The Daily Press Sweetwater Reporter | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-08-01T18:55:17-04:00, Dickison newest Sweetwater firefighters2014-08-01T18:42:38-04:002014-08-01T18:42:38-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterDickison and Dakan have recently completed the first phases of training and were officially hired July 21 as full-time firefighters at the Sweetwater Fire Department by Grant Madden, fire chief and director of emergency services."We're extremely glad to have (Dickison and Dakan)," Madden said. "They're dedicated, hard workers and I look forward to working with them."Additional courses are required before Dickison and Dakan are considered full-fledged firefighters, but Madden said it should take anywhere from six months to two years before the pair earns all the required certifications to become firefighters and emergency services technicians.Originally from Abilene, Dickison, 25, landed in Sweetwater after learning of an opening in the fire department."There are a lot of reasons I wanted to be a firefighter," Dickison said. "In April of last year, I was in a car accident. I loved how the firemen and ambulance service in Abilene responded. I thought 'Hey, that's something I could do for the rest of my life.'"Only 10 days in, Dickison said his expectations have been met."I like everything about it so far," he said. "I love the camaraderie, the guys, helping people, obviously — just how caring everybody is."Dakan, 22, is a Merkel native and brings some experience to the table."I started as a volunteer in high school and after high school, I worked for the forest service in Merkel," Dakan said. "I wanted a change of pace and I thought it'd be fun to come over here and do this."Dakan looks forward to contributing to the community via his new position."My favorite part of the job is just being out, helping, being around everybody," he said. "It's a different pace than it was at the forest service."Dakan also mentioned camaraderie as a driving force behind a successful fire department."I think it will be fun. So far I like everybody here. Brotherhood is a big thing in the fire service anywhere you go, whether it be the forest service or a structural department," he said. "You've got to be able to trust the person going in behind you or you're going behind."Fire academy completion is the next task for Dickison and Dakan. Sweetwater, TXBrian McCormackDakan, Dickison newest Sweetwater firefightersSweetwater election called Sept. 92014-08-01T18:41:18-04:002014-08-01T18:41:18-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterThose running for the position are former Texas Tech Vice Chancellor Jodey Arrington, Wolfforth resident Epifanio Garza, former Sweetwater Mayor Greg Wortham and State Rep. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock.The County Clerk's Office wants to remind voters that the September election is special-called. The regular general election will still be held on Tuesday, Nov. 4.Voters may now begin to start requesting a ballot by mail. The last day to register to vote is on Monday, Aug. 11.The final day for the County Clerk to receive applications to vote by mail is Friday, Aug. 29.Early voting for the special election will be held on Monday, Aug. 25 through Friday, Sept. 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the County Clerk's office, located inside the Nolan County Courthouse in Suite 108.Election Day for the special election will then take place on Tuesday, Sept. 9, with polls open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.The County Clerk's office wants to remind voters about the new voter ID law, which requires one of the following forms of identification before a person is allowed to vote. The ID is necessary even if a voter has their voter registration card on hand.The types of ID that will be accepted are:• Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS);• Texas Election Identification Certificate issued free of charge by DPS (a new ID, which is not your voter registration card);• Texas personal ID card issued by DPS;• Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS;• US Military ID card containing person’s photograph;• US citizenship certificate containing person’s photograph, or;• US Passport.Anyone with questions regarding the election can contact County Clerk Pat McGowan at 325-235-2462, 235-4635 or by email at Listed below are the polling places in Nolan County for the Tuesday, September 9 special election:Pct. # 1Broadway Baptist Church710 East ThirdSweetwater, Texas 79556Pct. # 2Trinity Baptist Church 1503 Crescent Dr.Sweetwater, Texas 79556Pct. # 3Lamar Street Baptist Church513 Lamar StreetSweetwater, Texas 79556Pct. # 4Evangelical Methodist Church700 LamarSweetwater, Texas 79556Pct. # 5Nolan/Divide Community Center1742 FM 126Nolan, Texas 79537Pct. # 6Roscoe Community Center100 Bois D’ArcRoscoe, Texas 79545Pct. # 7Blackwell School610 North Alamo Ave.Blackwell, Texas 79506Pct. # 8Maryneal Community Center210 WalnutMaryneal, Texas 79535Pct. # 9Avondale Baptist Church1405 Hoyt StreetSweetwater, TXBelinda SerranoSpecial election called Sept. 9Sweetwater ongoing at SHS athletic facilities2014-08-01T18:40:14-04:002014-08-01T18:40:14-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterThis year, the upgrades have continued with the addition of new stadium seating at historic Mustang Bowl. Reserved for season ticket holders, the new seats can hold up to 900 fans."I think once people get here, at 'Meet the Mustangs' after the scrimmage (Aug. 21 against Clyde), people will see the chairs, they will want to sit in them," Mobley said Thursday. "Some people have already stopped by to look at them and sit in them."The fieldhouse — constructed over 30 years ago and once used predominantly as a football training facility — is being transformed into a more inclusive space for all sports and all athletes, male and female. Mobley said he felt it was time to catch Sweetwater's athletic facilities up with competing districts in the area."I coached here prior (2004 to 2008), then I went to Prosper and they had just passed a multimillion-dollar bond to build a new indoor facility," he said. "After coming back here — this facility was built in 1982 —there haven't been a lot of renovations," Mobley continued. "The first thing we did was replace the roof. It was pretty bad. Every time it rained, water would get into the big room. But the one thing I wanted to do was change this from a fieldhouse known for football to a sports facility. The girls in our athletic programs come here, lift weights, and they use the big room to do crossfit and things like that."New equipment such as custom batting cages and nets for catching balls hit by student golfers have also been implemented at the fieldhouse, diversifying the usefulness of the building.Fresh varsity lockers painted Mustang red await this year's players, while some much-needed improvements to the lavatories were also completed. New toilets replaced an old trough-style urinal. Outdated showers which leaked were refurbished."When it's said and done, it's all about the kids," Mobley added. "You want to make this as special to the kids as we possibly can. We want a place our kids can come and feel like they're home, something they can take pride in."Both the boys and girls basketball and the volleyball shower rooms at the high school have received upgrades. Mobley said he would like to see a new gymnasium in the future, but a project that size would require that a bond be passed by the voters before work can begin.Sweetwater, TXBrian McCormackUpgrades ongoing at SHS athletic facilitiesSweetwater to begin Aug. 11 in Roscoe2014-08-01T18:55:17-04:002014-08-01T11:47:49-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterThe waiver allows the district to start two weeks prior to the fourth Monday in August, closely aligning their instructional calendar with the district’s primary higher education partners. Sweetwater, TXNo author availableSchool to begin Aug. 11 in RoscoeSweetwater Fellowship Church to host Superkid Academy2014-08-01T16:53:20-04:002014-08-01T11:46:17-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterIt has been said that "out of the mouths of babes" come forth truths best kept silent. One of the best examples I have ever heard came on a blistering hot day, when a family had invited the preacher over for lunch. They were all seated around the table, and the dad, wanting to impress the preacher, turned to the 6 year old son and asked him to return thanks. The little boy protested and said, "But daddy, I don't know what to say!" The mother chimed in with "Oh, just repeat what you have heard Dad and me say." Obediently the boy bowed his head and prayed, "Oh Lord, why did I invite the preacher over on such a hot day like this!"Prayer is the greatest lesson we can teach whether young or old. After famous baseball player, Billy Sunday, received Christ an elderly gentleman put his arm around Billy’s shoulder and said, “William, I can give you three things that will keep you close to God. First, spend 15 minutes a day listening to God talking to you; take 15 minutes each day to talk to God; and take 15 minutes each day to talk to others about God.” We should make this our pattern, today. Let God talk to us, talk to God and then talk to others about God. That is how we truly make a difference.Ronnie and Mary Lou Warren will be in concert at Broadway Baptist Church this Sunday, Aug. 3, at 6 p.m. The Warrens travel across America to bring their uplifting music and message to churches. Ronnie plays a number of instruments including a saw. Both Ronnie and Mary Lou sing uplifting music that we are sure you will enjoy. Their goal is to see souls saved and to inspire Christians to use their talents for God. Check out their website at: 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 will begin our sermon series entitled “Sacred Moments.” We would love for you to study the Word of God with us as we talk about finding God in life’s eternal events.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. Our youth will also be traveling next week to attend Rock the Desert — they’re going to have a great time worshiping Jesus together!We would love to have you register your kiddos to attend our “Superkid Academy,” to be held this week, August 3-5, 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! We will wrap up the event with a Superkid Night at Newman Park on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m., followed by a pool party from 8-10 p.m. 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 Aug. 3, 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 August is canned fruit. 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. On Sunday Aug. 3, at 6 p.m. Dr. Kelly Pigott will continue his special study on Christian history. We will be meeting on the third floor. 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. Our Missions Camp group will leave 9 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 4, and return Thursday, Aug. 7, around 11 a.m. Pray for our students as they learn how to serve God.Sunday Aug. 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 and which will be available July 30 for review.There will be a special presentation on the recent Peru trip on the third floor Wednesday, Aug. 6, at 6 p.m. by Shirley and Watson Moore. Aug. 10, Dr. Robert Eaker will do a special presentation of his Malawi trip during the Sunday school hour on the third floor. It is exciting to see God work through the members in this church, so please come and support them as they share with us how God is reaching people around the world. 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. We are excited to lead worship at Hoyt House on Sunday, Aug. 3, from 9-9:30 a.m. We will sing, hear the Word of God and share Communion. Come join us in this wonderful ministry of fellowship.Sunday school will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3, and worship is at 10:45 a.m. Mike Briggs and Keith Brock will be greeters. Communion will be served by the Class of 2015. During the worship service, the Reverse offering will be collected. The Reverse Offering goes to support the Nolan County Food Pantry.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 United Methodist ChurchSweetwater First United Methodist Church wants to invite you to join us on Sunday mornings to worship and praise our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The United Methodist Church is open to all persons and is a place where all are welcome and encouraged to “come as you are” with the expectation that by the grace of God you will leave different. The change that a relationship with Christ brings about is a life-changing encounter and we believe that while God accepts us as we are He loves us enough not to leave us in our sins. We believe that Scripture informs all aspects of our lives and should be our rule and authority.The first service begins at 8:45 a.m. and is built around a traditional model with great hymns of the church. This service uses a more liturgical framework and often employs a wonderful choir. Immediately following the first service we have Sunday school classes for all ages and stages of life. We invite you to try one of our many opportunities to come together and seek God in small groups that emphasize God’s Word and proclaim His glory. At 10:50 a.m. we have a second worship service that has a decidedly contemporary flavor and incorporates more of progressive style and pace. This second service also has a “Children’s Church” for kids in preschool through third grade. The children stay through our time of praise and then go to their own worship service.Sweetwater FUMC also has youth activities on Sundays beginning at 6 p.m. with a prayer and praise time that we call Adoratio. Every Tuesday and Wednesday FUMC hosts the Gaylord’s Pantry and a clothes closet from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Please enter through the North (4th Street) entrance if you would like to receive God’s blessing through either of these ministries.News this week: Salvation is God’s promise to all who receive Christ by faith. It is the greatest gift ever given but some still do not know about the abundant grace of God. Do your friends and family know Jesus. Are they secure in the knowledge that they will spend eternity with God? Being evangelical has “gone out of style” — at least in it purest form. We rationalize that people don’t want to hear a “come to Jesus” speech and we’re probably right. On the other hand, the world needs to hear the good news more than ever. How can we prepare the way so that those who think they don’t need it can hear the gospel? Come join us on Sunday morning as we look at how we can enter into season of preparation for seeing many come to salvation in Jesus.Activities this week:Sunday worship at 8:45 a.m. and 10:50 a.m.Adoratio at 6 p.m. Sheep at 6:30 p.m.Fun activities are offered at different times during the month for fourth through sixth graders (Club 456) and first through third graders (UMKids). If you have any questions call Linda at our church office (325-236-6617) or email If you need prayer or have the need to contact our pastor you can call the same number or email him at 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 10:15 a.m.Pastor Jake’s sermon is entitled “Grasping at Straws and Wrestling with God (The Stress is Real).” Scripture reading comes from Genesis 32: 22-31. 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. We observe the Sacrament of Holy Communion the first Sunday of each month. We, as Christians, have the opportunity to reflect upon John 3:16, reaffirm our commitment to Jesus Christ and through faith and trust, follow Him in our daily lives. Remember to bring your altar rail offering that is applied towards our “shared ministries” as designated through the United Methodist Church of the Northwest Texas Conference.One week remains 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 church members are giving a memorial service for Forrest James Sims this Saturday, Aug. 2, at 5 p.m. A meal will be furnished. Brother Sims was an important part of our church in Sweetwater being involved with the Boy Scouts, service projects and holding leadership positions. He had a strong testimony of the Gospel and will be missed.Calendar:Aug. 3 — Fast Sunday.Aug. 4 — Family Home Evening.Aug. 6 — Mutual for the youth 6:30-8 p.m.Aug. 9 — Youth temple trip to Lubbock leaving at 8 a.m.Lessons for Sunday Aug. 3:Sunday school — 1 Kings 17-19 “After the Fire a Still Small Voice.”Priesthood — “Bear Up Their Burdens With Ease” — talk by Elder Bednar.Relief Society — Chapter 9 in “Daughters of My Kingdom.”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).Sweetwater, TXNo author availableEmmanuel Fellowship Church to host Superkid AcademySweetwater T, 12th Street Laundry welcomed by Chamber2014-08-01T14:52:29-04:002014-08-01T11:43:33-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterOwner/operators Scott and Aubrey Turnbow, along with Scott's parents Eddie and Teresa, opened the Twisted T liquor store in May and put the finishing touch ups on the laundromat two weeks ago. Twisted T offers a variety of liquors, beers and wines, as well as candles, décor and gifts while 12th Street Laundry boasts 36 brand new front load washers and dryers. Sweetwater, TXNo author availableTwisted T, 12th Street Laundry welcomed by ChamberSweetwater dog captured, owner facing more fines2014-08-01T11:38:00-04:002014-08-01T11:38:00-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterSeveral formal complaints were filed by residents living on and around the 1600 block of San Carlos, prompting a summons to be issued by the Sweetwater Municipal Court to the dog's owner, David Pat Lewis.Lewis was fined $1,800 after pleading guilty to charges stemming from the incidents Wednesday. According to Sweetwater Police Chief Brian Frieda, more charges and fines could be levied against Lewis for failing to keep the dog contained since he appeared in court, which led to additional complaints from neighbors. Lewis could potentially face extra fines, depending on the court's ruling."The (municipal court) judge issued a court order to have the dog picked up," Frieda said. "There's been three more citations and five more complaints. (Lewis) is facing up to eight more charges at $500 per event."Dog owners residing within city limits are typically compliant, Frieda said, but in recent years there has been an uptick in problematic owners."This is a whole new group of dog owners that thumb their noses at the court," the chief said. "I am happy the dog was picked up."The pit bull — named Joshua — is estimated to be around two years old. Joshua could face euthanasia if the court deems it to be a threat. Should Lewis meet with the court's demands, the dog could be returned to him."It's all up to the actions of the owner of the animal and the court," Frieda added. "He must comply with the state statutes and purchase $100,000 in insurance. The dog will remain at the shelter until the court orders its release or his time has expired."Lewis could not be reached for comment, but stated earlier in the week, "I never meant for anyone to get hurt. He is a good dog to me."Those who have encountered Joshua tell a different tale.Cheri Roden didn't bother filing a formal complaint when the first of her cats was mauled by the dog, but after losing a second cat seven weeks later, she joined her neighbors in alerting city officials to the growing problem.Another citizen, Carolyn Mullican, circulated a petition to have the issue addressed."I'm relieved the dog was caught," Roden said. "I feel bad for the dog, I'm upset that it had to come to this, but I am relieved for the neighborhood that it's been caught."Roden said she was concerned for the area pets, but was also worried that if the dog saw a cat near a small child, he or she could have been injured in the frenzy.Though Frieda said the dog is certainly responsible for some of the canine carnage pertaining to the deaths of cats, local animal control officials said it's unclear whether other dogs have been targeted by Joshua. They said that so far, there hasn't been any evidence of aggression toward humans.Sweetwater, TXBrian McCormackMenacing dog captured, owner facing more finesSweetwater Fellowship to host TCPB2014-08-01T11:37:11-04:002014-08-01T11:37:11-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterSweetwater, TXNo author availableCornerstone Fellowship to host TCPBSweetwater Tillis returns to Lumberyard Saturday2014-08-01T11:36:33-04:002014-08-01T11:36:33-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterTillis is a winner of the National Medal of the Arts for his contributions to country music, just one of the many awards he has received over the years. He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Grand Ole Opry and the Nashville Song Writers International Hall of Fame. He has also been named the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year, Comedian of the Year six times and Songwriter of the Decade for two decades.Over the years, he has recorded over sixty albums and had 36 Top Ten singles with nine going to Number One, including, “I Ain’t Never,” “Good Woman Blues,” “Coca Cola Cowboy,” “Heart Over Mind,” “Send Me Down to Tucson,” “I Believe in You,” “Southern Rains,” and many others.He has also written over a thousand songs, approximately 600 of which have been recorded by major artists.  These include “Detroit City,” “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town,” “Burning Memories,” “Thoughts of a Fool,” “Honey (Open That Door),” and “The Snakes Crawl at Night.”A large crowd is expected. For more information or to make reservations, call the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.Sweetwater, TXEdwin DuncanMel Tillis returns to Lumberyard SaturdaySweetwater weekend events2014-08-01T09:02:32-04:002014-08-01T09:02:32-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterSeveral events are lined up on Saturday. A benefit will be held for Melinda Torres who is battling leukemia will start at 11 a.m. at the Jaycees barn. Barbecue sandwich combos will be sold as well as tickets for a 50/50 raffle, barbecue grill raffle and silent auction with great items. There will also be a donor drive — cheek swabbing for stem cell match. Age requirements for the cheek swab are 18 to 55 years of age. A dance will start at 8 p.m. with music by Thoze Guyz. For more details or food pre-orders (call on Thursday, July 31), contact Melissa Rendon at 325-829-2873 or Michael Torres at 325-933-0380.Also, the Reach for Recovery Car and Bike Show will take place Saturday, Aug. 2 at the TSTC parking lot at 650 E HWY 80 in Abilene. There will be food and merch vendors, addiction recovery education information booths and a live DJ. Admission for the public is free. Registration for the car and bike show will run from 9-11 a.m. with an entry fee per vehicle, per class. Judging will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Awards will be presented at 3 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the TSTC Reach Club and Student Government Association to promote awareness of recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. For more information and pricing, call Laurie at 325-738-3355 or email Sweetwater, a free symposium and resource fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Highland Church of Christ Gymnasium located at 425 Highland Ave. This event will provide families of children in special education with vital information on topics such as success from toddler to teen, therapies for home, school and community, and life after high school. This event is free, but you must register. Call 877-762-1435 or email Lunch will be provided.And starting at 5:30 p.m., the Nolan Volunteer Fire Department will be having their annual BBQ fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 2, until 8 p.m. featuring their award-winning smoked brisket, chicken and sausage. Pre-orders will be taken for a whole smoked chicken, a half smoked brisket and whole smoked briskets. To pre-order, call Rolan Petty at 325-236-5496 before July 31. This is the only fundraiser they have all year. Contact Bobbi Smith at 325-798-3007 or Mike Ault at 325-798-3054 for more information.Furthermore, Mike and the Last Call Band will be performing at the VFW from 8 p.m. until 12 midnight on Saturday, Aug. 2.And on Sunday, Aug. 3, the 59th annual reunion of the descendants of August Spies will be held on Sunday, Aug. 3, at the American Legion Hall in Hallettsville, Texas starting at 10 a.m. Everyone is asked to bring a covered dish and dessert, with lunch being served at 12:30 p.m. Plates, utensils, cups and tea will be provided. Those attending are asked to bring silent auction and door prize items. For further information, call Wanda Kaiser at 361-293-1510.Also on Sunday night, Ronnie and Mary Lou Warren will be in concert at Broadway Baptist Church on 710 E. Third Street in Sweetwater this Sunday, Aug. 3, at 6 p.m. The Warrens travel across America to bring their uplifting music and message to churches. Ronnie plays a number of instruments, including a saw. Both Ronnie and Mary Lou sing uplifting music that many enjoy. Their goal is to see souls saved and to inspire Christians to use their talents for God. Sweetwater, TXNo author availableLocal weekend eventsSweetwater