The Daily Press Sweetwater Reporter | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-07-28T11:42:05-04:00 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 Baptist Church to show God’s Not Dead movie2014-07-25T17:44:35-04:002014-07-25T11:56:58-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterA little boy was out tending his sheep on Sunday morning, when the church bells began to ring. People began walking through the pasture to church, and the little boy decided that since he couldn’t go to church, he would just pray. But what could he say? He had never been taught to pray, didn’t know any prayers, and he wasn’t even sure what prayer was. He just knew he wanted to pray, so he knelt down and began to recite the alphabet. “A, B, C . . .” and so on to Z.  About halfway through the prayer an elderly gentleman came by and heard the little boy. “What are you doing?” he asked. The little boy replied, “Please sir, don’t interrupt. I’m praying!” “But why are you praying letters?” asked the man. The boy looked up and said, “I don’t know any prayers. I only know I want God to take care of me and help me take care of my sheep. So I thought if I said all I knew, God would put it together and spell all I want!”Has your heart been so heavy that there are times you pray and aren’t sure what to say? It is in those times that the Spirit maketh utterances for us. We have the promise from God’s word that we can come boldly before the throne of grace and find help in the time of need. Daniel, in the midst of persecution, opened his window and prayed three times a day. David said, “Seven times a day do I praise thee.” In 1Thessalonians the Apostle Paul reminds us to pray without ceasing. The gospels tell us that if we pray believing, we shall receive. How is your prayer life? Do you pray when you “have to” or “need to” or do you pray daily receiving courage, confidence, and peace? Remember, when the outlook is bad, try the up look because God is looking down!Vacation Bible School is July 27-31, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Our theme for VBS this year is “The Greatest Gift.”  Come and celebrate the greatest gift that was ever given, “Jesus Christ.”  We look forward to celebrating Christmas in July! VBS ministers to children starting Kindergarten through completing fifth grade. Please call the church at 235-2730 and let us know that you would like to sign up your child for VBS. We will provide vans to pick up your children, if needed, just let us know.Broadway Baptist Church would like to invite you to come and worship with us this Sunday at 710 E. Third Street. Our Life Groups, which are for all ages, start at 10 a.m. Our morning service starts at 10:50 a.m. and our evening service starts at 6 p.m. Our midweek service is on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. (We offer Bible study for all ages.) Come worship with us and be blessed.Emmanuel Fellowship ChurchWe invite you to join us this Sunday at Emmanuel Fellowship Church. Our Sunday morning services are at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Both morning services are filled with the same warm fellowship, dynamic worship and life-giving messages, as well as top-notch children’s ministry and nursery care for children up to fifth grade. This week, we are continuing our “Summer Survival Series.” This sermon series highlights beloved Bible stories and allows us to search the Scriptures for God's word and will for us — even in the midst of triple digit temperatures. The Salvage Yard youth ministry, for grades 6-12, meets Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. for their worship service and for many other various events. (Note: Our youth will not be meeting this week as they are at youth camp. Please be in prayer for them as they pursue everything God has for them there!) Find out more on their facebook page at We would love to have you register your kiddos to attend our “Superkid Academy,” to be held August 3-6, at 6 p.m. for our pre-school and elementary age children. This annual event features in-depth lessons, games, crafts, snacks and much, much more, so you won’t want to miss it! Register online at also invite you to step into The Growth Central Bookstore when you visit EFC. It’s stocked with Bibles, study aids, marriage and parenting resources, worship music, inspirational gifts, original art and fiction books — there’s something for everyone! The bookstore is open between Sunday morning services, from 10:30-11 a.m. and again at 12:30-1 p.m. For more information about the ministry of EFC, log onto the church website at Baptist ChurchFirst Baptist Church invites you and your family to join us on this Sunday, July 27, for Bible study, beginning at 9:15 a.m. for all ages, followed by the Sunday morning service, which begins at 10:30 a.m. First Baptist Church is located at 213 East Third Street, next door to the Post Office. We warmly greet you! Your presence will enhance our worship experience and our fellowship together.Koinonia coffee is held at The Welcome Center before Bible study each Sunday morning. Coffee is the perfect complement to meeting old friends and new. It is an invitation to sit and talk for a while, to share stories, to get to know one another better. You are invited to join friends each Sunday morning as we all share a warm cup of Koinonia Coffee.The FBC Heritage Timeline is located on the first floor hall leading to the Welcome Center. You can add special moments and memories during your time here at FBC on the Timeline!The Missions item to be collected for the month of July is canned beans. Each month we have collected different items which are being used to restock our pantry which is to be used as a resource for needy families. Christmas in July is the most wonderful time of the year — at least until December! Be a part of Christmas in July at FBC! We extended the donations of Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes to July 30. The remaining Christmas in July Event will be Christmas Service and Fellowship on July 30, at 6 p.m. We will have a very special service on the third floor and follow with a fellowship in the fellowship hall. Each Sunday school class is asked to bring one fun “white elephant” gift for the gift exchange. Whatever gift your class ends up with will be proudly displayed in your classroom until Christmas. This will be a fun time for everyone so please join us.On Sunday July 27, and August 3, at 6 p.m. Dr. Kelly Pigott will continue his special study on Christian History. We will be meeting on the third floor. Thursday, July 31, at 6:30 p.m. we will have a family night at the Sweetwater Pool. Our men’s and women’s ministry teams will be serving hot dogs, so come out for a great evening.The youth will be going to the Family Life Center in Abilene on Friday, Aug. 1, from 7-10 p.m. The cost is $10. Saturday, Aug. 2 will be Day Camp from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.Sunday August 3 after the worship service we will have first lunch in the fellowship hall. The menu is taco pile on and the cost is $2. Come and support Missions Camp. Following first lunch, we will discuss the new policy manual recommended by the church council.Church softball is back! The season will be on Tuesday nights from Aug. 12 to Sept. 30. Cost will be $20 per person which will include your shirt and fees. If you are interested, please call the church office with your shirt size and entry fee by Aug. 3.For in depth information on First Baptist Church Sweetwater, find us on Facebook or at Presbyterian ChurchFirst Presbyterian Church Sweetwater, welcomes all to join us for worship. Our church is a warm and loving church and we want you to feel comfortable and at liberty to call on us for anything you need pastorally. We would love to have you be our guest. Sunday school classes will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 27. Lou Ann Cumbie and Dennis Cumbie will be greeters and Jim Gesin will be the worship assistant for the worship service. During the worship service, noisy offering will be collected. The noisy offering goes to support the missions of the Ministerial Alliance. Kary Ann’s Clan will meet on Thursday, July 31, at 11:30 a.m. at the TA Truck Stop. The mission of First Presbyterian Church is to make disciples for Jesus Christ by being an oasis of God’s love. Worship services are each Sunday at 10:45 a.m. We are located at the corner of 14th Street and McCaulley, across from the high school. Find out more information about our ministry by calling 235-5491 or visit the church’s website HEIGHTS UNITED METHODIST CHURCHOur Mission Statement: "To glorify Christ in all that we do by bringing People to Christ and equipping them to serve Christ."Sunday services:* Fellowship at 8:30 a.m.;* Worship at 9 a.m.;* Sunday school at 10:30 a.m.Pastor Jake’s sermon is entitled, “When Life Seems Unfair...” Scripture reading comes from Genesis 29:15-28. Worship assistants are Lisa Peterson serving as worship leader, Brenda Alexander leads the congregational hymns and plays the keyboard, pianist is Bonnie Walters and greeter is Jo Whitfield.Only two weeks remain before the dedication of supplies for our school ministry. A list of suggested items to purchase is available at the back of the sanctuary. Please bring your selections to the church for needy students in the second and third grades at East Ridge Elementary on or before the consecration date of Sunday, the 10th of August. Delivery to the school campus will be the following Monday.The volatile battle of conflicts with the loss of life presently occurring in the Middle East and in Eastern Europe has raised the concern of the world. Bless This House asks prayer for God’s solution in the midst of the destruction and devastation. Pray mankind seeks the “Lord’s Will” in bringing peace to the land and its people.You are always invited to join us at 1801 Lamar Street, sharing in our vision of making Disciples of Jesus Christ, growing spiritually, fulfilling our God-given gifts, witnessing to others and ministering to ones in need.The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (The Mormons)The Abilene Stake Young Women and Young Men have just concluded a fun and spiritual two-day youth conference at Lake Brownwood Christian Retreat with the theme of Your Amazing Journey to Come unto Christ. On the first day, 75 youth were divided into five teams who participated in an amazing journey to discover five principles that can bring them closer to Christ in their daily lives: prayer, scripture study, temple attendance, worthily partaking of the sacrament, and service. Dinner was followed by Minute to Win It games and a fabulous dance, then a campfire devotional with s'mores and cabin leader chats. The second day began with in-depth study of the five principles discovered in the amazing journey provided by outstanding guest teachers, then wonderful presentations by two recently returned missionaries, Kyle Krause and Casin Hill. Following lunch, the youth enjoyed some fun in the sun at Lake Brownwood, and the conference concluded with a spirit-filled testimony meeting. A great time was had by all! Thank you to all who made the conference possible! Sister Carrie Lunt We are located at 910 Elm Street in Sweetwater. All visitors are welcome. Our Sunday meetings are 9 a.m. Sacrament; 10 a.m. Sunday School; 11 a.m. Relief Society and Priesthood meetings. For further information, please contact Elder Valgardson and Elder Hughes, the two missionaries serving in this area (phone 1-325-864-2999).Trinity Baptist ChurchTrinity Baptist Church is pleased to offer a special showing of the hit movie God's Not Dead this Sunday evening, July 27, at 6 p.m. in our Family Life Center.Present-day college freshman and devout Christian, Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper), finds his faith challenged on his first day of Philosophy class by the dogmatic and argumentative Professor Radisson (Kevin Sorbo), a self-proclaimed unbeliever. Radisson begins class by informing students that they will need to disavow, in writing, the existence of God on that first day, or face a failing grade. As other students in the class begin scribbling the words “God Is Dead” on pieces of paper as instructed, Josh finds himself at a crossroads, having to choose between his faith and his future. Josh offers a nervous refusal, provoking an irate reaction from his smug professor. Radisson assigns him a daunting task: if Josh will not admit that “God Is Dead,” he must prove God’s existence by presenting well-researched, intellectual arguments and evidence over the course of the semester and engage Radisson in a head-to-head debate in front of the class. If Josh fails to convince his classmates of God’s existence, he will fail the course and hinder his lofty academic goals. With almost no one in his corner, Josh wonders if he can really fight for what he believes. Can he actually prove the existence of God? Wouldn’t it just be easier just to write “God Is Dead” and put the whole incident behind him? But Josh simply cannot deny Christ! God's Not Dead weaves together multiple stories of faith, doubt and disbelief, culminating in a dramatic call to action. The film will educate, entertain and inspire moviegoers to explore what they really believe about God, igniting important conversations and life-changing decisions.God's Not Dead features a talented cast of actors including Kevin Sorbo, Shane Harper, David A.R. White and Dean Cain, with special appearances by Christian super-band Newsboys and “Duck Dynasty’s” Willie and Korie Robertson.Sweetwater, TXNo author availableTrinity Baptist Church to show God’s Not Dead movieSweetwater event set for Sweetwater native 2014-07-25T15:43:58-04:002014-07-25T11:53:07-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterMelinda, born and raised in Sweetwater, is the daughter of Joe and Elizabeth Torres. She is a single parent with a son, Dylan, attending Texas Tech University.Melinda is a Registered Nurse and began her nursing career at Abilene State School before moving on to Abilene Regional Medical Center. She is now at Baylor All Saints Medical Center in Fort Worth.She was diagnosed with leukemia on April 10, 2014 and immediately began chemotherapy treatments. Melinda is needing a stem cell transplant. A donor drive will be held during the benefit starting at 11 a.m. Age requirements for the cheek swab are 18 to 55 years of age. The process is very simple to determine whether you are a match for Melinda, or possibly another patient in need of a transplant. A cheek swab is completed and sent to Delete Blood Cancer (DKMS) for processing. Once you are determined to be a match, the donation involves a non-surgical, outpatient procedure that collects blood stem cells through the bloodstream. A single donor can make all the difference in the world! You will be registered as a donor with the possibility of providing patients with second chances at life.Barbecue sandwich and chicken burrito combos will be sold for $6. For pre-orders, call Thursday, July 31 to either Melissa Rendon at 325-829-2873 or Michael Torres at 325-933-0380. Tickets will also be sold for a 50/50 raffle and a barbecue grill raffle. A silent auction with many items will be held from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Lots of great items, including Marilyn Monroe memorabilia, a handmade wooden bench and an ice chest, have been donated by local businesses and anonymous donors.Music and dancing will start at 8 p.m. with special guests Thoze Guyz for $6 per person. All donations are also welcome. Sweetwater, TXNo author availableBenefit event set for Sweetwater native Sweetwater