Archive - Dec 2010 - News Article
President Barack Obama named Ray Smola as a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the nationâ€™s highest honor for math and science teachers. Smola has been a physics teacher at Heidelberg High School in Germany for the past eight years and is among the 103 recipients of the award. He has also taught at Mannheim Middle School, Kubasaki High School in Okinawa, Japan (all for the Department of Defense Education Activity), and Stephenville High School in Texas.
Members of the Nolan County Foundation Board recently announced the awarding of $1,000 to Sweetwater Christian Schools. In making the announcement and presenting agency representative Rodney Foster this assistance, Jerry Riggs, President of the NCF, stressed the importance of supporting worthwhile agencies as they serve vital needs for Nolan County residents. Riggs also stated that the NCF will be identifying other special needs and giving additional financial assistance in the near future.
Anytime Fitness, the world largest and fastest growing 24-hour co-ed fitness franchise, is pleased to announce it is open for business in Sweetwater, next to Hibbetts and Hastings in the Nolan County Plaza. A grand opening celebration took place on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010. Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and members of the community, as well as owners of the club, were present at the facility for a ribbon cutting and open house.
The Sweetwater Church of God will be celebrating 45 years in the their present building. The church has been at 4th and Pine since 1946. The Church of God was organized in Sweetwater in 1929 and has been active in the community since that time. A special service will be held for the Celebration at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 2. Everyone is welcome to joint the celebration. Evangelist and former member the Rev W.C. Ratchford will be speaking at the regular Sunday morning worship service at 10:45 a.m.
Four people entered pleas to Judge Glen Harrison during 32nd Judicial District Court proceedings this week.
Rocky Flores pled guilty to credit/debit card abuse, a state jail felony. The date of offense was March 5, 2010. Fir his plea, Flores received 16 months confinement in the State Jail Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He is also responsible for paying a $1,000 fine, $309 in court costs, $500 in attorney's fees and $150 in restitution to Russell Davis of Sweetwater. He will receive 210 days credit towards his sentence for time already served in jail.
A donation was given to the West Texas Children's Advocacy Center from Suddenlink Communications in Sweetwater. Shown from left to right are Amanda Fullwood and Teresa Zarate of the West Texas Children's Advocacy Center and Marla Reddic of Suddenlink Communications.
The Lily Closet, the clothes closet at First United Methodist Church, will be open this Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011.
The Lily Closet is open to anyone in the community or surrounding area. All clothes from the closet are free of charge.
The Lily Closet was established to provide clothing to families and individuals in need. The clothing is donated by church members and local individuals and organizations.
An arrest has been made in the male-on-male sexual assault case that took place on Aug. 15, 2010 around the southwest part of Sweetwater. Aubrey Phillip Childers, 23, of Sweetwater, was arrested on Monday, Dec. 27, as he was being processed out of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
The Nolan County District Board of Directors met for its final regular session meeting in 2010 on Monday evening, Dec. 27, at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH).
Abilene and Sweetwater residents united to gather several hundred dollars of non-perishable food items as part of their annual giving to the communities where they live.
Multi-County Coalition representative Whitney Root asked members to make donations over the course of about a week and a half resulting in 10 boxes crammed with food delivered to the Gaylord's Pantry of Sweetwater's First United Methodist Church on Monday, Dec. 20.