The Daily Press Sweetwater Reporter | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-07-29T09:17:16-04:00's local events2014-07-29T09:17:16-04:002014-07-29T09:17:16-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterInstructors will help participants learn to read, improve reading skills, improve English skills or help you read to your children. Call 235-4978 for more information.Starting at 11 a.m., the AJRA 4-D Barrel Race will be held at the Nolan County Coliseum. Exhibitions will be open to the public until 2 p.m. Sign up when you get there. For entry fees or more information, call Cassidy Carpenter at 806-786-6796.At noon, friends and family are encouraged and welcomed to visit with the Dietz family at the Lamar Street Baptist Church recreation building.Jason Dietz was a former Student Minister at First Baptist Church, and his family is currently back in the United States on vacation as they are currently serving as missionaries in Germany. Contact Pam Goates at the Sweetwater Reporter for more information.Sweetwater, TXNo author availableTuesday's local eventsSweetwater weather for Tuesday2014-07-29T09:13:24-04:002014-07-29T09:13:24-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterOtherwise, expect mostly cloudy conditions with a low around 73. Winds will come from the east-southeast at 10 to 15 mph.Sweetwater, TXNo author availableLocal weather for TuesdaySweetwater show support at Jam at the Dam2014-07-28T11:42:05-04:002014-07-28T11:42:05-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterThe event, hosted by the Clean Up Lake Sweetwater Beach group, benefitted the families of Devin LaRue and Cassidy Crain, two local men who passed away in a vehicle accident. Sweetwater, TXNo author availableMany show support at Jam at the DamSweetwater Plains Memorial Hospital welcomes Dr. Jennifer Liedtke2014-07-28T11:40:15-04:002014-07-28T11:40:15-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater Reporter“We’re thrilled to have Dr. Liedtke join our Sweetwater medical community,” said Donna Boatright, administrator of RPMH. “Her services will be a great asset here at Rolling Plains, and I know our community is going to love her.”As a family practice physician, Dr. Liedtke has the expertise to provide comprehensive medical care for all members of a family in every stage of life. From pregnant women to newborns, childhood and adult disease to senior care, Dr. Liedtke can be your first source for healthcare.Dr. Liedtke began her studies with a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas AA native of Odessa, Dr. Liedtke comes to Sweetwater with her husband, Ty, and baby, Kylee.“Living in relatively small communities most of my life, I can appreciate the lifestyle of rural Texas,” Dr. Liedtke explained. “When I began my journey as a physician, I knew that I wanted to practice in a smaller community like Sweetwater.”In addition to family practice services, Dr. Liedtke will also provide obstetrics care for women. She said that one of the reasons she choose RPMH was because of the exceptionally fine program the hospital has for its size.“Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital is a brilliant example of rural healthcare when you have a knowledgeable team, great leadership and more importantly – a supportive community that understands the importance of local healthcare,” Dr. Liedtke said. “That’s unique, and Nolan County is blessed with such a strong medical community.”Dr. Liedtke begins seeing patient at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital beginning Aug. 4. Appointments are being scheduled now. For more information or to make an appointment, please call 325-235-6819.Sweetwater, TXNo author availableRolling Plains Memorial Hospital welcomes Dr. Jennifer LiedtkeSweetwater oilfield supply company hires three TSTC graduates2014-07-28T11:37:12-04:002014-07-28T11:37:12-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterCameron Fox graduated in May and has been with Knox Oilfield Supply for three months. “All my family worked in the oil field. My dad has been with Chevron for 28 years,” said Fox. “I knew that is what I wanted to do too.”TSTC’s Downhole Tool program has opened doors for folks like Fox to get into the oil business. “These graduates know what they are getting into. They’ve got all the basics,” said Knox. “They’re a benefit to us.”Sweetwater, TXNo author availableLocal oilfield supply company hires three TSTC graduatesSweetwater forecast for Monday2014-07-28T08:58:22-04:002014-07-28T08:58:22-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterWe'll have a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms tonight, with partly cloudy skies tonight with a low around 72. Winds will be from the east at 5 to 10 mph. Sweetwater, TXNo author availableLocal forecast for MondaySweetwater County grand jury clears Abilene officers in shooting death, indicts 122014-07-26T14:30:42-04:002014-07-26T10:00:20-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterAccording to 32nd Judicial District ADA (Assistant District Attorney) Barrett Thomas, grand jurors did not indict the five Abilene police officers involved in the shooting.According to a news release issued by the Abilene Police Department, on June 26, 2014, the Abilene Police Department received a request for assistance from the Sweetwater Police Department. Sweetwater PD was in the midst of a felony theft investigation at a residence on West Broadway. During their investigation the suspect, Michael Berry, exited his residence and brandished a firearm in a threatening manner. These actions forced Sweetwater officers to take cover.Responding to the request for assistance, Abilene PD SWAT Team and Crisis Negotiators responded to the scene. Upon arrival, crisis negotiators began attempting to make contact with the suspect. The suspect refused to surrender after negotiators made in excess of 30 attempts to contact him.A search warrant was signed at approximately 3:20 p.m., authorizing entry into the suspect’s residence for the purposes of apprehension. A felony theft warrant for the suspect had already been issued previously. The SWAT team, utilizing the Bearcat for cover, approached the residence in an attempt to deploy tear gas that would hopefully cause the suspect to surrender.As the Bearcat began that portion of the operation, the suspect began firing at officers. Three officers returned fire striking the suspect and causing him to retreat back inside his residence. The ram on the Bearcat was utilized to remove a portion of the wall in the room where the suspect was hiding. This enabled officers to secure visual contact with the suspect and continue with verbal commands to drop his weapon. The suspect was spotted lying near a bed.Three officers dismounted the Bearcat and moved forward under the cover of a ballistic shield to arrest the suspect and administer medical attention. As those officers approached, the suspect rose up and again began shooting at the three dismounted officers, two of which returned fire. The suspect continued to resist and fight with officers but was taken into custody and transported to Rolling Plains Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased. The Bearcat received multiple bullet strikes during this incident. No officers were injured. Consistent with standard practice for all officer involved shootings, the five officers involved were placed on administrative leave.The Nolan County Grand Jury did indicted 12 people this month. Five of those indictments were sealed. The following cases were true-billed:Jerry Dorman Wyatt, Jr. was indicted for burglary of a habitation, a second degree felony, enhanced to a first degree felony with two prior felony convictions — both for driving while intoxicated— one on March 13, 1998 in the 32nd Judicial District Court of Nolan County and one on April 1, 2008 in the 271st District Court of Wise County. His bond was set at $50,000.Jessica Marie Luna was indicted for aggravated assault date/family/house with a weapon, a first degree felony. Court documents state that Luna , on June 17, 2014, struck the victim in the chest and face and exhibited a deadly weapon — a knife — during the commission of the assault. Her bond was set at $25,000.Benjamin Lee Mendez was indicted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second degree felony. Court documents state that on June 18, 2014, Mendez threatened the victim by putting a meat cleaver against her face. His bond was set at $15,000.Brian Edward Armstrong was indicted for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, a third degree felony. His bond was set at $10,000.Sweetwater, TXNo author availableNolan County grand jury clears Abilene officers in shooting death, indicts 12Sweetwater to host affordable housing summit on Wednesday2014-07-27T10:00:55-04:002014-07-26T08:37:41-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterOne of the programs they have is the Housing Navigator Project. This endeavor serves to expand advocacy for necessary changes and possibility of increasing housing opportunities to those with disabilities and older adults, enabling them to stay in their communities. The WCTADRC is currently serving Fisher, Haskell, Jones, Knox, Mitchell, Nolan, Scurry, Shackelford, Stonewall, Taylor, Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, McCulloch, Stephens, Kent, Throckmorton and Runnels counties."In this capacity, we would like to cordially invite you to attend our Affordable Housing Summit on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at the Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital on 200 E. Arizona Drive in Sweetwater, at 9 a.m. in their conference room to introduce our program to the different community agencies and discuss the barriers currently encountered in regards to the availability of affordable housing in our areas as well as how to overcome these barriers," said Ivette Holloway, Housing Navigator with WCTADRC.Sweetwater, TXNo author availableWCTADRC to host affordable housing summit on WednesdaySweetwater rodeo finals returns to Sweetwater2014-07-26T20:36:58-04:002014-07-26T08:36:19-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterThe five-day affair — which kicks off Tuesday and continues through Saturday — will feature young buckaroos in several age brackets competing for national championship titles in traditional rodeo events ranging from team roping to barrel racing. To get this far, participants had to qualify at four AJRA-sanctioned rodeos throughout the year, which were held in various West Texas cities.With the AJRA's roots stretching back to 1952, the organization is considered by many in the rodeo world to be the premiere training ground for young adults to learn the ropes before entering the professional realm."The (AJRA) legacy is bar none," said Mary McMullan, who is serving in her third year as AJRA secretary manager. "I truly believe we have some of the most elite athletes competing in rodeo today. I think you'll see some of their names in lights in the years to come."In addition to bragging rights, some elite spoils of victory are up for grabs, too.McMullan estimates that more than $100K will be awarded in cash and prizes to the 118 entrants set to perform.Vendors will ply their wares within the coliseum during the week, evangelical singer Crystal Lyons will open the rodeo Thursday evening with her own brand of horseback preaching, while the kids involved with the rodeo can play in a three-on-three basketball tournament, attend an ice cream social with their families and enjoy hot dogs at a poolside party."We encourage the community to come out and support the kids," McMullan added. "It's wholesome, family entertainment. And it links us back to our American heritage — the cowboy days when they would find ways to compete and have some fun after the work was done for the day."Also striving to ensure the event is a crowd pleaser is Nolan County Coliseum general manager Jeff Howard, who hopes a sizable crowd joins in the week's fun."We'll have some of the best young cowboys and cowgirls from Texas and New Mexico," Howard said. "The (AJRA) has a history of producing some of the great rodeo stars of today and in the past."All of the NFR events are free of charge. The Nolan County Coliseum is climate controlled and all ages are welcome to attend.Sweetwater, TXBrian McCormackJunior rodeo finals returns to SweetwaterSweetwater White to perform during Nolan County Fair2014-07-28T01:38:59-04:002014-07-26T08:33:30-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterGreat White consists of founder and lead guitarist, Mark Kendall; Michael Lardie (keys, guitar); Audie Desbrow (drums); Scott Snyder (bass) and lead singer Terry Ilous. With over 10 million albums sold worldwide, the band is most recognized for their smash hit “Once Bitten, Twice Shy”.In a phone interview, Kendall expressed the band's excitement over their upcoming performance in Sweetwater.Doors will open at 7 p.m., with the concert kicking off at 7:30. Tickets can be purchased at the Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce. As they look forward to their performance, Kendall said that they hope to involve the crowd to make them feel as if they are a part of the show. The goal is to impress the audience by taking advantage of their time onstage."Nothing matters once you're on the stage, except having a good show," said Kendall.Great White is currently riding the wave of their latest album, "Elation", which was released in 2012. But while the process of making new music keeps them motivated, Kendall said that outside of the recording process, nothing much has changed."We're still human beings that play music together," expressed Kendall.In an ever-changing music industry, the mindset of Great White is "old school", which they strive to attain when they play together. It's never about perfection, Kendall said, so they avoid today's technology in shifting the sound and stick to their "imperfect" ways.But while the new technology has made editing quicker and saves time, major labels have felt the brunt of the industry shift. As a result, Kendall explained it's become difficult to get people to truly hear their music.For Great White, their music now appears on classic rock radio stations. They strive to use the Internet effectively through satellite radio, but Kendall noted that Great White has always been a live band who wants to bring their music to the fans.Thus, Great White will continue to tour and finish up the year writing new music which would lead to the release a new album early next year. In addition, their latest music video off of the "Elation" album, "Complicated", is airing on MTV and VH1.But in the midst of the videos and writing and performing, Kendall doesn't hesitate to express his gratitude to the fans who grew up on the music of Great White. "As a fan of music myself, I relate to the fans," he explained. He understands how much music means and the way it can take a person back to a particular moment in time or a memory."When the music of Great White does that for a fan, it's a blessing and it's special. We never want to take our fans for granted, and we're grateful for them."Sweetwater, TXBelinda SerranoGreat White to perform during Nolan County FairSweetwater