The Daily Press Sweetwater Reporter | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-08-21T11:44:48-04:00 hopeful Perry weighs in on water, border issues2014-08-21T11:44:48-04:002014-08-21T11:44:48-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater Reporter"Water is the common theme in the 51 counties (which comprise Senate District 28)," Perry said during an interview with the Reporter. "Sweetwater is a great example. Oak Creek Reservoir is dry."Perry believes upgrades to infrastructure and modern technology will be the components most likely to help alleviate the region's water woes."Replacing leaky infrastructure is one thing, R.O. (reverse osmosis) is another," said Perry, a 1980 Sweetwater High School graduate. "Desalination has become much more affordable. Several cities adjacent to the (Senate) district have implemented desalination. "Water is not going to be cheap," Perry continued. "But we need to pursue it. I hope water continues to be a top priority."The hot-button topic of immigration is also a concern for Perry. If elected, he promises to take the issue all the way to Washington, D.C. — even threatening a lawsuit if the federal government refuses to reimburse Texas for what Perry believes is a detriment to the Texas economy."We're doing everything we can on a state level that the federal government allows, jurisdictionally," Perry explained. "We're faced with a dilemma, (drug) cartel activity is pushing people into the United States and the federal government isn't doing anything about it."It's expensive to deploy the National Guard," Perry said. "It's not the long-term solution. The main thing we can do now is make the cartels miserable. And it's not just cartels; we don't know who's coming over. There's been everything from radical Islamists and people affiliated with Al-Qaeda."Tackling the border difficulties will take time and cooperation across the board, but the Senate may be where progress is made, Perry said."Serving in the Senate, you get to solve big problems," he said. Revamping entitlements and eliminating the "welfare state" would serve as deterrents to would-be immigrants, according to Perry.Unlike some of his opponents — which includes former Sweetwater Mayor Greg Wortham and former George W. Bush aide Jodey Arrington — Perry is relatively new to the political scene. Prior to winning his seat in the Texas House, he was a certified public accountant for more than 30 years. It's this connection to the middle class and rural communities of West Texas which he says strengthens his commitment to serving District 28.Sweetwater, TXBrian McCormackSenate hopeful Perry weighs in on water, border issuesSweetwater employees take medical mission trips2014-08-21T11:42:56-04:002014-08-21T11:42:56-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterBonnie Garcia, supervisor of the local OR, headed to Kenya to work with Kenya Relief, an organization founded by Steve and Greta James after they met the child sponsored by their late daughter. Since its inception, over 1400 people have gone to Migori, Kenya to offer assistance.The trip, which took place in the first part of August, fell during the country's winter season, where temperatures reached between 70 to 75 degrees. Kenya's legal bounds regarding medical care are essentially non-existent in comparison to American health care. Many items are reused unless bodily fluids end up on them.Over the three days, around 30 surgical cases were dealt. Within the clinic, almost 300 patients were seen.Trips like this allow many medical students to take part in procedures that would not be allowed in the States. In one instance, a senior resident within Garcia's team conducted a surgery with her surgeon father.The team was also able to visit a school and orphanage. Presently, 38 children are on a wait list as a sponsor is required for them to enter the school. Additionally, the orphanage only allows two children per family unit to enter the facility.With Kenya Relief's goal of every person leaving an impression, Garcia shared that even people without medical training can still go and help. She recalled the joy of the people and how they, in turn, left an impression on her.Dr. Robert Eaker and Jeree Hendley, RN took part in a trip to Malawi, Africa through Circle of Hope International. The goal of trip was to live out James 1:27 as they ministered to orphans and widows.Circle of Hope partners with the Grace Center, which includes a network of 17 churches called the Grace Alliance Church. Grace Center also has two orphanages, a preschool, Bible college, textile center, grain mill and a clinic and aspiring hospital.Timothy's House is a boys' orphanage, while Patricia's Home is for babies through girls age 18. And at the textile center, which helps fund the Grace Center, items like purses, tablecloths, laptop bags and clothes are made.Additionally, the grain mill gives resources in order to further the local economy. Through the partnership of Circle of Hope and Grace Center, the goal is for the people to be self-sustaining and become leaders in the community.Exams were given to the orphans and preschools for malaria and various respiratory issues. Over the two-week trip, over 800 children were seen.Much work is still to be done in Malawi, as $20,000 is needed for the hospital to be fully functional. To add a roof to the church would cost $44,000, with an additional $20,000 to complete the building.For both of the organizations, sponsorship opportunities are available. However, one of the best ways to help is to personally go and take part in the projects.Sweetwater, TXBelinda SerranoRPMH employees take medical mission tripsSweetwater events scheduled today2014-08-21T09:06:20-04:002014-08-21T09:06:20-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterCall 325-670-6999 to make a reservation for the buffet lunch (there is a cost to lunch). The program will be presented by Nancy Robinson Masters.Tonight, Highland will have their Meet the Teacher event. From 5-7 p.m. the PTO will be serving brisket sandwiches. From 5:30-6 p.m. the laptop policy parent/student orientation will take place for grades 6-12. Students will be able to meet their teachers from 6-7 p.m. and Big Blue Preview will begin at 7 p.m. in the Activity Gym.Also, Mustang Moms will hold their annual silent auction and Adopt-A-Mustang/Lady Mustang/Cheerleader during the scrimmage against Clyde and Meet The Mustangs at 6:30 p.m. at Mustang Bowl.And fans at the Sweetwater vs. Clyde football scrimmage will be asked to participate in "Our Day To Shine" by making a donation, which will be used for the Texas High School Coaches Education Foundation to pay for athletes and coaches with special needs. Sweetwater, TXNo author availableSeveral events scheduled todaySweetwater's weather for Thursday2014-08-21T09:01:53-04:002014-08-21T09:01:53-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterExpect mostly clear conditions tonight, with a low around 75 and breezy winds from the south at 10 to 20 mph.Sweetwater, TXNo author availableSweetwater's weather for ThursdaySweetwater Arrington: upcoming election ‘critical’ for region2014-08-20T11:41:19-04:002014-08-20T11:41:19-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterThe field vying for the Senate District 28 seat visited Sweetwater on Tuesday. The seat became vacant when former Sen. Robert Duncan took the reins as chancellor at Texas Tech University.Republican Jodey Arrington is considered to be one of the frontrunners in the race, and one of his opponents is fellow Republican Charles Perry, a 1980 Sweetwater High School graduate. Former Sweetwater mayor Greg Wortham is running on the Democratic ticket.Arrington, a native of Plainview, has served alongside former President George W. Bush both during his tenure as Texas governor, and later as commander in chief. During an interview with Arrington, he said there are two main issues driving his campaign: border security and water viability."There is no question the system is broken," Arrington said of the immigration process. "You have a demand for a better life in Central and South America. They're risking their lives to come all the way here to have a slice of the American dream."The problem, according to Arrington, is that state and federal budgets are stretched thin and the taxpayer is already facing a heavy burden."Do we believe Congress will fix that?" Arrington asked. "It's a constitutional responsibility of our federal government to secure the borders. Obviously, they aren't doing a very good job of it, so it falls on Texas."Solutions to the border problem offered by Arrington range from a "boots on the ground" deterrence approach to "turning off the magnets" — eliminating taxpayer funded entitlements available to illegal immigrants.Conserving and protecting water in West Texas is paramount to ensuring its success as droughts have decimated local water supplies throughout Arrington's would-be district, which comprises 51 counties."If we don't fight for and secure our water needs, West Texas will dry up and blow away," he said.Allowing individual counties and municipalities to make decisions about water conservation and usage is important, Arrington said. Otherwise, he warned, politicians representing urban districts could try to reroute West Texas water to metropolitan areas.When asked why Nolan County residents should vote for him over Perry or Wortham, Arrington said it all goes back to his roots."I grew up in Plainview, Texas," Arrington said. "It's a farming and faith based community, not much different than Sweetwater. The people and the culture are very similar."Arrington also prides himself on bipartisanship."Everything is politicized. Americans are sick of it," Arrington said. "Our elected officials don't work well together and solve any problems. We still have hope for our great state, that we can come together and solve our problems, irrespective of our backgrounds and ideology.""Look at my record," Arrington continued. "When I was chief of staff at the FDIC, we downsized the FDIC by tens of millions of dollars. I have a record of conservative leadership. I don't care if someone has a 'D' or an 'R' or an 'I' next to their name, if they will work to protect our property and our water rights and keep Austin out of managing our water and they will help support our schools and the things that matter in West Texas, then I call them friends and allies."To me, what it boils down to, is I think West Texans want leadership over politics. I think most Americans want that. I have proven and have a record of working with others to get things done, whether that was bringing thousands of students and billions of dollars to West Texas (during his post as vice chancellor at Tech), or downsizing the FDIC, or helping President Bush assemble his leadership teams for agriculture and energy."Arrington also views education as one of the best ways to guarantee a state's future success."My mother was a public school teacher and I am a product of public schools." he said. Sweetwater, TXBrian McCormackJodey Arrington: upcoming election ‘critical’ for regionSweetwater ISD Red Run slated for Friday2014-08-20T11:39:26-04:002014-08-20T11:39:26-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterParticipants are invited to complete the course by walking, running, riding or by joining the cheering crowd to encourage everyone to celebrate and have the "happiest experience ever. If you plan to get powder on you, wear white that you don't mind staining with red. Wear a shower cap, mask or headband if you wish. Bring a towel for your car seat."Everyone in the community is invited to join this celebration. "Come ready to enjoy yourself and have fun!"Richard Fergeson State Farm Insurance will once again provide the water tent and Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital has expressed an interest in having a tent. Any businesses or individuals who would like to provide a tent or services are welcome to join. The course begins and ends at the Championship sign at Mustang Bowl. There is also an alternate Route B for those that need a shorter distance, but one color station will be missed.Sweetwater ISD is also excited about the opportunity to personalize the meet the teacher experience this year. Between Aug. 15-Aug. 22, Kindergarten through fifth grade students can look forward to their teacher dropping by for a short visit. "Parents have reached out every year by attending back to school events and we wish to repay that commitment by coming to the homes."Sweetwater, TXNo author availableSweetwater ISD Red Run slated for FridaySweetwater Chaos to be held tonight2014-08-20T08:58:49-04:002014-08-20T08:58:49-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterSweetwater, TXNo author availableSuper Chaos to be held tonightSweetwater's local weather2014-08-20T08:56:30-04:002014-08-20T08:56:30-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterExpect partly cloudy conditions tonight, with a low around 72 and breezy winds remaining from the south at 10 to 20 mph.Sweetwater, TXNo author availableWednesday's local weatherSweetwater transported in morning wreck2014-08-19T11:38:37-04:002014-08-19T11:38:37-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterSweetwater, TXNo author availableTwo transported in morning wreckSweetwater indicted by Nolan County Grand Jury2014-08-19T11:35:01-04:002014-08-19T11:35:01-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterFelipe Ramirez III was indicted for manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance, a first degree felony, for an offense that occurred in February 2014. According to court documents, Ramirez knowingly possessed, with the intent to deliver, methamphetamine, in the amount of more than four grams, but less than 200 grams. His bond was set at $25,000.Markes D. Buchanan was indicted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second degree felony. Court documents state that on July 2, 2014, Buchanan lacerated his victim's face and also cut her right thumb with a knife. His bond was set at $15,000.Jonathan Scott Granado was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, namely cocaine, a state jail felony. Court documents state that Granado possessed less than one gram of cocaine on Oct. 4, 2013. His bond was set at $7,500.Benito Alaniz was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, namely methamphetamine, a state jail felony. Court documents state that Alaniz possessed less than one gram of methamphetamine on Oct. 27, 2013. His bond was set at $7,500.Marlo Theodore Jackson was indicted for unlawful carrying of a weapon on alcohol premises, a third degree felony. Court documents state that Jackson carried a semi-automatic pistol on Wal-Mart premises on May 13, 2014. His bond was set at $7,500.Joshua C. Jones was indicted for sex offenders duty to register for 10 years, a state jail felony. Jones failed to register with local law enforcement — where he resided or intended to reside for more than seven days — as required because of a reportable adjudication for aggravated indecent liberties with a child. His bond was set at $7,500.Edward Ban Weldy was indicted for evading arrest detention with a vehicle, a third degree felony. His bond was set at $7,500.Kendrick Michael Davis was indicted for possession of marijuana, a state jail felony. Court documents state that Davis possessed less than five pounds, but more than four ounces of marijuana on April 9, 2014. His bond was set at $5,000.Sweetwater, TXNo author availableTwenty indicted by Nolan County Grand JurySweetwater