County proclaims April as Child Abuse Awareness Month

A proclamation was approved by the Nolan County Commissioners at their meeting held on Monday morning to declare the month of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.The proclamation noted that last year, over 40,000 cases of child abuse and neglect were confirmed. Preventing child abuse is a community-wide effort where solutions can be found by involving everyone.Thus, partnerships among various entities--including but not limited to schools, religious organizations, law enforcement agencies, CPS (Child Protective Services), prosecution agencies, medical and mental health professionals, Children's Advocacy centers and other community-based non-profit groups--should help bring awareness to child abuse prevention.Additionally, all citizens should consider helping parents raise their children in safe environments and support those who meet the needs of child abuse victims. Citizens were urged to work to reduce child abuse and neglect, as well as significantly improve community response when child abuse occurs. A service award presentation to Brenda Suggs, the secretary for the district attorney's office in Nolan County, also took place at the meeting. She received a 5-year, 10-year, 15-year and 20-year service pin as she had not received one previously.The appointment of BJ Smartt to the Nolan County Coliseum was approved as well, as Smartt will fill the spot vacated by Eddie Puckett. Precinct 3 Commissioner Tommy White asked if any board member nominees would come from the south side of the county, to which coliseum manager Jeff Howard stated that the board will be changing their by-laws to ensure that future board members hail from all parts of the county.Also regarding the Nolan County Coliseum, the agenda noted that the Sweetwater Jaycees wanted to express concerns at the Nolan County Coliseum during the Rattlesnake Round-Up. However, Jaycee President Clint Parks said that after meeting with the Coliseum Board and some of the county commissioners, the Jaycees wanted to reconvene with the board to address the issues and handle the matter in that particular way. Thus, no information was presented during the meeting.In addition, a presentation by Chrissi Warner and Renee Martinez with Sweetwater Regional Federal Credit Union was given. They shared that their business is open to residents of Nolan and Fisher counties and described the various services offered.And not only are all residents welcome to join the local credit union, but also their out-of-town relatives can join as long as the family member lives in the area. No action was taken, although county auditor Judy Kaspar explained how the county does payroll deduction and direct deposit for employees.