Archive - Mar 2012

SPPA, CLEAT speak out about new Chief of Police selection

March 31, 2012

Today the Sweetwater Police Patrol Association called on the Sweetwater City Council to take a stronger role in the search for a replacement of longtime Police Chief Jim Kelley.
“This city is about to choose the first new police chief in 28 years,” said Charley Wilkison, Director of Public Affairs at the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, or CLEAT. “It’s a big step and the local association has asked to be a part of the selection process but have been told ‘no’ by the City Manager.”

GORDON I. ROOT

March 31, 2012

Gordon I. Root, 61, passed away on March 25, 2012, after a three year battle with Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS). Born in Westfield, MA, Gordon retired to West Texas six years ago to begin writing a series of books commemorating the 100 year anniversary of World War I. Before falling ill he had completed three of the set including Battles East, Battles in the Alps and Balkan Battles under the pen name G. Irving Root.

Big Country Biggest Loser Week 1 Team Standings

March 31, 2012

Here are the top ten standings for Week 1 of the Big Country Biggest Winner Contest.
Wii Not Fit — #1 with 3.33% loss
USG — #2 with 3.11% loss
Cobra — #3 with 3.08% loss
Half Ton of Fun — #4 with 3.05% loss
The Incredible Shrinking Socialites — #5 with 2.62% loss
Weapons of Mass Reductions — #6 with 2.37% loss
Scale Tippers — #7 with 2.28% loss
Unrepentant Thinners — #8 with 2.21% loss
Flabby Gabbies — #9 with 2.05% loss
The Narrow Weigh — #10 with 1.91% loss

Williams found guilty

March 31, 2012

Robert Williams was found guilty of engaging in organized criminal activity and was given a life imprisonment sentence with a $10,000 fine on Friday afternoon, March 30, 2012 by a seven-man, five-woman jury in the 32nd Judicial District Court.
The day began with a sole witness for the defense, a former employee of Williams named Vince Johnson. Johnson employed the defendant on a couple of local roofing projects in September 2010 as noted in found employment records. Williams was paid in cash for the projects, which was typical of day help.

Boy Scouts hold flag ceremony for FFB

March 31, 2012

Cub Scout Pack #146 held an official flag ceremony for First Financial Bank's new flags earlier this week. Cub Scouts involved in the ceremony included Joshua Reeves, Xander Hilton Tucker, Grady Kidd, Nolan Mims, Jackson Ashford, Hayden Baker, Tristan Baker, Noah Hanner, Crae Chapman, Jordan Amos, Jacob Carter and Logan Wedin with Cub Scout leaders Scott Whittenburg, Mark Mims and Martin Baker. Snacks were provided for the Cub Scouts by First Financial Bank after the ceremony.

Taste of Sweetwater benefits Meals on Wheels program

March 31, 2012

The Taste of Sweetwater is an annual event people of Sweetwater and the surrounding areas have come to enjoy. It is a chance for residents to sample foods from many local restaurants and other food establishments under one roof. This year, the event will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 9, at the Nolan County Coliseum Annex. The cost is $10 for adults, $6 for seniors and $4 for children ages 3-12.

Jazz Ambassadors free concert tomorrow

March 31, 2012

The Jazz Ambassadors is the United States Army's premier touring big band. This 19-member ensemble, formed in 1969, has received great acclaim both at home and abroad performing America's original art form, jazz.
The U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors of Washington, D.C., will continue its long history of presenting free public performances when it appears at the Sweetwater Municipal Auditorium on Monday night, April 2, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. The Jazz Ambassadors’ concert in Sweetwater is sponsored by the Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce.

March 30th

Easter services planned at local churches

March 30, 2012

AVONDALE BAPTIST CHURCH
Greetings to everyone, from the Avondale Baptist Church family! If you are looking for a loving church home we would like to invite you to come and visit us and worship our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We are located at 1405 Hoyt Street.
Our regular Sunday schedule is coffee fellowship at 9:20 a.m., Sunday school Bible study at 9:45 a.m., worship services at 10:50 a.m. and 6 p.m. and choir practice at 7 p.m. On Wednesday evening we have On-Mission groups for all ages at 7 p.m. If you need more information you can call the church at 325-235-5835.

Three involved in wreck

March 30, 2012

A truck rolled over after a tire blew out around 12:15 p.m. along I-20, near mile marker 243 on Friday, March 30, 2012.
According to Sweetwater Emergency Services Manager Grant Madden, the truck rolled over at least once. One person was flown to an Abilene hospital via Native Air, another person was transported to Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital via Sweetwater ambulance service and the third passenger was not transported. Both that were transported were listed in stable condition.

Update: Williams sentenced

March 30, 2012

Update: Williams was sentenced to life in prison with a $10,000 fine, the maximum sentence he was faced with during the trial. Come back for the full story.

Update:
As day four of the trial against Robert Williams continued on Friday, March 30, 2012, a witness was called to the stand for the defense, one of Williams' former employers. Williams only spoke outside of the jury's presence and closing arguments began afterwards.
The jury came back around 12:45 p.m. and found Williams guilty. The punishment phase began around 2:15 p.m. and closing arguments began.

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