Sweetwaterâ€™s District 5-3A girls opener at Snyder got off to a rough start on Tuesday, as the host Lady Tigers jumped out to a 21-13 lead after one quarter and never looked back en route to a 56-47 win.
Roscoeâ€™s teams had their first district doubleheader of the high school basket-ball season Tuesday, but Haskell came away with victories in both games.
Haskell won the girls game 37-25, then ended the night with a 63-29 victory in the boys contest.
Lynnsi Moses led Ros-coeâ€™s girls (0-2) with a team-high 11 points, seven rebounds and two blocks. Jacinda Morales had seven points and four steals, while Sara Kingston scored four points and Torrey Willman had three.
SAN ANGELO â€” The Sweetwater boys basket-ball team got a great in-dividual scoring effort from Kaleb Hoover in its final non-district game on Tuesday as the 6-2 sophomore torched San Angelo Lake View for 28 points. But he was vir-tually a one-man crew, as the Mustangs came away with a 44-29 loss.
Sweetwater (9-14) was able to stay close until Lake View (7-14) pulled away down the stretch after leading the Mustangs by just three points near the end of the third period.
The Sweetwater City Commission met for the first time in 2012 on Tuesday morning, Jan. 10 at City Hall.
A variety of action items were presented at the meeting and approved, including the authorization of city staff to go out for bids relating to the construction of a new dining room and offices for SNAP, the senior nutrition program.
City Manager Eddie Brown gave some background information on the current facility's condition, in that leaks have been seen when precipitation falls. Further inspections found that there were possible problems with the structure.