May 4th, 2013
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Abilene District will begin a project May 6, to preserve area highways with seal coating.
More than 257 miles of state-maintained roadways are part of the districtâs 2013 seal coat program.Â Roadways in Nolan, Mitchell, Howard, Borden, Scurry, Fisher, Taylor, Callahan, Haskell, Jones, Stonewall and Shackelford counties will receive $7.9 million worth of preventive maintenance seal coat work.
Nolan County and the City of Sweetwater have a new emergency and mass notification provider. The transition from DeltAlert to the industry-leading, high-speed mass notification system, CodeREDÂŽ, began earlier this year.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 35 calls for service, issued no citations and made two arrests on May 2, 2013.
The SPD received 23, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â˘ Criminal mischief â 600 block of Pecan.
â˘ Criminal mischief â 1200 block of Elm.
Arrested by SPD:
â˘ Dustin Williams, 31 âÂ Family violence assault.
â˘ Doyle McDonald, 69 âÂ Possession of controlled substance, possession of dangerous drug, driving while intoxicated.
The Nolan County Sheriffâs Office (NCSO) had seven calls for service, five civil papers served and made no arrests on May 2, 2013.
BROADWAY BAPTIST CHURCH
There was a raging wild fire, and a photographer wanted to get some real good pictures of the fire, so he called the airport and set up a charter flight.Â The reservation was made, and he was told to be at the airport at 11 a.m. and a twin engine Cessna would be ready to take him over the fires.Â Being all excited about this great opportunity, he rushed to the airport, grabbed his camera from his bag, ran over to the plane, jumped in and told the pilot, âOkay, Iâm ready, Letâs go!â
Rounding out the Nolan County Forward Planning Committee meeting last week at the Sweetwater Country Club, the entities presented discussed their current initiatives while looking ahead to how the Cline Shale oil development will impact them.
The local TSTC (Texas State Technical College) West Texas campus is gearing up for a new program in the fall as studies involving the oil and gas industry are on the rise. The school has also been asked about programs regarding CDLs (commercial drivers' license).
The spring season typically bring in warm weather, flourishing flowers and a new start. So to bring in a fresh approach, the First United Methodist Church (FUMC) in Sweetwater, located at 301 Cedar Street, will be having a revival starting this Sunday, May 5 and running through Wednesday, May 8.
The guest speaker will be Wesley Putnam, a full-time evangelist who has been ministering over 30 years. The revival services start each night at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary.
Highland Heights United Methodist Church recently consecrated a collection of items for the Samaritan Hospitality House located in Colorado City. It ministers to families who are visiting loved ones incarcerated in local prisons.
With a homelike atmosphere, the âHouseâ provides weekend lodging for family members during their stay free of charge. Congregational members are pictured above with consecrated items.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 53 calls for service, issued four citations and made one arrest on May 1, 2013.
The SPD received 35, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â˘ Burglary of a habitation â 1000 block of Hailey.
â˘ Theft â 1800 block of W. Broadway.
Arrested by SPD:
â˘ Pamela Cooper, 41 âÂ Public intoxication.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had 10 calls for service, no civil papers served and made two arrests on May 1, 2013.
Arrested by NCSO:
â˘ Byron Oneal Blueford, 25, of Sweetwater â Warrant/failure to appear.
Being the coach of the first Sweetwater High School softball team to win a play-off game may make him the answer to a trivia question some day.
However, Tony Heredia is doing his best to put the Lady Mustangsâ 11-1 win over Pecos in the past and get his team ready to face a tough Pampa team in the Region I-3A area playoffs at 6 p.m. today at Lubbockâs Coronado High School.
âWe really havenât even talked about it,â he said. âWeâre proud of the fact we won a bi-district championship, but now weâre ready for the next challenge.â
The first playoff trip for Sweetwater High Schoolâs baseball squad since 2004 is lengthy as the team goes to Crane High School to play Fabens in a best-of-3 bi-district series. Game 1 starts at 5 p.m. today, with Game 2 at 2 p.m. Saturday. Game 3, if necessary, gets started 30 minutes after the end of the second game.
It was a long road just to get here. After narrowly missing the playoffs a year ago, Sweetwater (15-13) was the district co-champion this season in 4-3A, where a single game separated the districtâs top four teams.