The Daily Press http://sweetwaterreporter.com http://sweetwaterreporter.com/apfeed.xml--1 Sweetwater Reporter | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-04-24T09:26:54-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11696Thursday's local weather outlook2014-04-24T09:26:54-04:002014-04-24T09:26:54-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterExpect mostly clear skies tonight, with a low around 55 and north-northeast winds at 5 to 10 mph. After midnight, winds will come from the east-southeast.Sweetwater, TXNo author availableThursday's local weather outlookSweetwater Reporterurn:publicid:dailypress.com:11696Change0Usable2014-04-24T09:26:54-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11695Pleas entered in District Court2014-04-23T17:48:00-04:002014-04-23T11:57:59-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterCory Alton Martin pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated, a third degree felony. Martin was sentenced to 10 years confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, probated for six years. He was also ordered to pay a $2,000 fine, $523 in court costs and $500 in attorney's fees. Martin will also have to serve 160 hours of community service and 15 days of mandatory jail time. His driver's license will be suspended for one year.Eric Don Juarez pleaded guilty to theft less than $1,500, with two prior convictions, a state jail felony. Juarez was sentenced to nine months confinement in the State Jail Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He was also ordered to pay a $1,500 fine, $348 in court costs and $798 in restitution to Wal-Mart of Sweetwater. He will receive 202 days credit towards his sentence for time already served in jail.Laurie Michelle Green pleaded guilty to accident involving injury. She was sentenced to one year confinement in Nolan County Jail. She was also ordered to pay a $2,000 fine, $348 in court costs and $500 in attorney's fees. She will receive 256 days credit towards her sentence for time already served in jail.Erika Marie Alvarado pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated, a third degree felony. She was sentenced to four years confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and will have to pay a $500 fine, $523 in court costs and $500 in attorney's fees. Her driver's license will be suspended for one year and she will receive 85 days credit towards her sentence for time already served in jail.Patrick Valentino Cuellar pleaded guilty to theft over $1,500, a state jail felony. He was sentenced to three years of community supervision and will have to serve 120 hours of community service. He was also ordered to pay a $2,500 fine, $348 in court costs and $2,005 in restitution to 7-11 convenience store.Monica Rodriguez pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, namely methamphetamine, a state jail felony. She was sentenced to two years confinement in the State Jail Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, probated for four years. She was also ordered to pay a $3,000 fine, $423 in court costs, $500 in attorney's fees and $280 in restitution to the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Laboratory in Abilene. She will also have to serve 120 hours of community service.Mark Dale Douglas pleaded guilty to prohibited weapons, a third degree felony, He was sentenced to three years of community supervision and will have to serve 160 hours of community service. He will also have to pay a $2,500 fine and $348 in court costs.Clarence Chavis III pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, a third degree felony. He was sentenced to 10 years confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, probated for 10 years. He will also have to pay a $3,750 fine, $348 in court costs and $500 in attorney's fees. He will also have to serve 160 hours of community service.Sweetwater, TXNo author availablePleas entered in District CourtSweetwater Reporterurn:publicid:dailypress.com:11695Change0Usable2014-04-23T11:57:59-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11694Grand Jury indicts 352014-04-23T15:46:59-04:002014-04-23T11:55:48-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterIsaiah 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.Juan Martin Jaramillo was indicted for sex offenders duty to register life/annually, a third degree felony enhanced to a first degree felony with two prior convictions, one for failure to register as a sex offender and one for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. His bond was set at $25,000.Robert Peter Cardoza was indicted for family violence assault/impede breath/circulation, a third degree felony. Cardoza caused bodily injury to a member of his family by applying pressure to the victim's throat in February 2014. His bond was set at $10,000.Dana Taylor Owens was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, namely methamphetamine, in an amount of less than one gram in May 2013. The offense was classified as a state jail felony and her bond was set at $7,500.Leonard Lawhon was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, namely methamphetamine, in an amount of less than one gram in April 2013. The offense was classified as a state jail felony and his bond was set at $7,500.Tonisha Rachea Randle was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, namely methamphetamine, in an amount of less than one gram in June 2013. The offense was classified as a state jail felony and her bond was set at $7,500.Chasiti Leigh Cutchall was indicted for possession of marijuana in the amount of five pounds or less, but more than four ounces in February 2014. The offense was classified as a state jail felony and her bond was set at $7,500.Nathaniel Thomas Tibbs was indicted for possession of marijuana in the amount of five pounds or less, but more than four ounces in February 2014. The offense was classified as a state jail felony and his bond was set at $7,500.Sweetwater, TXNo author availableGrand Jury indicts 35Sweetwater Reporterurn:publicid:dailypress.com:11694Change0Usable2014-04-23T11:55:48-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11693Suspicious fires in Sweetwater2014-04-23T11:50:10-04:002014-04-23T11:50:10-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterAccording 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.Another fire took place on Lakeview Drive and a large yard fire took place on Stanley. The homeowners stated that the lawn was caught on fire early in the morning, around 5 a.m. and then put out, but was re-lit the next day and burned the entire yard. Another house on Stanley had half of their side yard burned as well. According to neighbors, there was also a small fire in an empty house that is being working on and there are several stops in the alley on Stanley that were also burned. Dumpster fires have also been reported in the area.Sweetwater, TXNo author availableSuspicious fires in SweetwaterSweetwater Reporterurn:publicid:dailypress.com:11693Change0Usable2014-04-23T11:50:10-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11692Local program praised in state publication2014-04-23T11:45:50-04:002014-04-23T11:45:50-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterPittman 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.Freeman explained the program as "a group of men from the community who are voluntarily connecting with high school students as mentors." The students have been taken to basketball games by their mentors, spend time with each other and the mentors take an overall interest in each student's lives. "Recently, they took several of the students to a nursing home to visit with residents," wrote Freeman. "Again, a simple connection in the community that demonstrated interest on the part of the schoolchildren while being a gift to the residents in the form of company that helped break the monotony of being homebound." Also during the report, it was noted that the missed instructional day waiver was approved by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), with will note a daily average attendance total. Three days were missed due to inclement weather this school year, with two covered by the make-up days scheduled on Good Friday and Memorial Day. An update was also given from the audit letter from the TEA, as correspondence continues between the group and school district. Results were also shared from exit level retests, as retesting will take place this week.Tax collections were reported at $7,258,084 for the MAnd as of April 15, district enrollment totaled 2,185 students. Since the first day of classes this year, 99 students have been added to the district.Looking ahead, the regular May meeting will include the swearing in of unopposed trustees Mark Meneses and Russ Petty, as well as the newly elected board member to be voted on during the May 10 election. Running for the District 5 seat are Jana Hall and Danny Escobar.Sweetwater, TXBelinda SerranoLocal program praised in state publicationSweetwater Reporterurn:publicid:dailypress.com:11692Change0Usable2014-04-23T11:45:50-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11689Wednesday's local weather2014-04-23T08:45:07-04:002014-04-23T08:45:07-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterExpect 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.Sweetwater, TXNo author availableWednesday's local weatherSweetwater Reporterurn:publicid:dailypress.com:11689Change0Usable2014-04-23T08:45:07-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11688Nolan County SWCD assists with land and water resources2014-04-22T17:59:52-04:002014-04-22T11:58:33-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterJust what is a soil and water conservation district? SWCDs are a subdivision of state government, like a county or school district. The program and plan of work of the district is developed according to the local needs of the district. SWCDs are landowner operated and are brought into existence by a vote of those landowners within the boundaries of a district. It is administered by a board of five directors who are elected by their fellow landowners. Elections are held once a year in soil and water conservation districts. Directors are elected for a four-year term. Sometime between September 30 and October 16 each year, agricultural landowners in each of the districts over the state assemble in conventions and elect their representative on the district's board of directors. By rotating the elections in subdivisions, one or two directors' terms expire each year. Only agricultural landowners may vote or qualify as directors.The Nolan County SWCDs board of directors are Ralph E. Stirl, JC Stroman, Jr., Don Campbell, Mark Wright and Johnny Ussery.So what does this board of directors do? The elected board members have the responsibility to develop a program and plan of work. The program is actually an inventory of the land and water resources and problems of the district. It describes the actual conditions bearing on land and its use. The plan of work discusses land capabilities, physical conditions and socio-economic conditions creating conservation problems. Conservation needs and treatment, as well as district policy, are outlined in the document. The program and plan of work also details solutions to problems and resources available to accomplish district objectives.Soil and water conservation districts do not aim toward power. They work to bring about the widespread understanding of the needs of soil and water conservation. In addition, they work to activate the efforts of public and private organizations and agencies into a united front to combat soil and water erosion and to enhance water quality and quantity in the state.Sweetwater, TXNo author availableNolan County SWCD assists with land and water resourcesSweetwater Reporterurn:publicid:dailypress.com:11688Change0Usable2014-04-22T11:58:33-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11687Community being green2014-04-22T15:59:29-04:002014-04-22T11:55:03-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterRosemary Chris Schmitt — Going to plant some trees and flowers.Nicole Garcia McArthur — Planting my own veggie garden so I’m going to eat what I grow.Sweetwater, TXNo author availableCommunity being greenSweetwater Reporterurn:publicid:dailypress.com:11687Change0Usable2014-04-22T11:55:03-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11686DHRD adopts a highway2014-04-22T11:46:26-04:002014-04-22T11:46:26-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterThey 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. Sweetwater, TXNo author availableDHRD adopts a highwaySweetwater Reporterurn:publicid:dailypress.com:11686Change0Usable2014-04-22T11:46:26-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11685City recycling center doing its part to help the environment2014-04-22T11:45:03-04:002014-04-22T11:45:03-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterHaving this waste and recyclables center reduces the potential for illegal dumping and supports the 40% waste reduction goal set by Texas Legislation of 1991, but the responsibility also lies with the businesses and citizens of Sweetwater.Sweetwater, TXMelissa WinslowCity recycling center doing its part to help the environmentSweetwater Reporterurn:publicid:dailypress.com:11685Change0Usable2014-04-22T11:45:03-04:00