January 11th, 2013
Eloisa Hernandez reads a book to several children at Story Hour, held on Thursday at the library. One of the children, Matthew, turns the page.
Find more photos from Story Hour on page 5 in today's edition.
Approval was given to appoint a special task force to examine potential improvements at Avenger Field during the Sweetwater City Commission meeting on Tuesday morning, January 8, 2013 at City Hall.
Addressing the commission was Bill Johnson, who has observed some safety issues at the airport, one of which deals with lighting.
With lights only at two spots of the airport at this time, he said that the lack of lighting could prove to be dangerous. The other concern noted was that of the pilot and passenger facilities and identities.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 59 calls for service, issued one citation and made one arrest on Jan. 9, 2013.
The SPD received 26, 911 calls.
â€¢ 1300 block of Neff.
â€¢ 500 block of Lamar.
â€¢ 200 block of NE Georgia.
â€¢ 1700 block of Hailey.
â€¢ 100 block of S. Hopkins.
Calls for service:
â€¢ Theft â€”Â 300 block of Lamar.
â€¢ Theft â€”Â 400 block of NE Georgia.
â€¢ Burglary of a vehicle â€”Â 300 block of W. Arkansas.
â€¢ Burglary of a vehicle â€”Â 1100 block of Bell.
â€¢ Burglary of a habitation â€”Â 1100 block of Bell.
â€¢ Theft â€”Â Sweetwater area.
Sean Walker Lomas, infant son of Donald and Krystal Lomas, passed away Jan. 10, 2013, at Abilene Regional Hospital.
Graveside services will be held 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13, at Sweetwater Cemetery with Rev. Philip Thomas officiating under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
ROTAN â€” Concha Ramon Castillo, 59, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at her residence in Vernon, Texas.Â Services will be at 3 p.m. on Friday January 11, 2013, at Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home Chapel in Rotan.Â Burial will follow at Belvieu Cemetery under the direction of Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home.Â Visitation was Thursday evening from 5-6 p.m. at the funeral home.Â Online condolences may be made to weathersbeerayfh.com.
Sweetwater plays its first district basketball double-header today vs. Monahans at Mustang Gym, with the girls game at 6:15 p.m. and the boys contest at 7:30 as they tip off 4-3A action.
Two other Nolan County boys teams also begin dis-trict play tonight, as Roscoe goes to Ira while Highland will be playing at Loraine.
A total of seven Sweet-water football players have received Class 3A all-Big Country recognition from the Abilene Reporter-News.
Four of Sweetwaterâ€™s players made the second team while five players â€” two of whom also made the second team at a different position â€” were given all-Big Country honorable mention.
Today is shaping up to be unseasonably warm, with mostly sunny skies and a high near 70. Winds will be from the southwest at 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low around 35 and west-southwest winds at 5 to 10 mph. After midnight, they will become northern winds.
Make sure to leave those jackets within reach as a cold front comes through this weekend! Highs will jump from the mid-50s to the upper-30s, with lows in the mid to low 20s.
Learn all you need to know about the local forecast at weather.gov.
Troy Ray Jennings was sentenced to eight years confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice on Wednesday morning, January 9, in the 32nd Judicial District Court.
A day prior to his sentencing, a seven-woman, five-man jury found Jennings guilty of failure to comply as a sex offender on Tuesday, January 8.
According to court documents, Jennings failed to report his change of employment, which is required for registration with local law enforcement, due to a reportable conviction of aggravated sexual assault. The offense was reported as occurring on May 10, 2011.
During the Sweetwater City Commission meeting on Tuesday morning, January 8, 2013, Coe Construction was awarded the bid for the construction of a new dining room and offices for the SNAP (Senior Nutrition Activities Program) building.
The bids were opened during the December 2012 meeting, but were reviewed in detail leading up to the January meeting. John Voller, the city engineer from Enprotec/Hibbs and Todd, recommended the low bid of Coe Construction--with the base bid of $366,000--and reviewed its two deductions of $48,000 and $100,000.