April 23rd, 2014
A Nolan County Grand Jury indicted 35 people this month. Twenty-seven of those indictments were sealed. The following cases were true-billed:
Isaiah Zachary Gongora was indicted for aggravated sexual assault of a child, a first degree felony, for an offense that occurred in November 2012. The victim was younger than 14 years of age at the time of the crime. His bond was set at $25,000.
The Sweetwater Fire Department has responded to several suspicious fires recently within a two block radius, according to Sweetwater Fire Chief Grant Madden.
According to one of the homeowners, the fire at their home started at about 4 p.m. on Friday, but was quickly extinguished. The fire began outside on the side of their home on Sunnyvale.
During Monday's meeting of the Sweetwater ISD (Independent School District) Board of Trustees' meeting, Superintendent Terry Pittman stated in his monthly report that the local Community Captains program was mentioned in a recent TASB (Texas Association of School Boards) newsletter.
Pittman shared the information with Diana Freeman, TASB's LTS (Leadership Team Services) senior consultant, who included it in her article found in the state-wide publication.
The Sweetwater baseball team will play Monahans at 7 p.m. Friday in Big Spring to decide playoff seeding from District 4-3A.
The Mustangs and Loboes both finished 5-5 and tied for third place in district, so Fridayâ€™s winner will be the No. 3 team entering next weekâ€™s playoffs and the loser No. 4.
Wylie (9-1) and Big Spring (6-4) finished 1-2 in 4-3A.
SNYDER â€” After getting the go-ahead hit in his teamâ€™s 4-2 win over Snyder on Tuesday that finally clinched a playoff berth, Sweetwater third baseman Tyler Beasley summed up the difficulty of the Mus-tangsâ€™ postseason quest for the past five weeks.
â€śItâ€™s been a long, hard journey,â€ť he said. â€śBut we got there.â€ť
Today will be mostly sunny with a high near 91. Winds will be breezy, with a south wind 15 to 25 mph and after 1 p.m. we'll have a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could be severe.
Expect partly cloudy skies tonight, with a low around 62 and breezy winds from the south at 15 to 20 mph. Winds will decrease to 10 to 15 mph after midnight, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Before 1 a.m., we should have a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, with some storms being severe.
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In the 1930s the U.S. experienced some of the worst dust storms recorded in history. Protection of topsoil became a priority and as a result, soil and water conservation districts (SWCDs) were formed so landowners could work together at the local level to solve a major problem. With the emphasis on "going green" these days, soil and water conservation districts are as important as ever.
Just what is a soil and water conservation district?
Rafael Valdez â€” I donâ€™t own a car. I walk to work. I use public transportation. Before my bicycles were stolen, Iâ€™d ride them daily. America can not sustain its present course and we are about to find out the hard way.
Rosemary Chris Schmitt â€” Going to plant some trees and flowers.
Nicole Garcia McArthur â€” Planting my own veggie garden so Iâ€™m going to eat what I grow.
Susan Conner-Ellenburg â€” I started a worm farm. They eat all your leftovers and you use their castings for fertilizer. I also started an herb garden and Iâ€™m growing flowers.
Members of Dark Horse Roller Derby recently cleaned up their stretch of highway for the Adopt-A-Highway program.
They cleaned the two mile stretch of Loop 170 in front of the WASP Museum, heading towards Texas State Technical College and ending by the Elks Lodge.
Pictured are Tiffany Cabral, Betty Carter, Melissa Winslow, Jessica Galindo, Tonya Osteen and Amber Wingo.
Earth Day is April 22 and everyone in Sweetwater can easily do their part to help the environment. If you were unaware, Sweetwater has a refuse disposal and recycling drop-off center located at 807 W. Broadway and is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The drop-off center provides a spot for area residents and businesses to take their refuse for transit to a certified disposal site.