February 15th, 2013
Construction is ongoing at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital with completion expected in the middle of June.
According to Hospital Administrator Donna Boatright, the construction team is making good progress on the new doctorsâ€™ offices.
Also in the building plans is a covered walkway connecting the new doctorsâ€™ offices to the hospital. Plans for the current doctorsâ€™ offices include having room to recruit more medical professionals, as well as expanding the cardiac rehabilitation facility.
Itâ€™s taken eight years to get back to this point.
Now Sweetwater finds itself in a similar situa-tion to what it faced the last time a girls team ad-vanced to the Class 3A area basketball playoffs â€” a highly-ranked squad that will be heavily favored to end their season.
Back in 2005, the Lady Mustangs faced No. 1-ranked Canyon and lost 67-26. Today, they meet No. 8 Lubbock Cooper in the area round hoping for a much better result.
But they know they will have to play their best to pull off the upset.
A Honk Rally for the Sweetwater Lady Mustangs is planned for 3:15 p.m. on Friday Feb. 15.
They will leave Sweetwater High School, travel down Ragland Street to Musgrove Street, on to Avenue C and then to Lamar Street to West Broadway and then to Interstate 20.
The basketball team will travel to Post to play Lubbock Cooper.
A Nolan County Grand Jury indicted 19 people this past week. Twelve of those indictments were sealed. The following cases were true-billed:
Marcus Ray Franklin was indicted for family violence assault/impede breathing/circulation, a third degree felony, enhanced to a second degree felony with one prior felony conviction. His bond was set at $25,000.
Jesse Clyde Tollison, Jr. was indicted for burglary of a habitation with the intent to commit an assault, a second degree felony. His bond was set at $15,000.
During the Tuesday meeting of the Sweetwater City Commission, the audit report for the 2011-2012 fiscal year was presented and approved.
Cathy Wilks offered the review of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, in which she stated that the three opinion letters all came back with a clean opinion. In addition, last year was the 29th year that the city earned the GFOA (Government Finance Officers Association) award.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 51 calls for service, issued three citations and made five arrests on Feb. 13, 2013.
The SPD received 34, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€¢ Disorderly conduct â€”Â 1500 block of Grand.
â€¢ Criminal mischief â€”Â 800 block of E. 13th.
â€¢ Class C assault â€”Â 300 block of Lamar.
Arrested by SPD:
â€¢ Edna Pardue, 68 â€” Obstruction of highway or passageway.
â€¢ Ruben Ruiz, Jr., 50 â€” Public intoxication.
â€¢ Female juvenile, 15 â€” Directive to apprehend.
â€¢ Stacy Marsh, 37 â€” Criminal trespass.
Expect a partly sunny sky today but cooler temperatures with a high near 48. Winds will be from the north at 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 30 and northeastern winds at 5 to 10 mph. In the evening, the winds will shift to south-southeast.
We should see sunny skies with highs in the 60s this weekend and lows in the 40s offering partly cloudy skies in the evenings. However, winds will increase throughout the weekend, with gusts up to 30 mph on Sunday.
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Sweetwater Animal Control currently has three pets available for adoption.
Available for adoption is a male kitten, along with two Labrador mix puppies â€” one male (bottom right) and one female (bottom left).
According to Sweetwaterâ€™s animal control officer, Don Kite, animals that are picked up are kept for a minimum of three days, but he tries to keep them from a week to 10 days.
Dogs and cats are available for adoption for a $15 fee and the cost of getting the pet vaccinated for rabies.
The pets are required to have their vaccination before they leave to their new homes.
Approval was given on Tuesday on an ordinance calling for an election to be held on Saturday, May 11 to vote for a mayor and two city commissioners.
Those positions are currently filled by Sweetwater Mayor Greg Wortham, Larry May for Precinct 1 and Ricky Castro in Precinct 3. An election calendar was included in the meeting packets, which outlined specific dates and deadlines.
Also during the meeting, several citizens were approved to serve in a variety of civil boards.
The Sweetwater girls basketball team will play its area round playoff game with Lubbock Cooper at 6 p.m. Friday at Post High School.
Sweetwater (21-14), making its first postseason appearance since 2005, defeated Fort Stockton 58-43 in bi-district after winning a third-place district tiebreaker against Big Spring last Friday. Lubbock Cooper (29-4) earned a first-round playoff bye as District 2-3A champion.
The game will be the first half of a playoff doubleheader, as Wylie plays Levelland starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday's winners will play each other in the regional quarterfinals next week.