The Daily Press Sweetwater Reporter | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-04-19T02:30:56-04:00 hears report on hospital bond election2014-04-19T02:30:56-04:002014-04-19T02:30:56-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterThe vote for the Phase 4 Renovation and expansion at the hospital will be held on Saturday, May 10.Hospital Administrator Donna Boatright gave the presentation, in which she was joined by David White, Mike Edwards and Zach Christensen from McKinstry, the company who will oversee the proposed construction. McKinstry has worked on three other projects over the past three years, such as the new physician office building and Cardiac Rehab/Wellness Center.The current facilities were built in 1976, and in order to meet the future needs of residents, it was noted that several improvements are needed for enhancement. Since the current facility was constructed, there have been no bonds issued.The projected construction investments for the hospital renovation are $25.2 million, which would be paid for through general obligation bonds.The improvements would bring new services and advanced technology, as well as proving new safety and industry standards. All spaces would be designed to include and/or update features for code compliance, fire safety and ADA accessibility.The total square footage of the project is 40,281. New construction would make up 21,286 square feet of the total amount, with the remaining 18,995 square feet being renovations.The new construction would include a new outpatient dialysis space, which would include 15 patient rooms, an occupational therapy room and a lab. The MRI center would be completely expanded to allow in-house access and to accommodate an "open machine".In addition, a larger labor and delivery space would include 12 new patient suites, a ten-bed nursery, a staff lounge, training room and waiting area. The open office space for nursing administration would also have a restroom and contemporary finishes.Regarding renovations, the ICU will see a 97% increase, as the department would receive five ICU rooms along with an isolation room which would have wall-mounted computer charting, delivery specific lighting and microbe resistant cabinetry. Other renovations in the ICU would be done in the waiting area, staff lounge and restroom, medication, training and utility rooms and the nurse's station.The surgery department would increase by 71%, with three operating suites to be updates in order to integrate advanced medical equipment. Five recovery rooms and four pre-op rooms would also be renovated, with expansions for decontamination and clean storage and updates to the locker rooms, central lounge, waiting room, consulting room and nurse's station.Other renovations include the laboratory, as areas including microbiology, urinalysis and blood bank areas will be increased. The staff spaces and the dedicated waiting area would be renovated as well in the department.The front entry of the hospital would be covered with a new conference room added in the entry, and the hospital corridors would be updated with contemporary finishes. Also expanded and updated with new finishes would be the dining room.The business office would see the addition of a new office and IT/server room, while the pharmacy would get a new IV storage room. The walking trails with benches would also be redesigned for site improvements.Furthermore, the hospital would get a new emergency generator, which would increase the capacity for emergency preparedness. A hospital-wide nurse and patient call system would also be installed.Renewable energy measures to the campus would also include rainwater collection tanks, a wind turbine, solar panels and insulated glass. A variety of HVAC improvements would also be made throughout the hospital, in order to improve patient and staff comfort, as well as the energy efficiency of the spaces.Sweetwater, TXBelinda SerranoSEED hears report on hospital bond electionSweetwater winners help name maned wolf pups2014-04-19T02:29:53-04:002014-04-19T02:29:53-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterThe Maned Wolf puppies at the Abilene Zoo are nameless no more.Several hundred zoo guests cast ballots to name the pups, choosing among a selection of South American-inspired names to reflect the pups’ indigenous habitat.The winning monikers were “Sofia” for the female pup and “Cruz” for the male.Those who voted for the winning names were then entered into a drawing for two paw print paintings pawed by the puppies.Eleven-year-old Dylan Joseph Allsup was the prize winner for the name Sofia. Allsup is a zoo member and frequent visitor. He is home-schooled along with his three siblings and is in the fifth grade.The contest winner for the name Cruz was Carla Sandusky’s Pre-K class at Highland Independent School District. Sandusky’s students submitted ballots for the contest and learned about the animals as a class project. The class came to see the pups this week.Meanwhile, the pups, born Dec. 13, are weaned, eating solid food and are active in the exhibit for zoo guests to enjoy. They even have burrowed themselves a den within the exhibit. Born a grayish brown, the pups’ fur is beginning to turn a fox-like red like their parents.The Abilene Zoo has worked to protect Maned Wolves, which are listed as a near-threatened species, for more than five years and participates in the collaborative, inter-zoo Maned Wolf Species Survival Plan, which includes breeding Maned Wolves and educating the public about the species.The Abilene Zoo is home to more than 900 animals from 250 species. The Zoo offers many educational programs and kids’ activities, including camps, birthday parties and behind the scenes tours. Sweetwater, TXNo author availableContest winners help name maned wolf pupsSweetwater the Street for Little Feet slated for April 262014-04-19T02:28:52-04:002014-04-19T02:28:52-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterThe event will start at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 26 at Cornerstone Christian School, which is part of 4th and Elm Church of Christ, and will include a 5K run, a 50K bike tour and a one-mile fun run. Each race costs $25 per person.All funds raised from the event will go toward program enhancement and scholarships, as the school strives to lay a foundation educationally, spiritually, socially and emotionally for children ages one through eight. The activity also gives families a chance to get physically active. Based on feedback following last year's inaugural event, some changes have been made. The 5K route will be run one street over to ensure the exact distance is run. There will be three winner divisions for the race: children 12 and under, women, and men.The 50K bike tour will also see changes from last year's route in order to avoid I-20 access roads and will return through the "Sweetwater loop". The routes for the 5K and 50K can be found on the school's website, for this year's one-mile fun run, participants can walk, run or use strollers. No bikes will be allowed this year due to safety concerns.During the fun run, kindergarten and first grade students from Cornerstone Christian School will complete the last mile of the half-marathon they have been working on during PE class.Adults with young children can participate in the fun run, or the entire family can take part in the 5K. If parents would like to participate in the race of their choice, children can be entertained by school staff with bounce houses, playground, unlimited sand and concession stand food.In addition, many local businesses will be set up in the parking lot offering various items to shop from. KXOX will also be at the event this year with live music and play-by-play action."We will have something for each member of the family," said race coordinator Melanie Gibson.Nick Anthony of Collegiate Chiropractic will also be available to stretch and tape participants before and after the races. Winners of the races will receive medals this year, and prize packages will also be given. A photographer has been lined up to take photos as participants finish their race as well.Around 100 people participated in last year's races, and the number is expected to grow this year. Gibson encouraged early registration so that participants can be guaranteed a t-shirt and participant bag.Registration can be done online ( or by calling 325-235-1500.The night before the event, on Friday, April 25, a spaghetti supper will be held at the 4th and Elm Church of Christ Warehouse from 5-7 p.m. Tickets will be available ahead of time. Sweetwater, TXBelinda SerranoBeat the Street for Little Feet slated for April 26Sweetwater Baptist welcomes new pastor on Easter Sunday2014-04-18T17:17:25-04:002014-04-18T11:58:18-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterEven more importantly on Easter Sunday, we will rejoice and celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. After the darkest week in Christian history, when our Lord was crucified and laid in a grave, He rose after three days (just as He said He would), and continues to live in our hearts to this very day! A citizen of Jerusalem, talking with a Christian, was bewildered at why Christians wanted to go to Jerusalem. His comment was, “Why do you want to go to Jerusalem? There’s nothing there but an empty tomb!” But that’s it! There IS nothing there but an empty tomb! Jesus is alive! He arose from the dead! He lives!Trinity Baptist Church provides a loving, caring, casual atmosphere for worship, with a mix of traditional and contemporary music. At Trinity, we want you to feel as if you are being welcomed home. Our worship times are as follows:Sundays:9:30 a.m. — Sunday school (for all ages!)10:45 a.m. — Sunday morning worship6 p.m. — Sunday evening Bible studies (youth and adults), children’s choir, children’s Bible drillWednesdays:6:30 p.m. — Adult and youth Bible studies and prayer time; children’s TeamKIDTrinity will not have an Easter egg hunt this year, but we look forward to greeting your children after morning worship with a special treat. As our gift to those who attend worship with us on Easter Sunday, we will have backdrops in place in our Family Life Center to take family portraits. So make plans now to bring your family, worship with us and stay for portraits following worship.Traditionally, Trinity will dismiss evening services this Sunday so that our members can enjoy the remainder of Easter Sunday with their families.Join us this Easter Sunday at Trinity. We are located at the corner of Hailey and Santa Fe Streets here in Sweetwater. Come early and bring your friends and family.If you would like to speak with us regarding your relationship with Jesus Christ, please drop by our offices, located at 1503 Crescent Drive, or give us a call at 235-2991. For more information about our church, please visit our website at “He is not here; He has risen, just as He said!” (Matthew 28:6)Broadway Baptist ChurchCan you imagine what it would have been like to be the man of Cyrene that was named Simon, who was yanked out of the crowd and compelled (literally forced) to have to carry the cross of Christ while following Him up Calvary? Imagine sharing in the humiliation of rejection, sorrow and suffering. Imagine having His blood on your hands and garments. Imagine feeling the warmth of His blood across your body. Imagine the look in the Savior’s eyes as you lifted it from His back, when He fell beneath the load.What would you have thought?• Can I carry this cross?• Am I physically able?• I don’t want that blood on me!• Get someone else!Imagine the inner turmoil Simon felt as the Roman soldier, the executioner, drew near to take it off his back, lay it on the ground and beganto nail Christ to it. Imagine the burden that had been lifted off his shoulders that day, when the Roman soldier said, “Ok, you have done your job. This is His cross! You are free, so get out of here.” Yes, Jesus bore our burdens at Calvary, died for us, and shed His blood that we might befree. As you celebrate Easter remember He took your place! I Peter 3:18 says, “For Christ also hath once suffered for our sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.”Broadway is so looking forward to celebrating Jesus’ Resurrection. This Easter Sunday, we are planning a sunrise service at 7 a.m. in the Family Center parking lot. Our Adult Choir will perform the cantata: “Oh What A Savior!” during the 10:50 a.m. service. After the 10:50 a.m. service we will have an Easter egg hunt for the children. We will not have an evening service on Sunday so that our congregation can spend the rest of Easter with their family and friends. If you do not have a church home, you are welcome to join us and celebrate The Resurrection!Emmanuel Fellowship ChurchHe Is Risen! And that one fact changes everything! We invite you to join Emmanuel Fellowship Church this Sunday at the Sweetwater City Auditorium (400 Locust Street) in one service at 11 a.m. as we celebrate Easter! Our children will be worshiping with us, and every child will receive a gift. We are looking forward to being together and would love to have you celebrate the Resurrection with us!Next Sunday (April 27), we will be back in our church facilities at 1418 Hailey Street, meeting at both 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. We look forward to launching our new sermon series, “Transformed.”We also want to extend an invitation to our weekly Lifegroup meetings, Wednesdays at 7 p.m. For more information, please contact the church offices at 236-9200. EFC’s Wednesday evening children’s ministry is in full swing for the Spring semester, with children ages six months through fifth grade exploring what kind of love we should have in our hearts as followers of Jesus! They meet Wednesday evenings from 6:45-8:30 p.m. and are loving their time together in the “Faith Factory!” 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. Find out more on their facebook page at We 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 Easter Sunday, April 20, 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 April is canned soup. 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. We are also collecting baby items for the Women’s Resource Center. You can bring items to the baby crib set up next to the office.Kid X continues on Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. This is a very special time for children in Kindergarten through fifth grade to begin understanding and developing a relationship with Jesus Christ. Please consider helping with this very rewarding and fulfilling ministry.Good Friday service will be April 18. Join us at 6 p.m. for a very meaningful service to remember the sacrifice that was made for us.At 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, we will have an Easter fellowship at Newman Park. There will be a cook-out, egg hunt and other activities.The monthly men’s breakfast will be Saturday, April 26, at 8 a.m. This will be followed by a Bible study and a time of prayer.This year we collected 140 pairs of shoes that will be delivered to Buckner on Monday, April 28. If there is anyone who would like to bring shoes for this year’s shoe drive, there is still time. We will accept shoes through Sunday, April 27. Any shoes that are brought in after that time will be saved for next year. Sunday, April 27, from 4-7:30 p.m., the Rolling Plains Baptist Network and the Baptist General Convention of Texas will host Leadership Summit here at First Baptist Church Sweetwater. This will be a training event for the entire church! Whether you are a staff member, a teacher, or a lay person, there is something for you. If that isn’t enough, there’s free food. Please consider being a part of this great opportunity.May 4 we will celebrate God’s work in the lives of our graduating seniors! We will recognize our seniors and worship together with their families.May 11 we will celebrate together as we dedicate the children who have been born into First Baptist Church since 2009. We will pray for the children and their families during this special worship service.For in depth information on First Baptist Church Sweetwater, find us on Facebook or at Presbyterian ChurchFirst Presbyterian Church of 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. Everyone is invited to come and worship with us on Sunday April 20, for Easter Sunday at 10:45 a.m. The children will meet at 10:10 a.m. for choir practice and will be singing during worship. Sunday school will not meet this Sunday. Mike Fry will be worship assistant and Doug Richards and Keith Brock will be greeters. All the children are invited to bring their Easter baskets for an Easter egg hunt immediately following worship. Thanks to the youth for their help with the Easter lilies and the Easter egg hunt. 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 Baptist ChurchThis Sunday, April 20, Highland Baptist Church will hold their worship service at 10 a.m. There will be no Sunday school classes. The church is located on 503 E. Alabama, with Rev. Keith Clower as pastor.HIGHLAND 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.”We wish you and your family a blessed Easter! Come and join us praising and worshiping our Lord. This Easter Sunday, our “Wooden Cross” will be adorned with beautiful flowers symbolizing the resurrection of Jesus Christ.Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m. and worship service at 10:45 a.m., with Pastor Claude bringing the message entitled, “Life Alternating Moments: I have seen the Lord.” Worship assistants are Lisa Peterson serving as worship leader, Brenda Alexander leads the congregational hymns and plays the keyboard, pianist is Eugenia Hill and the greeter for the month of March is Jo Whitfield. Brenda will sing a special musical selection during morning worship.The month of April is noted for bringing “April Showers.” Living in West Texas, we know that rain is always a blessing. Bless This House asks that we thank God for providing for our needs by sending the rain and protecting us from harm during the severe weather conditions that accompanies the welcomed moisture.On Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3, our spring rummage and bake sale will be held in the fellowship hall. Make plans to stop by and purchased delicious baked goods and shop for bargains for your family. All are welcome.The next outreach ministry Highland Heights is focusing upon is the Samaritan Hospitality House in Colorado City. “The House” ministers to families visiting loved ones that are incarcerated in area prisons. With a homelike atmosphere, the facilities provide weekend lodging for family members during their stay free of charge. The collection of articles will be consecrated on Sunday, May 11, before they are delivered the following week.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 (Mormons)The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints joins with the rest of the Christian world this week in celebrating Easter and remembering the Atonement and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Church’s First Presidency issued this Easter message:This is the season of the year when the Christian world remembers the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Out of love for His Father and for us, the Savior allowed Himself to suffer beyond the capacity of mortal man. He said, “Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit — and would that I might not drink the bitter cup and shrink — Nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and I partook and finished my preparations unto the children of men.” (Doctrine and Covenants 19:18-19).Our Savior broke the bands of death. Through His Resurrection there is assurance that life is everlasting. Our Lord and Savior is the living witness that such is so.As special witnesses, we declare that God does live. Jesus Christ is His Son, the Only Begotten of the Father in the flesh. He is our Redeemer, our Mediator with the Father. Jesus Christ atoned for our sins. He became the firstfruits of the Resurrection. Because He died, all shall live again.The First Presidency:Thomas S. MonsonHenry B. EyringDieter F. UchtdorfCalendar:April 19 — Stake Auxiliary Training.April 20 — Easter.April 21 — Family Home Evening for the families.April 22 — New Testament class 7 p.m. at chapel.April 26 — Especially For Youth activity.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 Olsen, Elder Valgardson and Elder Hughes, the three missionaries serving in this area (phone 1-325-864-2999).Sweetwater, TXNo author availableTrinity Baptist welcomes new pastor on Easter SundaySweetwater plane crashes near city; 25 killed2014-04-18T15:16:32-04:002014-04-18T11:55:47-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterDeath at dawn Friday morning of 25 Army Air Force officers and enlisted men from the Midland Army Air Field in the crash and burning of an Army transport in a pasture on the Bob Withers farm, 3 miles south of Sweetwater, brought the war still nearer home to the residents of this area.In the worst aircraft tragedy ever to occur in this particular area of the state, 11 officers and 14 enlisted men died in the charred wreckage of the big twin-motored transport. Still more tragic was the fact that at least eight of the officers were men who had returned to the states after months of combat against the enemy and had come through unscathed.What caused the tragedy may never be known. Indications are that none of the 25 men aboard had a chance to use their parachutes. Some of the chutes were found partly opened, but it was indicated they might have burst open in the impact."It was believed that one of the men took his pet dog aboard ship when the plane departed from the Midland Field at 06:05 a.m. Friday. A Sweetwater youth, who visited the scene of the accident Sunday, found a remnant of a dog's collar."Two Sweetwater taxi drivers Bob Cooper and C.L. Rogers, of Harp's Yellow Cabs returning to the downtown office after taking two loads of workmen to U.S. Gypsum company plant about 6:30 Friday morning, said they saw the plane on fire in the air."They said it must have traveled a mile in the air after they saw it before it went down in a spiraling, flaming dive. A number of other Sweetwaterites saw the plane and their stories were similar. They agree that there was a terrific flash as the plane probably hit the earth and then a bright glow for many minutes."The taxi drivers reported the incident to Mrs. H.M. Taylor, telephone operator and dispatcher for Harp's, and she notified military officials at Avenger Field. Col. John Eaton and Capt. Edwin Schumacher left immediately for the scene. Military men said all of the men were instantly killed.Parts of the plane were scattered over a wide area. One wing tip was several hundred yards west of the main wreckage, the other was about a 100 yards north. One battered and twisted propeller was about 75 yards north of the spot where the plane crashed. There was little left of the aircraft.The aircraft crashed in mesquite growth about 300 to 400 yards south of Bob Withers home and a little more than a half mile east of Highway 70. Great holes were knocked in the earth and vegetation for yards around were burned to a crisp.Sweetwater, TXNo author availableArmy plane crashes near city; 25 killedSweetwater makes presentation at SEED meeting2014-04-18T11:53:03-04:002014-04-18T11:53:03-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterIn attendance at the meeting were three of the four co-owners of the company--Larry Martin, Mark Meneses and Jason Hefner. James McCasland makes up the fourth member of leadership.WETS opened their doors in 2007 with a mission to provide every customer a commitment to integrity, respect and quality workmanship. By doing so, they have been able to create lasting relationships with some of the largest wind industry businesses in the world.After eight years, WETS still provides the highest quality of safety and service to the growing wind industry. The highly trained and skilled employees of WETS helps them to maintain their progress, and the combination of employees and leadership will allow for the success to continue.Their average number of employees has grown from 10 at its inception and now stands around 55. Their peak worker base was in 2009, when they had 45 employees, with ten of those being summer interns.Their total number of hours per year has ranged from around 13,000 up to 105,000, with the percentage of local employees varying from 88% to 95%. Over the past eight years, WETS has worked in various states such as Texas, California, New York, Iowa, Wyoming, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota, Colorado and Missouri. The company performs maintenance, oil changes, bolt tensioning, retrofits and various other standard services to their customers. In March 2012, WETS formed a partnership with Star Safety Services for OSHA and tractel training as well as CPR/first aid classes to expand customer services. The partnership has allowed for WETS employees to receive training and assistance with skills, while Star Safety Services has also been used by WETS customers and other industries, including wind and oil businesses.The collaboration between SEED and WETS in 2007 has proven to be successful for both entities. The springboard provided by SEED was used to the fullest by WETS to create the established and growing company that it has become. In turn, WETS has created jobs for Sweetwater residents which has provided an economic boost to the area--which is one of the main goals of SEED.Sweetwater, TXBelinda SerranoWETS makes presentation at SEED meetingSweetwater presents check to WTCAC2014-04-18T11:44:43-04:002014-04-18T11:44:43-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterFrom left to right, standing, are Amber Wingo, Teresa Zarate, Maddison Black, Melissa Sarabia, Jessica Parks, Angelique Wells, Midon Wingo, Clara Wingo and Ruth Wingo. Seated are Luke, Abigail and Elisabeth Wingo.Sweetwater, TXNo author availableDHRD presents check to WTCACSweetwater Easter weekend weather outlook2014-04-18T09:11:52-04:002014-04-18T09:08:34-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterTonight will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 55 and southeastern winds at 10 to 15 mph.For your Easter weekend forecast, we'll have rain chances ranging from 20-40% on Saturday and Sunday. Highs will be in the mid-to-upper 70s, with lows around 60. Winds will be from the south around 15 mph throughout the entire weekend.Sweetwater, TXNo author availableLocal Easter weekend weather outlookSweetwater proclaims April as Child Abuse Awareness Month2014-04-17T11:57:56-04:002014-04-17T11:57:56-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterThe proclamation noted that last year, over 40,000 cases of child abuse and neglect were confirmed. Preventing child abuse is a community-wide effort where solutions can be found by involving everyone.Thus, partnerships among various entities--including but not limited to schools, religious organizations, law enforcement agencies, CPS (Child Protective Services), prosecution agencies, medical and mental health professionals, Children's Advocacy centers and other community-based non-profit groups--should help bring awareness to child abuse prevention.Additionally, all citizens should consider helping parents raise their children in safe environments and support those who meet the needs of child abuse victims. Citizens were urged to work to reduce child abuse and neglect, as well as significantly improve community response when child abuse occurs. A service award presentation to Brenda Suggs, the secretary for the district attorney's office in Nolan County, also took place at the meeting. She received a 5-year, 10-year, 15-year and 20-year service pin as she had not received one previously.The appointment of BJ Smartt to the Nolan County Coliseum was approved as well, as Smartt will fill the spot vacated by Eddie Puckett. Precinct 3 Commissioner Tommy White asked if any board member nominees would come from the south side of the county, to which coliseum manager Jeff Howard stated that the board will be changing their by-laws to ensure that future board members hail from all parts of the county.Also regarding the Nolan County Coliseum, the agenda noted that the Sweetwater Jaycees wanted to express concerns at the Nolan County Coliseum during the Rattlesnake Round-Up. However, Jaycee President Clint Parks said that after meeting with the Coliseum Board and some of the county commissioners, the Jaycees wanted to reconvene with the board to address the issues and handle the matter in that particular way. Thus, no information was presented during the meeting.In addition, a presentation by Chrissi Warner and Renee Martinez with Sweetwater Regional Federal Credit Union was given. They shared that their business is open to residents of Nolan and Fisher counties and described the various services offered.Sweetwater, TXBelinda SerranoCounty proclaims April as Child Abuse Awareness MonthSweetwater close to closing on new industrial property2014-04-17T11:55:46-04:002014-04-17T11:55:46-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterThe new industrial property is located on West Broadway, and the approval during Monday's meeting was a purchase from Oncor Electric on CR 141. Negotiations had been taking place on the cost, which was agreed by both entities at the price of $35,000. As a result of the progress, SEED is very close to closing on the property. Later in the meeting, SEED Executive Director Ken Becker shared that they are beginning to look at other properties to consider for future endeavors.In addition, the February 2014 financial statements were reviewed and approved at the meeting, as well as the payment of accounts payable and the minutes from the March 2014 meeting.Various updates were also given, with Marketing/Admin. Director Kirstin Smith sharing that positive feedback was heard from this year's Senior Interview Day. Highland High School participated in this year's program, which gives senior students the opportunity to take part in mock interviews.With the ongoing expansion in the county, two businesses are working toward groundbreaking and grand opening ceremonies. The groundbreaking for the Buzzi Unicem expansion could take place late this summer, while the BNSF grand opening has been set for October 7.Smith also stated that a recent meeting in Big Spring involving the TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) and the Railroad Commission offered an overview of regulations and contacts. And in his monthly report, Becker discussed that SEED would be promoted at a one-day oil and gas trade show in Midland this week.Sweetwater, TXBelinda SerranoSEED close to closing on new industrial propertySweetwater